Will & Grace

Season 2 Episode 6

To Serve & Disinfect

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Karen's fetish video is called Next to Godliness.

    • We find out in this episode that Karen's maiden name is Delaney.

    • When Karen drops the tape box the sound it makes sounds like a tape is still in it, but the tape is still in the VCR.

    • When Grace and Will are eating pizza right at the beginning Grace has a medium sized piece of pizza when she says "It's also wrong" and then says she needs to go the piece of pizza has grown and is folded slightly in her hand. There is a quick kiss between her and Will before she drops the crust of a piece of pizza into the box. But she had a large piece in her hand just before?!

    • When Grace plays the video and Karen spills the powder from her compact it is spilt all over her desk. The scene switches and there is no powder on the desk. Another frame shift to Grace saying "Karen" and then back to Karen and you see powder all over the desk once more. This time the powder is very close to her forearm again in the scene the camera swithces to Grace after Karen says "that's not me" and back to Karen this time we see that the powder is now a few inches away from Karen's forearm also the compact has moved from were it landed after falling out of Karen's hands(over to the right as you look at the desk) to the centre of the table. If you can catch it you see the compact close on falling to the table, yet later on it is open.

  • Quotes

    • Will: All those years at waiter grad school-- the lectures, the all-nighters, all to answer the eternal question that has plagued mankind since the dawn of consciousness: chicken or fish?

    • Jack: I can't do ballet service with an odd number of men!
      Will: Then do it with a number of odd men!

    • Karen: (to Grace) No, no, no, no. You don't take that tone with me, no. It's enough that I'm gonna be the laughingstock of Manhattan, but now to have you throwing this in my face and laughing at me like that? No. That's it. I'm outta here.

    • Jack: Good news, gentlemen. Since Mr. Truman has deigned to grace us with his presence we now have enough waiters to ballet service.
      Will: Ballet service, huh? What does that make you, the nutcracker?

    • Jack: (to Will) FYI you SOB, catering is TUF....F.

    • (Grace and Will in his old office, Jack enters, slamming the door open, knocking Grace behind the door.)
      Jack: Huge promotion!
      Grace: Ow! You crushed my nose.
      (Grace exits)
      Jack: Sorry! If it's broken, we'll get it fixed. (To Will) For the second time.
      Grace (In the window): I heard that, you bitch. And this nose has never been touched.
      Jack: I'm sorry, ma'am, you can pick up your fries at the next window. (Jack closes the window and waves bye-bye.)

    • Brent: (Talking about Karen.) What's it like working with her?
      Grace: I wouldn't know.

    • Grace: Karen? (Yelling) Karen!!
      Karen: Yeah, I'm up! I'm up! Stan, get off of me! Where am I?

    • Karen: Well, I was just out of college. I was broke. It's the oldest story in the world. Boy meets girl, boy wants girl to do dominatrix film, girl says, "naked?" Boy says, "yeah." Girl says, "forget it." Boy says, "ok, then just wear this rubber dress and beat the old guy with a scrub brush." Girl says, "how hard?"
      Grace: Yes, that is an old story.

    • (Will is watching TV as Grace enters.)
      Grace: You will not believe the day I had.
      Will: No, no, no. Whatever it is, I guarantee I can top it.
      Grace: Ok. You open.
      Will: Cater-waitering for Jack at the Waldorf-Astoria.
      Grace: Good open, but I see your Waldorf ... And raise you ... Hunting for porn all over Manhattan.
      Will: Running into law school classmates while serving them crab cakes.
      Grace: Getting groped in an adult video store ... by a former New York City mayor.
      Will: Enjoying an appetizer of potato leek and laxative soup.
      Grace: Oh. That's good. I don't know if I could-- Oh. Oh! Oh, what's this? (Grace pulls out the videotape.) Oh, yes, yes, yes! Karen actually doing work.
      Will: No, no, Grace, that's not gonna do it.
      Grace: Let's just go to the videotape, shall we?
      (Grace puts the video into the VCR and presses play.)
      Will: What are you . . .?
      Grace: Just wait.
      Karen's Voice: (On video) Baby's made a mess. Dirty pig baby. (Whipping sound)
      Will: Oh, I fold.

    • Brent: Well, trust me, that's her. Just rent Next to Godliness. You'll find it in the adult section.
      Grace: Adult? Adult like Merchant-Ivory, or adult like ... (Imitating bad acting) 'Gee, thank god you two plumbers arrived.'

    • Karen: (To Brent) What are you lookin' at, Rogaine failure?

    • Grace: I've been in every sleazy video store in Manhattan. I went into rooms Bob Guccione wouldn't go into without a haz-mat suit. I had to weave through icky boxes with titles like ... Drive This, Miss Daisy ... Diddler on the Roof ... The Ass Menagerie ... Oh ... So ... You never have to worry about anyone seeing this again. And I will look at you the same way I always have. As a spoiled, shrill, gold-digging socialite who would sooner chew off her own foot than do an honest day's work.

  • Notes

    • Scenes from Karen's fetish video were actually shot, but when the final version of the show was ready to be filmed, only the audio was aired.

    • Megan Mullally selected this episode and "Polk Defeats Truman" as her tapes for Emmy consideration this season. Mullally won the award this season.

  • Allusions

    • Grace: You moved in the height of summer, remember? The window was open, and we thought it smelled like wet wool on a dead man.
      Will: Ah, yes. The new scent by Decay-NY.

      Decay-NY is a pun on the fashion brand DKNY (Donna Karan New York).

    • Title: To Serve And Disinfect

      This is a play on words of the police motto "To Serve And Protect".

    • Will: I'm a pepper, he's a pepper, and considering the grades you got in law school, you're a heartbeat away from being a pepper too.
      This is a reference to the famous 1970's sing-a long commercials for Dr. Pepper.

    • Grace:: I had to weave through icky boxes with titles like ... Drive This, Miss Daisy ... Diddler on the Roof ... The Ass Menagerie ...
      These porn titles spoof the films Driving Miss Daisy, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Glass Menagerie.

    • Will: Is that your final answer?
      Will imitates Regis Philbin's trademark line from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

    • Grace: I'm just a girl ... standing in front of a boy ... asking him to love me.
      Grace says this imitating Julia Roberts in Notting Hill.