Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 19

Will Works Out

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 22, 1999 on NBC
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Will Works Out
Will invites Jack to his gym on a "buddy pass," but when he expresses his embarrassment to Grace over his buddy's gay behavior, Jack overhears the comments and looks to set him straight about prejudice. Meanwhile, Grace continues to lend her ear when Karen's marriage hits rocky ground and she and Karen share an evening of girl talk.moreless

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  • Will invites Jack to his gym. Jack over heres what Will really thinks about him. Jack sets Will straight! And Will learns a lesson!

    This was a fine example to Will. The real question to Will was " How gay is gay"? When Jack heres the rude comment Will made about him. Saying that Jack acts too gay(like a girl). Jack shows up to the gym dressed like a "ghetto" man and speaking with a deep voice.Will then realizes he hurt Jack and that he shouldnt be afraid to show "gay pride" if you will! Mean while Grace and Karen are back at the apartment drinking & sharing stories.I think this is the only episode where the girls actually get along!moreless
  • Will goes to the gym, and finds his attitude needs more change than his physique.

    Will and Jack hit the health club to pump iron, not to mention meet and greet. The fitness center is popular as more than a place to get in shape. It's also a social scene.

    Although Jack is the visitor in this case, he winds up feeling more at home than longtime patron Will. Jack is free with his identity-- perhaps too free for his buddy's liking.

    Will bristles at Jack's flamboyant habits. Jack, in turn, is shocked that Will doesn't accept him for who he is-- and that Truman is still not entirely comfortable about himself. The battle over different styles of self-expression may wreck their friendship altogether.

    Will struggles to resolve the issue and win back his old pal. Meanwhile, a similar clash of personalities unfolds as Grace tries to help Karen shore up her ailing marriage.

    A friend in need is a friend indeed. And it doesn't hurt if they look good in gym shorts.moreless
  • will really loves jack

    i like how will shows his anger towards jack when he calls him a "fag", yes it's wrong, but deep down he's just sad that he can't be as open as jack is. he loves jack and in a way wishes he could be more like him in terms of being really open to everybody like jack is. a real heartwarming and funny episode.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It's revealed that Grace lost her virginity to a guy named Ira, while Karen lost it with a politician named Mr. Tyler.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Grace is wearing a HWY 420 shirt. HWY 420 is a movement of Canadians and Americans joining together to demonstrate support for ending the expensive and destructive policy of cannabis prohibition.

    • This is the first time the word f-a-g is used in the series.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Grace: What you said about Jack was pretty harsh. What do you say about me behind my back?
      Will: That you should never wear capri pants!

    • (Jack is acting "straight" at Will's Gym)
      Jack: (to a woman patron) Nice Rack.
      Woman: You're an idiot.
      Jack: Thanks!

    • Karen: (talking to Stan on the phone) You were looking at her! Or maybe you were looking at, I don't know, a lamp, and her ASS just got in the way!!!!

    • Karen: God, I am so sick of Stan.
      Grace: Karen, maybe you should talk to your shrink about this.
      Karen: My shrink? Honey, I only go to him for refills.

    • Jack: I come from a very fat family. We store more fat than otters.

    • Grace: Did you know that you're wearing my clothes?
      Karen: Yeah honey, and you're wearing mine.
      Grace: AAHH!! I am!! When did that happen?!
      Karen: Well uh..you wanna try on my sweater and I wanted to see what synthethc fabric felt like and...bipity bopity boob..we're on each other's clothes!

    • Jack: (to Will) I'd rather be a fag than afraid.

    • Will: Now, now-- listen. Swishburger, this is not like your old gym. Look around. No men in Flashdance collars. And behold...women!
      Jack:There were women at my old gym.
      Will: Not on their birth certificate.

    • Jack: Ohh. Look at this. (Jack pulls up his shirt revealinghis stomach)
      Grace: Aah!
      Will: Jack, warn people before you do that.
      Grace: Oh, god, that reminds me, Will. We're out of ricotta cheese.
      Jack: I haven't worked out in 2 days. I'm fat. Je suis fatty gay. I got busted at the gym.
      Will: For what-- feeling something other than the burn?

    • Grace: Oh. Oh, right. The drool. So Ira... Is floppin' on top of me like a horny trout... And then all of a sudden he lets out this scream that sounds something like, "Ga-ga-gah!" "Gah! Gah." And pffft! It's over. And that's how I lost my virginity.

    • Will: How do you know the Jock Block?
      Grace: (In a Swedish accent) Oh, Geez, I overheard it at the salon. Those gay fellows are a real hoot.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Karen: Talk? And how would that...go?
      Grace: Well, Nell...

      This is a reference to the Jodie Foster movie Nell, who played an isolated woman that never learned to speak.

    • Jack: Well, listen, Will, I am what I am.
      Will: And that makes you what, the Gay Popeye?

      The is a reference to the animated character Popeye, who ended every cartoon by singing, "I am what I am and that's all that I am, I'm Popeye the sailor man."