Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 19

Will Works Out

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 22, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • "Alley Cats" was originally scheduled to be shown on 4/22/99, but was swapped at the last minute with "Will Works Out."

  • Allusions

    • 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."