Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 6

William, Tell

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 09, 1998 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

William, Tell
When Jack reveals to Grace that Will once had an affair with a "client," she becomes paranoid that Will is keeping secrets from her. Her suspicions continue to grow when Will meets Karen for a discreet meeting to discuss her legal problems and will only tell Grace he's meeting with a client.moreless

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  • Fantastic! Insight into Will & grace's relationship! :D!

    I gave this episode quite a low rating and that is mostly to do with the fact that Jack and Karen aren't fully developed yet. This doesn't make their acting any worse I just like seeing them as they are in Seasons 3 and onwards. I love the banter between WIll and GRace when Jack is dressed as an alien, it is quick and wity.

    Karen trying to be subtle while attacking Will's office is hilarious, although not fully developed you can see the later Karen in there!

    Also the conversation that Karen has with Stan in the cafe when she is using Will's phone. That is such an amzing scene because it gives you the visual disgust of Stan "wagging that tail" and the reaction of Will.

    Best Performance: Grace- THe Astor Cafe Scene, THe Opening Scene and the Last Scene! GO GRACE!

    Best Scene: The Opening Scene (Jack as a Gaylien and Will wanting "Ze Big Arms!"----OR----THe last scene between Will and GRace.

  • I like this episode I love the Title "William Tell" it's just too bad Grace is so nosy.

    So I loved the storyline and the storyboard. Now Grace does she always have to do anything to get her way?. This episode of Will & Grace was hysterical LOL!. I liked the part when Will & Grace were in the Restaurant and Will said "Let Her In" so she walked toward him and she had a phone in her hand and she got caught on it with her hair LOL!. And the part I slightly did not like so much was when Well and Karen were in the Restaurant and Karen was talking dirty to Stan now that was just gross. I'm not saying I dislike this episode I like this episode.moreless
Phil Levesque

Phil Levesque

Delivery Man

Guest Star

Ellen Idelson

Ellen Idelson

Will's Secretary - Ellen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Will: Grace, coming out is something you do once in a lifetime, like being born or watching Magic Johnson's talk show.

    • Maitre D': Can I help you?
      Grace: No, no, I'm just here to see someone.
      Maitre D': You need a reservation.
      Grace: To see someone?
      Maitre D': We like to protect our patrons.
      Grace: What do you think I'm going to do? Run around the dining room and oversalt their food?

    • Karen: Well, I guess in a lot of ways I'm kind of like a younger, much more beautiful version of Leona Helmsley. First, you marry for money, and then, you find yourself loving the old coot. Then he drops dead, and you get the money anyway. It's a win-win.

    • Grace: (about Will) Jack, go check his bedroom.
      Jack: Okay, what am I looking for?
      Grace: Doom.
      Jacks: Ha, I'll start with his bed.

    • Jack: (about Will) He's only been with 5 people in the last 8 years. He's like a humpback whale...without the hump.

    • Jack: (talking about Will's affair) Yeah, he used to call him a "client." That was his code word. I'm having dinner with a "client." I'm drawing up some briefs for a "client." Oh-ho, there were some briefs involved... but he wasn't drawing 'em up.

    • (Grace and Jack are trying to figure out what Will is hiding from them)
      Grace: God, what is he keeping from me? Oh my God. It's drugs. It's drugs. He's doing drugs. Without me... Not that I do drugs, but I'd like to be asked.
      Jack: You know what else he wouldn't tell either of us? If he's sick. He needs a kidney. Oh my God, he needs a kidney. Not that I would give him a kidney, but I'd like to be asked.

    • (Jack signs for the package)
      Delivery Man: Just your name, sir, I don't need your phone number.
      Jack: Don't be so sure...sir.

    • Grace: (referring to the delivery man) Help the man behind you with the big package.
      Jack: Grace, don't tease me.

    • Will: Oh, you girls are going to have a ball, braiding each other's hair and talking about boys and doing the Cosmo quiz.
      Jack: Oh, you mean, like, "How to tell if your best friend's a bitch?" Yeah, I already took it. You are.

    • Will: Ok, ok, we'll stop.
      Jack: No, you won't, because you can't help yourself. You were born bitter, nasty, mean-spirited, and, of course, chunky. And Grace, you're not much better. You're a follower without an ounce of decency.

    • Will: Grace, where are you?
      Grace: It's a SECRET! Now tell me, how does that make you feel?
      Will: Like a sorority girl in a bad slasher movie. Where are you?
      Grace: Let's just put it this way. (In low, creepy voice) The call is coming from inside the house. (Will sees Grace at the coat check)
      Will: Grace, you cannot be here right now. Go home!
      Grace: No.
      Will: Go home.
      Grace: No.
      Will: Go.
      Grace: No.
      (Will angrilly ends the phone call)
      Will: (To Host) Excuse me.
      Host: Yeah.
      Will: Would you mind having that crazed red-head removed? Listen to me, I'm Ricky Ricardo!
      Host: I'll take care of it Mr. Ricardo.

    • Grace: You're trying to bulk up?
      Will: No, it's a... dietary supplement.
      Grace: No it's not... (Austrian Accent) You want zah big arms so you can get zah big mens and lure zem into your den of zum-zum.
      Will: Ok. Thank you very much. That'll be enough, Grace.
      Grace: Oh, my god, what's happening?
      Will: What?
      Grace: Your buttons are popping. Your shirt is ripping. You're hulking up, You're turning green. (Screaming) Aah!
      Will: Ok, thank you. Excuse me, this happens to be good for you. (Reading Label) Oh, my god. It says it also grows breast tissue. You want to give it a try?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although credited, Gary Grubbs (Harlin Polk) does not appear in this episode.

    • Rob Lotterstein, creator of the FOX comedy, The War at Home, dedicated the first episode of that show to Ellen Idelson, with whom he used to work on Will & Grace. She passed away in 2003.


    • Episode title: William, Tell

      A passing allusion to the "William Tell Overture," most commonly known as the theme song for The Lone Ranger.

      It is also a reference to the legend of William Tell, an expert bowman who was forced to use his skills to hit an apple that was placed on his son's head.

    • Grace: The call is coming from inside the house.

      This is a reference to the 1974 horror classic "Black Christmas," where the stalker was making calls from a phone in the same house.

      This is also a reference to the 1979 film "When a Stranger Calls," when a killer terrorizes a babysitter, by calling from inside the house.

    • Jack: Good work, Nancy Drew. Let's meet up at Old Mystery Creek!
      This is a quick reference to the Carolyn Keene novels about the amateur detective Nancy Drew.

    • Will: Really? This is so... Alexis Carrington.
      This is a quick and cheap reference to Joan Collins' character on Dynasty. Collins would later guest star on Will & Grace.

    • Will: Captain, after closer examination, I believe I have identified the life form as... gaylien.
      This, along with several other jokes, is a reference to the classic sci-fi show Star Trek.

    • Will: (To Maitre D') Excuse me, would you mind having that crazed redhead removed? Listen to me. I'm Ricky Ricardo.
      Quick reference to something Ricky would say on I Love Lucy.

    • Grace: Your buttons are popping. Your shirt is ripping. You're hulking up, You're turning green. Aah!
      Quick and cheap reference to what happens to Dr. Banner in The Incredible Hulk.

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