Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 6

William, Tell

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is the first episode to abandon the original black and white look and go with the blue 'W&G' logo.

    • Jack comes into Will's Apartment and says that he has on a Klingon suit. However, the outfit that he is wearing is not Klingon its just a random alien suit.

    • Though the delivery guy is just called Delivery Man in the credits, his shirt says his name is Joey.

    • The foam "head" on the protein shake changes from small to larger.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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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