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Moveable Feast is the two-part 9th and 10th episode of the fourth season and 80th and 81st overall. It is the third Thanksgiving episode and similar to the others, it introduces several family members of the main characters.

Synopsis

Will, Grace, Jack and Karen cook their own turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner at their apartment but agree that each has to drop by their families first: Will at his mother's at Connecticut, Grace at her Aunt Honey's in Schenectady, Jack at his stepfather's hotel so he can meet Elliot, and Karen at Stan in prison.

Cast

Main

Guest

Notes

  • Title is a reference to Ernest Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast.
  • Aunt Honey, Paul, Peggy, Daniel's first (and only) appearance. Aunt Reba and Uncle Joe appear again since the flashback in Lows in the Mid-Eighties. Sam Truman, Bonnie, Nathan, George and Tina are mentioned but do not appear.
  • Bobbi Adler does her version of the famous Adler Told-you-so song and dance.
  • Julius says to Will that they "meet again, for the first time." This is a reference to their first meeting in 1985 when Will was still in the closet.[1]

Cultural references

  • Will and Grace idolize homemaking guru Martha Stewart.
  • Rosario was told they were going to eat at Tony Roma's, a restaurant famous for its steaks.
  • Madonna's "Holiday" was playing on the rental SUV.
  • Bobbi Adler's career of playing gender-bending roles is once again referred to when they mention Queen Lear (from King Lear) and The Ice Person Cometh (from The Ice Man Cometh).
  • Daniel recalls that once he gave Jack a ball for his birthday and he "put it in his shirt and told everyone he was pregnant with George Michael's baby". Michael was a popular sex icon during the 1970s who later comes out as gay in the late 1990s.
  • When they arrived at Bobbi's house, she was singing Ethel Waters' Am I Blue? from On with the Show (1929) on piano.
  • Will mentions that if they do not drop by his mother's, she will "summon a winter that'll last a thousand years," a reference to the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia who conjured a winter that was stopped after 100 years.
  • Jack mentions wanting a "Beautiful Crissy doll with beautiful hair that grows," a popular doll sold in the 70s when he was young.
  • Uncle Sid refers to Will as Jan Murray, a prominent comedian during the 1950-1960s era.

Quotes

Jack:My mom is making me. If I don't go, she won't pay half my rent.
Will:I pay half your rent.
Jack:Yeah, so does Karen.
Jack's rent

You gays and your discipline. No wonder you all end up in the clergy. KarenWhen Will insists they keep the schedule

Will:You can't say it. You can't talk about it, but you know it's there.
Grace:Kind of like a fart in church.
WASP dysfunction

References

  1. Lows in the Mid-Eighties

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