The Big Vent is the 9th episode of the first season of Will and Grace.


Days of Our Vent

Will's apartment is currently an ice box, keeping Grace huddled under the covers. Will drags her out of bed and over to the vent where she finds heat, and hears flirting from the apartment downstairs. Grace becomes a "fan" of the soap opera that is unfolding downstairs as she learns that the female neighbor is cheating on her husband with his brother. At first Will is only mildly interested, but after hearing the updates from Grace they soon park themselves by the vent day after day listening to the love story down below.

After settling in for a night of vent drama, Will and Grace realize that they have the premiere of Jack's play. They decide they'll only stay at the play for an hour and a half as to not miss any of the night's vent happenings.

Love Among the Coconuts: a Caribbean Fantasy

Jack is exploring a new career as a playwright and is preparing to put on his first show. He asks both Will and Grace for help, but they ignore his requests since they are so engrossed with the vent drama. Jack turns to Karen for assistance who tells him that the play he is writing is not good. She tells him that he needs to write about things that are important to him, which makes a lightbulb go off in Jack's head.

"Will" and "Grace"

Jack begins his play by setting up the scene, telling the audience that they are at Jack's funeral. His friends arrive to mourn his passing. It is soon clear to Will and Grace that Jack's play is about their lack of caring for Jack. They stay and watch the entire play including the part where fake "Will" and "Grace" take poison in order to kill themselves and be reunited with Jack. Both Will and Grace are shocked at the outcome of the play making them wonder what they did to make Jack so upset. They realize that their actions lately have been rude and apologize to Jack to being idiots to him. Jack isn't interested in their words and when asked by Will and Grace how to make it better, Jack requests that Will relinquish some of his closet to him and that Grace lint roll him.





  • Although Karen deems Jack's writing as terrible after reading his play's script, she later falls in love with his novel To Weep and to Willow: A Harlequeen Romance, which he writes in the episode "An Old-Fashioned Piano Party".

Cultural references

  • Karen asks Rosario to read "Green Eggs and I'm Hammered" to her stepchildren, after the Dr. Seuss story Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Will sarcastically claims that listening to their neighbors sounds better than the controversial MTV reality show The Real World: Seattle.
  • When Will mentions gesturing emphatically with a taco in his hand, Grace thinks he was doing an impression of jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. However, Will tells her he was doing the Joker of actor Cesar Romero from the television show Batman.
  • Jack decides to rewrite his play exclaiming I'll take Painful Things for $500 similar to choosing a category in Jeopardy!.



Grace:The poor husband slaves away 18 hours a day, while she carries on an affair every day this week. Except Wednesday.
Will:Which ironically is hump day.
Jack:What do you think of my glasses? What do they say?
Will:They say... "guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses."
Jack:And guys don't make passes at guys with fat asses.
Grace:That would be totally immoral. It would break the commandment about... um... coveting thy husband's brother's ass.
Will:Wow. I break that one all the time.
discussing their cheating neighbors

I guess maintaining the 13 shades of red in your hair keeps you so busy, you don't have any time for recreational reading. Jackafter Grace did not read his play

Karen:Your play stinks.
Jack:It does?! Which pages?
Karen:Uh, the ones with words on 'em?
Will:We need ice cream. What flavor of ice cream goes with the destruction of a loveless marriage?
Grace:Rocky road.

Honey, did you really think you could get into Heaven wearing body glitter? Karen

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