Whatever Happened to Baby Gin? is the 22nd episode of the eighth season, and 184th overall. It is the penultimate episode of the series.
Just as Grace and Will are settling into the idea of raising the baby together, Will's boyfriend Vince surprises him with an announcement that will lead Will to choose between his commitment to Grace and his relationship with Vince. Meanwhile, Karen shocks everyone when she announces that she has a sister, Gin, who was injured as a child during a game of Twister. Josh Lucas, on the other hand, comforts Jack after a devastating discovery when his new show "The Badge" premieres.
- Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
- Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
- Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
- Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
- Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)
- Bobby Cannavale (Vince D'Angelo)
- Bernadette Peters (Gin)
- Josh Lucas (Himself)
- Charles C. Stevenson (Smitty)
- Bernadette Peters was previously mentioned in Bully Woolley, where Jack had just cut a lock of her hair for his Broadway diva wig.
- Will is excited that Vince brought in the Bugaboo Gecko Suspension Stroller.
- Title of the episode is a reference to the 1962 Bette Midler-Joan Crawford thriller Whatever Happend to Baby Jane?. Karen and Gin's story also draws heavy parallels to the film where one of the sisters try to murder the other and one ends up with a disability.
- Grace jokes about the name "George" coming from the "curious monkey" in the Curious George book series, and then-president George W. Bush. If the baby was a girl, Will jokes that they will name it "Boy George", after the androgynous rock star.
- As pointed out by her friends, this is the first time Karen even mentioned having a sister named Gin. She claims to be referring to her whenever she was talking about the alcoholic drink gin. She then mentions his brother-in-law, Johnny Walker after the whisky brand.
- Josh Lucas mentions that he had been mistaken for Matthew McConaughey, Aaron Eckhart, and Thomas Jane--all film actors who are 6-foot tall with blonde hair.
- Gin suggests to Karen ordering a pizza and watching the animated comedy Family Guy. Episode writer Gary Janetti was a producer for Family Guy from 1999-2016.
|Gin:||Say that again. I didn't hear you because one of my legs is shorter than the other.|
|Karen:||You're such a pessimist, Gin. Why not say, "One of my legs is freakishly long"?|
The resemblance is uncanny. Meaning, both of you have huge cans. — Jack, comparing Karen and her sister
That's the last time that I place an order with Kinko's over the phone. You know, maybe I should have said "B as in Boy" instead of "B as in Bagina". — Karen, on "The Vadge" posters
I've got to stop falling in love with straight women. — Rosario
Oh, my God, you guys. You're never gonna guess who's here. Me! I heard rumors that I wasn't going to show, but I'm really here. — Jack
|Gin:||Karen, If you think you're going to cut me off, think again, since we both know how I ended up like this.|
|Karen:||It was an accident!|
|Karen:||Uh, no, I was ordering. Gin, Please!|
|Jack:||We're having a premiere party tomorrow night. Why don't you come on by?|
|Josh Lucas:||Sure. Should I bring my girlfriend?|
|Jack:||If by "girlfriend" you mean "open mind to experimenting," then yes.|
|Josh:||All the top leading men are dubbed.|
|Jack:||Really? Well, what about the bottoms?|
It's like you're Matt Damon, and I'm Ben Affleck and I just made Gigli. Or Paycheck. Or Bounce. Or Jersey Girl. Or Surviving Christmas. — Jack, comparing his embarassment
|Will:||Are you asking me to choose?|
|Vince:||I'm afraid to, Will, because... I think I already know the answer.|
Gin, I'm not sure about you moving in. It might make Rosie feel very uncomfortable. She prides herself on being the toughest thing to look at around here. — Karen
I'm so tired of falling in love with gay men. — Rosario
Thanks for coming to my big opening. Did that sound wierd? Thanks for making my opening so big. — Jack