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Where There's a Will, There's No Way is the 7th episode of the first season.

Grace blames her relationship with Will as the reason for her lack of interest in dating and decides they can no longer have fun together. Jack enlists Will's help when the IRS catches up with him.

Synopsis

Feeling horny yet?

After feeling that her urge to date is gone, Grace theorizes that it is because she is having too much fun with Will so she places a "fun embargo" on them. However, after coming from another uneventful date with an otherwise attractive guy, she realizes Will is not the problem. Will, clearly indignant by Grace's theory, refuses to make up with her until she waves a white flag and apologizes.

Jack and the IRS

Will finds out that the IRS has been sending letters to Jack for not paying his taxes so he helps by setting up a meeting with an agent against Jack's wishes. In the end, Jack accepts the IRS's figure of $2,000 which Will will pay for him.

Cast

Main

Guest

Media

Notes

  • Will&GraceTitle

    New title card

    This is the first episode to feature the show's blue and purple logo instead of the original black and white.
  • Will gives Jack a kiss on the cheek in this episode. This is the first time we see him kiss a man in a non-platonic way.
  • Gary Grubbs (Harlin) is listed in the opening credits, but does not actually appear in this episode.

Cultural References

  • Will compares Grace's look of pajama pants under an Armani jacket to that of mentally troubled actress Frances Farmer, who had the same unkempt appearance during court especially in Jessica Lange's portrayal of her in the biopic Frances (1982).
  • Using the clacking of the pills, Karen sings the first lines of "The Trolley Song" from the film Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
  • As Grace fumbles over calling Xander Freeman, Karen calls her "Hamletta" after the Shakespeare character Hamlet known for his indecisiveness.
  • Grace says "Listen to me. I'm a bi-level haircut away from Lilith Fair." The Lilith Fair was an all-women concert tour that promoted several progressive issues.
  • While Jack does handstands on a chair, Will calls him Nadia, after Olympian Nadia Comăneci. As he goes down, Jack yells "10.0!". Comăneci was the first gymnast to score the perfect 10 at the Olympic Games in 1976.
  • Jack compares his anxiety with the IRS to when he was caught shoplifting at Lane Bryant, a plus-size clothing store for women.
  • Will likens playing cards with the clueless Karen and Jack to playing cards with "Tweedledum and Tweedlediva", a reference to the Alice in Wonderland characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
  • After slapping the hysterical Jack, Will apologizes for "that Knots Landing moment". Knots Landing was a long-running soap opera usually filled with melodramatic scenes and fights.
  • Jack's line "Joey teaches Blossom a valuable lesson about tough love" is a reference to the 1990s television show Blossom about a teenager named Blossom and her family, including her older brother Joey.

Quotes

You're making wok food? It's 8 a.m. What are we having, Hunan Cream of Wheat? Will

I hate Uncle Sam. I'm so over older men. Jackhating the system

Will:You're depressed.
Grace:No, I'm not.
Will:Well, I must be really happy.

You know, anger doesn't really go with what you're wearing.
But then again, not much does.
Jackto Will

Grace, desperate times call for desperate measures. It's time to get your head out of the dumps and your legs in the air! Karen

Will:Do you have any idea how the government works?
Jack:No, but I do know I get a little funny in the tummy around the Washington Monument.

Please don't tell me you're still blaming me for your crappy love life. Can't you just blame your parents like everybody else? Will

Oh, Peter, Paul, and Mary, I'm going down! Jackmeeting the IRS agent

I can't go to jail, Will. I'll never pull off the jumpsuit. I have no waist. Jack

There are 3 things in this world you can count on. Death, taxes, and... me. Willto Jack

My, my, somebody's boxer briefs are in a twist. Karen

What are you doing here? You were on a date, honey. You should have a tongue in your ear right now. Karen

Will:Karen, it's up to you.
Karen:Oh! Honey, you sound just like Stan in bed.
playing cards

Keanu in rubber and chocolate chocolate chip. Now, that's a lot of sugar. GracePoint Break on a high-fat ice cream combo pack