Alice Doesn't Lisp Here Anymore is the 22nd episode of the third season and 68th overall.

Grace goes to a funeral of a former schoolmate she used to bully out of guilt. Jack asks Karen to help him prepare after finding out he is nominated for a MAC award.


Mrs. Lazy Face

Grace finds out from a newsletter that a woman she went to junior high with, Alice Robinson had died. She convinces Will to join her in going to the funeral out of guilt because she started the nickname "Mrs. Lazy Face" for Alice, who had a lisp.

At the mortuary, Grace finds out that Alice is still alive and the funeral is for her grandmother who shared her namesake. Before Grace can rush out, she is called to say something during the ceremony and she asks forgiveness from "Alice", which she accepts. They reconcile afterwards.

Later, Grace drinks hot coffee and accidentally burns her tongue right before introducing herself to Alice's students and unknowingly lisps their names.

The MAC Awards

Jack tells Karen that for his work on Jack 2001, he has been nominated for a MAC Award, an award for "lower Manhattan non-transgender equity waiver gay cabaret". As according to him the "truly cool people" never show up at awards show but sends a videotaped message instead, Jack records himself pretending to be on the set of his next movie (i.e. Will's apartment). Karen however, hears a message left on Jack's machine that there had been a mix-up and he is not actually nominated. Jack is saddened by this news so Karen brings him a cute boy, money, and jewelry to cheer him up.





  • This episode was aired out of order.
  • Grace mentions being "really good" at improv but does not mention her and Will's improv group in college, The Zanys.
  • The MAC Awards or Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs are a real award honoring achievements in cabaret, comedy and jazz since 1983.

Cultural References

  • This is the only episode with a character on the title who is neither main nor recurring. The title is a reference to the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
  • Grace recites the song Mrs. Robinson (1968) at the funeral (followed by a medley of other Simon & Garfunkel songs).
  • Grace mentions that bullies used to call Will names such as "Hairy Ass Truman", after US President Harry S. Truman.


Grace:You know how every school has that one girl that all the kids make fun of? You know, bad at sports, a little overweight, friends with the lunch ladies?
Will:...I was that girl.
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