Boardroom and a Parked Place is the 6th episode of the fifth season and the 104th overall.
Ben Doucette's eccentric partner Mr. Stein, comes back from running the London office and takes over now that Doucette has retired. After their meeting, Will catches him crying in the men's room where he explains to Will that there is no London office and he was actually staying at a mental institution. Will kindly lends his help and covers for him and in return, Mr. Stein gives him special perks. Things get out of hand when people start to get fired in favor of Will.
That had better be your penis!
After catching his husband cheating on her, Karen moves out of the mansion. Jack and Grace discover that she had been living in her limo with Rosario. They offer their help but Karen is too proud to ask for it.
- Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
- Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
- Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
- Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
- Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)
- Gene Wilder (Mr. Stein)
- Jamie Kaler (Gary)
- Rachel Quaintance (Roz)
- Brandon Jarrett (Colin)
- Kari Lizer (Connie, uncredited)
- This is the first appearance of Will's other boss since Will began working at the law offices of Doucette and Stein. Mr. Stein announces that Ben Doucette has retired. Gregory Hines who played Doucette had been diagnosed with liver cancer sometime before the episode was shot.
- Staff writer Kari Lizer reprised her role as Connie, but was uncredited.
- For portraying Mr. Stein, Gene Wilder won the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the 55th Primetime Emmy Awards, the same year Debra Messing won her Emmy.
- Will's pencil had a troll doll topper.
- Mr. Stein sings You've Got a Friend (1971) by Carole King.
- The Practice
- Maury Povich and Connie Chung
|Will:||So don't lecture me on ethics, Eugene. I don't care if there is no precedent. If we don't put ourselves on the line for this guy, he's gonna fry, and I will not have that on my conscience! And then Lara Flynn Boyle comes in and totally shuts him down.|
|Roz:||I love "The Practice."|
|Will:||It's so good. Anyway, back to business. Show of hands. All those in favor of going to Beefsteak Charlie's for Sarah's birthday?|
|Roz:||You got Sarah fired. She was like a grandmother to me.|
|Will:||Well, now you can visit her twice a year like you do your real grandmother!|
This pressure's too much. I can't handle it alone. Look at me. I'm nuts! — Mr. Stein
|Will:||Mr. Stein, what's wrong?|
|Mr. Stein:||Nothing. Can't a senior partner crouch on top of a toilet if he wants to?|
|Will:||Of course. Crouching's fine. It was the whimpering that threw me.|
If I gave in to every persuasive argument, I'd be in some crazy three-way marriage with Maury Povich and Connie Chung! — Karen
The only reason to spend a night in a limo is if the drummer in your prom band dropped a Quaalude in your Fresca. — Grace
|Mr. Stein:||You know, just between you and me, I wasn't ready to come back now. I know that. But when Doucette left, I had to, to save the company. I mean, it's "Doucette and Stein". If there's no Doucette, no Stein, what's the company gonna be called?|
|Grace:||Hey, are you wearing smarty-pants? 'Cause that's a pretty good plan.|
|Jack:||Well, maybe not smarty-pants, but perhaps a witty thong.|