Girls, Interrupted is the 20th episode of the second season and the 42nd overall.

Jack and Karen pretend to be a converted straight couple so he can make out with another convert. Grace suspects Val stole something from her.


Welcome Back Homo


"Ear-blowing and butterfly kisses are not standard NBA practice."

While at the club, Jack receives a flyer from a handsome guy named Bill inviting him to come to his gay conversion therapy group called Welcome Back Home. Believing he has a chance with Bill, Jack asks Karen to go to the group's meeting pretending to be a converted couple.

Bill soon catches on Jack's agenda and reaffirms to everyone in the meeting that Welcome Back Home is not a gay pick-up joint and everyone who thinks otherwise should leave. After everyone but Jack and Karen leaves, Bill gives up and agrees to shower with Jack, as long as it's a "it's a heterosexual soap-down".

Val's apartment

Grace unexpectedly spends an enjoyable girls' night at her apartment with Val. However, after Val leaves she notices that her music box is missing. When Will asks if she thinks Val stole it, Grace refuses to believe it since she is now in good terms with Val.

The next day, a completely paranoid Grace devices a plan so she and Will could break into Val's apartment under the pretense of checking out a gas leak. Unfortunately for Grace, they find her music box, proving Val did in fact stole it. When Val comes home and catches them, Grace confronts her and the two end up again in a violent fight which injures Will in the crotch.





  • Title is a reference to the film Girl, Interrupted (1999) about a troubled young woman who spends time at a mental institution, referencing Val's unstable mentality.
  • Grace has Val's key because she was elected president of the tenants' association in the episode Election.
  • Val's second appearance since the season 1 episode Grace, Replaced.
  • Val appears to have moved from 15F to 12E (which actually makes more sense, given that 155 Riverside Drive is a 12-story building).
  • The Christian organization "Focus on Family" objected to this episode, stating that it "made a mockery of the struggles of ex-gay men and women."
  • Will mentions that he got hit on at the club by a guy named Beverly. Later on, we are introduced to Karen's closeted frenemy Beverley Leslie.
  • Although Neil Patrick Harris has acknowledged being bisexual around the time the episode first aired, he will not publicly come out as gay until six years later in 2006.[1]

Cultural references

  • Will tells Grace that she is not invited to the club because they are having a "He-Man Woman Haters Club" from the film The Little Rascals (1994).
  • Grace's music box plays the Jewish folk song Hava Nagila, the traditional song for celebrations. It means "Let's rejoice" in Hebrew.
  • Val sings to the music box with "begosh and begorrah" and "my Irish eyes", playing on stereotypical Irish phrases and the patriotic Irish song When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.
  • Jack says "patience, Clarice" to Karen to calm her down, a reference to Hannibal Lecter's famous line in the film The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • When Karen describes herself as "a funny lesbian", she mentions openly gay stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres eventually makes an appearance in the episode My Uncle the Car.



I love gay bars. I always go to gay bars. Not a gay bar in town I haven't been to with you guys. Ok, just figured out why I'm alone and dateless on a Saturday night. Grace

Will:No, we're going to a club.
Val:Oh, really?
Jack:It's all you can eat after midnight.
Will:I didn't know they served food.
Jack:They don't.
Jack:Tonight I met the one—the man I wanna spend the rest of my life with.
Karen:Hey! There's only one man in your life. And her name is Rosario, and don't you forget that.

Honey, this is a cult! Yeah. Like the Moonies or the homeless. Yes. They're trying to make gay people straight! Good Lord! Don't they know what that'll do to the fall line? Karen

Karen:It's a waste of time. All right? It's like exercise or reading to your kids. The man thinks he's straight.
Jack:There are no straight men, only men who haven't met Jack.

It looks like your new sweetie has turned his back on homosexuals.
And not in the good way.

Okay, I have to say something here. The back-slapping and the head-rubbing was one thing, but the ear-blowing and the butterfly kisses are not standard NBA practice. Billsuspicious of Jack

Great. Give me a minute to get my black leotard and suction cups, and I'll meet you on the side of the building. Willplanning to break in Val's apartment

Will:This is breaking and entering! We can't go to prison. We're too pretty!
Grace:Relax. I'm the president of the Tenants Board. I'm allowed to go into any apartment in which I suspect a gas leak.
Will:But you don't suspect a gas leak.
Grace:Man, you're not gonna last two minutes in the slam.
Will and Grace:Surprise!
Val:Wow. What are you two doing here?
Grace:We thought you had a gas leak.
Val:Then why did you yell, "surprise"?
Will:Well, we didn't say it was a nice surprise.
when Val catches them snooping

Just because they stop being gay doesn't mean that they have to stop having taste! Karenat the converts meeting

Honey, was that two men or two women? Karen

Oh, my god, listen to me. I'm a funny lesbian. I'm Ellen! Karen


  1. Neil Patrick Harris: 'I realised I was gay after kiss from Burt Reynolds'
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