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Will & Grace: Buy, Buy Baby

After a large corporation takes over OutTV, Jack's talk show "JackTalk" is completely revamped. An immediate change comes when the new conservative owners hire Amber-Louise as "JackTalk's" new co-host. While Jack is deciding whether or not he'll stand up to his new bosses. Meanwhilea, after seeing Grace so happy about her pregnancy, Karen decides she wants a baby of her own and offers to pay a make-up lady, Cricket, to carry one for her.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x18
Production Number: 8018
Airdate: Thursday March 30th, 2006

Director: James Burrows
Writer: Kirk J. Rudell

Guest Stars
John DuceyJohn Ducey
As Jamie
Mathew BotuchisMathew Botuchis
As Dave
Matt CrabtreeMatt Crabtree
As Stage Manager
Britney SpearsBritney Spears
As Amber-Louise
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Himself
Wanda SykesWanda Sykes
As Cricket
Episode Notes
This episode was originally set to have a religious theme to it, but several groups protested the show and demanded a boycott of it due to Spears involvement. The script was then trashed and rewritten to take a more political stance.

Ratings: 7.2/11 in the overnights, 9.33 million viewers and a 3.6/11 among adults 18-49 for this episode.

Episode Quotes
Jack: Well, this co-host better not steal focus from me. I want a real toad! An Ed McMahon.
Amber: (Walks in) Hi! I'm Amber-Louise from the great state of Alabama.
Jack: Oh, even better, a British woman.

(Pushing the American flag out of the way)
Jack: Stars & Dykes Forever, where did this come from?!?

Amber: Okay, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. I'm not who you think I am. My real name is Peg. And I'm a hardcore lesbian. I'm into leather play, butch white girls, skunkin', pullin' the blinds, and poodle balling. Whatever you got, I'll eat it, snort it, or ride it, baby.

Episode Goofs
When Wanda makes the ad-libbed joke about "tuck it in", Debra jerks her head away and almost cracks up. But saves herself at the last moment.

Storyline aside, why didn't Karen bother to mention she wanted a baby once before with Grace, much like she did with Jack? The divorce makes sense, but wouldn't it have added to make reference to this episode again? It seems like a minor plot left out to make way for something new.

Cultural References
Takei: That's what the show was about? Well, now I'm glad I did it!

Throughout the episodes, several references are made toward the original "Star Trek" and behind the scenes stuff. Like Shatner's speech and the meaning of the show.

Rosario: You rang?
Karen: Yes, Lurch.

A quick reference to the 1960's show "The Addams Family."

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