The Big Vent

Will and Grace eavesdrop on their neighbors
Will and Grace eavesdrop on their neighbors
Title “The Big Vent”
Episode # 1.09 (9)
Season # 1
Original Airdate 05-Jan-1999
Writers Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

After Will installs a new heating vent in the apartment, he and Grace become obsessed with eavesdropping on the marital problems of the couple downstairs. Meanwhile, Jack's new career this week is playwriting and he enlists Karen's help in staging a play to bring them back to reality.


  • Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
  • Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
  • Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)

Guest Cast

  • Corinne Bohrer (Judy)
  • T.F. Sullivan (Thomas)
  • Robert Curtis Brown ("Will" actor)
  • Jensen Daggett ("Grace" actor)
  • Titus Napoleon (Roger Waka-lana-huki)


  • Originally scheduled for 12/98 but pre-empted by "While You Were Sleeping." Finally rescheduled to be shown on 1/5/99.
  • Gary Grubbs is listed in the opening credits, but doesn't actually appear in this episode.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

01/05/19999:30 PM10.1/15%#41
05/27/19999:30 PM10.3/16%#16Moves to Thursday 9:30
08/03/19999:00 PM06.6/12%#23