Hocus Focus

Will and Grace meet photographer Fannie Lieber
Will and Grace meet photographer Fannie Lieber
Title “Hocus Focus”
Episode # 4.23 (90)
Season # 4
Original Airdate 02-May-2002
Writers Sally Bradford
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

After Will wins a portrait session at a charity auction, he takes Grace to pose for a notoriously eccentric celebrity photographer but the unfocused shooter's bizarre methods ultimately produce a funky image that flatters Grace — and frightens Will. Meanwhile, Jack's back with another performance act, and this time he employs magic tricks but regrets using Karen as his less-than-helpful assistant.


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

Guest Cast

  • Glenn Close (Fannie Lieber)
  • J.P. Manoux (Minion)
  • Jeremy Forte (Angry Man)
  • Jason Stuart (Stuart)


  • This episode sets up the idea of Will and Grace having a baby together.
  • Both Michael Douglas and Glenn Close were nominated for Emmy awards for Outstanding Guest Actors for their appearances on "Will & Grace".
  • This epsiode features Jack singing Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic," and Will and Grace singing Scottish folk song "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean."
  • Thanks to Kendra for information on this episode.


  • Transcript of this Episode.
  • 0423-OldJackMagic.wmv: That Old Jack Magic
  • 0423-FannieLieber.wmv: Fannie Lieber
  • WG-Assistant.wav: JACK "Then remember your place. You're the assistant. Let's not forget where that word comes from. Latin for ass of an ant."
  • WG-BegForIt.wav: GRACE "You might as well say yes now before I make my gay guy beg for it."
  • WG-CheapUnderwear.wav: FANNIE LIEBER "Eh, you're Jewish." GRACE "How could you tell that?" FANNIE "Cheap underwear."
  • WG-GonnaBeMad.wav: KAREN "I'm gonna be so mad when my mood elevators wear off."
  • WG-GuyWhoBegs.wav: FANNIE LIEBER "All right dammit, why am I such a sucker for a gay guy who begs!?" GRACE "Story of my life, sister."
  • WG-LifeLacking.wav: WILL "Twenty five hundred gay men who care. It's everything my life is lacking."
  • WG-LoveFags.wav: FANNIE LIEBER "Good for you. I love fags, married three of them."
  • WG-NextTrick.wav: JACK "For my next trick, I'll need a volunteer, which would be a nice change of pace seeing as they usually charge me."
  • WG-PuffMagic.wav: GRACE "Look at me. I look all huffy and mannish. I'm like... Puff the Magic Drag Queen."



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Airdates & Ratings

05/02/20029:00 PM11.4/17%#09
09/12/20029:00 PM06.5/11%#18Special 2-for-1 double feature