Christmas Break

Title “Christmas Break”
Episode # 7.11 (150)
Season # 7
Original Airdate 09-Dec-2004
Writers Bill Wrubel
Producers Alex Herschlag & Dave Flebotte and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Grace attends a holiday party at Will's mother Marilyn's home and accidentally breaks a treasured Lladro figurine. Will convinces Grace not to tell his mother and to blame the accident on one of the other guests at the party. Elsewhere, Karen's stepdaughter, Olivia, comes to stay for the Christmas holiday and Karen pawns her off on Jack, who fits right in with the teenage girl and her friends.


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

Guest Cast

  • Blythe Danner (Marilyn Truman)
  • Hallee Hirsh (Olivia Walker)
  • Kari Lizer (Connie)
  • Ashley Louise Edner (Ruby)
  • Cody Weiant (Maisie)
  • Helen Geller (Fiona)
  • Paolo Presta (Marc)


  • This is the first episode to be broadcast in high definition in widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio on NBC-HDTV.
  • f/k/a "E-mail Trouble" during production. The NBC synopsis included the plot point "an e-mail gaffe dogs Grace, fearful that she missent a nasty note to Will's mom."
  • This is the first and only appearance of Stan's daughter, Olivia. She is staying with Karen while Mason and his mother go to the hospital to remove fat from his stomach to put it into her butt.
  • Paolo Presta won his walk-on role from Oprah on her "Oprah's Wildest Dreams Show".


  • Credits for this Episode.
  • Transcript of this Episode.
  • 0711-Olivia-150.wmv: Karen's step-daughter Olivia comes to visit.
  • 0711-Lladro-150.wmv: Marilyn breaks some bad news to Will.
  • 0711-Mall-150.wmv: Karen tries to 'get chilly' with Olivia and friends.
  • Cool.wav: JACK "Boy, how cool are we, huh? All the girls wanna be us, and all the boys wanna date us."
  • ChristmasPlans.wav: KAREN "There go my Christmas plans of sittin' in a dark room and drinking!"
  • FiggyPudding.wav: ROSARIO "This year I'm making your figgy pudding with rat poison and Ajax."
  • Faygeleh.wav: MARILYN TRUMAN "Well, so long my little faygeleh."
  • Bleach.wav: MARILYN TRUMAN "Someone came into my house, destroyed something beautiful..."
  • Olivia1.wav: OLIVIA WALKER "You're embarrassing me..."
  • Olivia2.wav: OLIVIA WALKER "Remember that time when we glued the cookie to the floor..."

Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

12/09/20048:30 PM07.1/11%
03/15/20058:30 PM04.5/07%Special 2-for-1 double feature
07/14/200510:30 PM03.5/06%