When Will & Grace was revived with the same cast and characters in 2017, fans were elated. They would once again get to see their favourite characters: the titular twosome, who are best friends and room-mates, and their friends Jack and Karen.
The first TV series with gay principal characters, the show was, and continues to be, filled with great one-liners as the cast members engage in witty banter. They trade insults and have comical and overly dramatic conversations. At the center of this is Karen Walker, an alcoholic wealthy socialite who lives in the penthouse of their apartment building and has befriended the three. Karen is spoiled, self-absorbed, and completely out of touch with how the rest of the world lives, but she's always hilarious to watch. Here are some of her best lines ever.
10 Relationship Advice
“It’s time to get your head out of the dumps, and your legs in the air!”
Leave it to Karen to give the best relationship advice, as she does her with Grace. She's telling her to pick herself up and, well... put herself out there. Except she says it in the crassest way possible.
Karen always means well, but it’s not her type to comfort someone with a boring “there, there” pat on the back, and “go out and have some fun!” Nope, she wants you to get straight to the point in order to get yourself out of a funk.
9 Her Love for Will & Grace
“Oh, lord! They’re like Siamese twins who are joined at their boring personalities.”
Some of Karen’s best jokes are directed at Will, Grace, or the two together. She often implies that they are boring, plain, not fashionable, pudgy – whichever ridiculous insult she can come up with in the moment. In this case, she finds a way to insult them both at once, while still being her usual clever, quick-witted self.
8 She’s Not Promiscuous
“No! I will not have sex for money! I only have sex for jewels, furs, or mixed securities, like a lady!”
Up until recently, Karen was married to her wealthy husband Stan. And although she was faithful (OK, so she did have one affair) that didn’t stop her from making remarks that might suggest she got around– at least in her pre-married days. The funniest part of this statement is that Karen likely believes it to be true: having sex for furs and jewels is not the same as doing it for “money.”
7 Mimosa, Anyone?
“Oh my God, how can you drink straight orange juice first thing in the morning?”
It’s rare to ever see Karen without a drink in her hand, or on her desk at work (she “works” for Grace, but really doesn’t do much of anything). And to her, it’s just a normal part of life to always be drinking or popping pills. So when she sees someone drinking “straight” orange juice, she’s honestly baffled. How could that possibly be a good start to your day?
6 Mingling With the Common Folk
“Good lord, I can’t believe I’m at a public pool. Why doesn’t somebody just pee directly on me?”
Karen wouldn’t be caught dead in a regular shopping mall, fast food joint, or public pool. But when she ends up in one by circumstance, she’s legitimately grossed out. She isn’t wrong. Most public pools or so heavily chlorinated that it’s a wonder we leave with our skin still intact. And with kids of all ages and sneaky adults wading around, it’s likely that someone, at some point, has urinated in the water. We hear ya, Karen.
5 Tomato, Tomatoe
“You say potato, I say vodka.”
You have to love the way that Karen can work alcohol, pills, or an insult into just about any conversation. In this case, it’s with a play on a popular phrase that compares different pronunciations of the same word. Of course, the comparison should be between “po-tay-toe” and “po-tat-toe,” but Karen skips that idea and goes straight to the one thing you can make with potatoes that she loves most: vodka.
4 On Being Stubborn
“The only other person I’ve apologized to is my mother, and that was court-ordered.”
Yes, Karen has a big heart and will do anything for those she loves. Though she’ll rarely admit that anything she does is out of love. She’d prefer you believe her heart is stone cold. Which means she does not apologize for anything, any time, to anyone. Nope, not even her own mother.
3 Totally Out Of It
“It’s Christmas, for goodness sake. Think about the baby Jesus, up in that tower, letting his hair down…so that the three wise men can climb up and spin the dreidel and see if there are six more weeks of winter.”
If you didn’t know Karen, you might think she wasn’t very bright, really mean, or just ditzy. Burt the truth is that most of the time, she’s just on something, and feeling numb. In this example, she mixes up religious and non-religious holidays with nursery rhymes and weather patterns. Maybe, in some universe, it makes sense. But it’s best to simply nod (or shake your head) and let Karen do her own thing.
2 She Looks Down on the Poor
“Oh, hey! Somebody got flowers. Or, as I like to call them, poor people jewelry.”
Karen looks down on the poor, not seeing them as any more than a nuisance, and truly not understanding how they live and that they are, yes, people too! So where “normal” people might get flowers for an occasion like Valentine’s Day or birthdays, Karen is used to lavish gifts, like jewelry. And she’s quick to make fun of anyone, usually Grace, who gets excited about such trivial gifts.
1 She Doesn’t Work
“I’m too tired to slap you, would you bash your face against my palm?”
Sure, Karen technically has a “job” working for Grace, but she doesn’t really do anything except show up when she feels like it and sit at a desk. As a wealthy socialite, her idea of work is spending hours shopping, and having to get up to refill her own drink or pick up more pills at the pharmacy. So even something as simple as slapping someone in the face because they are annoying her is just too much work. Can you give me a little bit of help, please?