Will & Grace

Cowboys and Iranians

Season 8, Ep 17, Aired 3/23/06
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  • Episode Description
  • While Jack talks Will into going to a cowboy-themed gay bar to meet his new boyfriend, Grace's 'liberal guilt' leads her to hiring a minority as a second assistant, against Karens wishes.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo


  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Grace hires another assistance out of guilt while Will defends Jack...

    By dcpgaus, Jan 01, 2008

  • Poor story lines and weak jokes.

    By francklloyd, Mar 23, 2007

  • Jack's boyfriend hits on Will, while Grace hires a new assistant at the office.

    By singme_tosleep, Nov 10, 2006

  • Will and Jack go to a gay bar and Jack's boyfriend starts hitting on will. Meanwhile, Grace hires an Iranian woman so as not to seem racist.

    By tvshows19, Mar 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Grace: I'm sorry, I got no sleep last night. I have three apartments to do by the end of the month... I think I'm going to have to hire another assistant for a while. And Karen's got her hands full carving penises into her desk and getting her real estate license online.

    • Beverley: William, what a surprise. I'm just having a drink here with my business associate, Benji. Will: The only surprise is that you're still trying to pass off Benji as your business associate in a middle of a gay bar. Beverley: This is a gay bar?! Why, I had no idea! I'm-a half a mind to storm out of here right this minute, but my other half wants to stay and finish my refreshing Lemon Drop.

    • Beverley: Well, well, well...if it isn't Karen Walker's friend. Where is your olive-skinned cohort? Don't you homosexuals always travel in pairs?

    • Jack: Wow. We were in a gay bar fight. Will: I know. And, oddly, not a single punch was thrown.

    • Jack: Look at me. I'm glowing. Will: Congratulations, Jack. Are you gonna find out the gender or do you want to be surprised? Jack: I'm not pregnant, I'm in love. Grace: Oh Jack, that's great. Are you gonna find out the gender or you want to be surprised?

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    Notes (1)

    • Will & Grace earned a 7.2/11 in the overnights, 8.84 million viewers and a 3.4/10 among adults 18-49 for this episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • Continuity Goof: Will says in this episode that he doesn't like cowboys and doesn't find them sexy. However, in the Season 1 episode, "Will on Ice", Will expresses how he wants to have a "Real Cowboy" for his next birthday and Grace expresses how he has Cowboy magazines.

    • This is the first episode that Beverley Leslie has appeared in scenes without Karen.

    • When Pam says it's better to pray from an east facing wall she referes to the Jewish way of praying, facing Jerusalem, which in America means east.

    Allusions (3)

    • Episode title: Cowboys and Iranians An obvious reference to the kids' game "Cowboys & Indians."

    • Grace: (hesitantly singing off-key) Bye-bye, Miss Iranian Pie. Drove my... Oxcart to the levee, but the levee was dry... This is a refence to the Don McClean song, "American Pie."

    • Karen: (As the phone is ringing) Hey, Princess Jasmine. Show time. This is a reference to Princess Jasmine from the Walt Disney film Aladdin.

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