Will & Grace

Crouching Father, Hidden Husband

Season 4, Ep 3, Aired 10/11/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack is puffed up with paternal pride as he escorts his long-lost teenaged son Elliot to a junior high school dance but not before he coerces Grace into posing as Elliot's date – which only revives her own tortured memories of rejection from school dances many years before. Elsewhere, Karen has great fun at her lawyer Will's expense when she continues to capriciously summon him for bogus "emergencies" – that is, until she really needs him.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • James Burrows (II)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Elliot: I have to go finish my homework.
      Jack: After that, you wanna do something? We could go... (Looks at Will, who mimes throwing a ball) ...wave at sailors.

    • Grace: This is so unfair. I feel like I'm being banished.
      Jack: That's because you are being banished. Now, you will sit here on the freak bench with the other weirdos. (to girls sitting) No offense, girls, today's weirdos are tomorrow's daytime talk show hosts and sensitive singer-songwriters.

    • Connie: Here are the Polina files. (Connie gives Will a folder) Will: Thanks, Connie. Do you want anything else? Connie: I had a dream about you last night. We were on the beach, and you weren't wearing a shirt. Oh, my god, I can't believe I told you that. I'm so embarrassed. Will: Connie, you don't have to be embarrassed. Connie: I was breast-feeding you. Will: That's embarrassing.

    • Agent Pembleton: Mrs. Walker, I don't think you understand. We're from the FBI. Karen: Oh, I've been telling Grace she's gonna get arrested one of these days for assault with a deadly wardrobe.

    • Will: Just make sure you do something fun with him that night. Like, when I stayed home from a dance, my mother and I would bake gingersnaps and watch Little House On The Prairie. (Grace and Jack stare in disbelief) Will: God, I was so gay.

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    Trivia (2)

    • This is the first episode in which Landry Albright (Nancy) appears. She reprises her role again in "He Shoots, They Snore".

    • The song that Jack danced to at Elliot's dance is "Pop" NSYNC.

    Allusions (2)

    • Jack: Show me hateful! This was Richard Dawson's classic delivery when displaying the answers on The Family Feud.

    • Title: Crouching Father, Hidden Husband Refers to the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is an Academy Award Winning Movie starring Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun-Fat.

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