Will & Grace

Homo For The Holidays

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 11/25/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Will and Grace are shocked to learn that Jack never told his mother he was gay and encourage him to open up to her at Thanksgiving. The evening brings a revelation for Jack as well: his father isn't who he thinks it is.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Alex Herschlag

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • #207 'H0m0 For The Holidays'

    By Edie70, Jun 17, 2012

  • ...Exactly right! :D

    By tabbikattster, Nov 05, 2006

  • As Grace said: "Jack, your mother has to know your gay, I mean... she has met you right?"

    By lozza1525, Sep 25, 2006

  • Jack's mother doesn't know Jack is gay? It's a far-fetched storyline, but the jokes that come out of it and the performances of the four main characters make for classic episode!

    By timrohm, Nov 29, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Will: Remember Matt Stokes' party, where we met for the first time? I was in such deep denial about being gay, I think I was about twenty pounds overweight.
      Jack: Thirty.
      Will: Maybe twenty-five.
      Jack: Maybe thirty-five.
      Will: Anyway. You came up to me, we didn't know each other that well yet, you pulled me aside and you said, 'Aren't you tired yet?' And I was tired. Tired of actually reading Playboy for the articles. Tired of hiding my Bette Midler albums in Led Zeppelin sleeves. But you took me to clubs, you introduced me to people. You showed me how much I was missing by not being myself. And I'm thankful for that.
      Jack: I also taught you how to dance without pointing all the time.
      Will: And I'm thankful for that, too. Here's my secret; I admire you, Jack. Because you are more yourself than anybody I'm ever known.
      Jack: Will, I get it, But this would tear my mother apart, I can't just-
      Will: Jack. Aren't you tired yet?

    • Judith: The other benefit of a dry run is I powerwalk the whole time while clenching my buttocks, like so. Now you can't tell I'm doing anything, but my ass sure can. Grace: Like mother, like son.

    • Judith: Yello! Hot dish comin' through...and she's carryin' a casserole! Grace: Who's that? Will: Jack's mom.

    • (Jack storms out of the room) Grace: I don't think I've seen him this upset since they hired a female urologist at the free clinic.

    • Grace: One time, Judith caught him in bed with a guy, and Jack convinced her that they were doing a school check for lice. Karen: Oh. Grace: And when she caught him wearing her high heels, he said it was because they helped him with an inner-ear problem. Karen: Ah. Grace: And he also told her that I am his ex-girlfriend. Karen: And she bought that?!

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    Notes (4)

    • On the packaging for the Season 2 DVD, this episode is incorrectly titled as "Home For The Holidays". However, on the episode menu for the DVD itself, the title is correct.

    • Ratings: 19.14 million viewers This episode attracted the largest audience in the show's two-year history, topping the previous record of 19.08 million established with the season one episode, "Grace, Replaced." It also scored a season-high adults 18-49 rating, 8.8/22, retaining a solid 99% of its Frasier lead-in.

    • This episode was part of NBC's Must See TV Thanksgiving Thursday.

    • Sean Hayes selected this episode and "Acting Out" as his tapes for Emmy consideration this season. Hayes won.

    Trivia (3)

    • During the opening scene of the episode Grace's nail polish appears and disappears. Also, when inside Will's apartment the door to Grace's apartment is open. When they get into the hallway however, it is shut.

    • LOOK REALLY HARD! Next to the elevator is an escape route plan in case of fires. While the floor plan is acurate to where Will & Grace live, it says the hallway ends just a few feet away from the elevator, and only shows 4 apartments on the floor. We know from prior episodes that there are at least 12 apartments to a floor. But it does confirm that the door in the middle of the hallway is probably a utility closet.

    • In the end credits, Veronica Cartwright is credited as "Judith Mc Farland" instead of "Judith McFarland."

    Allusions (5)

    • Grace: What were his exact words again? Oh, yes--'My Harold And Maude phase is over'. Harold And Maude is a 1971 movie about a 20 year-old man obsessed with death who takes up with a 79 year-old woman.

    • Will: Hey, woman on the verge, what's going on? This is an allusion to Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown the 1988 Pedro Almodovar movie.

    • Will: My god. This is like watching Gays of Our Lives. A reference to the long-running daytime soap opera Days of our Lives.

    • Will: Luke, you are a homo!
      Cheap and funny reference to the film Star Wars.

    • Karen: Wilma. Will: Cruella.
      The nicknames Will and Karen have given each other are references to Wilma from The Flintstones and Cruella from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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