Will & Grace

I Never Cheered For My Father

Season 6, Ep 21, Aired 4/8/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Responding to the pleas of his father's mistress-turned-girlfriend Tina, Will attempts to discover whether there is a new woman in his dad's life. However, when his father's new mistress turns out to be his mother, Will must find a way to break the shocking truth to Tina. Meanwhile, Elliot's decision to try out for his high school cheerleading squad has Jack all smiles as he is determined to help his son make the team.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • James Burrows (II)

  • Adam Barr

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Will: Mom, what is it you want? Marilyn: Well, I want Tina to keep seeing George. So he can sneak around with me behind her back. Will: You're quite the role model. Tina? Tina: Well, I want Marilyn out of the picture, so I can have George all to myself. I mean, this is the first time I've ever dated a man that I didn't have to call, let it ring once, and call back.

    • Tina: Hi, Marilyn. We finally meet. Though I've seen pictures of you when I removed them from your ex-husband's wallet. Marilyn: Well, I must say, you're almost exactly as I imagined you. You're like page four in the Midlife Crisis catalog.

    • Elliot: You know, maybe I should try out for track. Might as well. Once word gets out I tried out for cheerleading, I'll be running a lot anyway.

    • Karen: So, Elliot, queer leading tryouts, huh?
      Elliot: Cheerleading.
      Karen: Yeah. Well, we'll see what the kids are calling you when they're stuffing you in your locker on Monday.

    • Karen: (to Jack about Elliot) Wow, cheerleading, huh? Really following in his daddy's footsteps. I remember when Stan's son first started getting fat. Stan was so proud. I only wish he'd lived to see him reach 300 pounds.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was originally titled "The Father, the Son, and. . .Holy Crap!"

    • Ratings: 8.9/15, 13.29 million viewers. Ranked #11 for the week.

    Trivia (4)

    • Debra Messing (Grace) does not appear in this episode, though Will talked to Grace on the phone.

    • Debra Messing's son, Roman Walker Zelman, was born the day before this episode aired.

    • This is the only time Elliot appears this season, and is his first appearance since the season 5 episode "Field of Queens".

    • On one of the doors in Jack's apartment, there is a bumper sticker reading "Nurses do it with patience."

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: I Never Cheered for My Father This is a reference to the play, I Never Sang for My Father, written by Robert Anderson.

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