Will & Grace

Mad Dogs & Average Men

Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 3/15/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Grace is smitten when she meets Sumner, Karen's charming and handsome nephew, but Grace's attempts to arrange a date are constantly thwarted when Karen conjures up a litany of lies to dissuade her. Meanwhile, Will tries to terminate his dead-end relationship with a needy nebbish, but postpones the dramatic moment because he's so infatuated with the guy's lovable doggie, Pepper.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • James Burrows (II)

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • You've got a heart as big as your feet.

    By tennisrobe26, Jun 23, 2008

  • Will goes crazy over a dog while Grace chases Karen for an answer.

    By dcpgaus, Feb 18, 2007

  • Great episode, as always.

    By marietzomers, Oct 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Grace: (About Karen's nephew) So I asked him if the guys in the joint are as hot as they are in Oz-
      Will: Are they?
      Grace: I wouldn't know! He's not an ex-con, Karen lied about that too! When I asked him why she was doing this, you know what he said? 'She doesn't want me going out with you.' Can you believe that? She doesn't think I'm good enough for him.
      Will: He told you that?
      Grace: He didn't have to. I mean, can you believe her? As if I'm not good enough or classy enough to be in her family. I gotta be honest, that is damn good dog food. (Reaches for some more, Will slaps her hand with the skillet)

    • Sumner: Hey Grace. Grace: Sumner, hi. If you're looking for your aunt Karen she's not here. She doesn't work on days that end with....day.

    • (Grace enters) Grace: Morning... Will: Morning! Grace: (to Jack) Really, I'm not going to ask you again, stay out of my underwear draw, nothing fits me anymore!

    • Will: He has this amazing dog. Jack: Oh, his dog. I gotcha. I stayed with many a guy because he had a nice big dog. Will: It's so well trained. Jack: I'm sure it is. Will: Totally kissable. Jack: Aren't they all? Will: You do realize I'm talking about an actual dog, don't you? Jack: I do now.

    • Karen: Honey, be a love and move that filthy goat pelt off my husband's seat. Thank you. It's nice to see you two, the lazy eye's getting better. Lois: Mrs Walker, you're awful. Karen: (smiling) Oh Lois, you have no idea...

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode was filmed on February 7, 2001 at CBS Studio Center.

    Trivia (6)

    • Writer Ellen Idelson makes another cameo in the show as the usherette. She had previously provided the voice of Will's secretary (ironically enough named Ellen) when he had his basement office.

    • Sumner is Stan's nephew through his sister, which makes Karen a step-aunt.

    • Jacks food keeps vanishing quicker and quicker. You can tell it took them a few takes on the opening shot since they're eating food as they go.

    • After Karen sends her nephew away to go with Stan, Grace confronts Karen about being lied to. We see her hand go down in the shot next to Karen sitting at her desk, but in the next one her hands are near her chest clasped together.

    • When Grace eats the dogfood, we hear the sound of it sizzling, but we see no steam coming from the plate. Bad props people... get a real stove.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Title: Mad Dogs & Average Men This is a reference to and a play on words of the famous 1932 song by Noel Coward "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". Though the song title has been used in other circumstances and by other people since, Coward was the first to coin the phrase.

    • Grace:I don't date married men, well, at least not once I know they're merried. Grace could be referring to the time she dated 'Frankenstein' in Cheaters where he fled when she mentions she does not date merried men.

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