Will & Grace

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me In The Closet And I'm So Sad

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 2/15/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Will's ideal relationship with his loving father sours when his dad prepares to accept an award at his company's dinner banquet but tries to dissuade his son from attending because he's told everyone that Will is married to Grace. Meanwhile, Karen's private detective finds Jack's biological father.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Katie Palmer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Will: What are you doing?
      Grace: Waiting for you to talk to your father. And by the way, Dave from accounting has been giving me the eye all night. I'm not above cheating on you. (Will starts to walk away, Grace pulls him back) Will, come on. Everyone has that moment where they realize their parents are less than perfect. I hate to break it to you, but this is yours.
      Will: Look, I know my father. And he wouldn't do this unless he had a very good reason.
      Grace: Which is?
      Will: I don't know. But I intend to find out. (Starts walking away, turns around) And we are NOT raising the kids Jewish!

    • Grace: (Pretending to be married to Will) We have three kids, Hannah, Rachel, and Liam. Hannah played Queen Esther in the purim play. Not a dry eye in Schule!
      Will: All right. Sweetie, let's dance.
      Grace: I don't feel like dancing.
      Will: They're playing our song.
      Elderly man: Aww, they have a song!
      Elderly woman: You two are so sweet together! What's your secret?
      Will: I'm gay. (Couple starts laughing)
      Elderly man: That's what my son says! He's funny too!

    • Jack: Who's my daddy? Oh, that's right. Some stranger in a Nixon mask who boinked my mother at a pool party in '68. Karen: God! That is awful. Who in the world would have a pool party?

    • Grace: The only thing my dad ever gave me was feet the size of canoes.

    • George: Got a hot date, Jackie? Jack: No, but the guy who's dating me does.

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    Trivia (3)

    • This is the first appearance of Will's dad, played by accomplished actor/director Sydney Pollack.

    • When Will looks out the window at his father parking, he says "He found a spot on 78th." 155 Riverside Drive is at the corner of Riverside and 88th Street. There is no way he could see his dad parking 10 blocks down the street.

    • Some of the objects in the coffee shop move around from one take to the next. Look closely at some of the objects on other tables.

    Allusions (4)

    • Episode Title: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me In The Closet and I'm So Sad This is a reference to the famous Arthur L. Kopit play "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad."

    • Jack: Oh, I hit on my father! I'm Soon-Yi. A reference to Soon-Yi Previn, who married Woody Allen, 35 years her senior. Technically, Woody Allen was never Soon-Yi's father...she was adopted by Mia Farrow and her then-husband Andre Previn.

    • Will: Yeah, and then Harpo and Zeppo could bring in the Dean's wife, and we'll all sail to Fredonia.

      Harpo Marx and Zeppo Marx, two of the Marx Brothers, were in the movie Duck Soup, which takes place in the mythical country of Fredonia.

    • George: (to Grace) And who looks more like Rita Hayworth every day, huh?
      Rita Hayworth was an actress who slightly resembles Debra Messing (Grace).

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