Will & Grace

Season 4 Episode 16

A Chorus Lie

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 07, 2002 on NBC
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A Chorus Lie
Matt Damon makes a guest appearance as a clever charmer named Owen, who's competing against Jack for a spot in New York's Gay Men's Chorus. Truth be told, however, Owen is totally straight and is really after the group's big perk: a summer trip to Europe, all-expenses paid. Jack suspects Owen's ruse but needs proof. How about the hug test? Now a flustered Jack reluctantly turns to Grace to "in" Owen. Meanwhile, a scheming Karen tries to pass off an unwitting Will as her lover and not her lawyer when she discovers that she's the object of pity for being single at her own Valentine's Day partymoreless

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  • #416 'A Chorus Lie'

    Absolutely hilarious. Karen hosts her 'Annual Valentine's Day Party' and brings Will with her now when Stan is in prison. But Beverly Leslie bothers her with his sneaky comments about her being alone so she makes up this little lie that Will's her gigolo. Poor guy's being offered so many jobs during the weekend that his head spins (unaware of the fact that those ladies are not interested in hiring him as a lawyer). Karen then comes clear and says she's been missing her husband and feeling very lonely. Meanwhile Jack tries to prove that his colleague from the chorus (played by Matt Damon) is straight. He calls Grace to flirt with him and even photographs them making out on the couch. There's a surprising ending when Jack is the one to be shamed. (9.5/10)moreless
  • Matt Damon playing gay is an absolute classic episode for "Will and Grace." Considering how much ribbing Matt Damnon and Ben Affleck have taken for their friendship over the years, this episode is a real treasure.moreless

    I hope that everyone who is a fan of "Will and Grace" enjoyed this episode. Seeing Matt Damon raise his finger and saying, "Oh no you didn't..." the gestures he uses while showing off his singing skills and trying to pass as gay is a pure joy.

    The extremes to which one would go to in order to qualify for an all expense paid trip to Europe in the New York City Gay Men's Chorus seems totally probable.

    Jack's consternation at the thought of losing to 'Owen' couldn't be in better comedic form. Jack suspecting Owen of being straight and trying to prove it is classic. Lucille Ball never did any better.

Patrick Kerr

Patrick Kerr

Choral Director

Guest Star

Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin

Mrs. Sanwald

Guest Star

Craig A. Meyer

Craig A. Meyer


Guest Star

Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

Beverley Leslie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Sean Hayes selected this episode and "Went to a Garden Potty" as his tapes for Emmy consideration this season. Hayes lost to Brad Garrett this season.

    • When shown in syndication, the scene where Woman#1, Woman#2, and Woman#3 are trying to proposition Will, is edited and sometimes it is completely cut.

    • Owen (Matt Damon) said he was in a long-term relationship with his high school boyfriend "Ben". Although he was lying, this may have been a reference to Damon's friend Ben Affleck.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Beverly: You are a liar, Karen Walker!
      Karen: What are you talking about?
      Beverly: I don't believe that that man in there is your gigolo. I haven't heard one peep out of that room all weekend, and believe me I've been listening!

    • Owen: (to Grace) And you... thanks for the tea--and A.

    • Owen: (to Grace) Oh would you look at that, my hand seems to be going up your thigh. Right-uh right to your... ROCKIN' ASS!

    • Owen: I'm really exicted about going to Europe. I almost went once with my girlfriend...and by girlfriend I mean, (in an effeminate voice)
      'Hey girlfriend what you wearin' to Europe? Ho!' It was a guy, huge arms.

    • Grace: Jack, why is my door locked? You better not be using my hair crimper on your bad place again.

    • Owen: 'Cause you won't get him...
      Jack: Thinkin' and a-hopin'...
      Owen: Wishin' and a-prayin'...
      Jack: Lyin' and a-cheatin'!
      Owen: Tubby and a-tone-deaf!

    • Grace: (While making out with Owen.) You're a good kisser for a gay guy, and I've kissed a lot of gay guys!

    • Karen: Beverly Leslie you look more like a woman every time I see you.

    • Jack: Why don't we start with some vocal exercises. [quickly] What gym do you go to? Why haven't I seen you in the clubs? And who have we slept with in common?
      Owen: I work out at home. I'm allergic to smoke. And I'm in a long-term relationship with my high school boyfriend.
      Jack: Name?
      Owen: Ben.
      Jack: I know him.
      Owen: No, you don't.
      Jack: How do you know?
      Owen: He told me you don't.

    • Jack: Uh, excuse me. As Aretha said to Gloria, Celine, Shania, and Mariah during Divas Live, "Are you trippin'? No one interrupts the Queen of Soul, bitch. Ok?"
      Owen: Well, I believe she also said, "Hey, Cuba, Canada, cowgirl, Crazy, get out of my light and away from my snacks, bitch."

    • Karen: (To Beverly) You're almost as sweet as a regular sized person!

    • Will: (To Karen) Are you going to be in your room or here at the bar? Why am I even asking?

    • Karen: Now, I don't want you to be intimidated by these rich society people remember, they're just like you, only infinitely better.
      Will: Oh Karen, I'm no more intimidated here than you would be in a room full of people who were getting into heaven!

    • Beverly: You!
      Karen: Oh, good Lord! You scared me! Shouldn't you be in your tree making cookies?

    • Owen: I'm gay. We love bras, right?

    • Jack: I have in my apartment--
      Grace: My apartment.
      Jack: In there right now is a hetero posing as a homo. I need you to help me get proof.
      Grace: So you want me to 'in' him for you?

    • Jack: Oh, interesting. You gave me the straight-guy-double-pat-on-the-back-no-hip-contact hug.
      Owen: Actually it was more the gay-guy-bend-at-the-waist-feel-your-delts-check-out-your-shoes hug.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Karen: Oh, good Lord! You scared me! Shouldn't you be in your tree making cookies?

      Karen makes another joke about Beverly Leslie's short stature by comparing him to the Keebler elves.

    • Episode Title: A Chorus Lie

      This is an obvious reference to the long-running musical and later film A Chorus Line.

    • Jack: (upon learning Owen is straight) Anne Heche Laffoon!

      This is a reference to the actress Anne Heche, whom many claim she pretended to be lesbian when she was with Ellen DeGeneres. Heche's full married name was Anne Heche Laffoon, before divorcing her husband.