Will & Grace

Season 7 Episode 2

Back Up, Dancer

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 23, 2004 on NBC
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Back Up, Dancer
After Jack is fired as a backup dancer by Jennifer Lopez, she gets him an audition with Janet Jackson for her performance tour. Meanwhile, Will and Grace try to get back to business as usual and mend Grace's broken heart, only to have her come between Will & Vince.moreless

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  • Good episode.

    I liked this episode. It was funny, ok, there were funnier episode, but this one was good too.

    Scene with Janet Jackson was funny, that's for sure, especially those ones when she says "Say that again... aaah, 5. I feel something about it." or something like that :D

    Hmmmm... I'm sorry for Grace, but she'll be fine, I guess.
Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan


Guest Star

Andrew Abelson

Andrew Abelson


Guest Star

Will Arnett

Will Arnett

Artimes Johnson

Guest Star

Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale

Vince D'Angelo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Will: I'm sorry, I had to talk to Grace.
      Vince: Right. 'Cause we're having lunch from 1:00 to 2:00, which only leaves you 23 hours to catch up on her problems. What about me, Will? You know, this is a relation-ship. When one of the crew goes overboard, the ship sinks.
      Will: No, it doesn't. That's a terrible metaphor.
      Vince: You're a terrible metaphor.
      Will: That's a comeback?
      Vince: You're a comeback!

    • Jack: (to Karen) What?!  Are you asking me to throw the dance? That's like asking Einstein to throw the-- wait, who's Einstein again?

    • Karen: (to Jack) I've gotta find the ladies' room. It's true what they say: you don't buy tequila, you rent it.

    • Will: It's called a book, Grace, we keep them in the den to seem smart.

    • Grace: Can you at least stay five more minutes?
      Will: What do you need me for? You're just sitting around picking at a scab.
      Grace: I cut myself shaving three weeks ago and it still hasn't healed!

    • Jack: I'm so nervous, I haven't had a danceoff since high school. Well, it wasn't so much a danceoff as I was beaten up by the football team.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In an interview with People Magazine, Janet Jackson said she had a great time filming this episode but she had a hard time pronouncing the name 'Artimes'. The writers did did some re-writes so she would only have to say it once.

    • Bobby Cannavale reprises his role of Vince D'Angelo in this episode. He would go on to win the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performances this season.

    • This episode, along with the season 7 premiere "FYI: I Hurt, Too", was grilled by several critics for relying on celebrity guest appearances, which critics claimed was to compensate for the writers' lack of original material.


    • Janet: I feel this connection between Jackson and 5, I don't know what it is?
      A cheap and funny reference to her older brothers who once formed the group, The Jackson 5.