Will & Grace

Season 8 Episode 17

Cowboys and Iranians

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 23, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Cowboys and Iranians
While Jack talks Will into going to a cowboy-themed gay bar to meet his new boyfriend, Grace's 'liberal guilt' leads her to hiring a minority as a second assistant, against Karens wishes.

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  • Grace hires another assistance out of guilt while Will defends Jack...

    The poor storylines continue this season...The worst storyline in a long time on this show was Grace hiring a 'ethnic' woman as an assistant because she feels sorry for her. This storyline is as subtle as sledgehammer and the 3 characters involved don't interact well at all. Perhaps they recognized a stinker of a story...In addition, a previous episode dealt with the same material (Grace hiring a waiter as her assistant because of guilt) - and it was much, much better and funnier!

    The other story has Jack's new boyfriend hitting on Will - a story as light as a feather...The plot of both stories could be written on a postage stamp. Very disappointing for a show that has done a lot better in the past.moreless
  • Poor story lines and weak jokes.

    This episode irritated me in different ways. It consists of two stories that have no connection whatsoever. Like in most weaker episodes of W&G you get the idea that two shorter episodes have been tacked together. Where are the Seinfeld days when different plot strands in a sitcom cleverly tied together at the end?

    Really irritating is the plot line with the Iranian employee. Apart from the fact that the respected actress Shohreh Aghdashloo appears to have no sense of comedy (timing), the racism plot was infuriating. I suppose the idea was to laugh at liberals who, out of guilt, accept bad behaviour of recent immigrants . Unfortunately the role of Pam was played so straight that it seemed to be a realistic image of a moaning immigrant. A good comedian would have put some spin on the outrageous excuses of Pam, in Miss Aghdashloo's performance they sounded as if she meant them, thereby perpetuating the image of the ungrateful immigrant. Let's not even go into the fact that the character comes from the Middle East, at a time when Americans of Arab or Persian origin are looked upon with suspicion. If Pam had come from a former Soviet Republic, it would have been funnier. I got the idea the makers of this episode came up with the funny title first and then went on to find a reason to use it.moreless
  • Jack's boyfriend hits on Will, while Grace hires a new assistant at the office.

    You know it's bad when the best moment of the episode involves silence, Will, bacon and a hand-held fan. Seriously, I love this show. But this episode was not funny.

    The plot is nothing special, which is a shame because it did have the potential to be funny. Nearly every joke fell flat - they seemes to be trying to hard to be both politically incorrect and funny, and then landed on irritating. The scenes with Grace, Karen and Pam are awkwardly acted (probably because they didn't find the script funny either.) The bit with Will's coat went on way too long - but had a decent payoff with the phone call. Is it just me or are the food jokes with Grace getting old? This is easily one of the worst episodes of this show ever written.

    Leslie Jordon is the only higlight. No matter what the character does it cracks me up "Gay bar fight!" Hee.moreless
  • Will and Jack go to a gay bar and Jack's boyfriend starts hitting on will. Meanwhile, Grace hires an Iranian woman so as not to seem racist.

    In my opinion, this episode was on of the best this season. Although it focused more on the relationship between Will and Jack, there was a strange and somewhat unbelievable subplot between an Iranian Woman, Grace, And karen. Also there were a good number of one liners that were suprisingly funny. What I didn\\\'t like about this episode is how it did not mention Graces pregnancy at all when that had been the main focus last week.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity Goof: Will says in this episode that he doesn't like cowboys and doesn't find them sexy. However, in the Season 1 episode, "Will on Ice", Will expresses how he wants to have a "Real Cowboy" for his next birthday and Grace expresses how he has Cowboy magazines.

    • This is the first episode that Beverley Leslie has appeared in scenes without Karen.

    • When Pam says it's better to pray from an east facing wall she referes to the Jewish way of praying, facing Jerusalem, which in America means east.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Grace: I'm sorry, I got no sleep last night. I have three apartments to do by the end of the month... I think I'm going to have to hire another assistant for a while. And Karen's got her hands full carving penises into her desk and getting her real estate license online.

    • Beverley: William, what a surprise. I'm just having a drink here with my business associate, Benji.
      Will: The only surprise is that you're still trying to pass off Benji as your business associate in a middle of a gay bar.
      Beverley: This is a gay bar?! Why, I had no idea! I'm-a half a mind to storm out of here right this minute, but my other half wants to stay and finish my refreshing Lemon Drop.

    • Beverley: Well, well, well...if it isn't Karen Walker's friend. Where is your olive-skinned cohort? Don't you homosexuals always travel in pairs?

    • Jack: Wow. We were in a gay bar fight.
      Will: I know. And, oddly, not a single punch was thrown.

    • Jack: Look at me. I'm glowing.
      Will: Congratulations, Jack. Are you gonna find out the gender or do you want to be surprised?
      Jack: I'm not pregnant, I'm in love.
      Grace: Oh Jack, that's great. Are you gonna find out the gender or you want to be surprised?

    • Jack: (to Beverley & Benji) Well look how cute you two are... the black stallion and my little pony.

    • Will: Wow, a gay Western bar. Where's the mechanical bulldyke?
      Jack: Over there. And no man has ever stayed on her.

    • Grace Adler: Sometimes I wish I was a Republican, then I wouldn't have to care about anyone's feelings. The only thing I'd have to worry about is being indicted.

    • Leslie: (After witnessing Will and Travis shove each other.) Gay bar fight. (Ringing triangle bell.)

    • Grace: The fact is, I'm tolerant and you're, well, maybe a little bit racist.
      Karen: How dare you call me a racist. A homophobe? Maybe. Distrustful of Spaniards? Who isn't? But nobody calls me a racist--and you can ask anyone I own.

    • Karen: (As the phone is ringing) Hey, Princess Jasmine. Show time.

    • Karen: (Speaking to blond interviewee after looking through her purse) Condoms, but no breath mints. I like a gal that cuts to the chase.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Episode title: Cowboys and Iranians

      An obvious reference to the kids' game "Cowboys & Indians."

    • Grace: (hesitantly singing off-key) Bye-bye, Miss Iranian Pie. Drove my... Oxcart to the levee, but the levee was dry...

      This is a refence to the Don McClean song, "American Pie."

    • Karen: (As the phone is ringing) Hey, Princess Jasmine. Show time.

      This is a reference to Princess Jasmine from the Walt Disney film Aladdin.