Will & Grace

Season 3 Episode 18

Mad Dogs & Average Men

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 15, 2001 on NBC
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Mad Dogs & Average Men
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.moreless

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  • You've got a heart as big as your feet.

    Grace meets Karen's highly attractive nephew, Sumner. Karen lets Grace know that Sumner is married, before Grace can date him. Will is trying to break up with this guy but can't because he loves his dog. Sumner comes by Grace's work and asks Grace out to dinner. Turns out that Karen lied to Grace. Sumner is not married. Then Karen lets Grace know that Sumner is con artist. Grace eats dog food. haha. Grace calls Sumner and she finds out that he wasn't a con artist either. For some reason Karen is keeping them apart. Jack comes back from walking the dog and brings back a completely different dog. Paul comes by to get Pepper and Will lets him know that he lost it. Instead of being pissed, Paul hugs him. Karen then tells Grace that Sumner is a hired assassin, a robot, and a woman. Turns out that Karen just thinks that Sumner isn't good enough for Grace. Will finds out that Paul already had his dog. He dumps Paul.moreless
  • Will goes crazy over a dog while Grace chases Karen for an answer.

    The best storyline is the one between Grace and Karen - in regards to why Karen is lying about the availability / suitability of her nephew Sumner. The scene where Karen admits to Grace that she is too good for Sumner - and Grace's facial expression afterwards - is a great Grace/Karen moment. Very funny scene. Will's infatuation with a dog seems very real (remember another episode during Series 1 where the same thing happened) and initially funny - especially as Grace asks Will why is he cooking for a dog. However, constant jokes about 'dogs' become a bit boring and like Jack, we wonder how Will ever got together with Paul.moreless
  • Great episode, as always.

    Stan’s nephew, Sumner is visiting. He and Grace are very attracted to each other, but Karen does not want them to go out with each other. She tells Grace he is married, a killer, a woman and so on. Grace is determined to find out why Karen does not want her to date Sumner. Will is trying to break up with Paul, but is having difficulties trying to do so, because he is in love with his dog. Paul asks Will to watch the dog for the weekend. Jack loses him while taking him for a walk and tries to cover up by bringing back a slightly smaller dog.moreless
Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Paul Budnik

Guest Star

Paul Satterfield

Paul Satterfield

Sumner Davis

Guest Star

Bill Idelson

Bill Idelson


Guest Star

Ellen Idelson

Ellen Idelson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • When megan makes the sign that Stan's sister is a "big bitch" you can see Debra start to crack up and then get over it.

  • 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...

    • Grace: You probably keep your wedding band in your pocket.
      Sumner: No I don't. Wanna check?
      Grace: Kind a…

    • Grace (to Sumner when she first meets him): Is it me, or are you hot in here?

    • Will: Enjoy your hotdog 'cause you'll be having none of mine.

    • Jack: (entering after losing the dog of Will's boyfriend) That's Pepper, your lover's dog. His tag said dry clean only but I washed him in warm.
      Will: Jack!
      Jack: It wasn't my fault.
      Will: Oh no, you lost the dog?
      Jack: What can I say, we were playing fetch and when I brought back the stick he was gone.

    • Grace: You think I'm special!
      Karen: Well don't let it go to your head. Your hair's already such a disaster that the Red Cross wouldn't give it coffee.

    • Jack: We still have plenty of time to figure something out before Paul gets here. (hears knocking on the door) Maybe it's not Paul.
      Paul: (Outside the door) Will, it's Paul!
      Jack: Maybe it's another Paul.
      Paul: Paul Budnik.
      Jack: Maybe he forgot about the dog.
      Paul: I'm here to pick up the dog.
      Jack: Maybe he's over you.
      Paul: I missed you.
      Jack: Well, my work here's done.

    • Karen: (About her nephew Sumner, to Grace) Now, don't get me wrong. He's my nephew, and I love him like a son of a bitch. And I mean that literally. Stan's sister's a bitch.

    • Usherette: Ma'am, I'm gonna need to see your ticket.
      Grace: I don't have a ticket.
      Usherette: Well, then, you can't go in.
      Grace: Look, it's no problem. Just two minutes. Ok?
      Usherette: Miss, I'm sorry. You're gonna have to leave.
      (The usherette puts her hand on Grace, to stop her from going in)
      Grace: Excuse me. Would you just take your hands off me? It's an opera. How about a little decorum?
      (Grace shoves the usherette to the ground)

    • Grace: You tell me why I can't see Sumner.
      Karen: All right, you wanna know why? I will tell you! He's a hired assassin. He'd just as soon kill ya as look at ya.
      Grace: No, he is not.
      Karen: Okay, he's a woman.
      Grace: Karen!
      Karen: A robot?
      Grace: Stop it!

    • Grace: Yeah! How come you never make this for me?
      Will: Because it's dog food.
      Grace: Needs a little salt.

    • Grace: The best part is that I know that this one is not gay. Please tell me that I'm right.
      Karen: Yes, you are.
      Grace: Yes!
      Karen: He's not gay.
      Grace: Yes! You see? You see all those years of datin' losers and closeted gay guys and that drag queen and that one masculine-looking girl is not for nothing. I have honed my instincts. And my instincts are telling me that, uh... your nephew is one quality prospect.
      Karen: He's married.
      Grace: Really? He seems gay.

    • Grace: Hold on a second. You are sautéing dog food in my best skillet.
      Will: Yeah, well, mine doesn't heat as evenly.
      Grace: I want you to say that again... And listen to yourself very carefully.
      Will: Mine doesn't heat as evenly.
      Grace: For the purpose of...
      Will: Making a farewell dinner.
      Grace: For...
      Will: A dog. Ok, I get it.

  • NOTES (1)


    • 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.