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

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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 63412
Airdate: Tuesday February 15th, 2000

Director: James Burrows
Writer: Katie Palmer

Guest Stars
Sydney PollackSydney Pollack
As George Truman
Joe OchmanJoe Ochman
As Chuck
Mark AnkenyMark Ankeny
As Ted Farmer
Perry KingPerry King
As John Marshall
Episode Notes
This is the first time we see Will's dad.

Episode Quotes
Karen: Yes! I had Private Detective talk to your mom, and he tracked down the guy in the Nixon mask. John Marshall is your father!
Jack: (Excited) Oh, my god! You found my dad! (Suddenly revolted) Oh, my god! I hit on my dad! Eww!
Karen: Eww.
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.
Jack: I need soap! I need ... I need a Handi-wipe for my brain! Ugh! (Disgusted) Oh, I hit on my father! I'm Soon-Yi. Ugh.
John: So, Jack, why don't we go someplace where we can be alone?
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.
Jack: No! You don't understand! You're my daddy.
John: (Grinning) Not yet.
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.
Jack: Eww.
Karen: Eww.

Will: Come on, your dad's great.
Grace: Yeah, in a parallel universe where my hair's straight and so are you.

Grace: You look great.
Will: Thanks. Where is he?
Grace: Um, Will?
Will: Huh?
Grace: You jumped into a tux, popped a Tic-Tac in your mouth. Took all of 5 seconds. (About her dress) This took all afternoon. It was like building a boat.

Episode Goofs
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.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me In The Closet and I'm So Sad.

The title 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.

In 1997, Soon-Yi Previn married her adopted father, Woody Allen.

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: When I told my dad I got into Columbia, he said, "Yeah? Well, we're broke. Now, move. You're blocking Baretta.

Baretta was a 1970s TV show.

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