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Will & Grace: 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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x2
Production Number: 07001
Airdate: Thursday September 23rd, 2004

Guest Stars
Bobby CannavaleBobby Cannavale
As Vince D'Angelo
Andrew AbelsonAndrew Abelson
As Choreographer
Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
As Herself
Steve RyanSteve Ryan
As Lieutenant
Will ArnettWill Arnett
As Artimes Johnson
Episode Notes
Bobby Cannavale won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performances as Vince D'Angelo.

This season was meant to establish Will having a serious relationship for once, while everyone else ended up single. That's why instead of doing the obvious, and having him break up with Vince, they decided to keep him going.

The episode was grilled by several critics (as well as the Season 7 premiere) because many felt the writers had no material left, and had to go to celebrity guests to keep it moving.

This episode was filmed first, but was given a production code of being filmed second. It is unknown why.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Janet JacksonThe Pleasure Principle 

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode Goofs
Will & Grace is set in New York, which would make Vince a NYC cop. However, his uniform resembles that of an LA cop instead.

Cultural References
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.

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