Will & Grace: Season 2, Episode 7

Homo for the Holidays (25 Nov. 1999)

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Will and Grace are shocked to learn that Jack never told his mother he was gay and encourage him to open up to her at Thanksgiving. The evening brings a revelation for Jack as well: his father isn't who he thinks it is.

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Will and Grace are shocked to learn that Jack never told his mother he was gay and encourage him to open up to her at Thanksgiving. The evening brings a revelation for Jack as well: his father isn't who he thinks it is.

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Karen: I think you're missing the silver lining here. When you're old and in diapers, a gay son will know how to keep you away from chiffon and backlighting.
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I love this episode because the subject was on-point to the gay theme of the show. This episode brings up the obligatory (but originally done) treatment of the issue of coming out to mom. AND, I LOVE Veronica Cartwright!! She is such a wonderful actress. She blends into the ensemble effortlessly playing Jack's mom who is unaware her son is gay.

In the episode she gleefully plays her character with a degree of flippancy as only to the mother of a flamer like Jack would. But, she doesn't give away any hint as to how she will react as the others plot to help Jack spill the news that her little boy is gay. She does the straight side of her character in equal measure to the slightly kooky mom and hits all of her lines with spot-on timing.

Rather than over analyze the theme of the episode, suffice for me to say this was simply one of the best written, most well-acted, and funniest. It was only second season and they were really on top of the game.

Megan Mellaly is at her best as Karen. In this episode she makes the most of her vodka martini props and uses her stage gestures for optimum effect after each line. Everything just really comes together well in this particular episode.


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