Alley Cats

Will and Grace go bowling with Rob and Ellen
Will and Grace go bowling with Rob and Ellen
Title “Alley Cats”
Episode # 1.21 (21)
Season # 1
Original Airdate 06-May-1999
Writers Jhoni Marchinko & Alex Herschlag
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

When Rob and Ellen admit that they don't have fun playing games with Will and Grace because of Grace's competitive nature, Grace works to change her image. However, as Grace loses her competitive edge, Will's emerges and he convinces his partner to care only about winning. Meanwhile, Karen saves a workman's life after learning how to administer CPR from Jack.


  • Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
  • Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
  • Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)

Guest Cast

  • Tom Gallop (Rob)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)
  • John Capodice (Workman Bernie)
  • Lucky Vanous (EMS Tech)


  • "Alley Cats" was originally scheduled to be shown on 4/22/99, but was swapped at the last minute with "Will Works Out."




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Airdates & Ratings

05/06/19998:30 PM14.1/22%#07
07/13/19999:30 PM06.9/11%#34Tuesday 9:30 special airing
08/31/19999:30 PM07.5/12%#289:30 pm double showing