Homo For The Holidays

Jack learns his mom has a secret too
Jack learns his mom has a secret too
Title “Homo For The Holidays”
Episode # 2.08 (30)
Season # 2
Original Airdate 25-Nov-1999
Writers Alex Herschlag
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

When Will and Grace meet Jack's mother and learn that not only is she unaware that her son is gay, but she also believes that he has had a romantic relationship with Grace, they invite her to Thanksgiving dinner with Jack hoping to force the issue into the open. But nobody is prepared for the holiday surprise that she has for them.


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

Guest Cast

  • Veronica Cartwright (Judith McFarland)


  • This episode was part of NBC's Must See TV Thanksgiving Thursday.
  • Judith tells Jack that his father is not his real father.
  • This episode attracted the largest audience in the show's two-year history (19.14 million viewers, topping the previous record of 19.08 million established on Thursday, April 8, 1999 with Grace, Replaced) and in adults 18-49 (a season-best 8.8/22) retained a solid 99% of its FRASIER lead-in.
  • This episode was the UltimateTV Best Bet for 4/25/2000.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

11/25/19999:30 PM12.7/22%#13Special Thanksgiving 9:30 episode
04/25/20009:00 PM09.5/14%#37*Highest rated NBC show of the day
07/18/200010:00 PM08.7/14%#09Marathon #2
11/08/20018:30 PM13.1/19%#05Special 2-for-1 double feature (beat first run #4.07 at 9:00)
11/28/20028:30 PM06.2/12%#40Special Time 8:30