Mad Dogs and Average Men

Will loves Paul's nice, big dog
Will loves Paul's nice, big dog
Title “Mad Dogs and Average Men”
Episode # 3.16 (61)
Season # 3
Original Airdate 15-Mar-2001
Writers Adam Barr
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Grace is smitten when she meets Sumner, Karen's charming and handsome nephew, but Grace's attempts to arrange a date are constantly thwarted when Karen conjures up a litany of lies to dissuade her. Meanwhile, Will tries to terminate his dead-end relationship with a needy nebbish, but postpones the dramatic moment because he's so infatuated with the guy's lovable doggie, Pepper.


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

Guest Cast

  • Peter Jacobson (Paul Budnik)
  • Paul Satterfield (Sumner Davis)
  • Ellen Idelson (Usherette)
  • Bill Idelson (Ben)
  • Seemah Wilder (Lois)


  • Rosario does not appear in this episode.
  • Sumner is Stan's nephew (his sister's son).
  • Staff writer Ellen Idelson who plays the Usherette also supplied the voice of Will's secretary back when he had his own office.


  • Credits for this Episode.
  • Transcript of this Episode.
  • LosingPepper.wmv: Jack loses Paul's dog, Pepper.
  • Opera.wmv: Grace confronts Karen at the opera.
  • NiceBigDog.wav: JACK "I've stayed with many a guy 'cause he had a nice big dog."
  • Sumner.wav: SUMNER DAVIS "I came to see you. I thought you might like to have lunch."
  • PaulBudnik.wav: PAUL BUDNIK "I want you to hold me till the pain goes away."
  • RedCross.wav: KAREN "Well, don't let it go to your head. Your hair's already such a disaster that the Red Cross wouldn't give it coffee!"



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Airdates & Ratings

03/15/20019:00 PM13.7/20%#08
07/26/20019:00 PM06.3/10%#31