A Chorus Lie

Jack sizes up the competition
Jack sizes up the competition
Title “A Chorus Lie”
Episode # 4.15 (82)
Season # 4
Original Airdate 07-Feb-2002
Writers Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

A desperate Jack seeks to "in" his rival for the last spot in the Manhattan Gay Men's Chorus that will tour Europe by dangling a motivated Grace as date-bait before him to prove that he's actually straight. Meanwhile, a scheming Karen tries to pass off an unwitting Will as her lover and not her lawyer when she discovers that she's the object of pity for being single at her own Valentine's Day party.


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

Guest Cast

  • Matt Damon (Owen)
  • Leslie Jordan (Beverley Leslie)
  • Patrick Kerr (Choral Director)
  • Amanda Carlin (Mrs. Sanwald)
  • Craig A. Meyer (Burton)
  • Wendy Schenker (Woman #1)
  • Jan Sheldrick (Woman #2)
  • Julie Janney (Woman #3)
  • Steve Goodwillie (Guy #1)
  • Sonya Therieult (Pretty Girl)


  • The original airing runs about 4 minutes long (9:00 to 9:34). Repeat airings will likely chop these extra minutes (along with the other edits they make for additional commercials).
  • The members of the Manhattan Gay Men's Chorus were actually members of the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus.
  • The Audio WAVE files are courtesy of Skip. Thanks, Skip!
  • This episode features the song "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Deniece Williams. Incidentally, this episode was formerly known as (f/k/a) "Let's Hear it for the Boy" (original title during production).
  • Also featured is Burt Bacharach's "Wishin' and Hopin'."


  • Transcript of this Episode.
  • Gigolo.wmv: That man is your gigolo?!
  • Audition1.wmv: Jack auditions, Part 1.
  • ThatIsHuge.wmv: Oh my God! That is huge!
  • SeducingOwen.wmv: Grace seduces Owen.
  • Audition2.wmv: Jack and Owen's audition, Part 2.
  • WG-JuliaRoberts.wav: WILL "Here I am thinking I'm Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, and meanwhile I'm Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman!"
  • WG-HardAsARock.wav: WILL "Well, I won't be getting any sleep tonight. It's as hard as a rock."
  • WG-HorribleRumor.wav: WILL "Why would you spread such a horrible rumor?"
  • WG-HairCrimper.wav: GRACE "Jack! Why is my door locked? You better not be using my hair crimper on your bad place again."
  • WG-ShowerTogether.wav: JACK "This is the Gay Men's Chorus. Who cares about choral music? We just want to go to Europe and shower together."
  • WG-ThisManIs.wav: JACK "Stop it! I can't take it anymore! This man is straight!"
  • WG-SexInHere.wav: KAREN "No, silly. I told everybody you were a whore, and I just want to make sure it sounds like we're having sex in here."
  • WG-ThatIsHuge.wav: KAREN "Oh my God! That is huge!"
  • WG-HesMyWhore.wav: KAREN "How dare you! I love my husband! I would never dream of violating the sacred trust of our marriage by taking a lover! He's my whore."
  • WG-IceCapades.wav: OWEN "I'm as gay as the locker room at the Ice Capades!"
  • WG-ChorusPolicy.wav: CHORUS DIRECTOR "We here at the chorus have a policy of tolerance. We used to have a policy of openness, but that got too many giggles."



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Airdates & Ratings

02/07/20029:00 PM15.0/23%#08
05/09/20029:30 PM10.7/16%#11Special 2-for-1 double feature
10/24/20029:00 PM09.2/14%#25
05/16/20068:00 PM02.7/04%#76Special Day