I Never Cheered for my Father

The only reason I did this is so you would pay attention to me.
"The only reason I did this is so you would pay attention to me."
Title “I Never Cheered for my Father”
Episode # 6.21 (137)
Season # 6
Original Airdate 08-Apr-2004
Writers Adam Barr
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Responding to the pleas of his father's mistress turned girlfriend Tina, Will attempts to discover whether there is a new woman in his dad's life. However, when his father's new mistress turns out to be his mother, Will must find a way to break the shocking truth to Tina. Meanwhile, Elliot's decision to try out for his high school cheerleading squad has Jack all smiles as he is determined to help his son make the team.


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

Guest Cast

  • Blythe Danner (Marilyn Truman)
  • Lesley Ann Warren (Tina)
  • Michael Angarano (Elliot)
  • Sara Paxton (Melanie)


  • Debra Messing does not appear in this episode (Grace was "out of town"). She will miss the remaining episodes of the season.
  • This episode is Elliot's only appearance this season, though he was mentioned in "Courting Disaster". He was last seen in Season 5's "Field of Queens". He won't appear again until Season 8's "I Love L. Gay".
  • This episode was a Zap2It Best Bet and a Yahoo! Daily TV Pick.
  • Marilyn and Tina finally meet up face to face in this episode.
  • Elliot admits that he didn't want to try out for cheerleading. He only did it so that Jack would see him. Jack agrees to devote more time to the neglected boy. (Ironically, we won't see him on screen again for nearly two years.)




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Airdates & Ratings

04/08/20048:32 PM08.9/15%#11Special Time
07/15/20049:30 PM04.8/09%#40