Back Up, Dancer

Jack auditions for Janet Jackson
Jack auditions for Janet Jackson
Title “Back Up, Dancer”
Episode # 7.02 (141)
Season # 7
Original Airdate 23-Sep-2004
Writers Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Producers Alex Herschlag & Dave Flebotte and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Jack auditions as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson. Meanwhile, Grace comes between Will and Vince.


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

Guest Cast

  • Janet Jackson (Herself)
  • Bobby Cannavale (Vince D'Angelo)
  • Will Arnett (Artemus Johnson)
  • Steve Ryan (Lieutenant)
  • Andrew Ableson (Choreographer)


  • Artemus and Karen met in Seattle in 1992 and were lovers for a day.
  • The Dance-Off 2004 song was "The Pleasure Principle" from Janet's Control album.


  • Credits for this Episode.
  • Transcript of this Episode.
  • 0702-Twist-150.wmv: Jack does not see this twist coming
  • 0702-DanceOff-150.wmv: Dance-Off 2004 (sponsored by Pennzoil)
  • LizzieMaguire.wav: WILL "This is worse than when I arranged to have my grandmother die the day you wanted to see the Lizzie Maguire movie."
  • Needy.wav: VINCE "You're too needy. And it's affecting my relationship with Will. So stop being so selfish!"
  • JanetJackson.wav: JANET JACKSON "Welcome to Dance-Off 2004. Sponsored by Pennzoil."



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Airdates & Ratings

09/23/20048:30 PM09.7/16%#14
01/06/20059:30 PM
03/15/20058:00 PM04.5/07%Special 2-for-1 double feature
06/02/20058:30 PM04.3/08%