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A Little Christmas Queer is the 9th episode of the eighth season and 179th overall.

Will and his friends spend the holidays with his family. Grace notices that Will's brother Sam is acting cold towards her. Jack helps out Will's gay nephew Jordie put on a holiday show for the family.

Synopsis

The Gay Son

For the holidays, Will and his friends celebrate with his mother Marilyn and formerly estranged brother Sam. He spends time with Sam's children, including his gay son Jordie. When Will learns that Jordie is performing a Christmas show for the family, he immediately shuts down the idea, saying Marilyn hates holiday shows because of the idea of another gay kid in the family. Will painfully recalls how his mother would distract the family to ruin his little plays and how humiliated he would feel after. Later, he realizes he is doing the same to Jordie so he lets him perform his Christmas show in front of the family.

As Jordie performs, a supportive Marilyn cheers him on, which shocks Will. He expresses to her the indignation he feels seeing how encouraging he is to Jordie after she had been awful to her own child. Marilyn laments how she was not prepared to raise a gay son, but has since learned because of how Will turned out.

The Holiday Whore

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"You'll make it. I did."

Grace joins Will celebrating Christmas (and Hanukkah) with his family, including his brother Sam, whom she previously slept with. Grace, however notices that Sam seems to be avoiding her all night.

When they are left alone in the attic to look for a menorah for Grace, she confronts him and Sam admits that he has been avoiding her in fear that something might happen again between them. He shares that after his divorce he is finding it difficult to be at the beginning of a relationship. Grace comforts him by telling how she also felt afraid to be single after his divorce from Leo and that it is necessary that he feels that way. They make an arrangement to see where they are both after one year.

Cast

Main

Guest

Notes

  • Will's oldest brother Sam Truman returns since the episode Big Brother is Coming (Part 2) where is played by John Slattery. Slattery was unavailable for this appearance and was replaced by Steven Weber.
  • Jordie was planning on naming his perfume "Scoundrel" when Jack tells him it's the same as Joan Collins' perfume. Collins previously appears as famed interior designer Helena Barnes in the season 2 episode My Best Friend's Tush.
  • As all the scenes take place in Connecticut, this is one of the few episodes not to feature Will and Grace's apartment.
  • After announcing that he was divorcing his wife Ginny 7 years ago, Sam's divorce has just become final.
  • Kyla Dang is credited as "Courtney" but was called Casey in the actual episode.
  • One of the two episodes penned by Jamie Rhonheimer, the other being The Mourning Son, which also centered around Will's family.

Cultural References

  • Jack mentions losing interest in the TV series Lost after the inside of the secret hatch in the mysterious island is revealed during the second season. The contents of the hatch had been one of the main mysteries throughout the critically acclaimed first season of the series.
  • Grace recalls that Jordie went as Wonder Woman for Halloween. Will corrects her, saying Jordie actually went as Lynda Carter, who portrayed Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series. Jack also mentions going as Lynda Carter from her commercials for Maybelline cosmetics which aired after the series ended.
  • Sam mentions Jordie making them listen to the soundtrack of the musical Rent during their trip, which Sam says felt "like 525,600 miles", a reference to the song Season of Love from the musical.
  • Trying to prevent Jordie's Christmas show, Will mentions that Marilyn would rather "see little boys playing in the show than... than singing in the rain", a reference to the musical Singin' In The Rain.
  • When Will refuses to let Jordie perform, Jack references the town in the film Footloose (1984), where dancing and rock music have been banned.
  • Will recalls his 1975 Easter show called "Everything's Coming Up Jesus", a play on the title of the song Everything's Coming Up Roses from the musical Gypsy.
  • Jordie's stage name "Jordan St. James" may be a reference to New York Club Kid James St. James.
  • During his Christmas show, Jordie performs holiday-themed renditions of "All That Jazz" and "Mr. Cellophane" from Chicago.
  • Will used to wear Mork & Mindy suspenders, referring to Robin William's character Mork who wore multi-colored suspenders in the 1980s sitcom. Coincidentally, Sandra Bernhard refers to Will and Grace as "Mork-and-Mindy-looking sons of bitches" during her angry speech in the episode Swimming Pools...Movie Stars.
  • Marilyn praises Jordie's performance, saying he is the next Wayne Newton, who had his first hit at age 21.
  • Marilyn named her drink "Blue Marilyn", after the blue marlin fish. Will reveals that her secret ingredient is cherry Sucrets soar throat medicine.

Media

Quotes

We're officially in Connecticut. Where the whites keep down the other whites. Will

Marilyn:Now, Grace. Don't feel awkward. You're always welcome here, even at Christmas.
Grace:Marilyn, I don't feel awkward. Just like I'd hope you wouldn't if you came to my home on Hanukkah.
Marliyn:Thank you, dear. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

She's adopted. But I like her as if she were real. Marilynabout her niece

Jordy:Don't you think the tree is T-Acky?
Jack:She should have gone monochromatic.
Jordy:E-X-Actly.
Jack:Yeah, you wanna pick your spots with that.

She'd rather see little boys playing in the show than... than singing in the rain. Willabout his mother

I just don't want to see Jordie humiliated like I was. I used to be so upset, I'd spend the rest of the night scarfing down butter cookies and pretending the crinkling of the wrappers was... was applause. Will

Try my famous holiday cocktail, the Blue Marilyn. I started drinking them to prevent thoughts of suicide. But now, they're just fun. Marilyn

Grace:Has anyone seen Sam?
Karen:Did you check down your pants?

Go run around the yard! I want you five pounds lighter for the opening number! Jackstarting Jordie's show

Well... The tousled hair... the slightly smeared lipstick... the disheveled clothing... Either you're on your way to work, or the holiday whore is back! Karen

After Leo and I, every guy who opened the door for me got my house key. I spent a lot of money changing locks that year. And it was because I was so scared of being single. And I think you might be too. Gracesharing her anxieties being single

She's adopted. But I like her as if she were real. Marilynabout Casey

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