Birds of a Feather Boa is the 7th episode of the eighth season and 177th overall.
Gay penguins at the zoo
Due to the emerging success of Jack Talk, Jack decides to move to a bigger place. While looking for a new apartment, he and Will stop by the zoo to visit two gay penguins who are apparently being separated to mate with females penguins. A protester tells Will that the penguin who gets left behind will eventually pine over the other and wither. Will realizes that his situation with Jack are the same with that of the two penguins.
Gay penguins at the funeral
While Grace is trying to shop for a dress to wear on her Christmas postcard, she and Karen learn that Beverly Leslie's wife has died. He invites them to the funeral, which according to him is a "celebration of her death... life!".
At Beverly's mansion, Grace finally finds the perfect dress—a vintage couture dress worn by Beverly's late wife. Grace tries it on to take a photo but Karen's shirt accidentally gets caught in the dress' zipper and the two attend the ceremony stuck together. Things get even more difficult for Grace when Beverly asks Karen to say a few words and she agrees.
- Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
- Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
- Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
- Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
- Shelley Morrison (Rosario)
- Karen refers to her time again attending the then all-female Sarah Lawrence College, where she implies to have had plentiful of lesbian experiences.
- Benji's only first and only speaking episode in the original series.
- One of Abraham Higginbotham's two writing credits, the other being The Definition of Marriage.
- Karen jokingly refers to Beverly and Benji as Helen and Tom Willis, an interracial couple on the sitcom The Jeffersons.
- Jack says that he pretended to have an enlarged heart and got a signature from Erik Estrada, who had become a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
- Beverly mentions that his wife Crystal went to the 29th Academy Awards in 1957 with actor Rock Hudson and implies that she had no idea that Hudson was gay. In reality, Hudson attended the ceremony with his then-wife Phyllis Gates.
- Grace's "traditional" Jewish prayer for the dead starts with "Yisgadal v'yiskadash", an actual line used in the Kaddish or Jewish mourning hymn. She follows it with a string of Hebrew-sounding words: the clothing line OshKosh B'gosh, the Beatles song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and last names of Jewish film-making partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
|Jack:||The ratings for Jack Talk came in and we got a 17 rating and a 10 share.|
|Will:||Yeah, in this case, that means 17 watched and 10 of them were dressed as Cher.|
|Jack:||I just figured now that I'm getting more successful, I need to live in a place that feels successful.|
|Grace:||Good for you, Jack. You should. And you know what? I'll decorate it for free.|
|Jack:||Oh, no, that's okay.|
|Grace:||No, I want to.|
|Jack:||I heard you.|
|Beverly:||I'm here to buy a dress to bury Crystal in.|
|Karen:||Honey, I think maybe you should wear men's clothes for that.|
I figured I'd spend it on an apartment or a whole lot of Jolly Ranchers. Not the candy. — Jack, on his savings
|Beverly:||Crystal thought so highly of you. We often discussed inviting you into our marriage in a sexual way.|
|Karen:||That's so flattering. Although, I don't know if I could have operated a pump and a defibrillator at the same time.|
You're like a rice cooker. It takes you a long time, but when it comes out, it's perfect. — Will to Jack