Crouching Father, Hidden Husband is the 3rd episode of the fourth season and 74th overall.

Jack tries to make Elliot's dance special while Will gets tired of Karen ordering him around like one of the help.


Elliot's school dance

Elliot gets turned down by her crush Nancy at the school dance so Jack asks Grace to be his son's date. During the event, Jack encourages Elliot to still ask Nancy to dance, forcing Grace to relive being left out again at a seventh grade dance.

As upbeat music starts playing, Jack could not help but dance and take the spotlight. Embarrassed, Elliot storms out of the dance hall where he bonds with Nancy, after finding out she has lesbian parents.

Agent Poopy Pants

Karen, who is one of Will's firm's biggest clients, calls him out of a business lunch just to fix her fax machine. Annoyed, Will tells her he is not her servant and explains to her his job using mini-liquor bottles.
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For God's sake, put your pants on. You're my lawyer, not my dentist!

Karen however, calls him in again to do another menial job. Will vows never to be tricked into doing something for her again.

Later, two FBI agents come over Karen's office asking about her husband Stan, who gets arrested for tax evasion. She calls an exasperated Will, who refuses to believe her and hangs up. The agents later visit Will (being Karen and Stan's attorney) though he thinks they are actors hired by Karen, even dropping his pants to make them break character. Karen comes in and turns on the TV, after which Will finally believes and starts addressing the FBI agents as her attorney.





Cultural references

  • Grace mentions dancing to the song Bette Davis Eyes (1981) and the part of the song where the singer "Kim Carnes starts to talk".
  • When Elliot has doubts about his dancing, Jack likens the situation to saying "Chastity Bono can't wear Bob Mackie". Mackie is a designer famous for unconventional gowns worn by celebrities most especially by Chastity's mother Cher.


I'm a lawyer, which means that unlike you, I have passed a bar. WillTo Karen

Jack:His date should be stylish, special, beautiful. A non-smoker who loves to laugh.
Karen:Wait a minute.
Jack:You've got someone special, stylish, beautiful?
Karen:No. But how about Grace? She's got big feet.
And you know what they say about girls with big feet. Ha ha ha ha!
Finding a date for Elliot

Ok, I get it now. You're comin' in loud and queer! Karen

Today's weirdos are tomorrow's daytime talk show hosts and sensitive singer-songwriters. JackTo the 'weirdos' on the benches

Agent Korn, Agent Pembleton. My name is Agent Poopy Pants. Willto the FBI agents

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