Judith McFarland is Jack's mother and ex-wife of Daniel McFarland.


In 1968, Judith went to a Halloween party dressed as "the back part of a horse" and had anonymous sex with a guy in a Nixon mask.[1] This led to Jack being conceived and growing up believing Daniel is his father. It is unknown whether Daniel was aware of this fact. It is implied that she and Daniel are divorced.[2]

Jack mentions that she is a fan of the TV series Barnaby Jones and was depressed when it was cancelled in 1980.[3]

Jack comes out

Although Jack has been exhibiting gay tendencies since childhood, Judith was clueless of Jack's sexual orientation until Thanksgiving of 1999 when he finally came out with the help of his friends. Judith accepts him but also admits that Daniel is not Jack's father and she is not sure who is.[4]

Later, while on a singles cruise at the Caribbean, Judith later sends a letter to Jack, telling him that his biological father is one of the eleven Black brothers of New Canaan, Connecticut, but Jack soon finds out that he had already died.[1]


Jack's friends note that he and his mother have similar personalities: vain, shallow, and somewhat slow. Jack himself however, claims that he did not get his "piercing blue eyes", "impossibly high cheekbones", "rock-hard ass", and his feminine side from his mother.[1]



It was the sixties! I went to this party. Keys were thrown in a bowl, the bowl was thrown in the pool, off came the ponchos, and 9 months later... There you were. Homo for the Holidays


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sons and Lovers
  2. My Uncle the Car
  3. No Sex 'n' the City
  4. Homo for the Holidays
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