A Little Christmas Queer is the ninth episode of the eighth season and 171st overall.


While spending the holidays at Will's mother Marilyn's house, Grace gets cozy with Will's brother and old flame Sam. Sam's adopted daughter finds a fan in Karen, who is intrigued by the little girl. Meanwhile, Jack helps Will's clearly gay ten-year-old nephew Jordy organize and perform a Christmas show, which Marilyn is thrilled about. Will is silently fuming, however, as Marilyn is much more tolerant of the young boy than she ever was of her own son.

"That's the only time a menorah got me to first base."





  • Will's oldest brother, Sam Truman, was last seen in the episodes "Big Brother is Coming (Part 1)" and "Big Brother is Coming (Part 2)". John Slattery played Sam in the previous episodes, but was unavailable for this appearance and was replaced with Steven Weber.
  • After announcing that he was divorcing his wife Ginny 7 years ago, Sam's divorce has just become final.
  • Kyla Dang was credited as "Courtney," but was called Casey in the actual episode.
  • There are heavy parallels drawn between Jordy and Will (Will also put on his own his own shows as a child, such as Everything's Coming Up Jesus and Ben-Him.)

Cultural References

  • Jordy is referenced to be a fan of the RENT soundtrack, making his father listen to it the entire car ride over.
  • Jordy's Christmas show featured holiday-themed renditions of All That Jazz and Mr Cellophane.
  • Will used to wear "Mork & Mindy" suspenders.


I'm starting to dread Christmas at the Trumans. Every time someone says "Merry Christmas," your mother looks at me with pity and says, "And Hanukkah." Grace

Jordy:Don't you think the tree is T-Acky?
Jack:She should have gone monochromatic.
Jack:Yeah, you wanna pick your spots with that.
Grace:Has anyone seen Sam?
Karen:Did you check down your pants?

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

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