When Jack McFarland was 17, he donated sperm to the sperm clinic to buy a leather coat. Years later, a nurse at the clinic, Bonnie, used his sperm and Elliot was conceived via in vitro fertilization and she raised him as a single parent. When Elliot was 13, he finally introduces himself to Jack.
Relationship with Jack
Initially, Jack is reluctant to get to know Elliot but realizing how he never had the chance to know his real father, he eventually establishes a relationship with him. Elliot spends more time with his father and later admits that he agrees to tag along with Jack and his friends because he wants his father to like him. The two would even grow closer that Jack would help Elliot shop for school clothes, give him advice about girls and sports, and even let Jack bleach his hair. He also bonds with Jack's friends Karen, Will, and Grace whom he takes to the school dance. After graduating from high school, Elliot goes to Los Angeles with Jack and his friends to check out potential colleges. Being a product of artificial insemination himself, Elliot proves to be useful when Will and Grace are looking for options to start a family.
During one Thanksgiving, Elliot also meets Jack's stepfather Daniel McFarland, with whom he easily gets along due to their mutual interest in sports, much to Jack's chagrin since Daniel was not supportive of him growing up.
Elliot eventually meets and marries a conservative woman named Emma and moves to Texas. With a new perspective and set of beliefs, he becomes estranged from his father. Elliot also becomes a father of a young boy named Skip, who is gay. Fearing their son will turn out like Jack, Elliot and Emma send Skip to a camp in New York to "fix" him. When Jack learns of this, he convinces Elliot that their is nothing wrong with Skip and to bring him home, and they rebuild their relationship.
Elliot has a friendly personality, being described by Will as "nice, sweet and kind". Jack's best friend Karen, however despises these qualities in Elliot because he "has no agenda, and not manipulative" and a "goody two shoes" and the fact that he does not have his father's theatrical talents. As a teenager, Elliot is also shown to have a devious side, mentioning that he once cheated on a test and that he makes crank phone calls.
- Sons and Lovers
- The Third Wheel Gets the Grace
- Crouching Father, Hidden Husband
- Star-Spangled Banter
- Moveable Feast
- A.I.: Artificial Insemination
- Dyeing is Easy, Comedy is Hard
- Field of Queens
- I Never Cheered for my Father
- I Love L. Gay
- Grandpa Jack
- Elliot's last name is never mentioned. Though it may have be the same as Bonnie's.
You're weird. You're a weird woman. And you kinda look like the demon who guards the tomb in "Tomb Raider." — to Karen, Star-Spangled Banter
No, Marlo. Why would I be kidding about that? Phil is my father. And I wouldn't be calling you except that he stopped making his child-support payments, and my mom can't raise me on just a stripper's salary. — crank calling Marlo Thomas
These guys, they wanted me to go to the ATM to get money so we can get beer, and uh.... After I gave it to them, they just drove off, laughing and flipping me off. I'm starting to think I got ditched. — I Love L. Gay
- ↑ Courting Disaster
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sons and Lovers
- ↑ The Third Wheel Gets the Grace
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 I Never Cheered for my Father
- ↑ Field of Queens
- ↑ Dyeing is Easy, Comedy is Hard
- ↑ Crouching Father, Hidden Husband
- ↑ I Love L. Gay
- ↑ A.I.: Artificial Insemination
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Moveable Feast
- ↑ Grandpa Jack
- ↑ Star Spangled Banter