Homo for the Holidays is the 7th episode of the second season and the 30th overall.

Jack's mother Judith comes over for Thanksgiving and his friends find out that she does not know he is gay.

For his performance on the episode (and in Acting Out), Sean Hayes won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000.


Will invites Jack's mother to Thanksgiving dinner as a surprise, only to discover that Mrs. McFarland doesn't know her son is gay; instead, Jack has claimed that he and Grace used to date. Will and Grace encourage Jack to tell the truth, while Karen is more upset by the fact that he chose Grace to be his imaginary girlfriend instead of her. When Jack finally works up the courage to confess, his mother reveals a secret of her own.





  • This episode attracted the largest audience in the show's two-year history (19.14 million viewers, topping the previous record of 19.08 million established on Thursday, April 8, 1999 with Grace, Replaced
  • In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #74 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.
  • Veronica Cartwright who plays Jack's mother Judith appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds with Suzanne Pleshette who plays Karen's mother Lois.


Jack:Mom, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but... this is who I am.
Judith:You could never disappoint me. I just want you to be happy. Looking back on it... There have been clues. When you were a child, you were overly fond of the nursery rhyme "Rub-a-dub-dub, 3 men in a tub." And you do have a lot of flamboyantly gay friends. I mean, look at Will!
Jack coming out

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