Crouching Father, Hidden Husband

Jack shows Elliot some dance moves
Jack shows Elliot some dance moves
Title “Crouching Father, Hidden Husband”
Episode # 4.03 (70)
Season # 4
Original Airdate 11-Oct-2001
Writers Adam Barr
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Jack is puffed up with paternal pride as he escorts his son Elliot to a junior high school dance but not before he coerces Grace into posing as Elliot's date — which only revives her own tortured memories of rejection from school dances many years before. Elsewhere, Karen has great fun at her lawyer Will's expense when she continues to capriciously summon him for bogus "emergencies" — that is, until she really needs him.


  • Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
  • Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
  • Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)

Guest Cast

  • Michael Angarano (Elliot)
  • Landry Allbright (Nancy)
  • Lauren Schaffel (Girl #1)
  • Sydney Berry (Girl #2)
  • Kari Lizer (Connie)
  • James Healy, Jr. (Agent Pembleton)
  • Hep Jamieson (Agent Korn)


  • After 11 months of investigation, Stanley Walker is arrested for tax evasion.
  • The hallway between Will and Jack's apartments is now a hardwood floor instead of carpet.
  • The school dance features Jack dancing to "Pop" by *NSYNC.
  • This is the first appearance of Connie, played by writer/producer Kari Lizer.




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Airdates & Ratings

10/11/20019:20 PM14.8/20%#08Delayed by Presidential Address
12/20/20019:00 PM07.0/11%#29
06/06/20029:00 PM05.4/09%#28Special 2-for-1 double feature