A.I.: Artificial Insemination

Mr. Truman? We need to talk about your sperm.
"Mr. Truman? We need to talk about your sperm."
Title “A.I.: Artificial Insemination”
Episode # 4.25 (92)
Season # 4
Original Airdate 16-May-2002
Writers Part 1: Adam Barr (Story by Kari Lizer); Part 2: Jeff Greenstein & Alex Herschlag (Story by Jhoni Marchinko)
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

After Will and Grace decide to have a baby together, obstacles pile up before them, including a missing specimen sample and bungled insemination efforts that have them teetering between artificial and natural means — all leading to mis-conceptions. Meanwhile, when Jack considers giving up his show-business aspirations, until he gets some career advice from a "divine" entity — his idol, Cher. Likewise, married Karen is sorely tempted by the romantic tickling of a rich and natty gentleman.


  • Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
  • Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
  • Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
  • Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)
  • Michael Angarano (Elliot)

Guest Cast

  • Cher (Herself)
  • Rip Torn (Lionel Banks)
  • Laura Kightlinger (Nurse Sheila)
  • J Lucas (Ruben)
  • Andrew Rosenbach (Terry)
  • Charles C. Stevenson Jr (Smitty)
  • Peggy Lane O'Rourke (Female Cabbie)
  • Richard Assad (Male Cabbie)


  • One Hour Season Finale.
  • This is Michael Angarano's last episode credited as a regular billed cast member. (He will later appear in one episode each in seasons 5, 6, and 8.)
  • Jack's boss, Dorleen, is fired and Jack is offered a promotion to Floor Manager. After he dreams Cher telling him that show business needs him, he quits Barney's to go to an audition.
  • Laura Kightlinger also appeared in episode #2.11 as the sperm bank nurse. In this episode we find out that her name is Sheila.
  • Andrew Rosenbach appeared in episode #4.05; the "Barney's Employee" gets a name in this episode now that Jack can talk to him since he's not the hand cream guy anymore.
  • Karen uses her alias, Anastasia Beaverhausen, when she meets Lionel: "Anastasia, like Russian royalty. Beaverhausen, like... where the beaver live."




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

05/16/20029:00 PM15.2/24%#04Season 4 Finale (One Hour)
09/19/20029:00 PM08.9/14%#12
04/08/20038:00 PM05.2/08%#77Special before "Cher Farewell Tour"