The Mourning Son

Title “The Mourning Son”
Episode # 8.20 (182)
Season # 8
Original Airdate 27-Apr-2006
Writers Jamie Rhonheimer
Producers Gary Janetti, Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Friends and family gather for the funeral of Will's father. During the reception everyone shares with Will fond last memories of his father, while Will's last memory of his father is not as pleasant. As he tries to come to terms with their last fight, Marilyn helps him realize the changes he must make in his life. Will's ex-boyfriend Vince also attends the funeral service. Meanwhile, Grace attempts to comfort the grieving younger members of the family and begins to doubt her ability to be a good mother.


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

Guest Cast

  • Blythe Danner (Marilyn Truman)
  • Bobby Cannavale (Vince D'Angelo)
  • Lesley Ann Warren (Tina)
  • Steven Weber (Sam Truman)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)
  • Tom Gallop (Rob)
  • Tim Bagley (Larry)
  • Jerry Levine (Joe)
  • Reed Alexander (Jordan Truman)
  • Kyla Dang (Casey Truman)


  • Will's brother Paul is mentioned by Sam as being at the wake, but does not appear.
  • This episode takes place entirely in various rooms in Marilyn's home.
  • This is the last series appearance of Will and Grace's friends Ellen, Rob, Larry, and Joe.


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Airdates & Ratings

04/27/20068:00 PM05.3/09%#52