Will & Grace

Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/21/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Despite her moving out (to across the hall), Will still feels that Grace clings to him, so she asserts her independence by having a dinner party without him. Meanwhile, to keep the INS at bay, Jack is forced to move in with Rosario.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • James Burrows (II)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Will: I need to speak to both of you about Rosario. Jack: Hey hey, that's Mrs. Jack McFarland to you. Will: I thought you were Mrs. Jack McFarland?

    • Karen (Referring to Bob and Ellen): Oh Lord, where did you find these people?

    • (picking out clothes) Will: Does this go with this? Jack: Does "no" go with "way"?

    • Jack: The lovelies were buzzing around me like...like what? Will: Like moths to a flamer? Jack: Actually more like a fat to a "Will is fat."

    • Will: So, I gave my phone number to that guy at Porter's Books. Grace: Phone number or business card? Will: Business card. Grace: Not hot. Will: Why? What? Grace: "Hi! I'm intimidated by the possibility of rejection, but my secretary isn't. Call her!"

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    Notes (2)

    • This is the first episode aired after the show moved to the Tuesday 9:00 slot.

    • Karen tells Rosario, "Hey, you're on the clock, tamale. Get to work!" After pressure from Latin groups, the offending "tamale" was over-dubbed with "honey" when it premiered on 9/21/99. A subsequent repeat airing on 12/17/99 restored the scene. NBC Entertainment president Garth Ancier later said, "I think we overreacted the first time." However, on 8/3/2000, "tamale" was again substituted with "honey" (and the camera angle on Karen was changed). The original version appears on the Season 2 DVD.

    Trivia (4)

    • For the first time we hear the running gag of Karen calling Will, "Wilma".

    • In the scene where Will is reading in the nude, when he slams the book shut you can see he's wearing flesh-toned briefs.

    • Goof: During the scene where Jack is shown Rosario's room, Rosario comes in and puts a blanket down on the bed. The position of the blanket changes from shot to shot.

    • Goof: A candle on Grace's fireplace keeps disappearing and reappearing.

    Allusions (6)

    • Rob: I am the Al Pacino of back problems - 'Sciatica, Sciatica!' A funny and obvious reference to Al Pacino's famous scene in Dog Day Afternoon, where he is a bank robber talking to a detective, surrounded by cops who are ready to shoot at any moment. He screams 'Attica Attica' several times, egging on the crowd and recalling the terrible occurrences at Attica Correctional Facility, where 39 people died in 1971 after a controversial police intervention - 29 inmates and 10 hostages.

    • Jack: (Runs into the apartment) It's raining men! Hallelujah! The title and main line from The Weather Girls' 1982 hit song, "It's Raining Men."

    • Episode Title: Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner This is a clear reference to the 1967 movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner starring Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier.

    • Will: Oh, Cybill, what's with the gloves? Did the eczema flare up again? A quick stab at Joan Rivers' famous red-carpet interview with Cybill Shepherd.

    • Jack: I just adore a penthouse view. This line comes from the famous opening song to Green Acres, which is sung by Eva Gabor. This was also the part sung by Megan Mullally, who plays Karen, during the 2005 Emmys

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