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Will & Grace

Season 6 Episode 11

The Accidental Tsuris

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 15, 2004 on NBC
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The Accidental Tsuris
When Grace's rebellious, free-loading older sister Janet comes to town to launch her new jewellery enterprise/folding table subway stand, Grace decides to put her foot down casting her sibling away. However, when her tough love prompts Janet to go corporate by taking a 9-5 job and studio apartment, Grace can't seem to handle her new image. Meanwhile, Karen continues to spurn Lyle's proposals of marriage, only to have a change of heart after Lorraine stops by for an impromptu visit, to declare her disapproval over Karen's "relationship" with her father.moreless

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  • Excellent!

    Brilliant episode with three (!) amazing guest stars. John Cleese, Minnie Driver return as father and daughter to once again mix up Karen's life, and Geena Davis plays Grace's sister Janet.

    I immensely enjoy the scenes with Karen, Lyle and Lorraine. John Cleese cracks me up. =D Karen seems to have found a perfect match with Lyle, who could be described as the male equivalent of Karen. Who ever said Englishmen were sexually repressed hasn't met Lyle Finster. ;-)

    Geena Davis is a good a comedic actress and it's great to see more of Grace's family.

    All in all an excellent episode that made me laugh out loud - a lot. =Dmoreless
  • Geena Davis plays Grace's mixed-up sister, Janet Adler in a special one-off cameo. Great to see a return to her comic roots.

    In this very special episode, entitled the Accidental Tsuris, we get to see a previously unshown member of Grace's family. Geena Davis plays Grace's mixed-up sister, Janet Adler in a special one-off cameo. It's great to see a return to her comic roots. Unfortunately, Janet isn't shown (so far) in the series again.
Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Janet Adler

Special Guest Star

Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver

Lorraine Finster

Recurring Role

John Cleese

John Cleese

Lyle Finster (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Once again, although playing a series regular now, John Cleese is not actually credited at the end of the episode.

    • In this episode Janet gets a job at Ann Taylor. Geena Davis actually worked there as a window mannequin when she was living in New York trying to start her career.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Karen: Lorraine Finster! You murdering bitch! You've got a lot of balls showing up here.
      Lorraine: No, I don't. My parents had them removed when they decided to raise me as a girl.

    • Lyle: Every mouth that I kiss will be your mouth. Every bottom that I slap will be your bottom. Every nipple that I tweak--
      Grace: Please, one of us has to go!
      Karen (to Lyle): Get out.
      Lyle: Very well. But know this, every vagina--
      Grace: GET OUT!!

    • Karen: I have searched the far corners of the globe for you. Where the hell have you been hiding?
      Lorraine: I've been in the chorus "Taboo", the Boy George musical.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Karen: Say it, don't spray it, Saliva Doolittle.

      This is a take on the lead character, Eliza Doolittle, from the musical My Fair Lady.

    • Karen: (to Lyle) Get lost, David Cop-a-feel.

      This is a reference to the book David Copperfield, written by Charles Dickens.

    • Episode Title: The Accidental Tsuris

      This is a reference to the 1988 film "The Accidental Tourist," for which Geena Davis (starring in this episode) won an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress.