The Unsinkable Mommy Adler

The Unsinkable Mommy Adler
The Unsinkable Mommy Adler
Title “The Unsinkable Mommy Adler”
Episode # 1.13 (13)
Season # 1
Original Airdate 09-Feb-1999
Writers Alex Herschlag
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Grace gets a visit from her critical, over-the-top mother, a would-be star whose propensity for breaking out into show tunes and impersonations dismays her daughter — and delights Will, Jack and Karen. She also wreaks havoc by suggesting Will and Grace wed, despite their sexual differences. When Will winces at the fantasy of committing to anyone who needs to be the star of a relationship, it's an eye-opener for Grace, who sees she's more of a chip off the old block than she imagined. Meanwhile, Karen thinks she might be pregnant so Jack helps her take a pregnancy test.


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

Guest Cast

  • Debbie Reynolds (Bobbi Adler)
  • Scott Kelly Galbreath (Waiter)


  • The title is a reference to 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" starring Debbie Reynolds (she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance).
  • Jack rents "Star Wars" (again) because he is collecting data for the Internet about C-3PO. (Jack: "The world should know the truth about C-3PO." Will: "Jack, C-3PO's not gay, he's British.") Debbie Reynolds is also Carrie "Princess Leia" Fisher's mother.
  • This episode was part of "NBC Proposal Tuesday" along with "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "Just Shoot Me."




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

02/09/19999:30 PM09.5/14%#33
04/15/19998:30 PM12.1/19%#07
07/20/19999:30 PM07.5/13%#27Tues 9:30 *Highest rated show of the evening