Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner

Karen, Ellen and Rob have dinner at Grace's
Karen, Ellen and Rob have dinner at Grace's
Title “Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner”
Episode # 2.01 (23)
Season # 2
Original Airdate 21-Sep-1999
Writers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

After a newly independent Grace moves into an apartment across the hall, she decides to throw a dinner party all by herself. Will isn't invited, but he has a date. Meanwhile, to solve problems with the INS, Jack moves in with his new bride Rosario in the maid's quarters at Karen's.


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

Guest Cast

  • Tom Gallop (Rob)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)
  • Shelley Morrison (Rosario McFarland)
  • Keith Biele (Richard)


  • Season 2 Premiere.
  • Grace moves into apartment 9A across the hall.
  • Will met Richard at Borders bookstore, where he works.
  • Karen tells Rosario "Hey, you're on the clock, tamale. Get to work!" (See the transcript for the entire scene.) 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 substituted with "honey" and the camera angle on Karen was changed so that you couldn't see her mouth.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

09/21/19999:00 PM12.1/18%#17Season 2 Premiere
12/07/19999:00 PM08.0/13%#34
08/03/20009:00 PM07.8/13%#12*Highest rated NBC show of the evening
02/19/20019:00 PM06.4/09%#65Special 2-for-1 double feature