Polk Defeats Truman

If this is what it means to live on a budget...
"If this is what it means to live on a budget..."
Title “Polk Defeats Truman”
Episode # 2.06 (28)
Season # 2
Original Airdate 16-Nov-1999
Writers Jeff Greenstein
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

With 90 percent of his practice now devoted to the wealthy Harlin Polk, Will dismisses all of his smaller clients, who believed in him before he became a success. But when Harlin's deal falls through, Will finds himself out of work. Meanwhile, Karen's husband Stan puts his foot down and tells her to quit her wild spending, and Grace steps in to help her friend master the art of living within a budget by taking her outlet shopping.


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

Guest Cast

  • Gary Grubbs (Harlin Polk)
  • Elaine Bromka (Shopper)



  • Transcript of this Episode.
  • ToldYaSo.wmv: Grace's "Told Ya So" Song
  • Outlet.wmv: Grace and Karen go Outlet Shopping
  • HarlinPolk.wav: HARLIN POLK "You know, Grace, I don't presume to understand the very modern relationship you two got going, but in the great state of Texas, you'd be considered a bitch."



Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

11/16/19999:00 PM09.6/14%#43
02/01/20009:00 PM09.4/14%#50*Highest rated NBC show of the evening