The Needle and the Omelet's Done

At first, I was afraid. I... was... petrified.
"At first, I was afraid. I... was... petrified."
Title “The Needle and the Omelet's Done”
Episode # 5.07 (99)
Season # 5
Original Airdate 14-Nov-2002
Writers Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

When Grace accompanies Leo to dinner with some "friends," she doesn't realize that he's tricked her and instead introduced her to his real parents — and she soon regrets her earlier salty dialogue and suggestive attitude. Elsewhere, Jack is again confronted by Zandra — his gruff acting teacher — when he tries to showcase his meager talent in a class while a willing Will joins Karen in subjecting to a Botox facial injection.


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

Guest Cast

  • Harry Connick Jr. (Dr. Leo Markus)
  • Eileen Brennan (Zandra)
  • Tom Skerritt (Jay Markus)
  • Judith Ivey (Eleanor Markus)
  • Emily Rutherfurd (Joanne)
  • Ethan Sandler (Doctor)
  • Jared Ward (Guy #1)
  • Matthew McCray (Gasping Gay Guy)
  • Kip Ellwood (Waiter)
  • Jon Fleming (Russell)


  • Zandra kicks Jack out of her acting class, so he leaves to start his own.
  • The uncredited character Russell was played by Jon Fleming.




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Airdates & Ratings

11/14/20029:00 PM12.0/18%#10
03/06/200310:30 PM06.6/12%#50Delayed (President Bush speech)
08/07/20039:00 PM04.7/08%#51