The Accidental Tsuris

He gave me this ridiculous haircut. Who has a bob these days?
"He gave me this ridiculous haircut. Who has a bob these days?"
Title “The Accidental Tsuris”
Episode # 6.11 (127)
Season # 6
Original Airdate 15-Jan-2004
Writers Jeff Greenstein
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

When Grace's rebellious, free-loading older sister Janet comes to town to launch her new jewelry 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, 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.


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

Guest Cast

  • Geena Davis (Janet Adler)
  • Minnie Driver (Lorraine Finster)
  • John Cleese (Lyle Finster)


  • The title is a play on "The Accidental Tourist", for which Geena Davis won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Though she is mentioned in other episodes, this is the first and only on-screen appearance of Janet Adler.
  • Tsuris is a Yiddish word meaning trouble or aggravation or misery.
  • John Cleese is not credited for his role as Lyle Finster.




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Airdates & Ratings

01/15/20049:32 PM09.6/14%#14
07/01/20049:00 PM04.6/08%#36