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Star-Spangled Banter is the 8th episode of the fourth season and the 79th overall.

Synopsis

Political naïveté finds Will backing a city-council candidate because he's gay, and Grace behind another because she's a Jewish woman. To settle matters, the roomies host fund-raisers attended simultaneously by both aspirants. Meanwhile, Jack struggles to make Karen and Elliot get along.

Cast

Main

Guest

Notes

  • Jack auditioned for a small part on the series Six Feet Under by producer Alan Ball, who back in 2001 was just in its first season.
  • This is Michael Angarano's first episode billed as a regular cast member.

Cultural References

  • Grace thought she was reading an interview with Buffy actress Sarah Michelle Gellar but instead that of US Senator (and later presidential nominee) John McCain, who was an actual prisoner of war (POW) for five and a half years.
  • Elliot likens Karen to the demon that guards the tomb in the 1996 video game Tomb Raider.
  • Will tells Grace that when he looks at her, all he can think about it being with "that Croatian guy from ER" referring to Goran Višnjić who played Dr. Luka Kovač.
  • Grace tells Will that he's "as gay as Tom Selleck in In and Out", where Selleck (who is straight in real life) plays a homosexual character who shares an awkward kiss with Kevin Kline. Will tells Grace that she's as Jewish as Melanie Griffith in A Stranger Among Us, where she plays a hardened NYPD cop who lives with a Jewish rabbi and his family.

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