Star-Spangled Banter

Mrs. Friedman tells Grace about her candidate
Mrs. Friedman tells Grace about her candidate
Title “Star-Spangled Banter”
Episode # 4.08 (75)
Season # 4
Original Airdate 15-Nov-2001
Writers Cynthia Mort
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot 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.


  • Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
  • Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
  • Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
  • Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
  • Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)
  • Michael Angarano (Elliot)

Guest Cast

  • Douglas Sills (Ted Bowers)
  • Anne Meara (Mrs. Friedman)
  • Marshall Manesh (Mr. Zamir)
  • Cynthia Mann Jamin (Judy Green)
  • Michael Taylor Gray (Ned)


  • f.k.a. "Politics" during production.
  • This is Michael Angarano's first episode billed as a regular cast member.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

11/15/20019:00 PM10.9/16%#14
03/14/20029:00 PM09.2/14%#15
08/29/20029:00 PM05.3/09%#46Special 2-for-1 double feature