Women and Children First

Jack, you're a grown man. A grown man does not need a babysitter.
"Jack, you're a grown man. A grown man does not need a babysitter."
Title “Women and Children First”
Episode # 5.16 (108)
Season # 5
Original Airdate 13-Feb-2003
Writers Laura Kightlinger
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Grace has a girl's night in Brooklyn with Karen, Rosario, Ellen and new neighbor Julie — and she offends Karen when she doesn't take her advice regarding Leo. Meanwhile, Jack reconnects with his childhood babysitter and falls back into childhood patterns, befuddling (and disturbing) Will.


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

Guest Cast

  • Demi Moore (Sissy)
  • Rosanna Arquette (Julie)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)


  • Originally a 45-minute "Super-Size" episode, heavily edited down to 30 minutes for repeats. The DVD release includes the 30 minute version.
  • Leo calls and tells Grace he will be in Africa for 5 more weeks.
  • Ellen has had her second child, but is still a little heavy; both Karen and Julie mistake her for being pregnant (in the 45-minute version).




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

02/13/20039:15 PM12.4/18%#0845-min "Super-Size" episode
06/26/20039:00 PM05.2/09%#28Edited to 30 minutes
10/16/20039:00 PM07.7/11%#39Edited to 30 minutes