Karen sets sail to scatter Stanley's ashes
Karen sets sail to scatter Stanley's ashes
Title “24”
Episode # 5.24 (116)
Season # 5
Original Airdate 15-May-2003
Writers Gail Lerner, Kari Lizer, Jhoni Marchinko, Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally, Bill Wrubel
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

It's anchors—and antics—aweigh in the fifth-season finale, as the gang sets sail on a yacht owned by Karen's late husband, Stanley. She's planned a Caribbean cruise to scatter at sea the ashes of her spouse. But as Jack and Will frolic, Grace frets. That's because her hubby, Leo, is keeping company with a very seductive MD while on a medical assignment in Guatemala. Karen, too, is troubled, admitting that "I don't know what I'm going to do without you, Stanley"—a sentiment echoed by a confrontational stowaway.


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

Guest Cast

  • Harry Connick Jr. (Dr. Leo Markus)
  • Minnie Driver (Lorraine Finster)
  • Nicollette Sheridan (Dr. Danielle Morty)
  • Debbie Harry (Debbie Harry)
  • Earl Schuman (Driver)
  • Dmitri Boudrine (Russian Man)


  • Super-Size Season Finale (45 Minutes).
  • Art Director Glenda Rovello and Set Decorator Melinda Ritz won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for this episode.
  • Nicollette Sheridan (Dr. Morty) was one of the actresses in the running for the role of Grace.
  • The DVD release only includes the syndicated 30-minute version of this episode. Among the many cuts, Debbie Harry's scene is edited out, as well as the ending with the Russian sailor.




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Airdates & Ratings

05/15/20039:15 PM14.0/22%#06Season 5 Finale (45-Minutes)
09/18/20039:10 PM08.3/13%#11