The Definition of Marriage

Title “The Definition of Marriage”
Episode # 8.15 (177)
Season # 8
Original Airdate 09-Feb-2006
Writers Abraham Higginbotham
Producers Gary Janetti, Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

The big day has finally arrived as Grace and James get ready for their green-card wedding. To Grace's dismay, Karen takes it upon herself to ignore her wish for a low-key wedding ceremony and decides to arrange a huge affair instead including hiring the legendary Hall & Oates singing duo to perform "Maneater" at the ceremony. As the ceremony gets underway, it seems that Grace's body begins to have an unusual reaction leaving James' U.S. citizenship in jeopardy.


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

Guest Cast

  • Taye Diggs (James Hanson)
  • Debbie Reynolds (Bobbi Adler)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)
  • Tim Bagley (Larry)
  • Jerry Levine (Joe)
  • Darryl Hall (Himself)
  • John Oates (Himself)


  • To Be Continued...
  • Grace and James do indeed go through with the wedding.
  • Grace learns that she is pregnant. She and Leo slept together on the plane to London in #8.06 "Love is in the Airplane".
  • Hall and Oates sing a bit of their 80s hits "Maneater" and "Private Eyes."
  • James sings a little of Stevie Wonder's "As" to Will.


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Airdates & Ratings

02/09/20068:00 PM05.2/08%#50