Season 2, Episode 1: Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner

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Aired: Tuesday, September 21, 1999


Written by David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Directed by James Burrows

Guest starring
Tom Gallop as Rob
Leigh-Allyn Baker as Ellen
Shelley Morrison as Rosario
Keith Biele as Richard

This episode was originally supposed to have the line, "Hey, you're on the clock, tamale. Get to work," spoken by Karen to Rosario when she's showing Jack his new room. Hispanic groups criticized the show, saying that epithets like "tamale" are fighting words in Southern California. David Kohan says a longer version of the scene called Karen to task for her ignorance, but was edited out for time. No offense was intended, however at the last minute, the word "tamale" was replaced with "honey," although you could still see Karen's lips say the word, and it was included in the closed captioning.

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