Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 2

A New Lease On Life

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 28, 1998 on NBC
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A New Lease On Life
Will must decide whether to support Grace's independence by encouraging her to take an apartment across town or selfishly keep her close by inviting her to share his living space. The decision may be made easier, however, by the nagging presence of Will's current roommate, Jack, and his parrot, Guapo. Meanwhile, Karen and Jack meet for the first time and find each other to be fabulous.moreless

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  • The follow-up episode to the Pilot of Will and Grace.

    In the words of Mary Poppins; Practically Perfect In Every Way.

    THis was an excellent follow-up to the Pilot episode. It shows the development of characters for both Will and Grace and it also sparks the beautiful friendship of JAck and Karen, but I'll talk about that later.

    Will doesn't want Grace to move in with him, as she has to move away from "Ex-Boyfriend Land"! It shows how dysfunctional their relationship is when Will decides that he can't survive when Grace is all the way over in Brooklyn, so Grace moves in with Will, prepare for more dysfunction!

    Jack and Karens first meeting will go down in history as one of the greatest sitcom moments of all time! Especially with their trademark "Stomach touch" at the end of their conversation.

  • In this episode, all the characters find their niche in the series. In this episode Grace needs to find herself an apartment, but when she does, Will doesn't approve. Also, Jack meets Karen and wow!moreless

    I really enjoyed this episode for Karen finds her trademark voice. I love her voice so much, it just makes my day. Also, Jack and Karen hit it off so well! Their chemistry was just great! No two characters has ever had such likeness in their characters! I love how Will tells Grace she needs to move out and she says it's not a good idea. Then Will thinks she ought to move back in with him and she doesn't think that's a good idea. I think that this episode is on of the best in season one. This is where everything settled down, for the cast and crew knew that they were in for a wonderful ride!moreless
  • The four major actors settle down in their wacky roles.

    Will and Grace end up living together - after Grace pulls out of marrying Danny. Its ironic that Will identifies a potential problem with this arrangement (ie that Will and Grace use each other as a crutch when things go bad) and this issue lasts all the way through the show. Jack and Karen meet each other for the first time - and its a hoot! This also sets up the relationship between the 2 characters that lasts for the show's duration. Karen is meant to help Grace get customers - but this rarely ever happens...

    Jack's one liners start in the first real episode - as does Karen's love of alcohol and pills. All 4 actors already seem to be in touch with their characters - and each other - and this starts the show off on a very funny note which lasts for years.moreless
  • A GREAT EPISODE!! i loved when jack and karen meet because they really just find each other to be the best people in the world and just fabulous!! they are the best to watch and just one big laugh. will and grace also start living together.moreless

    This episode is one of my favorites out of the hole first season because it is the 1st time that jack and karen meet and they really hit it off right away and seem to find each other fabulous or like gods gift from heaven. Also in this episode Will and Grace start to live together because grace needs to get out of danny\'s house and needed a place to live so she moves in with will because the apartment that she had was in brooklyn and to far away from him and he would miss her too much.moreless
  • Jack and Karen's first encounter...priceless.

    No matter how many times I watch this episode, it is still as funny as the first time I watched it. This episode marks the first time Jack and Karen meet, and it is hilarious to watch how they interact with each other for the first time. They way that they instantly click is priceless amazing to watch. This is one great episode.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Grace eats salad from a plastic container in Will's office, the salad in the container changes color and position throughout the scene.

    • Goof: When Karen is sorting out her clothes at her work desk, the black sweater hanging over the desk lamp disappears.

    • Goof: A boom mic is visible when Karen offers her hand to Jack when they first meet.

    • Grace: Karen, I'm not gonna marry someone just because I want a nice appartment.

      On Debra Messing's last series, Ned and Stacey, her character, Stacey, gets married only because she needs an appartment, which was the basis of the entire series.

    • Karen's voice becomes high-pitched in this episode and remains as such throughout the series. Also, Will's long hair has been cut off.

    • When Will was watching Late Night With Conan O'Brien, it mentioned that Andy Richter and Sandra Bernhardt were to appear, which is interesting as both of them later appeared in the series, with Andy in the season 8 episode "The Old Man And The Sea" and Sandra in the season 3 episode "Swimming Pools... Movie Stars" and the season 4 episode "Someone Old, Someplace New".

    • When Will turns on the television, Conan O'Brien's guests include twelve-year-old pin bowler Jhoni Marchinko, named for the series' writer and eventual executive producer

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Grace: Last month, I had a fiancé and a 2-bedroom apartment. Next month, single and homeless. Right on track!

    • Grace: I could live with my sister for a few months. I could also shove bamboo under my fingernails.

    • Jack: Why are you so angry? Why don't you tell me what this is really about? Oh, my god. You're in love with me, aren't you?
      Will: Do you smell toast? Because I think you're having a stroke.

    • Grace: Can you please fax this application over to the realtor?
      Karen: Oh, honey. Machinery. No.

    • Jack: Well, I borrowed this tassel from Grace, like, two months ago, and I never returned it.
      Karen: You borrowed one tassel? For what?
      Jack: Let's just say a lamp.

    • Will: Jack McFarland, you are a frustrating roommate. You make expensive phone calls, but you don't pay the bills. You eat a lot, but you never cook. You put on a maid's uniform, but you never clean the house.

    • Will: I didn't get much sleep. You were on the phone 'til 4 a.m. I could hear you gushing three rooms away.
      Jack: For your information, I was having a heart-to-heart call with someone who actually cares about me.
      Will: Jack, nobody actually cares about you at Dial-a-Dude.

    • Will: Knock it off. Don't make me laugh. You're buggin' me.
      Jack: Ok, how am I bugging you?
      (Jack sits down on the couch, spilling "garlic jazz" all over.)
      Will: How about projectile "garlic jazz" all over my $4,000 sofa?

    • Grace: I'll be in a crappy apartment somewhere alone, sitting around reading a human interest story about...I don't know, a kitty with no hind legs, who pulls herself around on a cart. Then I'll be sad, because I'm alone and kind of wounded, and I'll identify with the kitty. I am that kitty.

    • Will: I mean, living with me, I'd just become a crutch.
      Grace: So be my crutch.
      Will: Oh, you are so Markie Post in every single Lifetime movie.
      Grace: Eww.

    • Grace: This could be the best thing I've ever done for myself.
      Will: Look at you, gettin' on, gettin' past. (Looks at the food he's eating) Gettin' a little sick, what's in this thing?

    • Karen: Honey, no no... she can't move into his place. That's not acceptable!
      Jack: Tell me about it, you feisty little Shih Tzu!

    • Will: You broke another wine glass, didn't you?
      Jack: Welcome to cynical island. Population, you.

    • (Jack's parrot Guapo squawks)
      Will: And must you always let that bird out of its cage?
      Jack: Hey, birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim. Will's gotta lighten up.

    • Grace: Will, the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1958.
      Will: Oh sweety, you know I don't follow the volleyball.

    • Grace: I want to marry the one.
      Karen: And well you should, honey. How else are you going to get to the two and three?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Will: And must you always let that bird out of its cage?
      Jack: Hey, birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim. Will's gotta lighten up.

      Jack refers to a line from the song 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man Of Mine' from the musical Showboat.

    • (Inside Grace's apartment in Brooklyn, looking through the window.)
      Will: Look at that tree.
      Grace: They really do grow in Brooklyn.
      This is a reference to the Betty Smith novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    • Will: Oh, you are so Markie Post in every single Lifetime movie.

      Markie Post, well known for her role on the 80s NBC comedy Night Court, currently has the record for most movie appearances on the Lifetime channel.