Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 2

A New Lease On Life

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • Jack: Well Peter, Paul and Mary, you are fabulous!

      Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers were a folk music trio that formed in New York City in 1961.

    • 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.

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