Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 8

The Buying Game

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 30, 1998 on NBC
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The Buying Game
Grace has the opportunity to buy the studio that serves as her office space and turns to Will for first-time buyer advice. However, Will's negotiating tactics lead Grace to believe that Will thinks she is incapable of closing the deal and she sets out to prove him wrong. Meanwhile, Jack wants to become a massage therapist and practices his technique on a delighted Karen.moreless

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  • Funnay!!

    Grace wants to buy her office, so she enlists Will's help, but when Will uses a clever but offensive ruse to get the owner to the floor, Grace relises that Will doesn't think she is a good business woman.

    Meanwhil, Jack becomes a masseuse and has Karen as his first client, but she likes it so much she keeps him as her own.

    An excellent episode, filled with quips and some funky cheerleader style dancing from Mr. Jack McFarland. The final scene from Grace when she is talking to the owner of her office, complaining etc. It was cleverly done and perfectly executed.

    Also, Jack's entrance into the episode "Hit it! B-I-G-N-E-W-S, BIG NEWS!" he is an amazing character.

    Also more of a development of Karen, her voice now finding itself properly, finding her place in the sitcom.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Grace: What is it with you? Why is it every time money and property are involved you turn into a...
      Will: Skillful, savvy negotiator?
      Grace: Mine only had four letters in it, but yeah.

    • Jack: Big news...hit it! (with a cheerleader dance) B-I-G-N-E-W-S! Big news!
      Karen: Well, I guess we know it's not you coming out of the closet.

    • (Grace is sobbing face-down on her workbench, having poured out her distress about her life and the prospect of having a mortgage.)
      Mr. Hutt: Miss Adler, it's not much, but perhaps I could lower the price a bit more. Think about it. All right?
      (He leaves, Grace is still sobbing. We hear the door close, then... in a flash, Grace switches it off; she sits up straight, the tears are gone, she grabs a pen and signs.)
      Grace(to Will): Now look at me and tell me I'm not a good businesswoman.

    • Jack: I finally found my life's calling and it involves these two hands.
      Will: Ah, so you're going to be self-employed.

    • Jack: I can't take it anymore, Karen. Every day I come in and I touch your naked body. We don't talk, there's no emotion. I'm behaving like a straight guy and it's making me sick. I took an oath in front of God and my mother. I'm here, I'm queer, get used to it!

    • Will: Just gonna do a little business. Let me do the talking. You're just the strong, silent type, with an angry look. (Looks at the expression on Grace's face.) Angry, not constipated.

    • Jack: I love people. As long as they're not hairy... or smelly... or have the dreaded 'backne'. Ew! Ok, I need some guinea pigs. Who's interested?
      Will: Smelly.
      Grace: Hairy. (They both leave.)
      Jack: Thank you, friends. (Jack looks at Karen.)
      Karen: Backne.

    • Grace: You know what? I'm sorry. I can't just turn it on and off like you. If you prick me, I bleed, and right now, I am bleeding because of a particularly unforgivable prick!

    • Grace: And I was at Bloomingdale's this morning waiting in line to buy wrinkle cream, and this Jennifer-Love-Michelle-Sarah-Felicity looking THING bumps into me and says, "Excuse me... ma'am."

    • Jack: Now, I want you to take off your robe and I don't want you to feel uncomfortable. The sheet will drape you so--
      Karen: (ripping off her robe) Yeah, I've done this before, honey. Skin to the wind!
      Jack: Wow, Karen, you could bounce a quarter off that thing!

    • Will: Don't hate me.
      Grace: Don't talk to me.
      Will: I have to talk to you.
      Grace: I have to hate you.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Will: Bangers and mash. Mutton chops, Snozberries, Piccadilly.

      Will references many British colloquialisms, but the Snozberries are a reference to the book and later movie version of Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

    • Episode Title: The Buying Game

      This is a reference to the 1992 film The Crying Game starring Stephen Rhea and Miranda Richardson.

    • Will: Love the outfit. Very Audrey Hepburn.
      Audrey Hepburn was one of the most famous actresses in all of Hollywood, and a major leading lady from 1958-1967.