A New Lease on Life

Will and Grace search for apartments
Will and Grace search for apartments
Title “A New Lease on Life”
Episode # 1.02 (2)
Season # 1
Original Airdate 28-Sep-1998
Writers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Will and Grace's friendship becomes strained when he encourages her to find a place of her own—and then quickly discourages her idea to move in with him. Meanwhile, Jack's eccentricities are driving Will out of his mind.


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

Guest Cast

  • Gary Grubbs (Harlin Polk)


  • Jack is living with Will temporarily while the floors in his apartment are being done.
  • Grace moves in with Will at the very end of the episode.
  • Jack and Karen meet face-to-face for the first time in this episode.
  • Staff writer Ellen Idelson supplied the voice of Will's secretary, Ellen.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

09/28/19989:30 PM08.5/12%#44
06/24/19999:30 PM09.5/15%#11