The Buying Game

You naughty, naughty.
"You naughty, naughty."
Title “The Buying Game”
Episode # 1.08 (8)
Season # 1
Original Airdate 30-Nov-1998
Writers Dava Savel
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Grace has the opportunity to buy her studio space from her building's owner. Since savvy lawyer Will is a tough negotiator, she asks him to help her with the offer. Grace thinks the whole deal will be a piece of cake, so she's shocked at the tactics Will has to use to get the price down. Meanwhile, Jack decides to become a massage therapist and asks Karen to be his "guinea pig" for his training. Although reluctant at first, Karen discovers that Jack has a real knack with her back—and wants him all to herself.


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

Guest Cast

  • Ivar Brogger (Mr. Hutt)


  • Gary Grubbs is listed in the opening credits, but doesn't actually appear in this episode.
  • Jack tells Karen that he took an oath between God and his mother, but we find out in episode #2.08 "Homo For the Holidays" that was a lie.
  • Grace's office is located in the Puck Building at 295 Lafayette St., south of Houston St.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

11/30/19989:30 PM07.4/11%#63
01/26/19999:30 PM06.6/00%#61
07/27/19999:00 PM08.1/13%#17*Highest rated show of the evening