Grace, Replaced

Val makes a sickie Will pea soup
Val makes a sickie Will pea soup
Title “Grace, Replaced”
Episode # 1.18 (18)
Season # 1
Original Airdate 08-Apr-1999
Writers Katie Palmer
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

When Grace's job forces her to work overtime, Will feels utterly neglected. He seeks solace in the company of a new neighbor, Val, a recent divorcee who matches Grace quirk for quirk. At first, Grace seems oblivious to their camaraderie until Karen warns her of impending danger. Meanwhile, Jack is annoyed that he has to perform community service for slapping a meter maid, but he's even more horrified at the uniform he has to wear.


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

Guest Cast

  • Molly Shannon (Val Bassett)
  • Tom Gallop (Rob)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)


  • f.k.a. "Baby, It's Cold Inside" during production
  • "Will & Grace" moves to Thursday at 8:30, after "Friends."
  • This is the first appearance of wacky neighbor Val.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

04/08/19998:30 PM13.5/21%#07Moves to Thursday 8:30
09/14/19999:00 PM08.4/13%#299:00 pm double showing
01/04/20009:00 PM09.7/13%#39
07/18/20008:30 PM06.9/11%#29Marathon #5