Love and Marriage is the pilot episode of the series Will & Grace. Initially referred to as Pilot, it was retrospectively re-titled. Best friends Will and Grace are introduced as well as Will's flamboyant friend Jack and Grace's rich assistant Karen.
Grace gets engaged to her boyfriend Danny but Will shares his reservations about him.
Will is on the phone with Grace, inviting her over to his place. It is then implied that Grace is living with her boyfriend Danny and Will is gay. They are best friends.
Jack, Will's flamboyant friend is moving in with him but Will postpones so Grace who just had a fight with Danny and can stay over. That night, Will and Grace play pyramid with their friends Rob and Ellen, and easily win the game thanks to their irrefutable chemistry together. Grace realizes she never has the same connection with Danny so she resolves to break up with him for good. However, she informs Will that Danny proposed and she said yes.
Grace notices that Will has reservations about her decision to get married and he admits that he thinks she deserves better than Danny, which upsets Grace. Will later comes in to Grace's office to apologize and give his blessing but learns from her assistant Karen that she had already gone to the city hall to get married. Grace then comes in wearing a wedding dress acting distraught and hysterical. She has ran away from the wedding and is blaming Will, saying he wants her to be alone like him. Will walks out hurt by this, saying he never thought of himself as being alone.
Grace, still in her wedding dress apologizes to Will in his office. He comforts her and makes her realize that there is still time for her to meet her perfect match. They go to a bar where the other patrons think they are a newly wed couple. After they were cheered on to share a kiss, Grace asks Will if he felt anything but he does not.
- Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
- Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
- Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
- Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
- Gary Grubbs (Harlin Polk)
- Tom Gallop (Rob)
- Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)
- Jimm Giannini (Gino)
- Todd Eckert (Jurgen Franzblau)
- Will Radford (Patron #1/Henry)
- Ellen Idelson (Will's Assistant, Ellen, Voice)
- Gino's scenes were deleted but he is still credited.
- Episode features the original title card which will be replaced during the tenth episode.
- Grace reveals that she will be 31 years old the next month, implying she was born in 1967.
- First appearance of Will and Grace's game night with Rob and Ellen.
- Danny appears but his face is not seen; he just walks behind Grace while she is on the phone. Jack's bird Guapo also appears but his cage is covered.
- At the end of the pilot episode, Will and Grace go to a bar where the patrons make them kiss. They revisit the same bar again during the finale.
- Will mentions his brother who married a girl he did not approve of. The later becomes the focus when his brother Sam comes to visit in Big Brother is Coming.
- When Grace comes in wearing sweatpants and rubber shoes, Jack refers to him as Sporty Spice (Melanie C of the Spice Girls), who used to dress the same sporty outfit.
- After Will mentions a Jewish cowboy Jack met on the internet, he says "Shalom, my lonesome prairie dog", combining the Hebrew word for hello "shalom", the phrase "lonesome cowboys", and prairie dogs, a rodent native to North America.
- When Will denies having reservations on Grace's engagement, she describes Will as "Lying Man Talking," a reference to the phrase "dead man walking" or the 1995 film.
Shalom, my lonesome prairie dog. — Jack, Remembering Rudy, the Jewish cowboy
Turns out Fiona Apple doesn't particularly like apples. Apple Brown Betty was invented by a guy named Darren, and get this: Bobby Darin's dog was named Fiona. — Will, After watching VH1's Pop-Up Video