New Will City is the 1st episode of the third season and the 47th episode overall.
Torn between two lovers
Will finally returns home from his unfortunate escape at the Caribbean with clients Karen and Stan to help out with Grace's problem about dating Josh and Ben. Will, however, is surprised to see that Grace has gotten much closer to Jack who lives across the hall, even taking Jack's advice over his. Will starts to feel resentful that he is being replaced. After Grace reassures him that their friendship is like a scar ("ugly but permanent"), Will reiterates his advice that Grace should choose Josh over Ben. However, Jack comes in and tells them that Josh is actually gay.
Pangs of guilt
Karen, who is smuggling black pearls into the country, returns from the Caribbean when she realizes that she is going to be arrested by customs security. While waiting in line, Karen lets her maid Rosario hold her bag, effectively letting her get arrested instead as she makes her escape.
The next day, Karen tells Grace that she has been feeling stomach pains ever since her return. Grace quickly notices that Karen's pains are triggered when Rosario's name is mentioned and notes that it is because of unconscious guilt from having her maid take the blame and arrested. Karen is then forced to bail Rosario out of a jail in Queens.
- Eric McCormack (Will Truman)
- Debra Messing (Grace Adler)
- Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland)
- Megan Mullally (Karen Walker)
- Shelley Morrison (Rosario Salazar)
- Corey Parker (Josh)
- Mimi Savage (Woman)
- Timothy Davis-Reed (Officer)
- Steve Schroeder (Delivery Boy)
- Jeff Greenstein (Stanley Walker) (uncredited)
- This is the first episode where Shelley Morrison is billed a regular cast member.
- Britney Spears's choreographer came in to teach the "Oops!" dance routine to Sean and Debra. Spears later appears during the eighth season as Amber-Louise.
- Making fun of Will's slippers, Karen mentions Jennifer Lopez. She later appears as herself in seasons 4 and 5.
- Last appearance of Josh. He only briefly appears in the opening scene.
- Stanley Walker's hand was played by producer Jeff Greenstein who also wrote the previous episode.
- Jack makes a reference to spending the rest of his life with the pizza delivery man and "adopting Himalayan whistle kids". This phrase was last used by Harlin Polk in The Truth About Will and Dogs, "Himalayan whistle kids" being based on an inside joke by the creators.
- Upon reuniting with Jack, Will does an impression of Jerry Lewis, saying "Hey, lady!" a quote from the 1961 comedy The Ladies Man.
- When Will comes back home, he tells Jack that he can still stay in the guest room and then calls him Kato, a reference to Kato Kaelin who became famous during the OJ Simpson murder trial. Kato was staying at Simpson's guest house when the crime occurred in 1994.
- Will mentions that Grace is "torn between two lovers, feelin' like a fool", a reference to the Mary MacGregor song Torn Between Two Lovers.
- As Karen's security officer at the airport walks away, she calls to him "Wayne, Wayne, don't go away", a reference to the nursery rhyme Rain Rain Go Away.
- When Grace points out Will is pouting, she references the show Ally McBeal starring Calista Flockhart who has a trademark "natural pout".
This whole thing has just gotten way too complicated. I mean, the other night in bed, I called Josh "Ben." And to cover it, I stretched it out into bennn...d over...and I ended up doing something I really never wanna do again. — Grace
I came home. I'm here. Where's the love? I just flew coach! I need some love! — Will
|Karen:||Ever since I've been back, I've been getting these shooting pains.|
|Grace:||Well, have you done anything unusual since you've gotten home? Eaten? Loved? Worked?|
I know what guilt is. It's one of those touchy-feely words that people throw around that don't really mean anything... You know, like "maternal" or "addiction." — Karen
I'm not going to Queens! There are people living in cabs down there! Let her tunnel her way out! — Karen
My feelings aren't cute, I'm not the youngest brother on Eight is Enough. — Will
I gotta tell you, I find these toilets that flush themselves very threatening. — Rosario Salazar