...And the Horse He Rode In On

Grace is rescued by Leo
Grace is rescued by Leo
Title “...And the Horse He Rode In On”
Episode # 5.01 (93)
Season # 5
Original Airdate 26-Sep-2002
Writers Adam Barr
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Continuing from the season finale in the year's first new episode, a dazed Grace is rescued by a handsome Jewish doctor who pulls her up on his horse and delivers her just in time for her insemination with an impatient Will. But their new relationship as expectant parents puts a strain on Will and Grace's relationship when they agree not to date until their baby is born. Meanwhile, a restless Karen can't make up her mind about cheating on her imprisoned husband with the genteel but ardent suitor Lionel.


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

Guest Cast

  • Harry Connick Jr. (Dr. Leo Markus)
  • Rip Torn (Lionel Banks)
  • Laura Kightlinger (Nurse Sheila)
  • Hira Ambrosino (Doctor)


  • The fifth-season opener, which picks up where last May's cliffhanger left off.
  • This episode introduces Dr. Leo Markus, Grace's new love interest.




Viewer Rating


Airdates & Ratings

09/26/20029:00 PM14.1/21%#08
12/26/20029:00 PM05.8/10%#24
07/10/20039:00 PM04.7/08%#43