Marry Me a Little

Leo proposes to Grace in the park
Leo proposes to Grace in the park
Title “Marry Me a Little”
Episode # 5.08 (100)
Season # 5
Original Airdate 21-Nov-2002
Writers Jeff Greenstein & Bill Wrubel
Producers Jeff Greenstein & Jhoni Marchinko and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

After Grace impulsively accepts a marriage proposal from Leo, there seem to be a million roadblocks between her and an actual wedding, not the least of which is her best friend Will's unease about the whole idea. Grace's pals, especially Will, are hurt that they weren't invited, but all seems forgiven when everyone—including Grace's outspoken mom and the subdued Mrs. Markus—gather days later for a swank reception. It should be a festive bash, but the emergence of unsettling details about Leo, and about the park nuptials, give Grace reason to wonder whether she has made a mistake.


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

Guest Cast

  • Harry Connick Jr. (Dr. Leo Markus)
  • Debbie Reynolds (Bobbi Adler)
  • Judith Ivey (Eleanor Markus)
  • Katie Couric (Herself)
  • Tom Gallop (Rob)
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker (Ellen)
  • Jerry Levine (Joe)
  • Tim Bagley (Larry)
  • Neil Vipond (Julius)


  • The 100th Episode. Originally aired as a Special Hour-Long Episode with #5.09 "Marry Me A Little More", as "Marry Me a Little, Marry Me a Little More". As part of the 100th Episode celebration, a half-hour clip show was shown afterwards, featuring outtakes and bloopers (More Information).
  • We learn that Leo's given first name is Marvin.
  • Ellen is eight-months pregnant with her second child.
  • The disco song playing at the reception was "Fire" by Ohio Players.
  • When this episode airs in syndication, it will be split into two parts (Part 1 being "Marry Me a Little"; Part 2 will be "Marry Me a Little More").




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Airdates & Ratings

11/21/20028:30 PM15.7/23%#05Special Time/1 Hour
03/20/20039:00 PM08.9/13%#10With New Footage
08/14/20039:00 PM07.0/11%#25