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Earning a brief speaking role in an off Broadway play, Jack shares the stage with legendary actor James Earl Jones. However, when the play's director rejects James' performance in favor of Jack's one-line triumph, the award-winning actor looks to his co-star for instruction - enrolling in the McFarland acting school. Meanwhile, new roommates Will and his mother Marilyn continue their living arrangement, despite a secret desire to part ways.
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Originally scheduled 10/16/2003, but was pre-empted to the following week due to the MLB Playoff Game #7 on FOX.
Marilyn trips and sprains her ankle, and she ends up staying with Will, stuck in a wheelchair.
This is the first episode that Jon Fleming received credit for playing the character Russell
Grace: Ooh, ok, I gotta go, there's my trainer.
Will: What, that guy over there? Looks like he's already training that woman.
Grace: Yeah, I train with them.
Will: Oh I see. And do they know that?
Grace: Look, why should I pay good money when I could just as well follow these guys around and do the same exercises for free.
Will: Because its cheap and unseemly?
Grace: And yet, I still don't live with my mother.
Will: What are you doing here? You should be at home getting fat.
Grace: I know, right? But ever since Leo's been home, he's just had a lot of extra energy. He wants to do it like twice a week . . . together. So I've gotta tone up.
Will: What kind of shape do you have to be in to just, lay there?
Grace: Good shape.
Grace: That was a little Norman Bate-ish.
Grace compares Will's relationship with his mother to that of Norman Bates and his mother in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."
Jones: Like I need this crap at my age. I've got Darth Vadar money.
James Earl Jones reminds us that he played the voice for Darth Vadar in the "Star Wars" movies. In an interview James Earl Jones said about the voiceover in Star Wars: "The movie was done, and it had a different actor as the voice of Darth Vader," Jones said. "George Lucas realised he needed a darker voice, so he paid me $7,000 for that job. We did it in two and a half hours."
Episode Title: Me & Mr. Jones.
The episode title is a play on the song title "Me and Mrs. Jones", the 1972 hit song by Billy Paul.