Will & Grace

Season 7 Episode 23

Friends With Benefits (1)

Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 19, 2005 on NBC
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Friends With Benefits (1)
Having quit his job at the law firm, Will turns to a career in writing where he catches the eye of Malcolm, who claims to have high-profile connections -- but when his writing career fails, Malcolm has another job offer for Will. Meanwhile, Tom, an old flame from college, returns to ask Grace to design a hotel that he and his wife just bought -- only to discover that there are still romantic feelings between the two of them. Jack struggles to produce his latest show for OutTV, but spoiled child star Randall fails to embody Jack's vision. Under threat of a lawsuit, Karen is forced to publicly apologize to Beverly for an embarrassing rumor.moreless

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  • About the episode

    It has great cinematography.
  • Will makes a new friend while Grace meets an old one...

    What a crackup this episode is!!! First there's Will - focused on writing again. I was worried - the last episode that focused on Will's secret ambition was BORING...but then enters Malcolm - and the storyline becomes very, very funny and somewhat mysterious. Then's there Grace - she meets an old 'friend' - Karen makes some good jokes, Grace looks very happy, then upset - then worried when the friend seems to make a pass at her..interesting. Then's there Jack - in charge of a tv show, the host is Seth Green - very funny character - and Jack slaps him when Seth goes out of control but it turns out good. And when you think that's enough - Karen has a great couple of scenes with old enemy - Beverly Leslie. They make a great team. Very, very funny. Unfortunately episodes like this are few-and-far between next season...moreless
  • Alec Baldwin, Seth Green

    Alec Baldwin and Seth Green really bring two great performances. Seth's role is funny, though short lived. And Alec, as always is great. He has this way of remaining completely serious even in the most funny situations. I don't know how he keeps from cracking up every five seconds.

    Malcom: Will Truman?

    Will: Malcom! What a coincidence.

    Malcom: Is it? Or have I been following you all day? I'm just kidding. Or maybe you've been following me. And if you are, stop itmoreless
Bridget Flanery

Bridget Flanery


Guest Star

Brian A. Setzer

Brian A. Setzer


Guest Star

Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz


Special Guest Star

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin


Recurring Role

Mathew Botuchis

Mathew Botuchis


Recurring Role

John Ducey

John Ducey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Tom's wife was doused when she didn't know who won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1975--the answer is Dee Dee Bridgewater as Glinda in The Wiz.

    • Randall: You have just become the top of my List of Enemies. You have just leapt RIGHT past Wilmer Valderrama. Congratulations, BUDDY!

      In addition to being friends with Wilmer Valderrama in real life, Seth Green (Randall) also costarred with him in That 70's Show.

    • The end of the original half-hour episode comes when Grace walks around the Ram at the museum.

    • In the scene where Grace is reminiscing about college to Karen, she says, "Tell me more. Tell me more, like does he have a car?", a line sung by Marty in Grease. In 1994, Megan Mullally, who plays Karen, starred as Marty in Grease the Broadway Revival.

    • When Karen says over the speaker that "Beverly Leslie is a homosexual", the shot that shows at that point is several years old (before 2001). How can you tell? First, there is a Concorde in the dock when all have been dismantled. But the biggest giveaway is downtown NYC. The Twin Towers are still visible.

    • Goof: Listen when Tom touches the artifact, it's hollow.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Karen: Now... what else was there? I was supposed to apologize for something.
      Beverley: (quietly) You need to apologize for saying I'm a homosexual.
      Karen: What?
      Beverley: (louder) Saying that I'm a homosexual... that I'm a homosexual! (Karen edges the microphone closer) saying that I'm a...
      Karen: Huh?
      Beverley: (louder and into the microphone)I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual!
      Karen: That's right, ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first. Out loud and proud, Beverley Leslie. Can we give him a hand?

    • Randall: Hey, nobody talks to me like that, OK?! You're dead, man! I'm gonna rip off both your arms, I'm going flip you off with one of them, and then I'm going to beat you with the other one. Are you ready to get your ass kicked?

    • Randall: You slapped me.
      Jack: Well, you were gonna attack me.
      Randall: I haven't been slapped since my mom used to hit me when I didn't get a callback!

    • Karen: I've got Stella McCartney meeting me at the 'manse for a fitting, and I want Rosario to slaughter a chicken in front of her. It's fun to mess with vegans.

    • Karen: How many fingers old are you, big guy?
      Randall: What? I got a beard and three gray pubes!

    • Karen: (On looking at Grace trying to dig out the noodles from her top using chopsticks) Honey, why don't you just use your fingers?
      Grace: No, I wanna get it the way the Chinese do.

    • Karen: Anyone who's slept with Grace deserves a free meal.
      Tom: (To Grace) I'm sure she's a great assistant, but when I called earlier, she answered "Beverly Leslie is a homosexual".

    • Karen: (To Tom, a redhead) So, tell me, does the carpet match the drapes?
      Tom: I don't know. I've got wood floors.

    • Malcom: Will Truman?
      Will: Malcom! What a coincidence.
      Malcom: Is it? Or have I been following you all day? I'm just kidding. Or maybe you've been following me. And if you are, stop it.

    • Karen: Gosh honey... think I'm kinda jealous. I wish I had a hansome man visiting me at work.
      Beverly: (Walks into office) Well, well, well.
      Karen: (Almost falls out of her chair) Instead I have the world's oldest girl.

    • Jack: Hey guys, sorry I'm late. I was at a Pitch Meeting at OutTV. Oh, okay, right... pitch, yeah. That's industry speak for when people get so excited about an idea they pitch a tent in their pants.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series.

    • Alec Baldwin received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performances as Malcolm.

    • This episode originally aired as a one hour episode along with "Kiss and Tell (2)", though they were originally supposed to be two separate episodes. They were lumped together into a one-hour episode after NBC had to re-schedule the last four episodes of the season due to a primetime press conference held by President Bush on April 28, 2005. In syndication these episodes are aired as two separate episodes.


    • Karen: (to Beverly Leslie) Get out of here, you angry inch!

      This is a funny reference to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical (and later a movie) by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask.

    • Karen (to Tom): Uh, listen, Richie Cunningham...

      This is a reference to the character from Happy Days, who was also a red-head.

    • Karen: Tell me more. Tell me more. Like, does he have a car?
      This is a line from the movie Grease.

    • Malcolm: I'm into women. I don't care if they were born that way, so long as they are now.
      This is a clear reference to his apperance on Nip/Tuck, where we find out that Famke Janssen's character Ava Moore was actually a man at birth, and Alec's character performed the surgery to change his gender.

    • Jack: Now we just need a host. Someone who you'd like to welcome into your living room everyday. Like Tony Danza.
      A quick and funny reference to the failed talk show, hosted by the man of the same name, The Tony Danza Show.

    • Jack: By the way, big fan! Loved "Small Boy-Robot!"
      A quick and funny parody of the 80's show Small Wonder, in which child star actress Tiffany Brissette played a robot that the family pretended was their daughter.