How To Succeed in Business Without Really Crying

Beverley Leslie shares his intensely personal secret with Karen
Beverley Leslie shares his intensely personal secret with Karen
Title “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Crying”
Episode # 9.05 (191)
Season # 9
Original Airdate 26-Oct-2017
Writers Suzanne Martin & John Quaintance
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Grace tries for her biggest job yet: decorating a string of boutique hotels for an obnoxious mogul. Meanwhile, Will is surprised at his reaction to making Senior Partner; Beverley Leslie discloses his secret to Karen; and Jack owns half of a winning lottery ticket.


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

Guest Cast

  • Leslie Jordan (Beverley Leslie)
  • Anthony Ramos (Tony)
  • Max Greenfield (Eli Wolff)
  • Derek Gaines (Theodore)
  • Jordan Julian (Tasha)
  • Buz Kohan (Buz)
  • Justin Shaw (Benji)
  • Robert Towers (Senior Partner)


  • Well, well, well. Beverley Leslie makes his first appearance in the revival series. He was last seen in "The Finale", where he was blown off the balcony of his penthouse. In the reboot, both he and his wife Crystal are alive, and Crystal is celebrating her 90th birthday. Crystal's memorial was in Season 8's "Birds of a Feather Boa".
  • Beverley's "business associate" Benji previously appeared in 5 episodes of the original series run, but was played by extra Brian A. Setzer. Beverley replaced him with a new Benji because he was too old.
  • Beverley is recovering from surgery, and while on a morphine drip, he confesses to Karen that he is a homosexual.
  • Will quits his job to work with Grace after she lands the Eli Wolff job.
  • The NBC episode description and the episode's end credits spelled Beverley's name incorrectly as "Beverly", though it was spelled correctly in the publicity photo captions.



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10/26/20179:00 PM
11/18/20178:00 PM
12/28/20179:00 PM