Past and Presents

Karen trumps Grace's birthday gift to Nathan
Karen trumps Grace's birthday gift to Nathan
Title “Past and Presents”
Episode # 4.02 (69)
Season # 4
Original Airdate 04-Oct-2001
Writers Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
Producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick and James Burrows
Director James Burrows

Plot Synopsis

Will has a fearsome flashback when a former classmate who once tormented him as a kid now joins his law firm as a fellow attorney — and resumes his evil childhood harassment. Meanwhile, Grace feels shamed when she gives Nathan a birthday gift that is dwarfed by one from Karen.


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

Guest Cast

  • Woody Harrelson (Nathan)
  • Adam Goldberg (Kevin Wolchek)
  • Walter Addison (D.T. Petersen)


  • Rosario did not appear in this episode.
  • To facilitate a joke, Will's office door has a new "William Truman" placard, which only appears in this episode.
  • "Bodyguard" was first shown in this episode, but was not credited.
  • This episode was a Zap2It Best Bet for 10/4/2001.




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Airdates & Ratings

10/04/20019:00 PM13.5/19%#07
04/09/20028:00 PM05.4/09%#54Special day/time