Ned and Stacey

The Muffins Take Manhattan

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 12/1/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Stacey and Ned are back together again in the apartment while waiting for divorce. Stacey insists she wants their lives and finances entirely separate during this time, an arrangement Ned then extends to cover the contents of the refrigerator. Amanda and Ned go to check out the last tenant of the property they bought, a muffin shop on the ground level. The old lady who runs the shop was under the impression that the shop would continue in operation and her dismay causes Amanda some discomfort. Ned has a run-in with one of the shop's elderly patrons, Nate. After playing a childish prank on Stacey, she angrily tells Ned he's so selfish that he couldn't even imagine being anyone other than himself for even a second. That night he has a dream and sees himself as various characters from the muffin shop. The next day when the building sale is to be finalized, Ned does an about face and decides to keep the shop and run it--or rather, have Amanda run it. Amanda is wary of the idea but Eric warms up to it.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Debra Messing

    Stacey Colbert Dorsey

  • Thomas Haden Church

    Ned Dorsey

  • Greg Germann

    Eric Moyer

  • Nadia Dajani

    Amanda Colbert Moyer

  • Harry Goz

    Saul Colbert

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Amanda (to Ned): Did someone slip me some blotter acid or are you seriously suggesting we run a muffin shop?

    • Ned: I told you, I had a dream that made it uncomfortable for me to sell the muffin shop! Why is that so hard to understand? Eric: Ned, Ned, you didn't have to blow the deal, I mean, I've got dreams too, you don't see me pursuing them!

    • Stacey: Oh, Ned! You know, now that we're getting a divorce, I would have thought you'd lose the need to fling your infantile jibes at me. Ned: You know, I would have thought so, too, but somehow, it still feels right! Stacey: Here. Ned: What's this? Stacey: My rent check for October. Ned: Is it March already?

    Notes (2)

    • Ford Rainey makes his first appearance as Nate, a regular customer at the muffin shop.

    • For the end credit sequence, a series of outtakes is used for the first time (and one of the very few times during the series' run). These feature Ned in costume as Nate, unable to get through his lines without laughing.

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