Ned and Stacey

Season 1 Episode 7

Here's to You, Mrs. Binder

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 23, 1995 on FOX
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Here's to You, Mrs. Binder
At a birthday party for Stacey and Amanda's father, Ned meets the recently widowed Lucy Binder, the best friend of the girls' mother. The sisters aren't too crazy about Mrs. Binder but Ned finds they share an interest in hoticulture and they begin to click right away. They go to her greenhouse to check out her flowers. Ned invited her to the upcoming Renaissance Fair. She accepts, then demurs--then they both fly into each others arms and kiss. Some days later Stacey and Amanda are at the apartment when Ned comes in walking on air and being nice to everyone, including his combative sister-in-law. Stacey knows the cause of Ned's good humor is whoever he's dating, but Ned won't identify her. Later Stacey and Amanda go out shopping with her mother and Mrs. Binder. When Ellen goes to the bathroom, Lucy guiltily and tearfully tells Stacey she's having an affair with Ned. When Stacey gets home she lays into Ned (who is in full Renaissance garb) for toying with this woman, the best friend of her mother. Ned says the affection is genuine and he'll keep up the affair. He meets Lucy, also dressed for the Fair, at the greenhouse. But Mrs. Binder, unaware of Ned and Stacey's true relationship, can't carry on the affair any longer. Ned returns home depressed. Eric tries to cheer him up unsuccessfully, but Stacey does a little bit better of a job when she promises to help soothe his worries with hot chocolate and tequila.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ned: God! What kind of universe is it where a man can't love his fake wife's mother's best friend?

    • Ms. Binder: You should see my poinsettias in July.
      Ned: Red or white?
      Ms. Binder: Both.
      Ned: Ooh, I like you moxie!

    • Ned: Hey, who do I have to sleep with to get some rugelach?

    • Stacey: Ned, what are you thinking? This is Mrs. Binder, this is my mother's best friend! She did car pools with us! We had sleepovers at her house!
      Ned: What a coincidence.

    • Ned: Sounds like you're a fellow horticulturist.
      Lucy Binder: I've been called worse.

    • Eric (to Stacey, about Ned): Poor guy! I'd just love to see him find that one special relationship that really goes the distance. I mean, you're his wife. Can't ya fix him up with somebody?

    • Lucy Binder: Ned, I...I told Stacey about us.
      Ned: It doesn't matter!
      Lucy: What do you mean it doesn't matter? She's your wife!
      Ned: Why does everybody make such a big deal out of that?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The end credits are shown over stills from this episode.

    • For the first time the show uses an opening title sequence narrated by Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing which recounts the couples reasons for being married whille brief clips from the first episode are being shown. Before this, a simple title graphic saying Ned and Stacey was used. The opening credits are still superimposed over the show's opening action.

      The opening sequence dialog:
      Ned: Why Stacey?
      Stacey: Why Ned?
      Ned: It was business.
      Stacey: Strictly business.
      Ned: Here's the deal: to get the promotion, I needed the wife.
      Stacey: To get a life, I needed his apartment.
      Ned: So what the hell, we up and got married.
      Stacey: The only thing we have in common: we irritate each other.
      Ned: Riiiight! Enjoy the show!


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