Ned and Stacey

Season 1 Episode 14

New Year's Eve

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 01, 1996 on FOX
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New Year's Eve
Ned and Stacey are particularly irritated with each other this New Year's Eve, so Stacey is happy to accept a last-minute date from one of a pair of brothers she once met on vacation. Unfortunately, she can't remember whether this one was the rich, interesting one or the dud. Ned doesn't put up much of a fight, even though it means Stacey won't be available for "wife duty" at his party that night. It isn't long into the date before Stacey finds out that Don is not the brother she was hoping for. Meanwhile Ned has to fend off questions about Stacey's whereabouts and the best he comes up with on the spot is that she's at the hospital with her brother who is suffering from scurvey. His guests insist he go spend the holiday evening with her. Eric and Amanda return to their home in an amorous mood which is broken when they find Ned killing time in their bedroom, and they evict him. Don senses Stacey's disappointment and lets her cut the evening short. She returns to the apartment to find guests who assume she missed Ned in passing at the hospital and insist she go to him. As Stacey leaves the building, she runs into Ned on the street. While partygoers inside count down the old year, the two share a drink of champagne while huddling against the cold.moreless

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    Arthur Malet

    Arthur Malet


    Guest Star

    John Petlock

    John Petlock

    Frank Stone

    Guest Star

    Bibi Besch

    Bibi Besch

    Susan Porter

    Guest Star

    John Getz

    John Getz

    Les MacDowell

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • On the phone, Stacey gives the address of the apartment she shares with Ned: 911 5th Avenue.

      • According to this episode Eric and Amanda have a cat, or maybe had a cat as apparently Ned didn't feed it when Eric and Amanda went to the Poconos the previous year. This is also how Ned got a key to the Moyer's apartment as Eric gave him a copy so he could feed the cat while they where away.

      • Stacey's boyfriend counter: # 7 Don (The boring one of the two brothers' from Omaha)

      • See the note above about Bibi Besch's character.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Stacey: I cannot believe you invited that Frank Stone freak to the party tonight.
        Ned: You want some cheese with that whine?

      • Ned: Frank Stone! Glad you could make it.
        Frank Stone: Hey Ned. So where's that saucy little wife of yours, hm?
        Ned: Not here. Not here. So I guess you're going to have to rub up against the lamp this year.

      • Les MacDowell: So, ahh, where is Stacey?
        Ned: She emergency.
        Bernadette MacDowell: Ohh. Is she OK?
        Ned: Uh, well, it wasn't actually Stacey, it was...her brother? He's in the hospital.
        Bernadette: What happened to him?
        Ned (quickly): Scurvy! Ah, these crazy kids today with their long hair and their loud, banging music and their scurvy! Don't get me started on it!

    • NOTES (3)

      • When Thomas Calabro is first seen, the ladies in the audience screamed and were excited.

        At the time that this episode was on the air, Thomas Calabro was one the stars of the VERY popular Melrose Place, thus the audience reaction.

      • Starting with this episode, the end credits are shown over a specially filmed segment, or blackout. In this one, Thomas Calabro is seen in character boring Ned, Eric and Amanda with talk about his job when he breaks character and angrily stalks off the show once he realizes the credits are rolling.

      • Bibi Besch's character is mistakenly credited as Mrs. Porter, the same name as Ellen Albertini Dow's recurring character who also appears in this episode. Her character is actually identified as Susan.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Ned: Let me reveal yet another concept to you. This is a hanger. Not only do we use these for hanging coats, but according to Joan Crawford we can beat people with them.

        Joan Crawford was an Academy award winning actress who adopted 4 kids. One of the oldest children Christina Crawford wrote a book about the abuse she suffered from Joan Crawford growing up. The book was later turned into a movie starting Faye Dunaway entitled Mommie Dearest. Ned was specifically referring to the "no wire hangers ... ever!" scene in which Joan Crawford wakes Christina and gives her a thrashing for again using cheap wire clothes hangers after she had repeatedly told her to use the nice ones.