Ned and Stacey

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (aka Ned and Stacey)

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 11, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When Stacey is watching television at her parents' house, very brief clips are shown of the movies On the Waterfront (1954, with Marlon Brando delivering his famous line, "I coulda been a contender!"), Born Yesterday (1950, showing the stars Judy Holliday and Broderick Crawford) and the animated Mr. Magoo series (1964).

    • Stacey's ex-boyfriend who broke off their planned wedding is identified as Gary.

    • Features the one and only appearance of Ned's boss Spencer Haywood (Alan Oppenheimer), the 'Haywood' of 'Haywood and Kirkland' the company Ned works for. In all subsequent episodes Ned only ever interacts with Patrick Kirkland (James Karen), the 'Kirkland' of 'Haywood and Kirkland'.

    • Ned's 'girlfriend' counter:
      #1 Charmaine (proposed to after having coffee with her 4yrs ago)
      #2 Alyson (cheated on her with her mother)
      #3 Alyson's mother

    • Stacey's boyfriend counter: #1 Gary (the ex-fiancé).

    • In the early scene in the restaurant, Amanda tells Stacey she has "two kids with the flu." But in subsequent episodes the Moyers are never shown to have more than one child, a son, Howard.

  • Quotes

    • Ned: Look, Stacey, based on this marriage I got a promotion. I got a corner office. I got two secretaries, one of whom is qualified!

    • Ned: You know, you slap a wedding dress around a woman and they go insane!

    • Ned (to Stacey): I told my boss I was getting married in order to get a promotion, so now I have to get married. I mean, it doesn't have to be a real marriage, just a marriage minus the love, sex and intimacy, which, now that I think about it, is more real than the 'real' kind.

    • Stacey: Remember me?
      Ned: I'm not sure.
      Stacey: Then let me remind you. I'm the person you exploited without a trace of conscience.
      Ned: You're gonna have to be more specific.

    • Ned (on the telephone): Hello, Charmaine? This is Ned Dorsey. You know, I really enjoyed having coffee with you...Has it been four years? Huh, wow! So, anyway--wanna get married? You know anybody that wants to get married?...OK, fair enough...Ah, keep in touch.
      (Dails another number) Allison! Ned Dorsey. Look, I, I know we parted on bad terms but ya, you gotta admit, your mother is an attractive woman...hullo?
      (Makes another call) Hola, Conchita! Es senor Ned...Nah, forget it, I'll see you Wednesday.

    • Stacey: I was late because I was at...a thing.
      Ellen Colbert: A thing? What, like a hippie thing?

    • Spencer Haywood: Ned, I'm planning to promote Snowdon.
      Ned: Uh, Snowdon! Ahh, come on, Spence. Snowdon's a complete imbecile!
      Spencer: Well, that's a little harsh, Ned!
      Ned: Those are your words.

    • Ned(to Stacey, after ordering at the bar): I don't really drink. I just like sayin' 'Scotch, neat.' It sounds better than 'Tea, neat.'

  • Notes

    • There is no opening title sequence for the first several episodes, just a stylized "Ned and Stacey" logo featuring some moving artwork that spells out the name of the show. The end credits are displayed over stills from the episode.

    • The basic credit order on the show is the same for all episodes: Thomas Haden Church, Debra Messing, Greg Germann and Nadia Dajani. For the episodes they appeared in during the first season Harry Goz and Dorie Brenner also were listed fifth and sixth respectively in the opening credit sequence. In this first episode, Alan Oppenheimer was listed in the opening credits, but he never made another appearance on the show, though his character's last name was still used as part of the advertising agency's name.

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