Ned and Stacey

Season 1 Episode 2

Portrait of a Marriage

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 18, 1995 on FOX
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Portrait of a Marriage
The morning after their first night "together," Stacey is up before Ned waiting for him to arise, anxious to make sure they "communicate" even if their marriage is a sham. But Ned doesn't see the need for it. He informs Stacey that he's having a cocktail party for some clients the next night and will need her to perform her role as his loving spouse. At work, Eric is admiring Ned's huge new office, but is scared when Les MacDowell, the guy beat out for the promotion, drops by. Ned and Les do a little verbal sparring, with Les agreeing to come to Ned's party the next night. Stacey comes home happy after selling an article, but is dismayed to find Ned has thrown out all the redecorating work she did.

The party is to begin shortly, as Stacey is reducing to asking the serving staff if they've seen her husband--he didn't come home last night. Ned casually strolls in and hands Stacey a synopsis of their supposed history together, telling her to bone up on it right away. Stacey says it's "the most demeaning, sexist thing" she's ever seen and is ready to move out of the apartment. But Ned angrily tells her he's holding her to their agreement, telling her this whole thing between them is about him and his career, not her. At the party, the clients love the young couple, but tired of being humiliated by Ned's story of their courtship, Stacey adds a few embellishments that put Ned in a bad light. This serves to open a floodgate of bitter feelings between some of the clients and their wives along with Les and his wife Bernadette. Later, after the party is over, Ned and Stacey go out on the balcony and reflect how their fake marriage seems better than a lot of the "real" ones, making them wonder what exactly is real and what is fake.moreless

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    Robert Ridgely

    Robert Ridgely

    Al Nolan

    Guest Star

    Kathleen Noone

    Kathleen Noone

    Patrice Nolan

    Guest Star

    Leland Orser

    Leland Orser


    Guest Star

    John Getz

    John Getz

    Les Macdowell

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • (doorbell rings, Ned opens the door to find Amanda)
        Amanda: Hi.
        Ned: (confused) Remind me.
        Amanda: Amanda.
        Ned: Avon Lady?
        Amanda: Your sister-in-law.
        Ned: Oh! Good.

      • Amanda: I have an appointment over on Madison at 9 so I thought I would stop by and see the apartment that ya ruined your life for.
        Stacey: Isn't it great!

      • Stacey: Hi!
        Ned: Huh? Hey! Hi. Uhh, did you need to get in the bathroom?
        Stacey: Me? no! I just heard you come in, so I thought I'd come in and say good morning, and also I've been doing a lot of thinking about this arrangement or...marriage or...whatever it is, and, they're all good things, but there's just a few things I'd like to discuss with you.
        Ned: Now?
        Stacey: It could be now, or later's fine!
        Ned: Well, the advantage of later would be that I won't be urinating.
        Stacey: Then, later it is!

    • NOTES (2)

      • Rather than featuring stills from the episode or a specially filmed piece, the end credits are shown over a black background for the only time in the show's run.

      • John Getz makes his first appearance as recurring character Les MacDowell, Ned's co-worker.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Ned: Now we can get dates for the prom, Potsie.

        Potsie is a character from the TV show Happy Days who was played by Warren Weber. Postsie was quite nerdy and was the childhood friend of Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard).