Ned and Stacey

Season 1 Episode 2

Portrait of a Marriage

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 18, 1995 on FOX
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Portrait of a Marriage
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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

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Kathleen Noone

Kathleen Noone

Patrice Nolan

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Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Phil

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John Getz

John Getz

Les Macdowell

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