Ned and Stacey

Season 2 Episode 17

The Truth Shall Set You Back

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Unknown on FOX
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The Truth Shall Set You Back
With the finalization of the divorce approaching, Stacey is going to have to deal with telling her parents. Ned meanwhile doesn't want to give up his relationship with his in-laws and is making plans to be Saul's first mate at a boating regatta. Eric feels left out as a son-in-law compared to Ned. Stacey gets Ned to agree to her plan to break the news to her parents, but when she does, Ned acts as if he's hearing about it for the first time. Eventually Stacey gets Ned on the same page with her, but Saul and Ellen are shaken. When Ellen tells Amanda that she and Saul won't be moving to Florida because they should stay near Stacey at this critical time, Amanda blurts out that the marriage was a sham all along. The Colberts are devastated by this news and feel betrayed by their daughter Stacey. She tries to pull her mother out of her funk by telling her that Amanda is pregnant--which she isn't. Eric now gets his much-hoped-for opportunity to be Saul's first mate at the regatta. Both of them turn out to be terrible seamen and the boat begins sinking. The situation isn't helped any by the drunken stowaway Ned.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • On the boat, Ned drunkenly sings Long John Silver's sea shanty from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island. Only instead of singing "Fifteen men on a dead man's chest," he says "sixteen" instead. Maybe he was just too drunk to remember.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Ned (very drunk): Listen, I don't like to complain. Someone threw up right where I was sleeping!

      • Ellen Colbert: A fake marriage? Who does that? It's like that movie!
        Stacey: What movie?
        Ellen: The one with that girl with the hair.
        Stacey: Julia Roberts?
        Ellen: No, no, with the curly hair.
        Amanda (Hollering from across the room): Andie MacDowell!
        Ellen: Yeah, that's it, that's it, and that French fellow was in it too, right, what's his name, Don Pardo?
        Amanda: Gerard Depardieu!
        Ellen: No.
        Amanda: Yes!
        Ellen: Well, what movie was it, Blue Velvet?
        Amanda: Green Card! AHHHHH!

      • Eric (to Ned): Dammit, I'm the real son-in-law, buddy! Before you came along he [Saul] ignored me a lot less!

      • Stacey: You've just always loved getting me into trouble, haven't you?
        Amanda: What! Stacey, I have been lying to cover up this stupid fake marriage for two years!
        Stacey: Well, I would have happily lied for you but you chose to go into a real marriage! I respected your choice, but obviously you couldn't respect mine!

      • Ned (talking about telling Stacey's parents about the divorce): Just don't make me the bad guy.
        Stacey: OK, but you cannot tell them any of that stuff that you told the people at work. I did not cheat on you and I do not beat you.
        Ned: And you didn't turn out to be a man.

      • Amanda (seeing Ned outfitted in yellow rain gear): Awwww, look what just walked off a box of fish sticks!

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