After Fran's father, Morty, doesn't show up to a Knicks game which she gave him as a gift, she learns that Morty declined only because he knows Fran got the tickets from Maxwell, from who he wants nothing. His attitude is because he sees Fran wasting her life on a man who will not marry her. Fran is hurt since she doesn't have her father's approval and has felt she never has. Dr. Miller's diagnosis of the situation is that Fran has always been attracted to men who keep her at arms length, much like her father, in order to resolve an unresolvable issue directly with her father. Based on this and Maxwell's inability to change, Sylvia inadvertently convinces Fran that she is the one who needs to make a change. She first decides to change the nature of her relationship with Maxwell purely to that of employee and employer, but when that doesn't result in a satisfactory outcome, she decides to leave the house for good. Will Maxwell make the necessary change before Fran leaves? Meanwhile, ... Written by
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In this episode, Mr. Sheffield states that he has never met or seen Fran's father. However, in the episode "The Passed-Over Story" (4.21), the Sheffields join the Fine's for Passover Dinner and Mr. Sheffield is seen sitting across the table from Fran's father, Morty, although he doesn't speak and doesn't reveal his face to the camera. See more
Trying to get some guy's approval has always been my whole raisinette.
References Welcome Back, Kotter