If not for C.C. walking in on them, Maxwell and Fran would have done it in the hospital bed next to Niles. After the fact, Fran is encouraged that finally something is happening between them. Maxwell on the other hand is still uncertain, and gets some glib advice from Niles to preoccupy Fran with some meaningless project, like redecorating a room, to give him more time to figure out what to do. Fran sees right through what Maxwell's doing. Sylvia sees Maxwell's ploy as letting Fran into his life and his home, especially as the room in question is the sanctuary: the kitchen. Fran initially wants to do all the work herself, much like Maxwell's first wife, Sarah, did with the house, but Sylvia convinces Fran to enlist the help of Fran's flamboyant decorator cousin, Sheila. After catching up with the goings-on in Sheila's life, Fran realizes that their love lives mirror each other, with Sheila being a recent dumpee after four years with her boyfriend, Mitch. Fran is just waiting for ... Written by
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[upon entering the Sheffield kitchen
Surprise! I got a pecan coffee cake.
What's the surprise, Ma: you brought it all the way here and it arrived whole?
References The Morning After