Val wants to move out of her parent's house, but needs a roommate to be able to manage it financially. She tries to talk Fran into rooming with her, such a move which would give Fran a little independence as well from Maxwell and the kids. After a series of incidents with Maxwell and the kids, Fran decides some independence might not be such a bad idea and moves in with Val. Val promises that the move will provide Fran with unendless dating opportunities as the neighborhood is crawling with single men. The basement apartment ends up being a lot smaller, dingier and more bug infested than Fran was envisioning, and the single men all happen to be gay. Ultimately, Fran and Maxwell are both miserable in their new situation but refuse to admit that to the other. They both just need to figure out how to get Fran back to living in the house without letting the other know of their independently devised schemes. Written by
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An on-going gag on the show is that Fran always says she is 29. There is a time when Val accidentally reveals her and Fran's age (33). When Fran tries to explain to Niles, she says, "She was held back. I skipped a few grades!" If this were true, she would in fact be 29. See more
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References Forrest Gump
The Trolley Song
Music by Ralph Blane
Lyrics by Hugh Martin
Performed by Marquita Waters See more