Maxwell and Fran accidentally run into Maxwell's estranged father, James. The estrangement occurred because James ran off with his secretary, Joan, leaving his family behind. Fran decides to bring the Sheffield family back together by inviting James for dinner. Maxwell is livid, especially as James brings Joan along. On the surface at least, Joan and James are an older, British version of Maxwell and Fran, except that James eventually married Joan. Because of the elder Sheffield's nuptials, Fran ends up being the one who is livid since Maxwell won't commit to her. But Maxwell thinks that perhaps his father does has the right attitude about life and he decides that he should make a go with it with Fran. But his decision to do so takes just as quick a turn in the other direction when cavalier advice from James adversely affects Sylvia, and by association, Fran's life. Meanwhile, Brighton decides to go to ballet class in order to pick up girls. After going, he changes his mind with all ...
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As Fran grabs a chocolate out of a box, Joan warns her to "lay off the candy" or she will lose her figure. In reality, Joan has maintained her slim figure well into her 80's whereas Fran gained 10 or 12 sizes, going from a size 4 in this show, to a size 12 or 14 when Happily Divorced (her next sitcom) premiered. Part of Drescher's production requirement was to always have plenty of high-carbohydrate desserts available (from waffles to pancakes, from ice-cream to chocolate bonbons, and from pies to cakes) specifically for her character to eat on-camera, in several scenes each week. See more
When Joan relates how she seduced Maxwell's father, Fran grabs an ice-cube and rubs her neck with it, dreamily. Next, she drops it into Joan's glass, who takes a drink. This is extremely unhygienic, not to mention distasteful and stomach-churning. See more
Mrs. Joan Sheffield
Where did you find this delicious shrimp?
Oh, I came with her.
Mrs. Joan Sheffield
No dear, I meant the crustacean.
Oh, she's my daughter.