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5.2 First Date

written by: Frank Lombardi
story by: Frank Lombardi and Sarah McMullen

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Fran is whining to her mother about her lack of privacy to make progress with Mr. Sheffield.
Sylvia: Open a mouth, just say 'Go away, leave us alone, we want privacy.'
Fran: Go away, leave us alone, we want privacy!

And they actually get some!
Max: I know I've been dragging my feet a little with regards to our relationship, but I'm going to change things. I think it's time you and I had a date.
He invites her to the Premiere of Elton John's new movie "Tantrums and Tiaras" where Max is hoping to schmooze Elton to appear in a show.

Fran: Oh Mr. Sheffield, you don't know how happy this makes me. Not only have you asked me out on a date, but you actually trust me to not be concerned that I'm gonna embarrass you in front of a celebrity.
Max: (stricken) Of course.

C.C. is whining to Niles that Max asked Fran out instead of her.
C.C.: What am I doing wrong?
Niles: Well, for one thing, you've known him for 25 years, or half your life, and you don't even know the names of his children.
C.C.: Okay, good, good. Learn kids names. That's a start.

Fran is a little excited to be going out with Mr. Sheffield.

Fran tells Val she already met Elton John on a family vacation.
Fran: Elton was staying at that same hotel. I saw him playing tennis and I yelled at him "Yoo-hoo."

The big night arrives and the family gathers. C.C. is proud that she has finally learned the kid's names....until Niles points out that she forgot little Sydney, the youngest and her favorite.

Fran: You guys go ahead, I'll be out in a minute. I just want to check my face, I'll be okay. (Skyward) Now I know that we haven't talked since John-John went through with the wedding, but I really love this guy, so please help me to make everything go good tonight.
I suppose a sign that you heard me would be too much to ask?

Max: C'mon Miss Fine. Oh, I'm afraid that the limo's a tad crowded so you're going to have to sit on my lap.
Fran: That'll do.

Fran: Oh this is going to be such a great night and I'm so happy you guys get to share it with me, but if I see your faces after the screening, you're dead, cause that's when the date kicks in.

At the movie premiere, Niles reminds C.C. that Max had asked her to look after Sydney. C.C. goes looking for her charge.

Fran retreats to the rest room to figure out her next step.
Fran: Oh if Elton finds out that that was me, he's never going to be in your father's show. Oh your father's going to be a laughingstock. He's going to be totally humiliated. This is the worst thing I've ever done to him.
Maggie: Well, why don't you just go home?
Fran: Oh, I don't want to ruin our first date!

Fran is shocked to see her "yoo-hoo" on the tennis court precipitated one of Elton's Tantrums.

So Fran hatches a scheme. She figures she just needs a disguise so that Elton won't recognize her. Grandma Yetta is handy.
Fran: Gimmee that wig old woman!

Max pulls her away for an explanation.
Max: All right, will you kindly tell me what the hell is going on? Why are you in this ridiculous disguise?
Fran: Well, I'm not going to tell you cause you're just going to get mad.
Max: (containing himself) No I'm not. See?
(She whispers to him)
You! You're the "yoo-hoo" lady?!?

Max explains to Elton that tonight is a first date for him though his date's appearance seems to shock him a bit.

Max wants to leave, but Fran insists they can get away with the deception.
Max: We're getting out of here.
Fran: No wait a minute. You might still get him to do your show. He didn't recognize me. Right now he just thinks your some guy with an Estelle Getty fetish.
So they give it a go.

At dinner, Fran has a little trouble with the glasses, eating a flower, stroking the waiters hand and....
Fran: Meanwhile, this elastic waistband is so tight it's cutting off my circulation. I can't even feel my own touchas.
Elton: Elton's touchas!
Fran: (to Max) I think it's going very well.

At home, C.C. is proud of the care she has taken of little Sydney. Niles panics at the thought that she has kidnapped somebody's kid. He runs off to call the theater.

C.C. pays off the kid and his mom.
"Sydney": But you promised us $50.
C.C.: And if you'd remembered the part about needing your insulin you'd be getting fifty.

Back at the dinner, things are going relatively well and Fran asks Elton for an autographed CD.

Elton starts out the door and Fran and Mr. Sheffield discuss the evening.
Fran: I'm telling you Maxwell Sheffield, I am good for you. So I take it there's gonna be a second date?
Max: You bet.

Fran:Oh Elton forgot to autograph the CD's. Oh Elton, Elton.... Yoo-hoo
Big mistake.

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Something About The Way You Look Tonight
(Performed on the Elton John "Big Picture" CD)

There was a time
I was everything and nothing all in one
When you found me
I was feeling like a cloud across the sun

I need to tell you
How you light up every second of the day
But in the moonlight
You just shine like a beacon on the bay

And I can't explain
But it's something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It's that feeling I get about you, deep inside

And I can't describe
But it's something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

With your smile
You pull the deepest secrets from my heart
In all honesty
I'm speechless and I don't know where to start

And I can't explain
But it's something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It's that feeling I get about you, deep inside

And I can't describe
But it's somthing about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

"Something About The Way You Look Tonight"