Grace's pen pal, Billy, is the son of the Sultan of Koorestan, a country in the Middle East. Billy has invited Grace for a visit. Despite the fact that Fran would prefer Niles take Grace since Fran could therefore spend time alone with Maxwell, Maxwell talks Fran into escorting Grace alone on this trip. Hence, Maxwell and Fran part company for the time being with an argument hanging between them. With Fran gone, Maxwell is miserable and frustrated about their argument. In Koorestan, Fran initially is homesick despite the fact that the Sultan bears a striking resemblence to Mr. Sheffield.