List of The Nanny episodes

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The Nanny is an American television sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS from 1993 to 1999. Created and produced by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, the series starred Drescher as Fran Fine, a Queens native who is hired by widower Maxwell "Max" Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) to be the nanny of his three children Margaret (Nicholle Tom), Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury), and Grace (Madeline Zima). The series also starred Lauren Lane as C.C. Babcock, Max's business associate, and Daniel Davis as Niles, the family's butler.


Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Ranking Est. viewers
(in millions)
1 22 November 3, 1993 May 16, 1994 No. 60 9.52
2 26 September 12, 1994 May 22, 1995 No. 24[1] 12.5
3 27 September 11, 1995 May 20, 1996 No. 17[2] 12.4
4 26 September 18, 1996 May 21, 1997 No. 45[3] 9.1
5 23 October 1, 1997 May 13, 1998 No. 50[4] 11.5
6 22 September 30, 1998 June 23, 1999 No. 84[5] 9.3


Season 1 (1993–94)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Viewers
1 1 "The Nanny" Lee Shallat-Chemel Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03) 15.0[6]
2 2 "Smoke Gets in Your Lies" Lee Shallat-Chemel Michael Rowe November 10, 1993 (1993-11-10) 11.6[7][Reference not in source cited]
3 3 "My Fair Nanny" Lee Shallat-Chemel Andy Goodman November 17, 1993 (1993-11-17) 12.7[8]
4 4 "The Nuchslep" Lee Shallat-Chemel Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24) 11.5[9]
5 5 "Here Comes the Brood" Lee Shallat-Chemel Diane Wilk December 6, 1993 (1993-12-06) 20.3[10]
6 6 "The Butler, The Husband, The Wife and Her Mother" Lee Shallat-Chemel Howard Meyers December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08) 13.7[10]
7 7 "Imaginary Friend" Lee Shallat-Chemel Pamela Eells and Sally Lapiduss December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15) 11.9[11]
8 8 "Christmas Episode" Lee Shallat-Chemel Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson December 22, 1993 (1993-12-22) 14.6[12]
9 9 "Personal Business" Lee Shallat-Chemel Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson December 29, 1993 (1993-12-29) 14.8[13]
10 10 "The Nanny-in-Law" Paul Miller Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake January 12, 1994 (1994-01-12) 14.3[14]
11 11 "A Plot for Nanny" Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson Sandy Krinski and Lisa Garrett January 19, 1994 (1994-01-19) 16.5[15]
12 12 "The Show Must Go On" Will Mackenzie Dana Reston and Frank Lombardi January 26, 1994 (1994-01-26) 11.2[16]
13 13 "Maggie the Model" Will Mackenzie Diane Wilk February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02) 13.7[17]
14 14 "The Family Plumbing" Linda Day Bill Lawrence February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09) 16.0[18]
15 15 "Deep Throat" Linda Day Pamela Eells and Sally Lapiduss March 2, 1994 (1994-03-02) 11.5[19]
16 16 "Schlepped Away" Linda Day Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson March 9, 1994 (1994-03-09) 12.7[20]
17 17 "Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off" Gail Mancuso Diane Wilk March 16, 1994 (1994-03-16) 9.7[21]
18 18 "Sunday in the Park with Fran" Gail Mancuso Howard Meyer March 23, 1994 (1994-03-23) 11.3[22]
19 19 "Gym Teacher" Gail Mancuso Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz April 6, 1994 (1994-04-06) 12.5[23]
20 20 "Ode to Barbra Joan" Gail Mancuso Story by: David M. Matthews
Teleplay by: Frank Lombardi& Dana Reston
April 13, 1994 (1994-04-13) 9.9[24]
21 21 "Frannie's Choice" Paul Miller Tracy Newman & Jonathan Stark April 20, 1994 (1994-04-20) 9.9[25]
22 22 "I Don't Remember Mama" Paul Miller Howard Meyers and Diane Wilk May 16, 1994 (1994-05-16) 19.1[26]

Season 2 (1994–95)[edit]

  • S: = "Story by:"
  • T: = "Teleplay by:"
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
23 1 "Fran-Lite" Lee Shallat-Chemel Janis Hirsch September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12)
The children are heading back to school, but Brighton refuses to go back because he feels "small" in middle school. Fran misconstrues this when Brighton tells her he was in the locker room at the time, to which Fran describes to Mr. Sheffield as being "gherkin". Mr. Sheffield exclaims "But he has such big feet!" such as in the myth of large features to conclude to a larger genital size. Maxwell starts dating a woman (guest star: Tracy Kolis) who looks and sounds exactly like Fran.
24 2 "The Playwright" Gail Mancuso Lisa Medway September 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)
In order to teach Brighton a lesson about rejecting girls, Fran goes on a date with a man (Richard Kind) that she had rejected back in high school. The man is now a playwright, and threatens to commit suicide unless Mr. Sheffield buys his piece and puts it on Broadway. At the end the whole cast does the hustle.
25 3 "Everybody Needs a Bubby" Lee Shallat-Chemel Diane Wilk September 26, 1994 (1994-09-26)
While the retirement home gets fumigated, Grandma Yetta comes to stay at the Sheffield mansion, but when she starts passing some of her "wisdom" among the children, Fran and Maxwell are concerned.
26 4 "Material Fran" Lee Shallat-Chemel Eileen O'Hare October 3, 1994 (1994-10-03)
One of Fran's old high school friends sets her up with her husband's business partner to see how she likes someone who is loaded. The idea would sound mighty fine if Fran's date (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) was not so old.
27 5 "Curse of the Grandmas" Lee Shallat-Chemel Eric Cohen October 10, 1994 (1994-10-10)
It is the first anniversary since Fran started working for the Sheffields, but Maxwell does not seem to recall this very important occasion. Also, Fran leads Gracie's girl scout troop to "adopt" their very own grandmas at Yetta's retirement home, but each of Gracie's grandmas die.
28 6 "The Nanny Napper" Lee Shallat-Chemel Jayne Hamil,
Rick Shaw
October 17, 1994 (1994-10-17)
When Fran offers to hold an Eastern European woman's baby on the subway, she inadvertently "kidnaps" the child when his mother walks off the train without realizing it. The Sheffields think that the woman deliberately abandoned her son, and make plans to care for him--only to get a nasty surprise when Fran is arrested for kidnapping. It seems that things will end badly, until a love of soap operas bonds Fran, the mother, and even the police chief and helps solve the issue.
29 7 "A Star is Unborn" Lee Shallat-Chemel Pamela Eells,
Sally Lapiduss
October 24, 1994 (1994-10-24)
Fran is hired by an amateur director to play Juliet in a reproduction of Romeo and Juliet. Unbeknownst to her, the director is hoping for the play to fail so that he can do better on his taxes. Meanwhile Maggie wants to go to The Hamptons, but Maxwell won't allow it. Fran tries to convince him otherwise. Maxwell and Fran also share their second kiss during a rehearsal of the play. When C.C. discovers the truth, Maxwell takes it upon himself to save Fran, only for her to choose to leave the play on her own terms.
30 8 "Pishke Business" Lee Shallat-Chemel Alan R. Cohen,
Alan Freedland
October 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)
Sylvia and her canasta club want to invest their pishke in Maxwell's next play, but there may not be a play when C.C. assaults Maxwell's other investor (guest star Wallace Shawn). So, since the investor doesn't know what C.C. looks like, Fran pretends to be her and save the play.
31 9 "Stock Tip" Lee Shallat-Chemel David M. Matthews November 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)
Fran meets a man, Glen, (Corbin Bernsen) at the supermarket and he tells her that he works on Wall Street and later convinces Maxwell into investing $100,000 in stocks. Everything goes well at first but then Fran learns that Glen is a hot dog vendor who literally works on Wall Street. Fran then needs to keep Maxwell from being scammed by infiltrating an exclusive gentleman's club, prompting her to disguise herself as a man to get inside.
32 10 "The Whine Cellar" Lee Shallat-Chemel Eileen O'Hare November 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)
It is Sylvia's "50th" birthday and Fran is the hostess. However, when she and C.C. accidentally lock themselves inside the wine cellar, the two must learn to tolerate each other.
33 11 "When You Pish Upon a Star" Lee Shallat-Chemel Diane Wilk November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
When Maxwell casts a major child star named Jack Walker, whose sitcom almost perfectly mirrors the Sheffields' lives, into his new production of Oliver!, Fran is charged with caring for the obnoxious child. Things start to heat up when Fran convinces Jack to quit show business! Maxwell and Fran share their third kiss.
34 12 "Take Back Your Mink" Lee Shallat-Chemel Fran Drescher,
Peter Marc Jacobson
November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
Fran's great-aunt dies and leaves Fran her coveted mink coat. Maggie's obsessive belief in animal rights prompts Fran to reject the coat, pitting her against her mother. Eventually Sylvia sells the coat to C.C. for $10,000.
35 13 "The Strike" Lee Shallat-Chemel Janis Hirsch November 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)
Maxwell and Fran attract unwanted press attention due to an incident on the opening night of Maxwell's latest play: Maxwell forces Fran to cross a picket line.
36 14 "I've Got a Secret" Lee Shallat-Chemel Eric Cohen December 12, 1994 (1994-12-12)
When Maxwell invites a high-profile actress to recover at his house from plastic surgery, Fran goes to great lengths to find out who she is. Eventually, she discovers that the mystery guest is Cher. She blabs to Val, who apparently spreads the news. Thankfully, Fran manages to think of a way to scare off reporters, involving one of her cross-dressing cousins who imitates Cher. In the end, it turns out that the press didn't learn about Cher from Val, but from a friend of Maxwell's to whom he blabbed. Meanwhile, Brighton borrows a parrot from a friend despite his reputation of forgetting to feed his pets.
37 15 "Kindervelt Days" Lee Shallat-Chemel Frank Lombardi,
Dana Reston
January 2, 1995 (1995-01-02)
Sylvia is turning the storage room into a den for Morty, so they go through Fran's old junk and find some remarkable things, including a "win a date with Erik Estrada" entry form. Meanwhile, Fran is invited to attend the reunion for her Kindervelt summer camp and invites Mr. Sheffield as her date to impress her camp friends. But the kids surprise Fran when they bring Erik Estrada himself to escort Fran. They go to the reunion, but while Erik is polite and kind to Fran, he leaves early, as his seeing her was only a publicity stunt. This depresses Fran, but Maxwell arrives to escort her; he also inadvertently humiliates Fran's rival when her own date meets Maxwell and reveals himself as a gay dancer trying to make it on Broadway. Meanwhile, C.C. quits smoking and develops food cravings, so Niles provides her with a ready supply of fatty treats in the hopes of making her gain weight.
38 16 "Canasta Masta" Lee Shallat-Chemel Frank Lombardi,
Dana Reston
January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09)
Maxwell wants Brighton to play a sport, but he fails at all things athletic. He soon discovers that he has a talent for canasta, and joins Sylvia and Yetta's team. Unfortunately, Sylvia decides to kick Fran out of the group to make room for Brighton, causing a rift between the Fines. The family travels to Atlantic City for a championship, where Fran bumps into Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. while trying to solve her problem. Brighton eventually convinces the Fine women to make up, and Fran joins the group for the championship. Meanwhile, Niles, alone in the house and supposedly bored, parodies the dancing scene in Risky Business until C.C. returns.
39 17 "The Will" Randy Bennett Fran Drescher,
Peter Marc Jacobson
January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16)
Mr. Sheffield is preparing his will and wants to include Fran in it, naming her the children's guardian in the event of his premature death. C.C. and Maxwell are having Doug Emerson (one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's former investors) for dinner, and his doctor sends his special diet from the American Heart Association. Fran finds it and mistakenly believes that Maxwell is dying; to "save" his life, she gives all the fatty food from the dinner to Doug, which triggers a trip to the hospital for the investor. Meanwhile, one of Gracie's friends has a crush on Brighton, and Fran must play peacemaker.
40 18 "The Nanny Behind the Man" Lee Shallat-Chemel Jerry Perzigian January 23, 1995 (1995-01-23)
Maxwell wants to secure the rights to a legendary playwright's latest work, and prepares to wine and dine him. Fran helps out by offering a woman to woo the playwright: Yetta! The two hit it off, and Maxwell is thrilled--until complications begin to arise.
41 19 "A Fine Friendship" Lee Shallat-Chemel Eileen O'Hare February 6, 1995 (1995-02-06)
Gracie meets a new friend who has a male nanny. He and Fran hit it off, and become great friends--but only because Fran thinks that he is homosexual. Meanwhile, after overhearing Fran talking about a soap opera, Grace becomes convinced she is pregnant after "sleeping with" her friend (that is, taking a nap together). Fran and Maxwell get into a compromising position in her bedroom, which Niles delights in telling C.C.
42 20 "Lamb Chop's On the Menu" Lee Shallat-Chemel Frank Lombardi,
Dana Reston
February 13, 1995 (1995-02-13)
Fran offers to care for Chester while C.C. is having some work done in her apartment. Meanwhile, C.C. secures the film rights for "Lamb Chop: The Movie". Mr. Sheffield invites guest star Shari Lewis to stay at his house, prompting a starstruck Fran and Val to snoop around her guest room. While there, she accidentally lets Chester loose, who, she believes, eats Lamb Chop. Knowing she'll get in trouble, Fran makes a "Fran-Chop", a modified version of Lamb Chop, but Niles finds the real puppet in the laundry basket. Lamb Chop then decides to have a private meeting with Maxwell about the film rights, and kicks all of the women--including Shari--out of his office.
43 21 "Close Shave" Dorothy Lyman Elliot Stern February 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)
Fran earns Maggie a job as a hospital. candy striper. Meanwhile, Maxwell learns why he should not accept food from C.C. The two paths cross when Maxwell needs an appendectomy...on the same day Fran is covering for Maggie and Fran must "shave" Maxwell for the surgery, prompting a hilarious scene.
44 22 "What the Butler Sang" Lee Shallat-Chemel Diane Wilk February 27, 1995 (1995-02-27)
Fran discovers that Niles has a beautiful singing voice and convinces him to audition for Mr. Sheffield's next play. Meanwhile, she asks her sister Nadine to assume Niles' cooking duties. Nadine, who recently left her husband, attempts to seduce Mr. Sheffield. Nadine starts to annoy Fran, who calls Nadine's husband to come retrieve her. They have a big argument that ruins Niles's audition, but is a success among the investors.
45 23 "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss" Dorothy Lyman Eileen O'Hare May 1, 1995 (1995-05-01)
Fran encourages Maggie to enter Billy Ray Cyrus's kissing contest to be on the cover of his next album, but Fran wins by accident. Mr. Sheffield is convinced that her kissing abilities aren't what got her to win, so Fran proves him wrong in a very good way (They share their fourth kiss). When she meets Billy Ray, his manager tells her it's because she makes him look younger. Offended, Fran turns down the offer and returns home depressed about her age. Niles tells C.C., who can't wait to tell Maxwell. She tries to kiss him, but accidentally kisses Niles, and Mr. Sheffield comforts Fran.
46 24 "Strange Bedfellows" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi,
Dana Reston
May 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)
Fran's friend Mona (Tyne Daly), is retiring, and Fran sees parallels between their situations and struggle with her possible future roles after the children are grown. Fran draws comparisons and becomes terrified by the fact that Mona does not seem to have anywhere to go but back to her mother and grandmother, with few prospects or opportunities. Meanwhile, C.C.'s birthday is coming up, and only Niles remembers, while Maxwell is suffering from a cold and spends the day knocked out by his medicine. Fran attends Mona's retirement party and returns home a little drunk, ending up passed out in Maxwell's bed, a scene which Niles gleefully shows to C.C. as her "birthday present". Mona's boss proposes to her after her retirement party, and Maxwell assuring Fran that he will "take care of [her] for the rest of [her] life" leads her and Niles to believe he will also propose, until he reveals he has bought her a retirement condo, much to Fran's disappointment and Niles' exasperation. At the end of the episode Maxwell and Fran simultaneously realise that they had sex while intoxicated.
47 25 "The Chatterbox" Lee Shallat-Chemel S: Fran Drescher,
Peter Marc Jacobson
T: Fran Drescher,
Peter Marc Jacobson,
Prudence Fraser,
Robert Sternin
May 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)
Maggie is invited to her first sweet sixteen party, so Fran takes her to "The Chatterbox", her favorite beauty salon. Meanwhile, Mr. Sheffield is holding auditions for his next play, and a girl named Mary Ruth is rejected. She befriends Fran, who takes her to The Chatterbox to see if she can become the new shampoo girl (a job Sylvia also wants). There, Mary Ruth soon noses herself into the personal life of the owner, Mr. Anthony, and his son, Mimo, who are trying to live without Mr. Anthony's wife, Mimo's mother. Employees at the salon include Claude, a gay hairdresser, and Kim, the Chinese manicurist who can paint incredible things on her extra-long nails.
48 26 "Fran Gets Mugged" Lee Shallat-Chemel Jayne Hamil,
Rick Shaw
May 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)
Mr. Sheffield plans to donate a rare piece of Shakespeare's original handwriting to a museum. Fran accidentally places the list in her purse, and loses it when she is mugged. She becomes paranoid and more problems arise. The mugger is eventually apprehended and encounters Fran and Maxwell while serving community service. He returns the manuscript and offers them two tickets to a Shakespeare festival. Fran and Maxwell share a tender moment after returning from the festival, which is ruined when they find the mugger has robbed the house and left Niles bound and gagged in the living room.

Season 3 (1995–96)[edit]

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49 1 "Pen Pal" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil,
Rick Shaw
September 11, 1995 (1995-09-11)
After many years of exchanging letters, Fran's pen pal Lenny wants to meet her. But Fran is worried because over the past years she exaggerated the facts about her life and now is concerned that Lenny won't like her for who she really is. But Mr. Sheffield pushes her to attend the date (more because he wants to see Lenny than because he wants Fran to meet him) and waits for him with her at the Russian Tea Room. But Lenny never appears and leaves a note at the door saying he couldn't possibly compete with the handsome man she was sitting with (Mr. Sheffield). Meanwhile, C.C. arranges to work late just to seduce Maxwell, and Niles plays with her. Bored, the two have a few drinks and have their first romantic kiss after calling each other names.
50 2 "Franny and the Professor" Dorothy Lyman Janis Hirsch September 18, 1995 (1995-09-18)
C.C. makes a bet with her brother Noel (Michael McKean) that he cannot get Fran to play Jeopardy!. But Fran somehow enters the game and manages to win! Meanwhile, Mr. Sheffield is upset because he is not invited to the Renaissance Weekend held by Bill Clinton, but Fran gets him tickets with the help of the Sheffields' new next door neighbor, Roger Clinton, Jr.. Guest stars Alex Trebek.
51 3 "Dope Diamond" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk September 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
Fran has been dating a rich, handsome Jewish doctor named Julius Kimble. After only 2 weeks, he asks her to marry him. Although having some doubts, Fran accepts after Sylvia pushes her. When they go shopping for a ring, Julius disappears with a very expensive ring. Fran learns that Julius was just a thief and now she is left all alone. She blames her mother for the disaster and the Fine women see a therapist (Spalding Grey) to resolve their problems. Back at home, both Mr. Sheffield and Fran complain about the lack of single attractive people for them to date.
52 4 "A Fine Family Feud" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)
Maggie's 16th birthday approaches and Fran intervenes in Maxwell's plans for her party. Instead of a boring party at the Guggenheim Museum, Fran convinces Mr. Sheffield to have it at her "Tanta" (Aunt) Frieda's club. Maggie loves the idea, but before the party can take place, Fran has to solve a very large family feud: her mother and Frieda (Lainie Kazan) haven't spoken since 1979. The sisters eventually make peace with some prompting from Fran (and Niles's chocolate cake), and the party begins. During the event, Frieda has a wardrobe malfunction when she emerges from the bathroom, which reminds her of why she and Sylvia fought in the first place. They start a food fight which quickly spreads to the whole party in a huge food war. When Mr. Sheffield enters, he is shocked and about to scold Fran when Maggie thanks him for the best party ever.
53 5 "Val's Apartment" Dorothy Lyman Pamela Eells,
Sally Lapiduss
October 9, 1995 (1995-10-09)
Feeling that taking care of the kids has taken over her life and eliminated her personal life, Fran thinks about moving out of the mansion. But she receives the real push from Mr. Sheffield who assures her she can't do it. So Fran and Val rent a small garden-level apartment together in a building full of gay men. Fran misses the mansion but doesn't want to give Mr. Sheffield the pleasure of being right. What she doesn't know is that he also longs for her to return. So they secretly ask for Sylvia's help, and Fran finally moves back to the mansion. Guest Star: David Lander as the landlord.
54 6 "Shopaholic" Dorothy Lyman Eric Cohen October 16, 1995 (1995-10-16)
When Val announces that Danny Imperali, Fran's former boyfriend, is going to marry Heather Biblow, Fran claims that she is perfectly fine with the news. However, she develops a severe case of compulsive shopping as a result, worrying the family. Fran is eventually urged into "Shoppers' Anonymous" with the help of the Sheffields, but finds the temptation of making purchases hard to resist. It takes some help from Max--namely, his and Fran's fifth kiss--to break the addiction.
55 7 "Oy Vey, You're Gay" Dorothy Lyman Eileen O'Hare October 23, 1995 (1995-10-23)
Fran tells Mr. Sheffield he should retire his wedding ring, and after C.C. points out that Andrew Lloyd Webber was featured in the paper's crossword puzzle, prompting Maxwell to hire a publicist to improve his image and make him more popular. He hires the gorgeous Sydney Mercer (guest star Catherine Oxenberg) and radically changes his image to a middle–aged bad boy. He starts to fall for Sydney, causing both C.C. and Fran to become jealous. They set a date in the Rainbow Room but Fran discovers at the last minute that Sydney is gay, and more interested in her. She rushes to meet Mr. Sheffield, but they end-up trapped in the elevator.
56 8 "The Party's Over" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas November 6, 1995 (1995-11-06)
Mr. Sheffield and C.C. are going to Boston for the weekend, but what originally started as a romantic getaway plan for C.C. turned into family weekend thanks to Niles. Fran, Maggie and Niles have the house to themselves, and Fran and Val decides to throw a singles party at the house to fish an eligible bachelor. But the party is over when an undercover cop arrives and arrests Fran for not having the required licenses. After spending the night in jail, Fran returns home and Mr. Sheffield almost fires her, but Maggie steps in and takes the responsibility for the mess to help Fran. Fran goes to court, but Mr. Sheffield shows up at the last minute to help prevent her senile lawyer, Uncle Mannie, from ruining the case. Guest starring Milton Berle as Uncle Mannie.
57 9 "The Two Mrs. Sheffields" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk November 13, 1995 (1995-11-13)
Fran scuffles with a woman while purchasing flowers to welcome Maxwell's mother who is visiting. The woman later arrives at the Sheffield house where Fran learns she is Mrs. Sheffield! Mrs. Sheffield annoys everyone in the house except for C.C., who right away tells her that Fran has her eye on Maxwell. Mrs. Sheffield tells his son to fire the nanny, but Maxwell proposes to Fran instead just to provoke his mother. When Fran realizes the proposal isn't real, she decides to toy with Mr. Sheffield and make him feel guilty for the insincere proposal.
58 10 "Having His Baby" Dorothy Lyman Erik Mintz November 20, 1995 (1995-11-20)
Fran considers a sperm bank in order to have a baby after learning that her ex-fiance Danny has fathered a child, much to Sylvia and Maxwell's distress. Donna Dixon guest stars as Monica Baker.
59 11 "The Unkindest Gift" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi November 27, 1995 (1995-11-27)
Sylvia hires Brighton to film the bris of a cousin of Fran's. Brighton has no idea what a bris is and passes out during the most important moment of the party. Fran sends his video to America's Wackiest Home Videos, and they are picked to appear on the show. The entire family goes to Hollywood and tour around some filming lots. Fran gets lost while looking for a restroom and ends up on the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman set. After being ejected from the studio several times (and attempting to re-enter just as many times), they return to New York to discover that Mr. Sheffield's book will be published. Just another result of Fran's work (and the $2,500 she paid a vanity press). Guest Stars: Jane Seymour and Joe Lando.
60 12 "The Kibbutz" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi December 4, 1995 (1995-12-04)
Mr. Sheffield decides to send Maggie off to a convent in Switzerland and wants Fran to tell her the news. Fran instead suggests sending Maggie to a kibbutz in Israel, which she and Val did together at Maggie's age. While not happy with her decision, Mr. Sheffield eventually agrees. Fran later remembers that she hated the kibbutz and lost her "hat" (that is, virginity) there. She then tries to convince Mr. Sheffield to reverse his decision, resulting in the whole family visiting the kibbutz. Meanwhile, Niles has the holidays for himself and C.C. teases him for being cheap. They both plan separate holidays, but end up together.
61 13 "An Offer She Can't Refuse" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil,
Rick Shaw
December 11, 1995 (1995-12-11)
Grace and her new friend Frankie play violin together, and when Fran meets Frankie's handsome, rich father, Tony Tattori, the two are mutally attracted and begin dating. However, Fran eventually realizes that Tony is a mobster, and realizes that she must break–up with him—but worries that if she does, she'll be "rubbed out". Maxwell, who doesn't understand Fran's predicament, tries to break them up himself, which seems like a disaster—until Tony realizes that Maxwell is a Broadway producer and offers to appear in his latest show (which is needed after C.C. fires Whoopi Goldberg from A Night with Whoopi Goldberg). Meanwhile, Brighton steals Maggie's diary and makes her his personal slave until Fran offers some incriminating evidence against him.
62 14 "Oy to the World" Dorothy Lyman Fran Drescher,
Peter Marc Jacobson
December 18, 1995 (1995-12-18)

In this animated Christmas special, Brighton is more concerned with getting presents than the spirit of giving, so Fran decides to take him to a homeless shelter to teach him about the less fortunate. But on their way, the two (along with Chester) are swept up in a winter storm and find themselves at the North Pole, where Santa Claus (who looks just like Maxwell) and his elves (including Maggie, Grace, and a lounge-singing Niles) are struggling to defend the holiday from the Ice Princess of the North, "C.C. the Abominable Babcock." Fran eventually solves the problem, saves Christmas, and even teaches Brighton the true meaning of the holiday.

Guest Stars: Pamela Hayden and Maurice LaMarche.
63 15 "Fashion Show" Dorothy Lyman Eileen O'Hare January 8, 1996 (1996-01-08)
When Maxwell insists that Fran rush to make a party on time, she accidentally grabs a purse that does not match with her outfit. A photo of her faux pas appears in a "Fashion Don'ts" list of popular magazine, much to her chagrin. To apologize, Maxwell lets Fran designs the costumes for a scene from Our Town that he is producing in a revue. Everyone fears that her costumes will ruin the scene...but with help from her cousin Todd Oldham, she steals the show!
64 16 "Where's Fran?" Dorothy Lyman Sally Lapiduss January 15, 1996 (1996-01-15)
Fran catches Maggie smoking with her boyfriend. She doesn't want to tell Maxwell and lose Maggie's trust, so she allows Mr. Sheffield to catch her smoking hopes his reaction will create an example for Maggie. But Mr. Sheffield oversteps which results in Fran leaving the house. After a few hours of wondering where she is (and remembering all the unique situations they all have been since Fran entered the house), Mr. Sheffield finds her at neighbor Roger Clinton's, where Fran pretends to have an offer from Hillary Clinton hoping it will prod Mr. Sheffield to beg for her return.
65 17 "The Grandmas" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas January 22, 1996 (1996-01-22)
Fran feels like Mr. Sheffield's life is falling into a routine and convinces him to change. Meanwhile, she is terrified to learn that her mother kicked her father out of the house and goes to her grandmothers for help. When Gracie doesn't want Fran to go on her play dates anymore, Fran wants everything go back to the way it was. When Sylvia and Morty finally make up, Fran still has to convince Mr. Sheffield not to make big changes in his life.
66 18 "Val's Boyfriend" Dorothy Lyman Erik Mintz February 5, 1996 (1996-02-05)
Val gets a new boyfriend and Fran goes through an unusual situation: her best friend has a date and she doesn't! When Val's boyfriend makes a move on Fran, she thinks it's just jealousy and goes out with C.C., but later Val's boyfriend goes a little too far. Meanwhile, C.C. asks Maxwell for an equal partnership, and after he denies it, she quits. She pretends to have formed a new partnership with Marvin Hamlisch just to make Maxwell jealous, and later begs Fran to help reunite her with Mr. Sheffield. Fran does so by getting her old music teacher--who happens to look exactly like Marvin (and is played by him)--to pretend to be Hamlisch and convince Maxwell to take C.C. back.
67 19 "Love is a Many Blundered Thing" Dorothy Lyman Dan Amernick,
Jay Amernick
February 12, 1996 (1996-02-12)
Fran is upset because Valentine's Day is approaching and she doesn't have a date, but her spirits improve when she scores a date with Jeff, the cop. She encourages Mr. Sheffield to get a date himself, and shortly after an anonymous valentine appears on Fran's purse. She automatically thinks it's from Mr. Sheffield and rents a huge billboard asking for Mr. Sheffield to be her valentine. When she discovers the card was from Brighton's friend, Fran and Val rush to Times Square to try to erase the billboard before Mr. Sheffield sees it. Due to an accident, Fran is left hanging from a rope and Mr. Sheffield comes to the rescue.
68 20 "Your Feet's Too Big" Dorothy Lyman Sally Lapiduss February 19, 1996 (1996-02-19)
When Sylvia decides to have plastic surgery on her arms, the doctor (John Astin) tells her it's normal at a certain age for body parts to grow. Fran initially disregards this until she notices that her feet have grown a whole size--which is bad news, as she is a former foot model with a reunion approaching. Luckily, she has Mr. Sheffield, who volunteers to escort her to the reunion.
69 21 "Where's the Pearls?" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi February 26, 1996 (1996-02-26)
Mr. Sheffield has Elizabeth Taylor over, and as with all celebrities, Fran can't control herself until she meets her. A very friendly Elizabeth asks Fran to take her black pearls necklace to a courier, but Fran, with prompting from Sylvia (who is also desperate to meet Elizabeth), decides to handle the situation herself. She takes a cab, and accidentally bumps her head against the window when the driver (Rosie O'Donnell) misses a red light. She wakes-up in the hospital with amnesia, and believes that she is Mrs. Sheffield (which Maxwell can't bring himself to correct). However, news about an old rival restores Fran's memory, and she blurts out that she lost Elizabeth's pearls just as Maxwell enters.
70 22 "The Hockey Show" Dorothy Lyman Robbie Schwartz March 4, 1996 (1996-03-04)
Fran starts to date Mike LaVoe (Anthony Addabbo), a famous hockey player for the NY Rangers. Mike is very superstitious and calls Fran his good luck charm--but when his luck changes during an important game, he blames the nanny for wearing a pair of red heels. The entire city thinks she's a jinx and she decides to prove him wrong. But did the red shoes really jinx the game?
71 23 "That's Midlife" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11)
After losing to Fran in tennis, Maxwell goes through a midlife crisis including dressing younger and buying a flashy sports car. Fran finally makes him realize his life is great, and the two of them go for one last hurrah in the sports car.
72 24 "The Cantor Show" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk April 29, 1996 (1996-04-29)
Fran dates the new temple cantor, Gary. When Mr. Sheffield hears Gary sing, Sheffield hires him to be in his next play. He quickly promotes the cantor to the lead of the play after the original actor is hit by a bus, and Gary decides to quit the temple to dedicate his time to his Broadway career. The congregation members blame Sylvia and Fran for Gary's decision and shun them. Sylvia puts a curse on Fran and everything starts to backfire until Fran donates the $500 she received from the airline to temple.
73 25 "Green Card" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw May 6, 1996 (1996-05-06)
Brighton is failing French class, so Mr. Sheffield hires Philippe to tutor him. Philippe is attractive and suave, and Fran wastes no time in flirting with him. He quickly proposes to her, something Mr. Sheffield thinks is quite suspicious since he doesn't have a green card. But Fran doesn't listen to him until she finds out Philippe has made a pass at C.C. and only proposed to her to stay in the country. She dumps him and Mr. Sheffield takes Fran to dinner to console her.
74 26 "Ship of Fran's" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk May 13, 1996 (1996-05-13)
Fran decides to go on a cruise to meet men with Val, but Mr. Sheffield quickly changes her plans and books the entire family (his and hers) aboard the ship. While Niles and C.C. fight over who has to share a cabin with Yetta, Fran is excited to meet the single guy a psychic predicted was in her future. Sylvia introduces her to Steve, a fantastic man who is arrested as a stowaway just as the mambo contest begins. Mr. Sheffield then steps in as her partner and Fran dances on water with the man of her dreams – even if she doesn't realize it! Meanwhile, Niles discovers that C.C. is his "Lady Luck" and must do favors for her to accompany him to the ship's casino.
75 27 "A Pup in Paris" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk May 20, 1996 (1996-05-20)
Mr. Sheffield is off to Paris. His mother wants him to talk to Nigel, his brother, who's spending his trust fund on a nightclub. He mistakenly takes the pet carrier holding Chester instead of his own luggage when he leaves for Paris, and Fran follows him onto the plane to trade bags. She becomes trapped in a storage area on the plane and emerges to spend the trip with Maxwell in Paris. They shop and tour around the city, after Maxwell has a horrible quarrel with Nigel. Eventually, he realizes all he wants is to be like Nigel and quickly returns to New York. The plane experiences heavy turbulence, and fearing disaster Maxwell opens his heart and tells Fran he loves her.

Season 4 (1996–97)[edit]

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76 1 "The Tart with Heart" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18)
Fran and Maxwell return from their trip to Paris, and Fran couldn't be happier. Just as they arrive home, Mr. Sheffield takes back saying "I love you" to Fran, and she is devastated. C.C. takes advantage of the fact that Fran is vulnerable and says Maxwell probably only hired her for her looks, which Max accidentally confirms when he tries to compliment Fran. She decides to go to a singles bar with Val and meets a blind man, Jack (Jason Alexander). The idea of dating a blind man sounds nice to Fran, since it'll serve as a proof that she isn't just a pretty face. After Jack dumps her, she and Mr. Sheffield decide to remain just friends.
77 2 "The Cradle Robbers" Dorothy Lyman Nastaran Dibai,
Jeffrey B. Hodes
September 25, 1996 (1996-09-25)
Mr. Sheffield is furious when he finds out Maggie is seeing a 25-year-old man. He wants Fran to stop the relationship, but won't listen to her when she tells him to see a doctor for his hearing problem. Fran decides to chaperone Maggie on her (last) date with John, but she completely forgets Mr. Sheffield's orders when she meets John's gorgeous friend Mike, who is interested in Fran. Still, she has to fix Maggie's problem, so she decides to let it flow and wait until she tires of John, which happens quickly. Unfortunately, it means that Fran will have to drop her 25-year-old as well. Meanwhile, C.C. misses an incredible opportunity of dinner with Max when she falls asleep as the result of a caffeine prank Niles pulled.
78 3 "The Bird's Nest" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil September 25, 1996 (1996-09-25)
Fran takes Gracie to the Loehmann's Semi–Annual Red Star Clearance and tussles over a green sweater with another shopper (Nora Dunn). Back at the mansion, Brighton is having some problems with his science grade and Maxwell says if Brighton's grades don't improve, he'll be sent to military school. Maxwell also warns Fran not to help Brighton with his science project, but of course Fran doesn't listen. They decide to warm a bird's eggs with lights and make a report on the birth, but Fran forgets to turn-off the lights and the eggs hard boil. Now Fran must ask Brighton's teacher for an extension, and is surprised to learn the teacher is the same woman from she snatched the green sweater.
79 4 "The Rosie Show" Dorothy Lyman Nastaran Dibai,
Jeffrey B. Hodes
October 9, 1996 (1996-10-09)
Fran, Val and Gracie attend a taping of The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Fran is picked from the audience to talk to Rosie. She's so natural and funny that Rosie asks her to come on the show as a regular guest to give parenting advice. C.C. jumps–in as her agent, and Fran begins to taste life as a celebrity. Maxwell is concerned he may lose her and concocts a story about a dream he had where her grandmother's ghost told him something horrible would happen to Fran if she didn't quit Rosie's show (a parody of the dream scene in Fiddler on the Roof). Fran is soon fired and replaced by a retired couple (played by Fran Drescher's parents) from Florida.
80 5 "Freida Needa Man" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi October 16, 1996 (1996-10-16)
Fran's Aunt Freida (Lainie Kazan) is bankrupt and moves into the Sheffield residence. The only way Fran can turn this around is to convince Freida's rich boyfriend Fred (Donald O'Connor) to propose. Fred doesn't think of himself as an exciting man, so Fran attempts to give him dance lessons. He has a heart attack and falls on Fran, just as Freida enters the room. After the situation is cleared, everything seems fine again until Fred tells Fran he's in love with her. She stops the wedding, but Mr. Sheffield intervenes. Just as the rabbi completes the marriage ceremony, Fred has another heart attack, but everything ends just fine.
81 6 "Me and Mrs. Joan" Dorothy Lyman Peter Marc Jacobson October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
Maxwell's father, James (Robert Vaughn), is in town and Fran decides to help end the Sheffield family feud by inviting James for dinner. James brings Joan (guest star Joan Collins), his former secretary for whom he left Maxwell's mother. Maxwell is outraged at his father's selfishness during dinner, while Fran keeps wondering why can't Maxwell act more like his father and marry the help.
82 7 "The Taxman Cometh" Dorothy Lyman Dan Amernick,
Jay Amernick
November 6, 1996 (1996-11-06)
Jay Leno leaves his dog under the care of Mr. Sheffield. Meanwhile, the IRS audits Fran's tax returns, and not even flirting and champagne can help her. She asks Mr. Sheffield for help, and he accompanies her to the IRS office to verify the information Fran claimed. The hearing is proceeding poorly until Jay Leno appears to claim his dog, making the appeals officer happy enough to dismiss the case.
83 8 "An Affair to Dismember" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk November 13, 1996 (1996-11-13)
Nigel Sheffield arrives in New York, but busy Maxwell asks Fran to show him around town. They go to nightclubs and parties, and Fran starts acting very happy for finally having a social life – something she complained about not having since she started working at the house. Nigel surprises Fran when he proposes to her and asks her to leave with him aboard a luxurious liner. Doubtful, she thinks about her relationship with Maxwell, its past and its future. On one hand she has the man she really loves but hasn't made a move in three years. On the other hand, she can be with a rich, good looking and single man, which is everything she always wanted. She chooses to go with Nigel, but reaches the pier too late and must return home. Maxwell arrives and cares for Fran, who twisted her ankle on her way back. Some things are just meant (not) to be.
84 9 "Tattoo" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas November 20, 1996 (1996-11-20)
Maggie wants a tattoo, Fran already has one and Mr. Sheffield is intrigued with the idea of learning where Fran's tattoo is hidden.
85 10 "The Car Show" Dorothy Lyman Robbie Schwartz December 11, 1996 (1996-12-11)
Maggie wants a new car, but since her father won't give her one she convinces Fran to enter a beauty pageant to win one for her. In the contest, Fran must drive a stick shift but doesn't know how, so Mr. Sheffield takes her into the country to teach her. Fran is traumatized after running over a bunny, and loses the contest. To cheer her, Maxwell invites her to accompany C. C. and him to a charity dinner at Barbra Streisand's house. On their way, Maxwell has a stomachache, forcing Fran to drive. Later she realizes it was all a plan to make her get over her trauma. Now she has to go to Barbra's again, but to return the boot and purse she stole from her.
86 11 "Hurricane Fran" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw December 18, 1996 (1996-12-18)
Fran decides to take her vacation at a tropical resort with Val and leave Maxwell and the children home. A hurricane hits the island, making Fran's dream vacation a nightmare. She returns home early to find a lonely Maxwell, who later takes the entire family on a cruise around the Greek Islands.
87 12 "Danny's Dead and Who's Got the Will?" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil January 8, 1997 (1997-01-08)
Danny Imperiali, Fran's former fiancé, dies. At his funeral (while comforting Danny's widow, Heather Biblow, played by guest star Pamela Anderson), she meets a Jewish man who was ignored by his former lover's family and got nothing after he died. Afraid the same thing will happen to her, Fran stands up for herself and implores Mr. Sheffield to do something. Afraid his visiting grandmother might disapprove of Fran and disinherit him, Mr. Sheffield does nothing, so Fran quits. When he realizes he might have lost Fran forever, Mr. Sheffield goes after her and takes back what he took back -- that he loved her.
88 13 "Kissing Cousins" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas January 15, 1997 (1997-01-15)
Fran meets an incredible man (guest star Jon Stewart) at a singles bar. He's Jewish, a doctor, rich, and everything Fran ever dreamed of in a man. But during her cousin's wedding (where she is a bridesmaid) Fran discovers that Mr. Perfect is her cousin! Seeing Fran devastated, Mr. Sheffield decides to send her to a therapist, Dr. Miller (Spaulding Gray), who says Fran is obsessed about marriage. Fran decides to stop chasing men, just to make Mr. Sheffield guilty.
89 14 "The Fifth Wheel" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil January 29, 1997 (1997-01-29)
Fran decides to stop chasing men like Dr. Miller told her. Sylvia doesn't like that and blames Mr. Sheffield for her daughter staying single forever. Fran, Val and C.C. decide to go out together on a "girl's night", with no pressure to find a man, but after Val and C.C. get dates, Fran finds herself as a fifth wheel on their double date. Alone, embarrassed and depressed, Fran goes home trying to act as if she had a great time with them, but can't. Once again, Mr. Sheffield and Fran find themselves alone, comforting each other. Meanwhile, Dr. Miller tries hypnosis with Sylvia but that doesn't go too well.
90 15 "The Nose Knows" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw February 5, 1997 (1997-02-05)
Fran is upset when she finds Mr. Sheffield and a model necking in the living room. Dr. Miller says Fran is upset because she thinks of Maxwell as her husband, not as her employer. At the movies, she runs into Dr. Miller, but is shocked to see him picking his nose. She is so disgusted that she debates never seeing him again due to his "inappropriate behavior". Mr. Sheffield worries about her and confronts Dr. Miller about his actions, but gets very embarrassed when he finds out the "inappropriate behavior" Sylvia told him about wasn't what he had in mind. Meanwhile, C.C.'s boyfriend dumps her and she asks Niles to escort her to an awards show where the two have a very pleasant night.
91 16 "The Bank Robbery" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil February 12, 1997 (1997-02-12)
Yetta has a new, much younger (age 60) boyfriend who's already proposed. Sylvia is afraid he's after Yetta's money and takes steps to ensure money can't be taken out of their joint accounts without both signatures. While waiting in line, a bumbling criminal (Peter Scolari) attempts to rob the bank and makes Sylvia and Fran hostages. The robber is so unprepared that he even forgets to put on the mask and accidentally reveals his name - Leslie Tilbett - and Fran befriends him. They chat, order some food, and the kidnapper even acts as mediator between Fran and Mr. Sheffield (who upset Fran with a Valentine's Day faux pas). When Leslie decides to leave, Fran and Sylvia argue about the best escape route to avoid capture and both accompany him as hostages. At the bank door, Mr. Sheffield apologizes for taking back saying he loved Fran, and they make up. Sylvia is still a hostage but the robber is soon arrested after she makes him stop at a Mongolian Barbecue restaurant to get food.
92 17 "Samson, He Denied Her" Dorothy Lyman Flo Cameron February 19, 1997 (1997-02-19)
Mr. Sheffield calls from the limo saying he has to repair a mistake he made to Fran six–months ago. She's very excited at the prospect of him coming forward, and telling her he loves her again. To her disappointment, he merely wants to pay her a little extra, with money he received from a tax claim. Tired of living on high expectations, Fran decides to accept a jury duty summons is assigned to a case with C.C. To Fran's surprise, the case is about a woman who chopped off her boss' hair just because he told her he loved her then took it back. Fran manages to convince the jury that the woman is not guilty, and finds out later that the man married the employee. Meanwhile, Sylvia fills in for Fran as nanny and the entire Sheffield family becomes famished as Sylvia is an eating machine.
93 18 "The Facts of Lice" Dorothy Lyman Nastaran Dibai,
Jeffrey B. Hodes
March 5, 1997 (1997-03-05)
Niles is depressed about his life as a butler and begins to act strangely. While cleaning, he drops a piece of paper containing a list of items whose contents, along with his odd behavior, convince Fran that he could be planning a murder. Fran searches his room and confirms her suspicions. During a stormy night, Maxwell takes the children out for dinner leaving Fran and Niles alone. Niles approaches Fran and she thinks he is about to murder her. Fran says she knows his plans and Niles asks how she learned he is writing a play.
94 19 "Fran's Roots" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas March 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)
A woman (Telma Hopkins) calls Fran saying she might be her mother due to a mix–up in the hospital when she was born. Doubtful, Fran goes to Sylvia to ask her about the day she was born, and finds out the story might be true after Sylvia says she left her for a moment while chasing a food cart. Terrified that her whole life might have been a lie, Fran invites the woman, Lila Baker, to the house, and is surprised to learn she is black. After Fran visits to Lila's mansion, Fran insists that she could still be Lila's daughter since her late husband was Jewish. However, the DNA test proves otherwise and Fran is really Sylvia's daughter. Sylvia only realizes this after spending time dining on the wonderful food at Lila's house. Meanwhile, Niles tries to convince Maxwell to sell one of his plays to CBS so C.C. must move to Los Angeles.
95 20 "The Nanny and the Hunk Producer" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)
After Maxwell's production of "The Widower" finally bests longtime rival, Andrew Lloyd Webber to win the Tony Award for best play of the year, a tabloid publishes false stories about Mr. Sheffield and Fran having an affair since Maxwell's honeymoon. Maggie is very upset about it, and won't believe it's not true. Fran is not upset by the story's untruthfulness, but because it said she was 40. Maxwell and Fran go to the tabloid to confront the journalist ([[Michael Brandon[27]]]), and he assures them he won't print any more stories about them because that issue had the lowest circulation in 5 years! Meanwhile, Niles is upset because Maxwell didn't invite him to the cast party, and Dr. Miller convinces Mr. Sheffield to give Niles a "Butler of the Year" award.
96 21 "The Passed-Over Story" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw April 9, 1997 (1997-04-09)
As Fran prepares for Passover, she is plagued by the fact that her old-school rival has been cast in the lead of Maxwell's new play.
97 22 "No Muse Is Good Muse" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil April 23, 1997 (1997-04-23)
After watching a video by new female rock star Tasha (Ivana Miličević) on MTV, Fran decides to write lyrics of her own about her misery and suffering and make it big in showbiz. Discouraged by Mr. Sheffield, Fran decides to hand her lyrics to Tasha no matter what, and even passes herself and Val as a hotel maids just to meet Tasha. When she finally does, Tasha is so interested in reaching out and listening to what the people have to say that she actually hangs out with Fran. Fran's song is no good, but her misery is good enough for Tasha, who uses Fran as her muse – until Mr. Sheffield tells Fran he misses her. Fran turns happy, which makes Tasha turn to Val for inspiration (after all, Val lives with her parents, is over 30 and single).
98 23 "You Bette Your Life" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi April 30, 1997 (1997-04-30)
Fran offers herself for the charity auction Mr. Sheffield is putting together with Bette Midler. A gifted 10-year-old pianist, son of a big investor, wins the auction for $,5000 and receives a day with Fran as his babysitter. Fran takes him to Yetta's retirement home and while entertaining the elderly with his piano skills, one senior collapses and dies in front of the boy. Shocked, he says he will never play again, and his father cancels his promised $5 million investment with Maxwell and Bette. Bette Midler goes to the mansion herself to teach Fran a lesson, but luckily Gracie picked up a few things from Fran over the past four years, and convinces the boy to play again and saves his father's investment.
99 24 "The Heather Biblow Story" Dorothy Lyman Ivan Menchell May 7, 1997 (1997-05-07)
Fran is shocked to learn that her biggest rival, Heather Biblow (who stole her fiancé and her job) is starring on her favorite soap opera, The Young and the Restless. Heather invites Fran and Val to her Malibu beach house, where she can flaunt her success. Fran and Val visit the studio, where they encounter some of their favorite soap stars (Richard Kline, Jeanne Cooper, Shemar Moore, Joshua Morrow, Melody Thomas Scott, Barbara Crampton, and Hunter Tylo). Heather has difficulty memorizing the lines, and Fran doesn't think twice before jumping at the chance of finally stealing something from Heather: her daytime TV job. Fran is hired to replace her, and calls the mansion saying she won't return. C.C. is happy at first, but quickly realizes she needs Miss Fine back when Maxwell hires Heather as her replacement. Fran is so distracted by the thought of Heather in the house that she can't concentrate and is fired from the show. She returns to New York and her nanny position.
100 25 "The Boca Story" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas May 14, 1997 (1997-05-14)
Sylvia decides to invest in a condo development in Boca Raton. Although Fran should be ecstatic at his news, it upsets her deeply. Dr. Miller says it's because deep down she doesn't want her mother to leave. While Mr. Sheffield is judging the Miss Universe competition nearby, he thinks if he takes Fran to see the condo she'll accept the idea. Just when Fran finally realizes how much peace she'd receive from seeing the development, they discover there is no condo, only a swamp. Fran is devastated (especially when Sylvia interrupts her fantasy from coming true), but at least she won't have to separate from her mother yet. Meanwhile, Niles feels bad as he is the only one of his friends who's still single. Guest Stars: Alicia Machado.
101 26 "Fran's Gotta Have It" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk May 21, 1997 (1997-05-21)
Mr. Sheffield goes to London to convince Celine Dion into doing Broadway. Fran decides to go after him and take advantage of the romantic scenario to solve their situation once and for all. After a romantic afternoon together, Max and Fran go back to the hotel and almost sleep together, if it wasn't for him backing out in the last minute. Insulted, offended and tired of all the cat and mouse play, Fran decides to leave him before it's too late for her to marry anybody. But they receive a phone call from home saying that Niles just suffered a heart attack. Fran decides to stay and help while Niles recovers, giving Mr. Sheffield another chance to make a commitment. While in the hospital room together, they both realize that they must "live each day as if it were their last." Meanwhile, C.C. is surprisingly upset after Niles' attack and even visits at the hospital to bring flowers. She reveals to Fran that deep down she doesn't hate Niles as much as it seems.

Season 5 (1997–98)[edit]

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102 1 "The Morning After" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas October 1, 1997 (1997-10-01)
While Niles is recovering from his heart attack, Mr. Sheffield asks Fran to redecorate the kitchen to distract her from what happened between them the prior night at the hospital. Fran enlists her cousin Sheila (guest star Roseanne Barr) to help with redecorating, but becomes concerned that they lead parallel lives when she learns that Sheila has broken–up with her employer. Meanwhile, Yetta is engaged to Sammy (guest star Ray Charles), her new fiancé.
103 2 "First Date" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi October 8, 1997 (1997-10-08)
Maxwell trusts Fran to be his date at the screening of a new documentary by Elton John (Elton John and David Furnish guest star). While the Sheffields, Fran, Niles, C.C., Sylvia and Yetta view the movie, they learn that Fran accidentally angered Elton once in passing. In order to hide this from Maxwell and not revive Elton's memory, she disguises herself as Yetta.
104 3 "The Bobbie Fleckman Story" Dorothy Lyman Diane Wilk October 15, 1997 (1997-10-15)
Brighton won a radio contest and the prize is that a film crew is coming to his house for a new music video by the Brian Setzer Orchestra (Brian Setzer and Lisa Loeb guest star). When the film producers crew comes, Bobbie Fleckman (Fran Drescher, reprising her role from This Is Spinal Tap) accompanies them and bears a striking resemblance to Fran. Fran thinks that Maxwell is attracted to Bobbi so with the help of Val and Sylvia, Fran abducts her and takes her place. She quickly learns that Maxwell isn't interested romantically in Bobbi, but Maxwell soon realizes that Fran has disguised herself and attempts to teach her a lesson.
105 4 "Fransom" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil October 22, 1997 (1997-10-22)
Fran prepares a wedding shower for Yetta, and cares for C.C.'s dog, Chester. While walking him, a man flirts with Fran to distract her while his wife and partner in crime dog-naps Chester. When Fran and Val attempt to rescue Chester, they become hostages also and it's up to Maxwell to rescue them.
106 5 "The Ex-Niles" Dorothy Lyman Nastaran Dibai,
Jeffrey B. Hodes
October 29, 1997 (1997-10-29)
Niles demands a raise and Maxwell refuses, causing him to quit. He finds employment with Fran's paternal aunt, Frieda (recurring guest star Lainie Kazan) and is replaced at the Sheffield household by a sophisticated butler who won't gossip with Fran or spar with C.C. Soon he returns, agreeing to do anything but "clean windows". Meanwhile Fran and C.C. make an appointment with a professional woman, guest star Dr. Joyce Brothers, to decide to see which is the better woman for Mr. Sheffield.
107 6 "A Decent Proposal" Dorothy Lyman Ivan Menchell November 5, 1997 (1997-11-05)
The Sheffields, Niles, Fran, and C.C. go to Atlantic City for a project, and stay at Trump Taj Mahal. Maxwell is jealous that guest star Chevy Chase asks Fran to pay a late-night visit to his room. Meanwhile, Niles is addicted to gambling, so Fran confisctaes his wallet and gives it to Grace. Niles, believing C.C. has his wallet, goes to her room and demands it back, but she believes he is propositioning her.
108 7 "Mommy and Mai" Dorothy Lyman Caryn Lucas November 12, 1997 (1997-11-12)
Mai Ling, the Cambodian girl Fran and Val "adopted" in high school for 17 cents a day, is coming to New York to visit. Sylvia doesn't like the girl, over whom Fran and Val fight, resulting in a split up between the two best friends. Sylvia thinks Mai Ling will also come between Fran and Mr. Sheffield, but Fran learns that Mai Ling got engaged to Brighton to get a green card. Meanwhile, Maxwell thinks Niles is acting like Fran to gain attention.
109 8 "Fair Weather Fran" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw November 19, 1997 (1997-11-19)
Fran is upset about Yetta's upcoming wedding and Dr. Miller advises her to focus her energy on new life projects. She decides to pursue an old dream of becoming a weather girl, and thanks to Sammy (Ray Charles), who's Bryant Gumbel's uncle, Fran scores an audition for editorial commenter of Public Eye. Mr. Sheffield does not like the idea of Fran leaving the house, so he schemes with Gracie to convince Fran into quitting her new job. Their plan is in vain, because Fran ruins her own audition by mistaking gene therapy with therapeutic jeans. Meanwhile, Sylvia has problems accepting her soon-to-be stepfather.
110 9 "Educating Fran" Dorothy Lyman Suzanne Gangursky December 10, 1997 (1997-12-10)
Fran goes to Maggie's school to have a word with her philosophy teacher, Steve (Harry Hamlin), and develops a crush on him. After asking Maggie for her approval, Fran starts dating the gorgeous Jewish bachelor, which, of course, upsets Mr. Sheffield but still doesn't prod him to reveal his true feelings towards Fran. Fran lies about her age to Professor Steve, and later pays the price when his astrologist tells him he should be with a woman in her mid-thirties. Meanwhile, Niles and C.C. become addicted to Spanish soap operas.
111 10 "From Flushing with Love" Dorothy Lyman Dan Amernick,
Jay Amernick
December 17, 1997 (1997-12-17)
Fran and Niles fight over who will receive the weekend off. Fran wins, and Niles accuses her of seducing Maxwell to get her way. He allies with C.C. as revenge against Fran. Niles and Fran reconcile, and he suggests that Fran take the Sheffields to the Fine Family Reunion at Niagara Falls, adding that it is the perfect place for Maxwell to propose, and a solution that will give them both the weekend off. Fran doesn't hear Maxwell's proposal over the roar of the waterfall. He slips and falls, with no recollection of what happened.
112 11 "Rash to Judgment" Dorothy Lyman Ivan Menchell January 7, 1998 (1998-01-07)
Val has tickets to see Michael Bolton so Fran asks Mr. Sheffield to be her date. However, before the evening begins she develops a huge rash. During the date, she and Maxwell go to their hotel room where she stalls by distracting Maxwell with a call to Gracie. While Maxwell is on the phone, Fran goes to the hospital where she receives an injection for the rash. When she returns to the hotel, she realizes that she is bloated as a reaction to the shot, so her plans with Maxwell for the night are postponed. She finds out that the pumpkin tortilini soup Sylvia served her earlier caused the rash.
113 12 "One False Mole and You're Dead" Dorothy Lyman Frank Lombardi January 14, 1998 (1998-01-14)
Margo Lang's (guest star Joan Van Ark) is star of Maxwell's new play and Fran, Maxwell and C.C. learn that Margo's famous mole is fake. Maxwell warns Fran that if she tells anyone, it will ruin the play. Of course, Fran doesn't listen and tells her mother, not knowing that a famous gossip columnist is eavesdropping on their conversation. Once the columnist spreads the news, Maxwell orders Fran to apologize to Margo Lang and afterwards, comes up with a brilliant idea: to sell fake beauty marks on the internet. When Maxwell blabs and ruins Fran's chances at becoming famous he rashly proposes to Fran, who turns it down, although Max isn't sure he wanted her to.
114 13 "Call Me Fran" Fran Drescher Diane Wilk January 21, 1998 (1998-01-21)
Fran decides to take her father to a basketball game, but he refuses to go, knowing the tickets came from Mr. Sheffield. Confused, Fran goes to Dr. Miller for advice, and he tells her she's always looking for men like her father – that will keep a distance between them. Fran decides then to make Mr. Sheffield change, and when that doesn't work, she decides to quit her job and change herself. Not wanting to let her go, Mr. Sheffield calls her Fran. Although they agree on not doing it in front of others yet, Max and Fran take their first step on the road of commitment.
115 14 "Not Without My Nanny" Dorothy Lyman Nastaran Dibai,
Jeffrey B. Hodes
January 28, 1998 (1998-01-28)
A school friend invites Gracie to fly to his palace in Koorestan (a parody on Kurdistan). Fran tries to convince Maxwell to let Niles accompany Grace, so they can call each other by their first names all weekend, but Max needs Niles at home, so he sends Fran with Grace. There, she is flattered by all the luxury, and by the Sultan's resemblance to Mr. Sheffield. When the Sultan invites Fran to stay with him forever, she thinks he proposed, she declines. When she decides to return to New York, she is surprised to find that her passport and clothes are missing, and there are guards at her door. Meanwhile, Niles tricks C.C. by saying that it's Mr. Sheffield's birthday, and she uses his gift to look good, but Niles had tickets to Koorestan instead. Mr. Sheffield goes to Koorestan to rescue her, but turns out the Sultan only wanted Fran to be his nanny. Mr. Sheffield proclaims his love for Fran, and doesn't take it back!
116 15 "The Engagement" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw March 4, 1998 (1998-03-04)
Fran is thrilled to tell the family that Maxwell has told her he loved her, and this time he didn't take it back! Everybody is happy for her (except for C.C.) and congratulates Fran. Maxwell reveals to Niles that he bought an engagement ring and is going to propose to Fran that night. He, of course, can't keep a secret and tells Fran, who tells Sylvia, in a chain reaction that results in virtually everybody knowing about it. Maxwell asks Fran to invite her family over, because they're having a very important dinner at the Rainbow Room, and everyone should be there. All the Sheffield and Fine families gather and wait for Maxwell, who never arrives because he is mugged outside the theater. Afraid something happened, because he wouldn't just leave her waiting, Fran searches and finds Mr. Sheffield unconscious behind the theater—knocked–out by the thieves who stole his watch and Fran's ring. Nevertheless, he proposes to Fran.
117 16 "The Dinner Party" Dorothy Lyman Ivan Menchell March 11, 1998 (1998-03-11)
Maxwell decides to shop for a new ring for Fran, and Sylvia asks them to go to their uncle Stanley's, because he is family. But once there, they change their minds and go to Cartier instead. Fran gets an astonishing ring and they are mentioned in the social column where Fran's name is misspelled as Fran Fone. But Fran starts to see that she might not be very well accepted among Maxwell's rich friends: she, Sylvia and Val are mistaken by ordinary people at a fancy clothing store, and at a dinner party Fran learns that everybody is ridiculing her behind her back. Hurt and afraid she might not be good enough for Maxwell, she goes to the park where she meets a shabbily-dressed man (Dick Martin). She offers him chicken and opens her heart for him, giving him her address and offering him to drop by anytime he feels hungry. The man later visits and Maxwell recognizes him as one of the richest men in the city. Because of Fran's kindness, he sponsors Maxwell's new play. Meanwhile, Sylvia gets Maxwell and the kids to call her "ma" and "nana"; Niles has fun by showing C.C. the engagement ring.
118 17 "Homie-Work" Dorothy Lyman Jayne Hamil March 18, 1998 (1998-03-18)
Fran decides that even though she's marrying Maxwell, she still wants to work and she decides to help with his new play. They must find a rapper and Fran gets Sammy's grandson (Coolio), who she later learns is a gift wrapper. In major trouble, Fran must turn the nerdy gift wrapper, into a music rapper in less than 24–hours to prove to Mr. Sheffield that she isn't stupid. Meanwhile, C.C. feels left out and replaced by Fran, and Niles doesn't neglect the opportunity to tease her, until she finally snaps and is taken to a mental hospital.
119 18 "The Reunion Show" Dorothy Lyman Suzanne Gangursky,
Sean Hanley
March 25, 1998 (1998-03-25)
Fran attends her high school reunion and is surprised to see that all her old friends are getting divorced, while she is the only one getting engaged. Trying not to be affected by all the negativity, Fran discusses with Maxwell the little things of life as a couple - which side of the bed they sleep on, what to do on the weekends, and how many children they will have. That becomes an issue because Maxwell does not want anymore children, while Fran does. After realizing how much motherhood means to Fran, Maxwell says they will plan it in the future, leaving them plenty of time to practice. Meanwhile, Niles goes through depression without having Ms. Babcock around to berate; and Gracie gets scared that she will be sent to a boarding school after a friend tells her it happened after her dad married her stepmother.
120 19 "Immaculate Concepcion" Dorothy Lyman Fran Drescher,
Robert Sternin
April 1, 1998 (1998-04-01)
Maxwell's father unexpectedly dies, and in his will he leaves everything to Concepción, a secret daughter he had with a flamenco dancer named Consuela (Liz Torres). C.C. is back from the sanatorium and doesn't miss the opportunity of terrifying Fran and trying to derail her wedding to Maxwell. Afraid that the Sheffields will go bankrupt, Fran visits Concepcion trying to persuade her to share the money with her siblings, but can't. Knowing what it feels like being poor, Fran tells Maxwell that she will understand if he decides to marry a rich woman in order to keep his lifestyle. C.C. offers herself to marry Maxwell, but his love for Fran is beyond money. Maxwell's later lawyer arrives with the news that Concepción decided to share her money because Fran made her feel like family. Niles plays tricks on C. C., making her doubt her own sanity.
121 20 "The Pre-Nup" Peter Marc Jacobson Frank Lombardi April 29, 1998 (1998-04-29)
Pressured by his family, Maxwell wants Fran to sign a pre-nup, which upsets her. She thinks he doesn't trust her and/or doesn't have faith their marriage will last. Unbelievably, Val opens her eyes to what's happening and how it is to Fran's benefit to sign. Brighton has a roller-skating accident and is taken to the hospital, and Fran is not allowed in because she is not his legal guardian. So she disguises herself as a nun to see him. In the hospital room, Fran tells Brighton, Maggie, and Gracie that she loves them like they were hers. After listening to that, Maxwell decides he does not want Fran to sign any pre-nup, but the adoption papers that will make Fran the kids' mother. Meanwhile, C.C. sends a temporary replacement, who walks, talks and acts just like her, for Niles' desperation - until she reveals her taste for men.
122 21 "The Best Man" Dorothy Lyman Rick Shaw May 6, 1998 (1998-05-06)
Maxwell's brother, Nigel, returns to throw him a bachelor party, and Fran is terrified because Maxwell doesn't know that she almost married Nigel a year–and–a–half earlier. She tries to keep the secret, but Nigel gets drunk at the party and reveals all to Maxwell just as Fran pops–out of the cake in a surprise. (Sylvia earlier confessed that Morty cancelled his wedding and ran off with the cake girl at his bachelor party - Sylvia!) Fran and Maxwell quarrel over Nigel's revelation, and cancel the wedding, until C.C. (under the influence of Prozac) tells Fran that "Maxwell didn't spend 5 years doing the one man show" and reveals one of his liaisons. Fran contacts Marla Maples, who had a quick fling with Maxwell a year and a half ago, to confront him. Fran and Maxwell finally realize they love each other and resume the wedding plans.
123 22 "The Wedding, Part I" Peter Marc Jacobson Caryn Lucas May 13, 1998 (1998-05-13)
Fran is excited about the wedding and moves into her parent's apartment because it is tradition that the groom not see the bride 24–hours before the wedding. On their way back from New Jersey where they went to pick up Fran's wedding night lingerie, Fran, Sylvia and Val get stuck in the middle of nowhere when Val's car gets a flat and she has no spare. Val's mom calls Mr. Sheffield and tells him that Fran and the ladies are missing. Guest Stars: Renee Taylor as Sylvia and Rachell Chagall as Val.
124 23 "The Wedding, Part II" Peter Marc Jacobson Caryn Lucas May 13, 1998 (1998-05-13)
Fran spends her last night as a single woman at her mom's house, where Sylvia reads her a letter she wrote to Fran when Fran was born. Just a few moments before the wedding, Maxwell's sister Jocelyn tells Fran that the social differences between her and Maxwell will ruin their marriage as it did to hers. At the ceremony, Ms. Babcock gives it one last shot by impersonating the bride, but fails. Fran doesn't show up at the altar, leaving everybody apprehensive about what happened. Sylvia goes to her dressing room and finds Fran crying on the couch. Maxwell arrives and Fran tells him that their marriage will never work and decides it will be better if they cancel it. Max tells Fran that what happened with his sister will not happen to them, because they love each other. The wedding proceeds (with Sylvia shooting a warning glare at C.C. and Jocelyn to silence whatever objections they would have had), and Fran and Maxwell finally marry.

Season 6 (1998–99)[edit]

  • The opening sequence changed slightly in this season. Producer Kathy Landsburg was promoted to co-executive producer of the series as her producer credit was moved to the in-show credits, while the creator credits of Drescher and Jacobson, and the developer credits of Sternin and Fraser were added in its place.
  • Beginning with this season, Renée Taylor, Ann Guilbert and Rachel Chagall are credited as "starring" during the in-show credits.
  • During the show's original run this season, the show went on a hiatus after the episode "California Here We Come" with the two-part finale airing several weeks later in May. However, six further first-run episodes aired in June, disrupting the chronological continuance of the show. This was remedied in syndication when the two-part finale was moved after the last aired episode from the first-run ("The Baby Shower")
  • Rachel Chagall was pregnant through half the season.
  • S: = "Story by:"
  • T: = "Teleplay by:"
No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
125 1 "The Honeymoon's Overboard" Peter Marc Jacobson Frank Lombardi September 30, 1998 (1998-09-30)
Fran and Maxwell find themselves on a desert island after falling off their honeymoon yacht. Maxwell becomes ill after receiving an poisonous insect bite and Fran is left to care for them both. Somehow this leads to a hot and passionate moment in which they become intimate. Meanwhile, back home, C.C. turns Maxwell and Fran's disappearance into a media circus to milk the publicity. However, after a nightmare where reporters resembling Niles confront her with the fact that she wished misfortune on Fran at the wedding, she is guilt stricken and begins searching for them, accompanied by Sylvia. The pair are eventually able to locate the newlyweds when Sylvia is able to psychically sense Fran's happiness when she Maxwell consummate their union.
126 2 "Fran Gets Shushed" Peter Marc Jacobson Caryn Lucas October 7, 1998 (1998-10-07)
While trying to learn to live together Fran agrees to be less forward if Maxwell will learn to be less uptight. They both try–out their new personalities at a dinner party with disastrous results.
127 3 "Once a Secretary, Always a Secretary" Peter Marc Jacobson Allen Jay Zipper October 14, 1998 (1998-10-14)
Brighton wants to go to Atlantic City with school friends while his father opposes the idea. Fran finds herself torn between being nanny and wife as Max calls her "The Nanny" during a TV interview. Grace goes through hormonal changes, briefly in the episode.
128 4 "Sara's Parents" Peter Marc Jacobson Jayne Hamil October 21, 1998 (1998-10-21)
Fran dreads a visit by Sara's parents. When they arrive, many things go wrong and they feel that Fran is not suitable to "replace" their daughter. Also, Fran wants to legally adopt the children but Sara's parents are completely against it and threaten legal action.
129 5 "Maggie's Boyfriend" Peter Marc Jacobson Rick Shaw October 28, 1998 (1998-10-28)
Fran couldn't be happier with Maggie's rich, handsome, Jewish, model boyfriend, but when they decide to share an apartment, Maxwell wants Fran to put her foot down.
130 6 "I'm Pregnant" Peter Marc Jacobson Ivan Menchell November 4, 1998 (1998-11-04)
Maggie confides in Fran that she thinks she is pregnant, but she doesn't want Fran to tell Maxwell unless they're sure. They then attempt to administer a pregnancy test for her. Maxwell finds them and decides they must visit the doctor to be sure. During their visit, Dr. Reynolds (Nora Dunn) has some news for Fran.
131 7 "Mom's the Word" Peter Marc Jacobson Cody Farley,
Suzanne Myers
November 11, 1998 (1998-11-11)
Fran tells Niles and her mother about her pregnancy, but wants to tell Maxwell on her own, in a special way. Maxwell, unknowingly, tells Fran he's not ready for another child yet. As Fran goes sulking in the park, she experiences severe pains in her abdomen, and is rushed to the emergency room. Fran learns she had a hormone imbalance that resulted in a false positive, and was never pregnant.
132 8 "Making Whoopi" Peter Marc Jacobson Suzanne Gangursky November 18, 1998 (1998-11-18)
Maxwell is invited to be a panelist on Hollywood Squares to replace Andrew Lloyd Webber. Fran decides to try different methods (some without Maxwell's permission) to become pregnant, including almond cookies that are supposed to make her and Max "frisky" but are accidentally eaten by Niles and C.C.
133 9 "Oh, Say, Can You Ski?" Peter Marc Jacobson Dan Amernick,
Jay Amernick
November 25, 1998 (1998-11-25)
Maxwell invites Fran on a trip to meet the president, in hopes of helping her to relax. Fran soon stops worrying about becoming pregnant and nature takes its course.
134 10 "The Hanukkah Story" Peter Marc Jacobson S: Matthew J. Berman,
Ivan Menchell
T: Ivan Menchell
December 16, 1998 (1998-12-16)
While excited about celebrating her first Hanukkah with her new husband and family, Maxwell, C.C. and Gracie must drive to Boston in a snowstorm. Fran is worried when they don't arrive on time and learns they have skidded into a ditch. She prays with a nun who stops to comfort her and Max, Gracie, and C.C. arrive. They had enough gas in the car for an hour, but it lasted for 8, just like the first Hanukkah candle. They then have the best "first day of Hanukkah" on the second day.
135 11 "The In-Law Who Came Forever" Peter Marc Jacobson S: Danny Passman,
Michael Scalisi,
Rick Shaw
T: Rick Shaw
January 6, 1999 (1999-01-06)
After Aunt Freida buys her parent's apartment and evicts them, the Fines move into the Sheffield mansion. Maxwell and Fran at first aren't so happy. But later, Sylvia coddles Max who had a poor childhood relationship with his mother and he then doesn't want Sylvia to leave. In the end, Fran convinces him that if they leave it will be better. Sylvia and Frieda reconcile after Fran and the children edit her wedding video so it appears Frieda sang at the wedding.
136 12 "The Fran in the Mirror" Jennifer Reed S: Chandler Evans,
Jayne Hamil
T: Jayne Hamil
January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20)
While Maxwell is away, Fran invests $1 million with his old college chum, Rodney Pembroke (Maxwell Caulfield). Soon after, she hears that he is broke and has been swindling others. She goes and demands it back, but after he gives her the check she decides to invest anyway, to give him another chance. Max and Fran then return again and he tells them that it was a good investment and Max has made $500,000. Fran attempts to get Grace admitted to a prestigious school and Niles learns a distant relative has died and left him an estate and title.
137 13 "The Yummy Mummy" Peter Marc Jacobson Cody Farley,
Suzanne Myers
February 3, 1999 (1999-02-03)
Fran visits universities with Brighton, but his fellow students find Fran a bit too attractive and make inappropriate comments. Brighton then tells Fran that he doesn't want her visiting more colleges with him. Fran thinks its because she's ignorant and starts reading encyclopedias and tries to sound smart. Finally, Brighton tells her the real reason, and unlike him, she doesn't mind if she's thought "hot and sexy". Meanwhile, Fran finds out that she and Maxwell are having twins.
138 14 "California, Here We Come" Peter Marc Jacobson S: Suzanne Gangursky,
Mary Lindes
T: Suzanne Gangursky
March 26, 1999 (1999-03-26)
Maxwell is asked to turn one of his plays into a sitcom, and the Sheffields might be moving to California. Fran thinks that her mother is heartbroken that her daughter is leaving her and rents her a home in California also. However, Sylvia tells Fran she really wants to stay in New York. When Fran investigates, she finds out that her mother has been seeing a doctor three times a week—not because she is sick, as Fran finds out, but because she is having an affair.
145 15 "The Finale: Part 1" Peter Marc Jacobson Caryn Lucas May 12, 1999 (1999-05-12)
During Fran and Maxwell's first anniversary, C.C. flees after Niles proposes again. Fran pursues her and the two are trapped in an elevator when Fran begins labor.
146 16 "The Finale: Part 2" Peter Marc Jacobson Caryn Lucas,
Peter Marc Jacobson,
Frank Lombardi
May 12, 1999 (1999-05-12)
While Fran is the delivery room, C.C. and Niles get married (in which C.C.'s full name is finally revealed) and learn that they are also expectant parents. After Fran gives birth to twins Jonah Samuel and Eve Katherine, Maggie and Brighton head to Europe and the remainder of the expanded Sheffield family, along with Niles, C.C., Sylvia, Val, Morty and Yetta, head to California and a new life. The end of the episode features flashbacks from the series' six-season run, followed by a final curtain call of the cast members and some parting words from Fran Drescher.
139 17 "Ma'ternal Affairs" Peter Marc Jacobson Frank Lombardi June 2, 1999 (1999-06-02)
Fran checks into the man/doctor (played by Joseph Bologna, Renée Taylor's husband) with whom Sylvia is having an affair and coaches father, Morty (Steve Lawrence), whose face is revealed for the first time, on spicing up their marriage. Ironically, the same man is at the dinner party Fran and Max force Sylvia and Morty into attending, and he unintentionally convinces Morty to tell Sylvia how special she is too him. Morty even serenades her after she forgives him.
140 18 "The Producers" Peter Marc Jacobson S: Mike Dow,
Chandler Evans,
Rick Shaw
T: Rick Shaw
June 9, 1999 (1999-06-09)
Niles finally admits to Fran that he loves C.C.! The duo try and produce a play (using Max and C.C.'s name) so that Niles will become successful and eligible to marry C.C. Instead of success, they are served with a $250,000 law suit. Max rescues them and the play becomes a success. At the end, Niles suddenly proposes to C.C..
141 19 "The Dummy Twins" Steve Posner S: Rachel Chagall,
Harriet Goldman,
Camelia Kath,
Ivan Menchell
T: Ivan Menchell
June 16, 1999 (1999-06-16)
Fran coaches Niles in his unappreciated courtship of C.C. It goes poorly and Niles feels humiliated. He quits the Sheffield's, but not before calling C.C. pathetic and lonely, causing C.C. to leave her partnership with Maxwell. Later Fran and Max go to Niles' room in an attempt to convince him to stay and find him and C.C. in bed together.
142 20 "Yetta's Letters" Peter Marc Jacobson S: Dan Amernick,
Jay Amernick,
Bernie Vyzga
T: Dan Amernick,
Jay Amernick
June 16, 1999 (1999-06-16)
Maxwell uses Yetta's love letters as the basis for a Broadway musical beating Andrew Lloyd Webber who also wanted to use them. Max and Fran get Sylvia to sign the rights over to him, and the show is a huge hit.
143 21 "Maggie's Wedding" Fran Drescher Jayne Hamil June 23, 1999 (1999-06-23)
Michael proposes to Maggie! At first Max opposes, but after he and Maggie talk, he agrees. Meanwhile, Fran learns that Michael's cousin is James Brolin and that Barbra Streisand is coming to Maggie and Michael's wedding. Fran is so excited that she goes into premature labor causing her to miss Barbra. She sneaks back home and finds the house empty, only to learn that Barbra and the rest went to at the hospital to meet her, causing her to miss Barbra sing once again. Finally, Maggie and Michael get married.
144 22 "The Baby Shower" Peter Marc Jacobson Story by : Sean Hanley, James Nelson & Howard Preiser
Teleplay by : Cody Farley & Suzanne Myers
June 23, 1999 (1999-06-23)
Fran gets bad news from her fortune teller that Max will set eyes on a blonde in California. At the same time, Mrs. Fran Fine-Sheffield runs into actress Fran Drescher and her future of what will happen is her storyline on her show. Also, Fran and Maxwell balk over Brighton's decision to take a year off to travel before going to college.

Reunion special: 2004[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
Special "The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember" December 6, 2004 (2004-12-06)
The cast members reminisce about the show and present blooper footage not previously shown on television, and present an update on their current activities.

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