The Nanny

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Quotes (1350)

  • Maxwell: Miss Fine this is not exciting it's appalling! She's just a child! Maggie: No I'm not! Fran: She's not, you know. C.C.: I think I'm starting to feel better. Maggie: Dad I'm fourteen years old! Fran: You know when I was fourteen.. (Maxwell glares) Oh, maybe this isn't the right time...

  • Sylvia: Want another Mallomar? Fran: Ma, food's not the answer to everything! Sylvia: Meanwhile your father and I have based our entire relationship around food. Passion goes, sex goes, communication we never had, But food is forever. Fran: Okay. (Takes one) Sylvia: Morty? You want another Mallomar?

  • Fran: That is so sweet! Couldn't you just drop dead? C.C.: I don't know. Could you?

  • Grace: Daddy, like my party dress? Loehmann's, 70% off! Fran: She'll never shop retail again!

  • Maggie: Dad's going to hate this. Grace: C.C.'s going to totally freak. Brighton: Sounds like a party to me!

  • Fran: Gracie how're you doing? Grace: I'm feeling empty and alone. Fran: Want a Tic Tac? Grace: Okay!

  • Fran: Oh thank you, Mr. Sheffield! You won't regret this! Maxwell: I'm pretty sure I will.

  • Brighton: Come on, Gracie. Let's go upstairs while Father hires someone else to take care of us problem children. Fran: Well you're a bitter little person aren't you? We're gonna get along great!

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Notes (284)

  • The Nanny Named Fran is the song that opens every episode. It was composed and performed by Ann Hampton Callaway.

  • The set used for the house is the exact same as the one in the 1994 show Sister, Sister.

  • Val originally had speaking parts in the bridal scene in the beginning, but they were cut out for the final version.

  • In the original script, Danny didn't dump Fran for Heather Biblow, but for Val; C.C. was a divorcee; the family name was Shurfeld instead of Sheffield; there was a chauffeur named Edmond, and Mr. Sheffield had only two children, Brighton and Grace. Maggie was added later.

  • Fran was fired by Danny and he gave her job to Heather Biblow. But in the opening animation, we see Danny placing a "help wanted" sign in the window.

  • In the pilot we see that the staircase and the front door are located on the left side of the house. We can also see two offices. After the pilot was picked up by CBS, they re-made the house, changing the stairs and the door to the right. The two offices were only one. We see two because the office was also changed and the first scene was re-shot. Later, CBS kept the new one.

  • The idea for the show was inspired on Fran Drescher's real life experiences as the nanny for english model Twiggy's children.

  • The show's pilot cost only US$25,000.

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Trivia (119)

  • Sylvia is also the name of Fran Drescher's mother. Just like Morty (Fran Fine's father, who will later appear) is Drescher's father's name.

  • Fran makes a reference to the 1992 film The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Madeline Zima, who plays Gracie, played Emma in the film.

  • In the scene in the office when Maxwell and Niles discuss making over Fran, there is a poster for My Fair Lady on the wall behind them, which is an allusion to the theme of the episode.

  • The title of this episode "My Fair Nanny" was later chosen as the name of the Russian remake of the series. This episode title, however, wasn't changed for the remake, and Russians got an episode called "My Fair Nanny" inside the series "My Fair Nanny".

  • At the wedding, before Fran and Grace enter the powder room, Maxwell has a beige coat on, but when they leave the powder room, the coat mysteriously disappears.

  • In this episode Brighton says he's ten. Later in this season Fran will say he's twelve. Though it is possible for Brighton to have celebrated a birthday between this episode and the end of the season, he couldn't have aged two years.

  • When C.C. enters the house from the zoo, she has a peacock feather on her. The feather disappears on the next shot.

  • Watch the fork Maggie's waving around at breakfast when speaking about Philip. The food on it vanishes when the angle changes.

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Allusions (184)

  • Brighton calls Grace "Sybil," a reference to Shirley Mason whose life was chronicled under the name Sybil Dorsett. Shirley Mason is one of the most popular cases of Multiple Personality Disorders later named Dissociative Identity Disorder.

  • Fran mentions that she hasn't sung "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" yet, a reference to the song Mother Abbess sang in The Sound Of Music.

  • Fran mentions actress Rebecca De Mornay being a worse nanny than her. This is a refernce to the film The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. This 1992 movie is about a young woman (De Mornay) who seemed to be the perfect nanny but, secretly, she was out to wreck the lives of the family she was supposed to be helping. Madeline Zima, who plays Gracie, appear in this movie as Emma, the daughter of the protagonist Claire Bartel.

  • The episode title is a play on the famous Platters song, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". It could also be a reference to the song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" written by Jerome Kern and Otto A. Harbach for their 1933 operetta Roberta.

  • My Fair Lady is a musical set in England.

  • The title refers to the Broadway play and musical "My Fair Lady," the plot of which is borrowed for this episode. In the play, Henry Higgins bets that he can makeover a London vagabond and present her as an upper-class lady.

  • Maggie: Goodnight , Gracie! Maggie is frustrated that her little sister Grace is embarrassing her in front of her boyfriend, Eddie, and is trying to make her leave the room. However, it is also a reference to the "Burns and Allen" show. Burns would end the show by turning to Allen (whose first name was Grace), and say, "Say goodnight, Gracie", and Allen would comedically chime, "Goodnight, Gracie!".

  • Fran: I don't know about these straps, Ma. You look like a ham. Sylvia: The salesgirl said I look like a dream. Fran: Maybe Oscar Mayer's. Oscar Meyer is an American meat and cold cut production company, owned by Kraft Foods, known for its hot dogs, bologna, bacon and Lunchables products.

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