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Fran Fine Sheffield
Chastity Claire "C.C." Babcock
Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield
Sara Sheffield [ uncredited ]
young Sylvia Fine [ uncredited ]
If you look when Fran puts in the tape that Mr. Sheffield gives her, you can see the white reels on the bottom of the tape, meaning that she put the tape in upsidedown.
Brighton: So these are you from the olden days?
Niles: Yes if you look hard, you can see a stegastaurous in the background.
Maxwell: Why is Gracie so upset?
Fran: She has to go to the bathroom real bad?
Maxwell: Miss Fine!
Fran: Well this nutjob mother made this big stink because I'm not Gracie's mother I'm her nanny and Grace had to admit she doesn't have a mother, and it kind of went downhill from there.
C.C.: Nanny Fine's pageant has gone up in flames. Niles, break out the bubbly!
Niles: You have no power here. (Waves his dust druffel) Be gone before someone drops a house on you!
Niles: At least your mother only makes you take her to dinner. Mine used to make me take her to Bath?
Fran: My neighbor used to take her son Sheldon into the tub with her till he was six! They both ended up on a very special Geraldo.
Niles: Bath is a town in England.
Fran: I don't care where you do it, it's still weird.
(Fran and Gracie try to do a Magic Act of Sawing Fran in Half)
Gracie: I found the instructions.
(Gives it to Niles)
Niles: (reads the instructions) "Now take a knife and cut into even pieces."
Fran: What!? Let me see that! (niles holds instructions in front of her face) These are the instructions to your Easy Bake Oven!
Niles: (joking) Yes, but you'll serve eight.
(Fran is talking to Silvia on phone)
Fran: No Ma, we can't go to Sizzler... (listens) Why? Because you're not welcome there anymore. You took half the dessert bar home in your purse! (Hears Silvia's reply) I know it's all you can eat... AT THE RESTAURANT!!
Maxwell: Sweetheart, can we talk to you for a minute?
Grace: No, I'm busy. (brushes her doll's hair)
Fran: You're doing a beautiful job there, except Ollie's beginning to look like Sinead O'Connor.
Maxwell: Sweetheart, I made a mistake. I should never have let you into that pageant and...
Fran: Oh, no no no no. It's all my fault, your father didn't want us to enter but I wouldn't listen. I was just too busy talking. I do that sometimes, I just talk and talk and talk and I...
Maxwell: Miss Fine?
Maxwell: You're doing it.
Fran: Oh right. Well I'm gonna stop now. The talking, not the listening. The listening I'm gonna keep on doing. It's the talking I'm gonna stop. Okay, I've stopped. Go ahead.
Maxwell: Thank you. Sweetheart. I do understand how you feel. All those other girls with their mummies, it just reminded you how much you miss yours.
Grace: But that's what's wrong. I don't miss her.
Maxwell: You don't?
Grace: No I... I don't remember her.
Maxwell: Oh. Ooh. Gracie, oh come here. (Maxwell sits down and takes Gracie on his lap)
Grace: Brighton and Maggie do. But I can't. Is that bad?
Maxwell: Oh no. Of course not, sweetheart. They're older than you.
Grace: How come you never talk about her?
Maxwell: Well, because sometimes, it's very difficult for daddy.
Grace: Oh, you can't remember her either?
Maxwell: Oh no sweetheart, I remember everything. I remember the first time I saw her, I remember her sweetness and her laugh. And I especially remember how much she loved you.
Grace: She did?
Maxwell: Oh, more than anything and I should never have let you forget that. I was just trying to protect you and I suppose myself. Can you forgive me?
Grace: It's okay, daddy. (Maxwell kisses Gracie's temple and Fran blows her nose and sniffles)
Fran: Well at least now you two can remember her together.
Grace: Do you think that mommy would want me to be in the pageant?
Maxwell: I think she would want whatever you want.
Grace: I wanna do it. (gets up from bed) Me and Fran are gonna kick some country club butt. (drags Fran out of the room)
Fran: Oy, I don't know where she gets these things.
Brighton: Aren't you ever gonna take that stupid sash off?
Maggie: Oh leave her alone. How many times in your life do you become first runner up in a beauty pageant?
Fran: Counting this one: 12.
Barbie Jo: I'm telling you, this woman should not be allowed to compete in the pageant. She's a fake!
Fran: I'm a fake? Let she who is without silicone cast the first stone.
Grace: I can knit a sweater.
Fran: I can fill it better.
Gracie: I can do most anything.
Fran: Can you make a pie?
Fran: Neither can I.
Patti LaBelle performs her hit song 'New Attitude' in this episode during the mother-daughter beauty pageant.
This episode was specially shown on Monday night. CBS moved The Nanny to Mondays for its 2nd season.
Fran Fine's home made videos were Fran Drescher's real life videos from when she was a child. Sylvia Drescher, Fran Drescher's real mother, makes an appearance as a young Sylvia Fine.
Bloopers from this episode were shown during the closing credits.
Fran: I'm a fake? Let she who is without silicone cast the first stone. This is an allusion of the Jesus Christ's words of the Bible: "Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone" to defend Mary Magdalene who was arrested for prostitution.
The title of this episode is based on the 1948 movie I Remember Mama.
Niles: (To C.C.) Be gone, before someone drops a house on you!
This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, and the Wicked Witch of the East. After the tornado, Dorothy's house landed on the witch, killing her and incurring the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Fran: Call Gillooly.
This is a reference to Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of figure skater Tonya Harding. He served 2 years in prison when he hired Shane Stant to attack Nancy Kerrigan.
Fran: (To Betty Jo) Don't ever go out for cheerleader.
This insult, directed at Betty Jo's mother, is a reference to Wanda Holloway, a Texas woman who made headline news when she hired her brother-in-law to kill the mother of her daughter's competition.
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