The Nanny

Season 5 Episode 7

Mommy and Mai

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Nov 12, 1997 on CBS
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Mommy and Mai
Mai Ling, the Cambodian girl Fran and Val "adopted" in high school for 17 cents a day, is coming to NY to visit them. Sylvia doesn't like the girl, for whom Fran and Val fight over, resulting in a split up between the two best friends. Sylvia thinks Mai Ling will also come between Fran and Mr. Sheffield, but Fran finds out Mai Ling got engaged to Brighton to get a green card!moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Yetta Rosenberg

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher

Fran Fine Sheffield

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy

Maxwell Sheffield

Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane

Chastity Claire "C.C." Babcock

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom

Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Val: You dress like a tramp, this isn't a big revelation!
      Fran: You know what revelation means?

    • Niles: Ladies, how nice! I haven't seen you in half a day? How did you get in?
      Sylvia: You left the door unlocked.
      Niles: You had a key made?
      Sylvia: Maybe that was it.

    • Fran: Why do you look so incredibly handsome and have that sparkle in your eye?
      Maxwell: Because I'm looking at you.

    • Mai: Please Mommies don't fight! It'll put a knife through my heart!
      Fran: There, there! She's Jewish!

    • (Fran and Maxwell walk in on Brighton and Mai Ling making out on his bed)
      Maxwell: What the hell's going on in here?
      Brighton: Well, Dad, I mean, she just knocked on my door, asked me to spell out a big word, and started kissing me!
      Fran: (to Mai Ling) How dare you! I gotta try that, but how dare you?
      Brighton: It's okay, Dad, because we're engaged!
      Fran and Maxwell: What?
      Maxwell: You are nothing of the sort!
      Fran: (to Maxwell) What's the matter, my daughter's not good enough for you?
      Maxwell: Miss Fine, they're not engaged, and that's that!
      Mai Ling: Hello! How else am I going to get my green card?
      Fran: (gasps) Oh, well, that's Val's side coming right through there.
      Maxwell: Brighton, how could you let yourself be taken in like this?
      Brighton: Oh, well, let's see. I'm sixteen, she's a breathing female, and, duh, I'm sixteen! That's all you need.

    • Fran: Mr. Sheffield, remember when you told me that I could never have any more relatives staying at the house?
      Maxwell: Yes, but more importantly, do you?

    • Fran: I was the most popular girl in school. It said so on all the bathroom walls.

    • Niles: I suppose in order to get some attention around here, I'd have to hop up on your desk in my short skirt. Maxwell: Did you say MY? Niles: I was putting myself in Ms. Fine's shoes. Maxwell: Well, you can't wear those wingtips with your skirt, make you look stumpy. Niles: He who belts I'm gonna wash that man out of my hair in the shower should not throw stones. I assure you, I am the most masculine one in this room. (C.C. walks in) Until now.

    • Fran: (excitedly about a letter Fran just received) Ah, look Val. It's from Mai Ling.
      Yetta: Who's Mai Ling?
      Sylvia: Oy, please. (about Fran and Val) These two meshugganas adopted an orphan in high school for seventeen cents a day.
      Yetta: What a steal. Bell peppers are four ninety-nine a pound.

    • Fran: (introducing Mai to Yetta) I want you to meet my daughter, Mai Ling. She just arrived.
      Yetta: Woah! I hope you had a cesarean.

    • C.C.: You know, Maxwell, I can't believe what they get away with on TV these days. I was watching this rerun of Seinfeld and Elaine must have been, I don't know, 12 months pregnant, and they didn't even aknowledge it; they just kept hiding her behind these huge props.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Madeline Zima does not appear in this episode.

    • Lauren Lane's pregnancy is very visible now. You can notice that from now on C.C. will only wear black, carry big purses, etc. to hide the pregnancy, which was chosen not to be written in the show. Curiously, for the 6th season the writers decided that C.C. should get pregnant.


    • Niles mentions the song I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair. This song comes from the 1958 movie South Pacific.

    • C.C. talks about how actresses hid their real life pregnancies while they were working, and at this point Lauren Lane who plays C.C. was actually pregnant and would cover her pregnancy in this episode with a large bag, a plant and a billboard.