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The Nanny

Season 1 Episode 2

Smoke Gets in Your Lies

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Nov 10, 1993 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Smoke Gets in Your Lies
When Brighton gets caught smoking in school, Fran takes him to see her grandma Yetta to teach him a lesson.

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    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 (1)

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

    • QUOTES (12)

      • Fran: I'm your granddaughter, Fran.
        Yetta: Oh Franny, nice to meet you.
        Fran: One nice thing about senility, you're always meeting new people.

      • Maxwell: What have you got to say in your defense?
        Brighton: I didn't inhale.
        Maxwell: That is the most pathetically lame excuse in the world.

      • Maxwell: Brighton, don't be so smart, Gracie dear, take smaller bites, and Maggie, (Maggie has her head under a towel) try to be a bit more outgoing. (Leaves)
        Brighton: Well, he's got my vote for Father of the Year.

      • Niles: May I take your coat?
        Val: Do I get a stub?
        Fran: No, and you don't have to tip him either. Some people have no class. Come on Val, move your ass.

      • Fran: Let's not be paranoid.
        Grace: I'm not paranoid... who said I was?

      • Fran: (to Brighton) Honey, I am so far ahead of you, we're in different time zones.

      • (The doorbell rings at the Sheffield mansion)
        Fran: Oh, that's Val. You know, it's her first time to the mansion and she's my best friend, so I just want her to drop dead.
        Niles: How thoughtful. I'll leave, you pose.
        (as Niles gets and opens the door, Fran strikes a pose for Val)
        Val: (with a look of amazement on her face as she enters the mansion) I'm droppin' dead.
        Niles: (to Fran) Mission accomplished.

      • (Maxwell and Fran are talking alone)
        Maxwell: Brighton's mother was the only one who could handle him. They had a special kind of relationship... He feared her!

      • Fran: He's gonna fire me. I'd fire me. Just when I figured out the bidet is not a water fountain.

      • Maggie: Dad's too busy. He doesn't have time to spend with us.
        Grace: Maybe Daddy's seeing other children!

      • (Fran and Maxwell are in the middle of an argument)
        Fran: Well, it's very easy for you to find faults. You're off all day with the glamorous theater people while I'm stuck at home working like a dog raising the kids.
        Maxwell: You're the nanny. It's your job.
        Fran: (exasperated) Well, you're the father, it's your job too... (lowering her voice and looking down) Mr. Sheffield, sir.
        Maxwell: Go to your room. (looking at Fran)Yes, you.
        Fran: (to Niles) Can you believe he sent me to my room?! He is so adorable sometimes.

      • Brighton: Hey, Maggs, wow! You look really beautiful.
        Maggie: And...?
        Brighton: And, nothing...You look really good!
        Maggie: Shut up, Brighton!
        Fran: Why are you being so nice to your sister? Who'd you kill?
        Brighton: Why does everyone assume the worst of me?
        Fran: It saves time.

    • NOTES (5)

      • While the layout of the house has changed from the pilot (main door moving from left to right), the layout in this episode is not one that is committed to either. Some things are changed in future episodes, as well as future seasons.

        Things that are altered:

        -tiles in kitchen- black and white squares, in the future they are slightly rotated so that they appear as black and white diamonds.
        -butler's pantry connects the kitchen to the dining room, and the swinging door in the kitchen has a window in it. In the future this door is changed to a solid wood door and the butler's pantry disappears. Instead, the swinging door open directly into the dining room.
        -tiles in foyer, carpeting on staircase, and wallpaper in foyer all change through future episodes/seasons of The Nanny.

      • This is Yetta's first appearance on the show.

      • In this episode we learn that Brighton's middle name is Milhouse.

      • The Sheffield house suffered a few changes since the pilot.
        The staircase and the front door are now on the right side of the house (in the pilot they were on the left). Also, the "library" was eliminated and turned into the living room mirror.

      • Timothy Thompson makes a small appearance in this episode. He's also the musician for some episodes.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • 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.