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The Nanny

Season 4 Episode 18

The Facts of Lice

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 05, 1997 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Facts of Lice
Fran gets suspicious about Niles after finding an odd piece of paper he dropped.

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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)

      • During the fantasy sequence, Charles Shaughnessy impersonates the voice of classic movie star Cary Grant. Interesting choice, since Cary Grant did not star in detective films.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Fran: (Looking in Niles' closet) Aaah!
        Val: What?!
        Fran: His closet's twice as big as mine! Look at that, he wears the same thing everyday... just like Fred Flintstone!

      • Niles: (Referring to Fran) Why is she acting like such a lunatic?
        C.C.: Well, have you gotten a load of the birth mother? She thinks you're a killer. She even thought you were trying to kill me!
        Niles: Oh, I wouldn't dream of touching you - like any other normal man!

      • Maxwell: Darling, I've known the butler thirty years! We've had many gay times together, shared a fag or two between us, and I can tell you, if there was anything queer about him, I'd know it!
        Fran: So, in other words, you had some fun, you smoked a few cigarettes, and there's nothing strange about him.
        Maxwell: Of course!
        Fran: Just making sure.

      • Fran: Miss Babcock, you know, I'm not going to tell you what I know if you're not a little nicer to me!
        C.C.: Oh, buzz off.
        Fran: That's close enough.

      • Val: I'm telling you, Fran, Niles fits the profile! Serial killers usually have menial jobs, no long term relationships, and deep-seated issues with their mother! (Val gasps and moves away, while Fran gapes at her in shock) No, wait... wait! They usually have high IQs. (The women hug each other, both relieved)

      • Fran: (After picking up lice shampoo at the drugstore) Look at this. I'm getting attitude from a man holding a Fleet enema!

      • Fran: You know, you're just spending less and less time with the kids, and they need a masculine influence.
        Yetta: I'll go! I don't have any estrogen.

      • Niles: So I can trudge six blocks through snow and sludge because you had a craving for bloody string cheese!

      • Fran: (After reading the list that Niles dropped on the floor) Uh, Niles? What is with this cockamamie list?
        Niles: Oh. Gimme that. You didn't read it, did you?
        Fran: Well, suppose for argument's sake, I did.
        Niles: Miss Fine. This is a very private list, and if you read it, I will be very upset with you.
        Fran: Well, that's the reason why I didn't read it. Okay, bye.

      • Val: Most serial killers have 3 names . John Wayne Gacy. Richard Alan Speck... Son of Sam!
        Fran: Wait a minute, this is Niles! I know him very well. I stand behind Niles... the killer.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • The fantasy sequence in this episode is a nod to the Film Noir movies of the 30s and 40s, hence the reason it's filmed in black and white.

      • The episode title is a play on the title of a popular sitcom, The Facts of Life, which aired from 1979 to 1988.

      • Val: Most serial killers have 3 names. John Wayne Gacy. Richard Alan Speck...Son of Sam!
        John Wayne Gacy and Richard Alan Speck were both two killers whose life stories were used as part of Haunted Chicago.