The Nanny

Season 3 Episode 17

The Grandmas

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jan 22, 1996 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Grandmas
Fran finds out her mother kicked her father out of the house.

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  • The whole prolouge is wonderful Fran: It's monday morning which means Ms Babcock has just arrived, she's handing Niles her coat, she's saying careful i just cleaned my fur, to which he responds, don'tt cough up any hair balls...............And righmoreless

    The whole prolouge is wonderful

    Fran: It's monday morning which means Ms Babcock has just arrived, she's handing Niles her coat, she's saying careful i just cleaned my fur, to which he responds, don'tt cough up any hair balls...............And right about now she's getting even with him

    Niles: (from offstage) Aaaah!

    Niles: Ms Babcock is here!

    Also the line where fran says

    Fran: Niles, will you prepare a little nosh i got my grandmas coming over Yetti and Netti.

    Niles: What shall i prepare nuts, some english toffee, biscotti.

    Fran: Yeah taht sounds good just put it in a blender with a couple of prunes.

    Netti is played by the outragously funny Marilyn Cooper, who does also appear in later episodes!

    After Fran starts crying this quotes are funny.

    Yetta: Franny! You want a pepmint?

    Fran: (crying) Ok

    Netti: You want an ash, Ash Tray! Where did i get this? Oh the Hilton Sure!

    And at the end when Fran comes home after seeing that her parents are back together

    Fran: Ma! In the Bathroom

    Silvia: Well it is the place where he feels the most comfortable.

    When she comes home she says

    Fran: Thank god nothing ever changes around here. (She calls out) Where are you my rock of jabrulta, sargi, up tight, totally predictab....

    Music starts up (it sounds like ballet music)

    And max comes out in a casual shirt with 2 glasses and a wine bottle and fran says

    Fran: Oh my god! (to side) is that my blousse!

    Well done on another great show, i wish i could've been a part of it. I would've played Netti's 'Pink Door'

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 (12)

    • Fran: Every morning, it's the same thing. I come in, I sit down, you tell me I look gorgeous...
      Maxwell: I don't do that.
      Fran: Well, you should start!

    • Fran: No one in my family is divorced!
      Niles: What about your sister?
      Fran: They're not divorced. They're just miserable.

    • C.C.: Oh, Nanny Fine, get a grip. My mother left when I was four.
      Niles: She wanted a girl.

    • Fran: Oh, Mr. Sheffield, I know what you're doing, and, believe me, I'm very flattered, but don't go changing to try and please me.
      Maxwell: No, Miss Fine. You are right. I was far too boring. I need to mix it up, keep them guessing.
      Fran: No. I miss boring. I want it. I need it. I gotta have it!
      (Niles walks in the room and, hearing that last sentence, has a surprised look on his face and quickly leaves)

    • Fran: Mr. Sheffield, I'm home! Oh, thank God nothing ever changes here. Where are you, my dependable, stable, Rock of Gibraltar, stodgy, uptight, totally predictable--
      (Maxwell comes out wearing a hideous but flashy blue blouse, holding two glasses and a wine bottle)
      Fran: Oh my God! Is that my blouse?!

    • Fran: Daddy! Come outta there! What are you doing in there?
      (Sylvia opens the door, glowing)
      Sylvia: Me!
      Fran: Ma! In the bathroom?
      Sylvia: Well, it is the room he feels the most comfortable.
      Fran: Please, spare me the details! I'm just happy you and Daddy got together again and made up.
      Sylvia: Twice. Thank you for your hospitality, Nettie.
      Nettie: Tramp.
      Sylvia: You better believe it!

    • Fran: I can't believe you guys! You're so selfish! Mom and Dad's splitting up isn't about you! (she starts to cry) It's about me!
      Yetta and Nettie: (to each other) Look what you did!
      Yetta: Franny! You want a pep mint?
      Fran: Okay.
      Nettie: You want an ash-- Ashtray?! Where did I get this? (she looks at the label) "The Hilton." Oh, sure!

    • Fran: Yetta, you promised you were gonna quit smoking!
      Nettie: She also promised she wouldn't eat anything gassy before we left.
      Yetta: Meanwhile, did you get a seat on the express bus?
      Fran: Oh, it is a wonder I have any class at all! (she finds something in her hair) Oh, there's that floss. (she uses the floss anyways)

    • (Fran opens the door and a huge cloud of smoke, and her grandmothers, come into the house)
      Fran: Nanas! I thought you were gonna stop smoking!
      Nettie: What, it's gonna stunt our growth?

    • Fran: Niles, will you prepare a little nosh? I got my grandmas coming over, Yettie and Nettie.
      Niles: What shall I prepare: nuts, some English toffee, biscotti?
      Fran: Yeah, that sounds good. Just put it in a blender with a couple of prunes.

    • Fran: It's Monday morning, which means Miss Babcock has just arrived. She's handing Niles her coat. She's saying, "Careful, I just cleaned my fur," to which he responds, "Don't cough up any hair balls." And right about now, she's getting even with him.
      Niles: (off-camera) Aaaah!
      (Niles walks in the room, limping)
      Niles: Miss Babcock is here!

    • Fran: Me and Mr. Sheffield aren't even close to unscrewing. In fact, I think we're beginning to bore each other.
      Sylvia: That's normal in a marriage.
      Fran: But me and Mr. Sheffield aren't married.
      Sylvia: Are you living with him?
      Fran: Yeah.
      Sylvia: Are you taking care of his kids?
      Fran: Yeah.
      Sylvia: Are you having sex?
      Fran: NO!
      Sylvia: Then you're married!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The song that plays when Maxwell comes to the living room, after Fran calls out for him, is French composer Maurice Ravel's most famous musical composition, Boléro.

    • Both of Fran's grandmothers appear in this episode. However in Episode 8 (The Christmas Episode) she revealed that her grandmother had died and gave her the watch she pawned in that episode.

    • When Fran calls Gracie's play date, she speaks to "Mrs. Lombardi". This is a refference to Frank Lombardi, a regular writer for the show.

    • This is the first time we see Fran's other grandma, Nettie.


    • Fran: (to Maxwell) You don't need to go changing... to try to please me.

      This is a lyric from the song "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel.