- "We're British, we can say anything we like and people think it's Shakespeare"
- ―Niles to Fran about himself and Maxwell
Plot[edit | edit source]
C.C. announces that she has found a new investor for Maxwell's play, Maureen Wentworth. Mrs. Wentworth is the mother of the most popular debutante at Maggie's school, Cindy. Maggie is adamant against being a debutante, even if that means her father would lost a big investor. Fran assures Maggie that she would help her "fit in", and immediately starts making plans. Fran decides to host a debutante tea party for Maggie's rich friends, and Mr. Sheffield gives Fran etiquette lessons so she won't scare his investors away. He shows her how to walk, talk, dress and eat correctly. The party is a total bore until Fran changes into herself again. The guests love Fran for who she really is, and Maxwell gets new investors for his play.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Fran Drescher as Fran Fine
- Charles Shaughnessy as Maxwell Sheffield
- Daniel Davis as Niles
- Lauren Lane as C.C. Babcock
- Nicholle Tom as Maggie Sheffield
- Benjamin Salisbury as Brighton Sheffield
- Madeline Zima as Grace Sheffield
- Nikki Cox as Cindy Wentworth
- Dorothy Lyman as Mrs. Wentworth
- Heather Lynne Allen as Woman
- Magda Harout as Fortune Teller
Quotes[edit | edit source]
(Fran is helping Brighton study for an exam)
Brighton: I don't need to be a genius. I'm going to be a producer like dad.
Fortune Teller: (to C.C.) I tell you for the hundredth time I see no tall, dark, handsome--nothing in your future!
Cindy: (to Maggie) Your father is really cute.
Brighton: You know they say I look just like him.
Cindy: They lied.
Mrs. Wentworth: We landed on Plymouth Rock. My family can be traced back for 500 years.
Fran: We landed on Ellis Island. They changed our names, and now we don't know who the hell we were!
Max: (Trying to teaching Fran to speak without her accent) Repeat after me: Mark went on a lark after dark in Central Park.
Fran: Gee, I hope he's got a gun.
Woman: (to Fran) I love that sculpture! Is it Mayan?
Fran: No, it's his'n! (points to Maxwell)
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the scene in the office when Maxwell and Niles discuss making over Fran, there’s a poster for My Fair Lady on the wall behind them, which is an allusion to the theme of the episode.
- The title of this episode "My Fair Nanny" was later chosen as the name of the Russian remake of the series. This episode title, however, wasn't changed for the remake, and Russians got an episode called "My Fair Nanny" inside the series "My Fair Nanny".
- When Maxwell puts marbles in Fran’s mouth to help her talk properly it’s a reference to the scene in My Fair Lady when Henry Higgins puts marbles in Eliza Doolittle’s mouth to help improve her speech.