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The Butler, the Husband, the Wife and Her Mother is the 6th episode in the first season of the CBS television series The Nanny which was aired on December 8, 1993.


Fran's relatives from Boca are visiting and Sylvia gets Fran to pose as Mr. Sheffield's wife so they can show off to their relatives. Mr. Sheffield was out taking the kids to the museum, so Fran gets Niles to pose as Mr. Sheffield. Right in the middle of that, two butlers from the National Butler's Association drop by to check on Niles's performance, which they'll judge to see if Niles can get in the association or not. They try to get rid of the butlers, but Mr. Sheffield arrives just in time. Reluctant at first, he gives in to this charade and acts as if he was Niles. The whole scheme falls apart when Fran decides to tell the truth after Brighton sets an example for her about lying just to please the parents. But Mr. Sheffield still manages to get Niles approved to the association, with a little help from Fran.


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

Special Guest Star

Renee Taylor as Sylvia Fine

Recurring cast

Ann Morgan Guilbert as Yetta Rosenberg
Rachel Chagall as Valerie Toriello

Guest starring

  • Brian George as Butler #2
  • Ian Abercrombie as Butler #1
  • Nancy Frangione as Marsha
  • Zack Norman as Uncle Jack
  • Adam Hendershott as Brighton;s Friend


Maxwell: I'm gone for 20 minutes and I come back to some bizarre parallel universe. I'm you, you're me, and you're married to her.

Fran: You're goin' to the musuem in those boots are you?
Maxwell: What, my wellies? There's a chance of rain.
Fran: There's a chance I might fall off this chair, but you don't see me wearin' a seat belt!

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