The Nanny (1993–1999)

Me and Mrs. Joan 

Fran tries to have Maxwell and his father make peace by inviting the secretary that broke up his parent's marriage to dinner.


Dorothy Lyman


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Fran Drescher ... Fran Fine
Charles Shaughnessy ... Maxwell Sheffield
Daniel Davis ... Niles
Lauren Lane ... C.C. Babcock
Nicholle Tom ... Margaret 'Maggie' Sheffield
Benjamin Salisbury ... Brighton Sheffield
Madeline Zima ... Grace Sheffield
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia Fine
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
Joan Collins ... Joan Sheffield
Robert Vaughn ... James Sheffield


Maxwell and Fran accidentally run into Maxwell's estranged father, James. The estrangement occurred because James ran off with his secretary, Joan, leaving his family behind. Fran decides to bring the Sheffield family back together by inviting James for dinner. Maxwell is livid, especially as James brings Joan along. On the surface at least, Joan and James are an older, British version of Maxwell and Fran, except that James eventually married Joan. Because of the elder Sheffield's nuptials, Fran ends up being the one who is livid since Maxwell won't commit to her. But Maxwell thinks that perhaps his father does has the right attitude about life and he decides that he should make a go with it with Fran. But his decision to do so takes just as quick a turn in the other direction when cavalier advice from James adversely affects Sylvia, and by association, Fran's life. Meanwhile, Brighton decides to go to ballet class in order to pick up girls. After going, he changes his mind with all ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

30 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Part of the series' writing included regularly mocking celebrities; here, Sylvia is wiping James' (Robert Vaughn) tie that she stained; she shows it to him and says "doesn't it look like Jill Eikenberry?" of the stain. See more »


When Joan relates how she seduced Maxwell's father, Fran grabs an ice-cube and rubs her neck with it, dreamily. Next, she drops it into Joan's glass, who takes a drink. This is extremely unhygienic, not to mention distasteful and stomach-churning. See more »


Fran Fine: You're married!
[Looks at her ring]
Mrs. Joan Sheffield: Mm-hmm!
Fran Fine: [sneers at Mr. Sheffield] Well...
[starts slapping him]
Fran Fine: isn't that nice!
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References Babe (1995) See more »

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