The Nanny (1993–1999)

When You Pish Upon a Star 

Fran inadvertently persuades an obnoxious child star, who's set to star in Maxwell's revival of "Oliver!", to give up show business.


Lee Shallat Chemel (as Lee Shallat)


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


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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
J.D. Daniels ... Jack Walker
Bob Barker ... Bob Barker
Mijanou Mijanou ... Heidi's friend
Bonnie Biehl Bonnie Biehl ... Heidi (as Bonniejean Biehl)
Wayne C. Dvorak Wayne C. Dvorak ... Waiter
Lisa Alpert Lisa Alpert ... Maid in 'Royal Flush' (as Lisa Thames)
Liz Smith ... Liz Smith


Maxwell and C.C. decide to hire Jack Walker, a precocious and not very talented twelve year old television star, to star in their stage production of Oliver! They're hiring him purely for his marquee value. His television series, Royal Flush, seems oddly familiar to the Sheffields. Jack is to stay at the Sheffield house until his parents can join him in New York. With his divo behavior, Jack turns the household upside down as he bosses everyone around. Fran, fed up with his behavior, tells Jack that he should act like a normal kid. She also makes him realize that he has no real friends. Because show business is the cause of his life problems, Jack decides to quit show business altogether, which includes quitting Maxwell and C.C.'s show. Furious, Maxwell tells Fran that she has to convince him that show business is his life, and that he should do Maxwell's show. When Jack breaks down with some true emotion about his want to lead a normal kid's life, Maxwell decides to let him out of ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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21 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Full House is mentioned in this episode. Guest star J.D. Daniels who on this episode stars as Jack Walker also guest starred on an episode of Full House. See more »


Margaret 'Maggie' Sheffield: [watching Royal Flush] What happens to the cute little one?
Grace Sheffield: She gets a breast reduction and goes to Yale.
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References Benson (1979) See more »

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