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"The Nanny" An Affair to Dismember (1996)

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Original Air Date:
13 November 1996 (Season 4, Episode 8)
With Maxwell busy it's up to Fran to show his brother Nigel around New York. Nigel is enchanted and proposes to Fran. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Dorothy Lyman 
Writing credits
Robert Sternin (developed by) &
Prudence Fraser (developed by)

Peter Marc Jacobson (created by) &
Fran Drescher (created by)

Diane Wilk (written by)

Produced by
Nastaran Dibai .... producer
Fran Drescher .... executive producer
Prudence Fraser .... executive producer
Jeffrey B. Hodes .... producer
Peter Marc Jacobson .... executive producer
Kathy Landsberg .... producer
Frank Lombardi .... supervising producer
Caryn Lucas .... supervising producer
Janice Minsberg .... co-producer
Robert Sternin .... executive producer
Diane Wilk .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Timothy Thompson 
Cinematography by
James Jansen (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Jim McQueen (uncredited)
Casting by
April Webster 
Art Direction by
Bernard Vyzga (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Diane O'Connell 
Costume Design by
Shawn Holly Cookson 
Terry Gordon 
Makeup Department
Rena Andreoli .... makeup artist
Roxanne Baker-Sarver .... hair stylist (as Roxanne Baker)
Kenneth Paul Schoenfeld .... makeup artist (as Kenneth Schoenfeld)
Faye Woods .... hair styles: Fran Drescher
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Reed .... associate director
Art Department
Dale Head .... property master
Lorne Grant .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Melody Harrop .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Margaret Mazzola .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... sound re-recordist
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recordist (as Tamara Johnson-Bolm)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Provenzano .... set lighting (uncredited)
Steven G. Ross .... videotape operator (uncredited)
Ric Urbauer .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marc Hirschfeld .... original casting (as Liberman/Hirschfeld)
Meg Liberman .... original casting (as Liberman/Hirschfeld)
Paula Parker .... casting associate
Music Department
Ann Hampton Callaway .... composer: theme music
Ann Hampton Callaway .... performer: theme music
Transportation Department
Mark Valdez .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Dan Amernick .... production staff
Jay Amernick .... production staff
Dennis Capps .... stage manager
Michael Dow .... production staff
Chandler Evans .... production staff
Corey Frey .... production staff
Suzanne Gangursky .... executive assistant
Kristin Hallmark .... production staff
Jayne Hamil .... executive story editor
Greg Lenert .... stage manager
Andy Mackenzie .... production staff (as Andrew C. Mackenzie)
Jennifer Destiny Mackenzie .... assistant: Fran Drescher (as Jennifer Rothlein)
Steve Posner .... dialogue coach
Howard Preiser .... executive assistant
Bonnie Morley Seplow .... production associate (as Bonnie Morley)
Rick Shaw .... story editor
Gabrielle Wallack .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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Argentina:30 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The title comes from the movie An Affair to Remember (1957) starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.See more »
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Prime example of "Trapped in the Premise", 5 October 2009
Author: ttapola from Finland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There is a syndrome I just at the time of writing decided to call "Trapped in the Premise", so unless someone has beat me to it, I claim the credit for coining it. "An Affair to Dismember" is a prime example. The episode presents us with a Game Changer possibility: that Nigel could actually break the relationship between Fran and Maxwell, but even the title reveals the only possible outcome: It just CANNOT happen, because applying a Game Changer to this series would break its Premise which is, as with almost all romantic sitcoms: "When will they get each other?" At the time of writing, using a Game Changer (prime example: the final episode of season three of "The Wire", which briefly made me question had I only imagined what I had just witnessed) is still pretty effing bold move that only ambitious drama series like Battlestar Galactica and Lost can be expected to pull of, but in 1996 it was probably unheard of.

So, the only question regarding the outcome of this episode is not "What will happen?" but "How will Nigel be on his way without Fran?" And frankly, that's not really something to be excited about. We already knew in 1996, while "The Nanny" was still on, that eventually Fran and Maxwell would end up together, just as surely as Rachel and Ross would end up together. Or any rom-sitcom couple.

While "Friends" dared to play with plot *arcs* such as Ross's and Rachel's various relationships with other people, notably Ross's marriage to that English lady whose name I suddenly forgot, "The Nanny" keeps pressing the Reset Button at the end of almost every episode. In this season, the series has redeemed itself with the repeated mention of "that thing" in the plane at the end of season 3, which constitutes some kind of arc, weak as it might be. At the time of writing, it is easy to say in hindsight that the writers and/or producers actually mustered the courage to wed Fran and Maxwell a full year before the end of the series, which ironically proved that they could have done it sooner without fear of ruining the Premise instead of giving us no-brainers like this episode.

Well, at least it has the usual enjoyable dialog and the ever-changing costumes of Fran.

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