The Nanny: Season 4, Episode 19

Fran's Roots (12 Mar. 1997)

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A woman shows up claiming to be Fran's mother due to a mix-up at the hospital.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lauren Lane ...
Lila Baker
Jason Andrews ...
Police Officer
Young Fran Fine (as Jamie Renee Smith)
Matt Baker
Donald Willis ...
David Baker
Sara Alexis Weiss ...
Nadine Fine


Fran gets a telephone call from a Lila Baker, who claims possibly to be Fran's birth mother. Lila states that there was a mix-up at the hospital between babies and their respective mothers. A unique timbre to Lila's voice makes Fran think she may be telling the truth. Sylvia is incredulous at this news, but Fran decides to meet Lila anyway. On first glance, one would think that Lila is probably wrong as she's African-American. But Lila tells Fran that "the father" is white - Jewish no less - and who she thought was her biological daughter definitely is not based on blood test results. Fran decides to take a blood test to determine definitively if Lila is her mother. While they wait for the results, Lila invites Fran over to meet the rest of the family. There, Fran witnesses a lavish lifestyle to which she could get accustomed. They soon get news of the test results. But regardless of the test results, Lila may have a new family member, whether she wants one or not. Written by Huggo

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12 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Towards the end of the show when Sylvia arrives to confront the woman who might be Fran's birth mother, she bursts in and says, "You're black?" and points with her right hand, while holding her purse with her left, but in the long shot she is pointing with her left hand and holding the purse in her right hand. See more »


Fran Fine: [finding out Lila has two sons] Oh, so I've got brothers.
Lila Baker: They were from my second husband.
Fran Fine: Oh! So I got *brothers*.
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References Petticoat Junction (1963) See more »

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