The Nanny: Season 1, Episode 1

Smoke Gets in Your Lies (10 Nov. 1993)

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As a result of Brighton getting caught smoking, Fran takes him to see her grandma Yetta who has been smoking all her life.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Lauren Lane ...
Rachel Chagall ...
Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
Jonathan Baker ...
Esther Lapidus ...
Auditioner (as Esther Lapiduss)
David (as Michael McCarthy)
Blanche Rubin ...
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Fran wants Maxwell to be more involved in his children's lives. The latest request Fran puts in front of Maxwell is for him and the entire family to attend a carnival at Brighton's school. Maxwell declines because of work commitments. However, Fran is relieved that Maxwell will not be going when Brighton is caught smoking at school. What's worse for Fran is that Brighton got the idea to smoke from a story she told him. Brighton originally decides to blackmail Fran into not telling Maxwell, but ultimately Fran feels she needs to tell Maxwell. First however, Maxwell is too busy to listen to anything Fran has to tell him about his children. But when Maxwell decides to go to the carnival where he would be speaking to Brighton's headmaster, Fran has no choice but to tell him about Brighton being caught smoking. Brighton, however, does not tell on Fran. Later, Fran does tell Maxwell that she inadvertently gave Brighton the idea. Maxwell is initially angry with Fran, but he also realizes ... Written by Huggo

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10 November 1993 (USA)  »

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The title comes from the song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" written by Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto A. Harbach for their 1933 operetta 'Roberta'. See more »


This is grandma Yetta's first appearance on the show. Her personality is very different than in later episodes,she is much more serious and lucid. See more »


Maxwell Sheffield: Brighton was caught smoking.
Yetta Rosenberg: Smoking? Bad!
Brighton Sheffield: But you smoke.
Yetta Rosenberg: Me it doesn't effect, I'm like a horse. But you know what smoking can do to you? Come, let's meet Ethel, phlegm in a hair net!
[drags Brighton off]
Brighton Sheffield: Oh no, not Ethel! Not Ethel!
[to Maxwell and Fran]
Brighton Sheffield: I swear I'll never smoke again! Oh God!
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Referenced in Making the Nanny (2005) See more »

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