After Fran beats him in tennis, Maxwell is feeling old and goes out and buys a younger image and a sports car.



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Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Monica Seles
Dotty (as Dee Dee Rescher)
Young Jewish Woman
Young Jewish Woman


Maxwell's latest play is a flop. He lost a tennis match to just learning tennis player Fran. He has been biting everyone's heads off at the smallest little issues. These issues makes Maxwell reflect on his life, which he thinks has been a total failure. On false pretenses, Fran manages to get Maxwell to see a psychologist to talk about his problems. With the regular psychologist away, Maxwell sees the substitute psychologist, Dr. Joyce Brothers. Her diagnosis of Maxwell: midlife crisis. Her diagnosis is accurate as Maxwell changes his attire from suits and ties to jeans, t-shirts and leather jackets, he buys a Porsche sports car, he dyes the gray streak out of his hair and he wants to quit working. Fran has to figure out how to convince him that his life is a total success. Although she manages to do so, it's not before there's a major failure just before a climax. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance





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11 March 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is a parody of the song "That's Life" written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon for Frank Sinatra. See more »


Young Jewish Woman: [Maxwell has arrvied in front of Sylvia's building in a new Porsche and is immediately surrounded by a crowd of women. Fran is on her way down via the fire escape. An attractive woman pushes herself through the crowd, in front of Maxwell, who's sitting on the hood of his new car] Are you stalled? Do you need a jump?
Fran Fine: [from the final ladder] Hey, hey, hey! If anybody's gonna jump him, it's gonna be me!
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References Mod Squad (1968) See more »


The Nanny Named Fran
Performed by Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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