The Nanny: Season 1, Episode 5

The Butler, the Husband, the Wife and Her Mother (8 Dec. 1993)

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When status-conscious relatives visit from Florida, Fran pretends that Niles is Maxwell and they are married.


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Episode cast overview:
Lauren Lane ...
Nancy Frangione ...
Butler Inspector #1
Butler Inspector #2
Uncle Jack


A couple of things happen at the house while Maxwell takes the kids on a day outing to the museum. First, Sylvia, who has told her competitive Cousin Jack and his equally competitive daughter Marsha that Fran has married a rich Broadway producer, is coming to the house with said Jack and Marsha. A reluctant Fran follows the ruse with a complicit Niles acting as Maxwell. And second, Niles has applied to be part of the Professional Butlers Association, and the adjudicators have made a surprise visit to the house while Jack and Marsha are there. For Niles, not being in his butler capacity could jeopardize his opportunity to be part of the association. But before he needs to make up his mind what to do, Maxwell and the kids return to the house. Initially reluctant to play along as "Niles, the butler", Maxwell does decide to act the part of butler for his friends, Fran and Niles. But when Brighton is caught in a major lie, Fran decides to set an example for her charge and tell the truth, ... Written by Huggo

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[Niles is trying to get into the Professional Butler's Association]
Niles: [about the association] I happen to come from a long line of butlers, each one a member, until my father, the butler to the Duke of Carlisle, accidentally knocked over a vase.
Fran Fine: And for that they kicked him out?
Niles: He was wrestling naked with the Duchess at the time.
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References The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989) See more »

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