Fran's nemesis by marriage to ex-fiancé, Heather Biblow-Imperiali, has landed a job acting on the soap opera, _"Young and the Restless, The" (1973)_, the show filming in Hollywood. To rub their noses in her fame and fortune, Heather flies Fran and Val to Hollywood. At the show's taping, Heather proves to be a not so natural actress. Needing a quick replacement for Heather, Peter Bergman, the actor playing opposite Heather's character, decides Fran would be perfect to take over Heather's role. Although Maxwell could do with a short term substitute nanny on the recent Sheffield family trip to Hawaii, Maxwell will need to replace Fran permanently. Niles concocts a plan to get Fran back by suggesting a particular person take over the nanny position. The plan does work, but Maxwell is unaware that it did and as such, Maxwell and Fran almost crossed paths in the skies over the US. Written by
Did You Know?
, who was involved with the series throughout its run, and produced the final season, had previously played Opal Gardner on All My Children
(1970). Both Opal and Fran Fine were gaudy, flashy women who "approached the upper class from the lower side." See more
So, sir, how could I break this to you... Miss Fine has taken a job on a soap opera and she's not coming home.
What? A speaking part?
[line repeated in the episode by various characters
References Happy Days