The Nanny (1993–1999)

Me and Mrs. Joan 

Fran tries to have Maxwell and his father make peace by inviting the secretary that broke up his parent's marriage to dinner.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Fran Fine
... Maxwell Sheffield
... Niles
... C.C. Babcock
... Margaret 'Maggie' Sheffield
... Brighton Sheffield
... Grace Sheffield
... Sylvia Fine
... Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
... Joan Sheffield
... James Sheffield


Maxwell and Fran accidentally run into Maxwell's estranged father, James. The estrangement occurred because James ran off with his secretary, Joan, leaving his family behind. Fran decides to bring the Sheffield family back together by inviting James for dinner. Maxwell is livid, especially as James brings Joan along. On the surface at least, Joan and James are an older, British version of Maxwell and Fran, except that James eventually married Joan. Because of the elder Sheffield's nuptials, Fran ends up being the one who is livid since Maxwell won't commit to her. But Maxwell thinks that perhaps his father does has the right attitude about life and he decides that he should make a go with it with Fran. But his decision to do so takes just as quick a turn in the other direction when cavalier advice from James adversely affects Sylvia, and by association, Fran's life. Meanwhile, Brighton decides to go to ballet class in order to pick up girls. After going, he changes his mind with all ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance





Release Date:

30 October 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Joan and Fran are discussing how Joan first seduced Maxwell's dad, Fran pours a glass of lemonade during Joan's punchline, the camera pans to Joan then back to Fran where she picks up the same glass and re-pours the lemonade again and hands it to Joan. See more »


Mr. James Sheffield: Thanks for inviting me over son. It takes a big man to do that.
Maxwell Sheffield: [talking about Fran] Acually, it takes a woman with big hair!
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References Babe (1995) See more »

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