The Nanny (1993–1999)
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Smoke Gets in Your Lies 

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


Lee Shallat Chemel (as Lee Shallat)


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Fran Drescher ... Fran Fine
Charles Shaughnessy ... Maxwell Sheffield
Daniel Davis ... Niles
Lauren Lane ... C.C. Babcock
Nicholle Tom ... Maggie Sheffield
Benjamin Salisbury ... Brighton Sheffield
Madeline Zima ... Grace Sheffield
Carol Channing ... Self
Rachel Chagall ... Val Toriello
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
Jonathan Baker Jonathan Baker ... Director
Esther Lapidus Esther Lapidus ... Auditioner (as Esther Lapiduss)
Michael C. McCarthy ... David (as Michael McCarthy)
Blanche Rubin Blanche Rubin ... Old Lady
Timothy Thompson ... Pianist


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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Comedy | Family | Romance


Did You Know?


Brighton comments of how he smoked a cigarette but did not inhale. This is a reference to Bill Clinton's answer when asked if he had ever smoked marijuana. 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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References The Waltons (1972) See more »

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Release Date:

10 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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