The Nanny (1993–1999)
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The Chatterbox 

Fran takes Maggie to her favorite beauty salon to prepare for a party; while there she arranges a job there for an actress who loses a Sheffield audition.


Lee Shallat Chemel (as Lee Shallat)


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 8 more credits »


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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
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia Fine
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
Tracy Nelson ... Mary Ruth
Patrick Cassidy ... Mr. Anthony
Edward Hibbert ... Claude
J.D. Daniels J.D. Daniels ... Mimo
Lauren Tom ... Kim


Maggie is invited to her first Sweet-16 party and Fran escorts her to her favorite salon, The Chatterbox, to get her hair done. The salon is owned by Mr. Anthony, a handsome New Yorker who wears his T-shirts and jeans a couple of sizes too small and serenades his swooning female customers with songs popularized by heartthrobs. Working for him are boisterous Chinese manicurist Kim and flamboyantly-gay second-hairstylist Claude. The Chatterbox needs a shampoo girl and Fran brings along Mary Ruth, a slightly-simple actress she met at one of Maxwell's auditions, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, has nowhere to stay, and desperately needs a job. Mr. Anthony hires Mary Ruth and even lets her stay in the salon's back room. But he regrets hiring her when she finds a photo of his ex-wife that his 13-year-old son Mimo has been hiding. She thinks it represents something missing in Mr. Anthony's life and tries to use it to bring father and son together, but Mr. Anthony threatens to fire ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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Episode #2.25, "The Chatterbox," was an unsuccessful pilot for a proposed series. See more »


[Niles serves C.C. a plate of breakfast]
Chastity Claire 'C.C.' Babcock: [whining] Niles. My eggs are all dried up.
Niles: The gene pool is safe.
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References What's New Pussycat (1965) See more »

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Tasha would have made a successful Nanny spin-off, not this garbage!
15 February 2020 | by imdb-25288See all my reviews

Tasha the rockstar from a previous episode. Why would they pick the annoying Tracey Nelson? I can't think of a more annoying actress, besides Marilu Henner and Shelley Long, same bag. I mean what was the casting director thinking? Nelson arrives at an audition at Maxwell's house where all the extras waiting for their turn are gorgeous buxom women. And they chose flat-chested TN over any of those beauties?! Surely if they couldn't act, they couldn't have been worse than her! Her character stood 0 chance against the competition, so exactly how did Nelson win the part??? I'm wondering if it was an Harvey Weinstein type of affair..? Casting directors and producers these days have no brains, but they did a good job casting The Nanny... until this episode. Considering that this character had absolutely zero to do with the Nanny, what were they thinking? I'm glad she was sent packing, unlike today when they make full TV shows out of nonsense that last 6 seasons and beyond. 3 generous stars for the rest of the cast.

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15 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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