The Nanny (1993–1999)

The Facts of Lice 

Fran thinks that Niles is plotting a murder when she finds a piece of paper he wrote with incriminating words. When she gives it back to him, he harshly questions her and threatens her if she read it.


Dorothy Lyman


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 4 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
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia Fine
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
Rachel Chagall ... Val Toriello
Fred Stoller ... Fred, the pharmacist


Niles is in a foul mood. His mood gets worse when he drops a piece of paper, which Fran picks up and reads (but says she didn't). The paper reads like a list of items to check and do for a murderer. Thinking him a out to kill her, Fran realizes she truly knows nothing about Niles. Fran and Val decide to snoop around his bedroom to see if they can find any evidence of the murder he's going to commit. Later, Fran and Niles end up in the house by themselves. Fran fears for her life because she knows that Niles knows that she was in his bedroom, and that she read his piece of paper. Niles tells her as much and even says that he knows that Fran knows what's going on. Or does she? Meanwhile, Grace brings a case of lice into the Sheffield household. Maggie, Brighton and Fran all end up getting it as well, but not Maxwell. Fran believes this is a sign that Maxwell doesn't spend enough time with his children. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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The title is a take on The Facts of Life (1979). See more »


Val tells Fran that most serial killers have three names and lists 'John Wayne Gacy' and 'Richard Allen Speck'. Richard Speck's middle name was Franklin. Also, Speck was not a serial killer; all of his murders occurred in a single event, making him a mass murderer, NOT a serial killer, the distinction between the two classifications requires that serial killers' crimes must occur in separate locations and at different times. See more »


Chastity Claire 'C.C.' Babcock: [responding to Niles asking her why Fran is acting so weird] Well, have you gotten a load of the birth mother?
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


The Nanny Named Fran
Performed by Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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5 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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