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The Nose Knows 

Fran gets very upset with Maxwell when she finds him making out in the living room with his date. Fran is told by her therapist that she is treating him like her husband rather than her boss.


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
Brenda Epperson ... Danielle (as Brenda Doumani)
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Jack Miller
Merrick Deamon Merrick Deamon ... Compulsive Liar
James Edson ... Concession Stand Clerk


Fran and Maxwell realize that Fran needs more therapy after Fran chastises Maxwell for some innocent making out with his date. Fran has a break through with Dr. Miller. Despite Dr. Miller's diagnosis being rather straightforward, Fran proclaims him to be a genius. She quickly changes her mind about Dr. Miller when she sees him in a public non-office setting, he clandestinely picking his nose. Fran is totally disgusted. However, when Maxwell learns second hand from Sylvia that Dr. Miller "did something inappropriate and put his hands where they shouldn't be", Maxwell comes to another conclusion. Fran feels like she needs to work through this problem directly with Dr. Miller. Maxwell also feels he needs to work through this problem directly with Dr. Miller. Meanwhile, C.C. needs to find a last minute date for an awards show after her current beau, Chandler, dumps her. Her choice of date is unexpected. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance


Did You Know?


This same storyline---of the lead's therapist being found in an embarrassing position in public by his patient, who can then no longer take her therapist seriously---was already used the year before in Ellen: Looking Out for Number One (1996). But, whereas Fran sees her therapist picking his nose in the lobby of a movie theater, Ellen sees her therapist urinating in a parking lot. See more »


Val Toriello: Why can't I lose weight? Maybe I should see a therapist to help me stop eating. You know, it's the only thing I haven't tried besides diet and exercising.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


The Nanny Named Fran
Performed by Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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Any Nanny episode in which Sylvia eats while talking is worth the price of admission
7 March 2010 | by allworkpeaceSee all my reviews

"The Nanny" is a great example of TV bubble gum--a fun way to spend half an hour without challenging the gray cells. Most episodes of the series are about Fran Fine getting herself into and out of an embarrassing situation or clearing up a misunderstanding with her boss, Maxwell Sheffield. But any episode in which the remarkably gifted Renee Taylor demonstrates her comedic approach to eating while chatting with her TV daughter is as much of a treat as the delicious food her character, Sylvia Fine, manages to slop all over the place. In this episode, her usual performance is enhanced by the fact that she's complaining about another person's lack of etiquette as she provides her own spectacle of questionable manners. Bravo, Ms. Taylor!

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5 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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