The Nanny (1993–1999)

The Playwright 

A man whom Fran snubbed in high school has written a play and threatens to jump off a ledge unless Maxwell reads it.


Gail Mancuso


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 3 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 ... Margaret 'Maggie' Sheffield
Benjamin Salisbury ... Brighton Sheffield
Madeline Zima ... Grace Sheffield
Richard Kind ... Jeffrey Needleman
Bonnie Morgan ... Brooke
Jay Robinson ... The Maitre'd
Myles Sheridan Myles Sheridan ... Brighton's Friend #1
Benjamin Kimball Smith Benjamin Kimball Smith ... Brighton's Friend #2 (as Benjamin Smith)


Brighton is asked to a dance by his friend and geeky science partner, Brooke. Not wanting to look uncool to the other kids, he flatly turns her down. But Brooke blackmails him into taking her by threatening to pull out from her part of the homework, which basically is all the work. After all is said and done, Brighton is glad to go with her when he sees Brooke in her party attire. Regardless, Fran is angry with Brighton for what she sees as treating a classmate poorly. Fran has to eat her words when she and Brighton run into Jeffrey Needleman, who Fran similarly snubbed back in high school. For Jeffrey, it was unrequited love back in high school. Under Brighton's pressure, Fran ends up going on a date with Jeffrey. He thinks things are going so well on the date, he asks Fran to marry him. After Fran kindly turns him down, Jeffrey does exactly what he did when Fran turned him down in high school: climbs out on a ledge and threatens to jump. After negotiating with Jeffrey, Fran learns ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

19 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Chastity Claire 'C.C.' Babcock: [to Maxwell, about her psychiatrist] I don't want to risk offending him. We're on the verge of a breakthrough.
Niles: Oh, good. Maybe he'll find a personality we like.
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