The Nanny (1993–1999)

The Engagement 

Maxwell is ready to propose to Fran and thanks to Niles everyone already knows it. At the big announcement dinner everyone is there except Maxwell.


Dorothy Lyman


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
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia Fine
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Yetta Rosenberg (as Ann Guilbert)
Rachel Chagall Rachel Chagall ... Val Toriello
Vasili Bogazianos ... Burglar
Sandy Hackett ... Rabbi Margulies
Jim Lau ... Mr. Chung
Jake McKinney Jake McKinney ... Jake


Things are going well romantically between Maxwell and Fran after Maxwell finally tells Fran that he loves her and doesn't take it back. Despite C.C. convincing Fran that Maxwell will extend their courtship indefinitely, Fran ultimately learns from Niles that Maxwell is prepared to pop the question. Maxwell swore Niles to secrecy who in turn swears Fran to secrecy. Fran however tells Sylvia who tells everyone in the western world. Thus everyone knows that everyone knows that Maxwell is going to propose, except for Maxwell who still thinks that only Niles knows. Maxwell sets up an extended family dinner so that he can propose in front of everyone important in Fran's life. Needing to say his final goodbye as a single man to his first wife Sara, Maxwell calls Fran to tell her that he's running a little late. However he doesn't show up for the dinner. Everyone but Fran is convinced that he has run out on her, but Fran knows something has happened. Fran's right - Maxwell got mugged, the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

4 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Before the intro credits, Fran is very happy Maxwell told her he loved her. Gracie asks her if she's sick of hearing it yet, like she is. However just moments later when Fran makes the announcement in front of everyone, Gracie jumps for joy as everyone else as if hearing it for the first time. See more »


[Fran and Maxwell have just finished kissing]
Chastity Claire 'C.C.' Babcock: Maxwell, we have business to attend to other than playing kissy face with the help.
Fran Fine: Oh, come on, Miss Babcock. I'm not really that much help.
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Spoofs Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »


Written by Terry Kirkman
Performed by The Association
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