The Nanny (1993–1999)

Samson, He Denied Her 

Fran and C.C. sit on a jury of a case that mirrors Fran's life.


Dorothy Lyman


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Robert Urich ... Judge Jerry Moran
Robert Costanzo ... Juror #4
Luigi Amodeo ... Vincenzo / Bernie Schwartzberg
Gloria Gifford ... District Attorney
Barry Livingston ... Defense Attorney
Laura Kightlinger ... Kiki Hanson


Fran is dwelling even more on the thing Maxwell told her on the plane and took back as Maxwell tells her he made a mistake six months earlier. However the mistake to which he is referring isn't quite what Fran was thinking. It doesn't help matters that Fran and C.C. are called to jury duty, the case of Kiki Hanson, a scorned woman (she, a maid - the accused) who was rebuffed by her employer named Vincenzo (a romance novel cover model), when he told her he loved her and then took it back. Kiki is accused of "cutting it all off". Reminiscent of "12 Angry Men", Fran tries to convince the other eleven jurors that Kiki is not guilty, for exactly the same reasons that Maxwell is completely wrong in taking back what he said to her. In the end, if nothing else, the case makes Fran realize why Maxwell took it back, which is of some comfort to her. Meanwhile, the Sheffield's need another nanny in Fran's absence. The entire household dies of hunger after a week with their replacement nanny. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

19 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks the first episode where Sylvia Fine becomes overbearing by stealing food from the entire family when they're barely seconds from taking the first bite, causing them to cower and hide in fear of her, and thereby becoming even more of a caricature of herself than before. In the previous episode, Sylvia had already stolen the pastrami sandwich of the bank robber, but now she rudely targets the Sheffields, including the children. See more »


Maxwell Sheffield: Miss Fine, when are you going to forgive me for this?
Fran Fine: Well, I'll give you a little hint. It begins with an N and ends with an A.
[Maxwell has a look of total confusion]
Fran Fine: Ne-va!
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References Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

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