The Nanny (1993–1999)

Oy Vey, You're Gay 

When Maxwell hires a female publicist to changes his image, C.C. and Fran think that he is falling for her. Actually the woman is gay and is more interested in Fran.


Dorothy Lyman


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




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
Catherine Oxenberg ... Sydney Mercer


Maxwell is simultaneously going through a personal and professional crisis. On the personal front, he feels like he should get out more socially and "romantically" but doesn't want to forget the memory of his wife. On the professional front, he is still feeling in the shadow of Andrew Lloyd Webber. C.C. suggests he hire a publicist, Sydney Mercer in particular. Sydney Mercer Jr. shows up instead. The senior Mercer is a old man, but the junior Mercer is a beautiful young woman with the killer instinct of her father. Perhaps Sydney can solve both his professional and personal problems. On the professional side, Sydney transforms Maxwell into a hipper, jeans/leather jacket clad version of himself. On the personal side, Maxwell does think Sydney may be the one. But Fran learns that Sydney isn't attracted to Maxwell that way as she's a lesbian, and is really attracted to Fran. But for Sydney to keep Maxwell as a client, for Sydney not to hurt Maxwell emotionally and for Fran to get what ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

23 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title used the Yiddish or German term "Oy Vey" that is an exclamation of dismay or exasperation. See more »


When Maxwell is telling Fran he doesn't want to forget his late wife, Frans tells him to look at Maggie's smile, Gracie's eyes but doesn't come up with anything to look at Brighton's face, then jokingly asks if his wife took any trips. However, if Sara (the late wife) would've cheated on Maxwell, Brighton would still be her son, so there would be something that resembles her on Brighton's face. See more »


Fran Fine: [climbs through the roof of the elevator] HEEEEELLLLP! Oh my God!
Maxwell Sheffield: What, another rat?
Fran Fine: Worse! There's an echo in here!
Fran Fine: I just heard my *own voice!*
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


The Nanny Named Fran
Performed by Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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