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The Chatterbox 

Maggie receives a party invitation so Fran takes her to her favorite beauty salon. Fran gets a job there for an actress who loses a Sheffield audition.


Lee Shallat Chemel (as Lee Shallat)


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 8 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)
Tracy Nelson ... Mary Ruth
Patrick Cassidy ... Mr. Anthony
Edward Hibbert ... Claude
J.D. Daniels ... Mimo
Lauren Tom ... Kim


Maggie is preparing for her first sweet sixteen party and Fran suggests she get her hair done at the Fine patronized salon, The Chatterbox. The Chatterbox is owned by Mr. Anthony, a handsome New Yorker who serenades his swooning female customers with songs popularized by heartthrobs, and who wears his t-shirts and jeans a couple of sizes too small. In Mr. Anthony's employ is Kim, the boisterous Chinese manicurist, and Claude, the flamboyantly gay second hairstylist. The Chatterbox is however missing a shampoo girl; Fran brings along Mary Ruth, a naive and slightly simple actress Fran met at one of Maxwell's auditions, who she thinks Mr. Anthony could hire for the shampoo girl position. Mary Ruth had just been dumped by her boyfriend, has no where to live and desperately needs a job. Mr. Anthony does hire the inexperienced Mary Ruth, and even lets her live in the back room of the salon. Mr. Anthony regrets hiring her when Mary Ruth finds a photograph of his ex-wife that his thirteen ... Written by Huggo

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pilot within series | See All (1) »


Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

15 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


JD Daniels' second episode in the same season (first: "when you pish upon a star"). See more »


Fran Fine: [about a wig Maggie bought at The Chatterbox and that Fran and Maxwell want to return] Don't you worry. They'll give us a full refund at The Chatterbox. I'm like family there.
Claude: [cut to Claude at The Chatterbox on the phone with Fran] Fran who?... No, no returns, no refunds...
Claude: [sighs] Sorry dear, tears don't work on me...
[rolls eyes]
Claude: Neither does *that*... Well, that *might* work if I close my eyes...
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References What's New Pussycat (1965) See more »

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