The Nanny (1993–1999)

The Fifth Wheel 

Fran, Val and C.C. all go out together and Fran is the only one who doesn't find a date.


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
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia Fine
Rachel Chagall Rachel Chagall ... Val Toriello
Gordon Thomson ... Chandler
Joel Murray ... Val's Date
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Jack Miller
Brett Stimely ... Man in Restaurant
Steve Posner Steve Posner ... Dancing Man in Restaurant


As part of her on-going therapy, Fran decides to give up men. After C.C. discovers her on-line fling is ending (a mutual decision when each finds out who the other is), Fran, Val and C.C. decide to have a series of girl's nights out. The girl's only club quickly dwindles as Val ends up with a guy and C.C. ends up with a guy, leaving Fran all alone. Although she initially declines the invitation, Fran decides to be the fifth wheel in C.C. and Val's double date. Fran feels totally out of place in this situation. But Maxwell is just as miserable at home alone without Fran keeping him company. So they decide to practice being alone together. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance







Release Date:

29 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based upon the expression "the fifth wheel" meaning a useless extra item on a four wheel vehicle. See more »


C.C. Babcock: I've got to hurry home and get on the internet. I met the most fabulous man online.
Fran Fine: Oh? What's his name?
C.C. Babcock: I don't know. We go by screen names. His is Porschepuppy.
Brighton Sheffield: [just coming into the conversation] YOU'RE goodandplenty?
C.C. Babcock: [sitting down on the stairs] I am so embarrassed! The things I said. The things he said... you know, he's got quite a vocabulary for a fifteen year old.
Niles: Oh cheer up. You should be happy someone's still interested in those old floppy disks.
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Would I Lie to You?
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Performed by Eurythmics
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