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Season 4
1996-97 Season

Episode 4.1: The Tart With Heart

When Maxwell takes back "The Thing" he said to Fran on the plane when he thought he was dying (see ep. #3.26), Fran decides to seek the attention of other men (hopefully, to get Maxwell jealous), among them a blind man (Jason Alexander). Meanwhile, Niles tries to find out what "The Thing" is. Gracie has to do a school report on women with careers, so she chooses C.C., a fact that further hurts Fran.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend Val. Jason Alexander guest-stars as Jack, the blind man.


Episode 4.2: The Cradle Robbers

Maggie falls for a 20-something named John (Brian Bloom), causing Maxwell to go through the roof! So it falls to Fran to show Maggie the error of her ways, all the while trying to pick up on John's friend Mike (Sean Kanan)!

Brain Bloom guest-stars as Maggie's 20-something beau, John; Sean Kanan guest-stars as John's friend and Fran's date, Mike.


Episode 4.3: The Bird's Nest

Brighton must put together a science project (which involves a bird nest in the yard), or he'll fail science and Maxwell will send him to military school! So Fran must help Brighton out, which includes asking for an extension from Brighton's science teacher Mrs. Richardson (Nora Dunn), who just happens to dislike Fran due to a shopping "incident". Meanwhile, while her place is fumigated, C.C. must stay at the Sheffields, which gives Niles endless opportunities to torture her!

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Nora Dunn appears as Brighton's science teacher, Mrs. Richardson. Marcia Shapiro appears as "Francine", a classmate of Brighton's who bears a striking resemblance to Fran as a youngster. Jackie Town also appears.


Episode 4.4: The Rosie Show

Fran goes to see "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and, when Rosie picks her out of the audience, Fran is such a hit that she gets a weekly segment on the show (which leads to C.C. being Fran's agent, which, as Niles says, "is a sure sign of the Apocalypse"!). And soon enough, Fran is neglecting her duties to the Sheffield family which causes Maxwell to go to unusual lengths to remedy the situation.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta. Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend Val. Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump appear as themselves. John McD & The McDLT's also appear.


Episode 4.5: Frieda Needa Man

When Fran's Aunt Frieda falls on hard times and loses her restaurant, she comes to stay at the Sheffields' and it isn't long before Fran'll do anything to get Frieda back together with her rich boyfriend, Fred (Donald O'Connor).

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Lainie Kazan guest stars as Fran's (fraternal) Aunt Freta. Marilyn Cooper guest stars as Fran's (fraternal) Grandma, Nettie. Donald O'Connor guest stars as Fred. George Furth and Neil Zevnik co-star, and Sue Goodman and Michelle Roth are featured.


Episode 4.6: Me and Mrs Joan

Fran tries to reunite Maxwell with his estranged father (Robert Vaughn), who Maxwell still resents for having run off on his mother with their maid, Joan (Joan Collins), and who is now officially Maxwell's "stepmother" after all these years. Meanwhile, Brighton takes ballet class to get "close to chicks".

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Joan Collins makes a flambouyant appearance as Mrs. Joan Sheffield and Robert Vaughn appears as Maxwell's father, Mr. James Sheffield. Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta.


Episode 4.7: The Taxman Cometh

Fran is audited by the IRS but her wiles fail to move a tax auditor concerned with her many children she's been claiming. Meanwhile, Maxwell is entertaining Jay Leno.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Rich Little appears as the IRS auditor. Jay Leno makes a cameo appearance.


Episode 4.8: An Affair to Dismember

Fran begins to rue her present, unsatisfactory relationship with Maxwell, a point that's driven home to her when Maxwell's brother, Nigel (Harry Van Gorkum; also in episode #3.26), visits, and he and Fran have a lot of fun together, so much so that Nigel soon realizes that he's fallen for Fran, and proposes to her on the spot... and she accepts! Is this the end for Fran and Maxwell?

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Harry Van Gorkum appears as Nigel Sheffield, Maxwell's brother. Christopher Edwards also appears.


Episode 4.9: Tattoo

Fran's tattoo has Maggie envious and Maxwell so curiousthat he can't stop obsessing about it, leading Fran to butt heads with her mother about keeping it or having it removed.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. John Astin guest stars as Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Roberts. Sally Kirkland has a cameo as the tattoo artist.


Episode 4.10: The Car Show

To get Maggie a car, Fran agrees to enter the "Miss Trans Am" contest, but in order to win she has to learn a "stick-shift", so Fran has Maxwell teach her, but an unfortunate accident takes place that traumatizes Fran. Meanwhile, Fran tries to worm her way into a charity event at Barbra Streisand's.

Roslyn Kind (Barbra Streisand's real-life sister) and Miss America, Tara Holland appear as themselves. John Glen Bishop is also featured.


Episode 4.11: Hurricane Fran

An out of control hurricane tries to come between Fran and a tropical holiday with Val. Who will win?

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend Val. Les Brandt guest stars as Rico the bellhop. Sandy Hackett also appears.


Episode 4.12: Danny's Dead and Who's Got the Will?

When Val tells Fran that her ex-beau, Danny, has passed on, they attend his funeral, where Fran consoles her ex-fiance's beautiful grieving widow.

Pamela Anderson Lee makes an appearance as Danny's widow. Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend Val.


Episode 4.13: Kissing Cousins

Fran's met the most wonderful man she can imagine and seems to be finally having the perfect relationship. What could go wrong? Her Mr. Right turns out to be her cousin!

Jon Stewart makes an appearance as the man of Fran's dreams. Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend Val.


Episode 4.14: The Fifth Wheel

Fran, C.C. and Val decide jointly to swear off men. But when C.C. and Val both find boyfriends, and Fran does not, she decides to join them on their dates anyway!

Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend Val. Spalding Gray guest stars as Fran's therapist, Dr. Miller.


Episode 4.15: The Nose Knows

Fran's hero-worship dissolves when she catches her therapist in a disgusting habit. And Niles and C.C. attend an affair together and are surprised to find they enjoy themselves immensely!

Spalding Gray guest stars as Fran's therapist. Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia.


Episode 4.16: The Bank Robbery

Fran and Sylvia are held hostage during a bank robbery carried outby a timid thief!

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia. Ann Guilbert appears as Yetta and Peter Scolari plays the part of the would-be robber.


Episode 4.17: Samson, He Denied Her

C.C. gets called for jury duty, and Fran is so mad at Maxwell that she tags along. Soon enough, both are put on the jury of the trial of the housekeeper of romance novel cover-hunk Vinchenzo, who's plight bares a strinking similarity to Fran's. Meanwhile, Sylvia becomes the "nanny" in Fran's absence, and the Sheffield clan is in for a shock!

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, and Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta. Robert Urich guest stars as Judge Jerry Moran. Robert Costanzo guest stars as "Vincenzo" Bernie Schwatzberg. Laura Knightlinger guest stars as Kiki Hanson, Vinchenzo's housekeeper. Gloria Gifford and Barry Livingston guest star as the lawyers. Luigi Amodeo, Jane Cecil and Lawrence A. Mandley guest star as jurors, and Dee Dee Resche guest stars as the bailiff.


Episode 4.18: The Facts of Lice

First Gracie, then Fran, Brighton and Maggie come down with a case of lice, but when Maxwell doesn't, it prompts Fran to scold Maxwell for "not spending enough time with his own children." Meanwhile, Niles' bad mood causes Fran to become convinced that Niles is homicidal toward Maxwell, and that Niles might even be a serial killer!

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta, and Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Fred Stoller guest stars.


Episode 4.19: Fran's Roots

Fran's entire life could be turned upside down if what a woman claims is true: that Fran was switched at birth with another baby, and Sylvia is not her real mother. Meanwhile, C.C. is in L.A. selling series idea, and Niles hopes she doesn't return.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, in the present; Fran Drescher appears as Sylvia, about 25 years ago. Telma Hopkins guest stars as the woman claiming to be Fran's birth mother. Sara Alexis Weiss appears as Fran, at age 8, or so. Jason Andrews and James Renee Smith also guest star. Benjamin Brown, Donald Willis, Will Potter and also appear.


Episode 4.20: The Nanny & The Hunk Producer

Maxwell's play, "The Widower", which is about a widower forever faithful to his late wife, is actually up for some Tony Awards. But as soon as he wins, a tabloid newspaper prints a story implying that Maxwell and Fran have been having an affair for years, which causes Maggie to go ballistic.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother, Sylvia. Spaulding Gray guest stars as Fran's therapist, Dr. Miller. Michael Brandon guest stars as Stan (the reporter?). Sean Lesure and Michele Roth were featured. Marian Green has a bit as "Liza Minelli", and Ken Danziger is heard as the voice of "Andrew Lloyd Webber".


Episode 4.21: The Passed-Over Story

Flush with the success of his 3 Tony Awards, Maxwell starts bringing in better talent. His most recent hire is "Morgan Faulkner" (Jane Sibbett), who was Fran's high-school rival back when she was Marcy Feldman, and who takes an immediate liking to Maggie, and hires Maggie as her assistant. But Maxwell loses his cool when Maggie decides to forgo college to continue the job with "Morgan".

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother, Sylvia. Jane Sibbett guest stars as Marcy Feldman (a.k.a. Morgan Faulkner).


Episode 4.22: No Muse Is Good Muse

Fran decides that she's on the same wavelength as rock star "Tasha", whose angry lyrics are a favorite of Maggie's, so she tries to get a song she's written to Tasha. Before long, Tasha is using Fran's "pathetic" life as the basis for her next songs, but Maxwell thinks their "friendship" is a bad idea. Meanwhile, Niles listens to self-help tapes.

Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Ivana Milicevic guest stars as rock star "Tasha", and Lois Chils appears as Tasha's manager Elaine. Jayne Meadows has a cameo as herself.


Episode 4.23: You Bette Your Life

Maxwell is producing a charity auction, in which Bette Midler is the M.C. (because it's for one of her charities), and Fran offers her services as a Nanny for a day. She ends up getting bid upon by Keith Rosenstein, the young, piano prodigy son of Maxwell's big investor, Tom Rosenstein. But when Fran gets Keith to play the piano at Yetta's nursing home, and one of the residents dies while he's playing, the boy can't play the piano anymore, causing both Maxwell and Bette Midler to lose their temper. Meanwhile, C.C. wins Niles' services for a day at the auction.

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta, and Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Ed Begley, Jr. guest stars as Tom Rosenstein, and Danny Dayton guest stars as his son Keith. Don Siess guest stars as the unfortunate nursing home resident. Mort Drescher(!) also appears.


Episode 4.24: The Heather Biblow Story

Fran's nemesis, Heather Biblow (Pamela Anderson Lee), has landed a role of Fran's favorite daytime soap opera, "The Young & The Restless". But when Fran and Val head out to Malibu to visit Heather (which means Frans is passing up a trip to Hawaii with the Sheffields), it's Fran who ends up getting the role on the soap, and it's Heather who ends up as the Sheffield's new nanny! Meanwhile, C.C is overjoyed at the prospect of Nanny Fine "never coming back", until she sees "Nanny Biblow"!

Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta, and Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Pamela Anderson Lee guest stars as Heather Biblow. Peter Bergman guest stars as himself (playing Jack Abbott). Richard Kline guest stars. Roslyn Kern and Steve Posner also appear.

Special cameos: CBS President Les Moonves has a cameo as himself. The following "The Young & The Restless" stars have cameos: Jeanne Cooper, Shemar Moore, Joshua Morrow and Melody Scott Thomas; the following stars from "The Bold & The Beautiful" have cameos: Barbara Crampton and Hunter Tylo.


Episode 4.25: The Boca Story

Fran appears to be ecstatic when it looks like Sylvia (and Mort) are going to take a deal for a place in Boca Raton, FL. But her true feelings are exposed when she accompanies Maxwell down to Florida (where Maxwell is a judge in the "Miss Universe Pageant"), and Fran realizes that (gasp!) she'll miss her mother. Meanwhile, Niles is out of sorts because his last single friend is getting married, and Gracie begins to "stuff" herself with tissues to make herself better "endowed".

Renee Taylor guest stars as Fran's mother Sylvia, Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta, and Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Stanel Kamel guest stars as the representative of the Condo deal. Spalding Gray appears as Fran's therapist, Dr. Miller. Kristin Birch and Bobby Ramsen also appear. 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado and 1997 Miss USA/1997 Miss Universe Brook Lee appear in cameos.


Episode 4.26: Fran's Gotta Have It

When Maxwell goes to London (to sign Celine Dion to a Broadway show), Fran takes a cue from Val and follows him there, hoping that a romantic London interlude will prompt Maxwell to commit. But just as the two of them begin hashing out their feelings for each other, both are called back to New York when Niles has a heart attack.

Ann Guilbert guest stars as Grandma Yetta, and Rachel Chagall guest stars as Fran's best friend, Val. Celine Dion has a cameo as herself. Darryl Hickman guest stars as Niles' doctor. Andrew Steel and Mary Bogue also appear.


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