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Recap / The Nanny S 4 E 16 The Bank Robbery

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Fran and Sylvia are held hostage by a dim-witted bank robber.


  • Bank Robbery: It's right in the title.
  • Jewish Mother: The bank robber has one too:
    Fran: Your mother drove you to this, didn't she?
    Robber: Actually, yes. I need the money to buy her a condo in Florida so I can get her out of my life.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    Maxwell: Don't touch that intercom.
    Niles: You have my word, sir.
    [Fran and Maxwell leave the room; Grace enters]
    Niles: Oh, Miss Grace? Would you push that button for me? [she presses it] Thank you.
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  • Parting Words Regret: Before Fran went to the bank, she and Max had an argument that culminated with him declaring that he wished he'd never loved her:
    Maxwell: I mean, what if, God forbid, anything should happen to Miss Fine in there? I just couldn't live with myself knowing that those were the last words she ever heard from me.
  • Pity the Kidnapper:
    Val: The bank robber took your mother!
    Fran: Oh, my God! That poor man!
  • Pregnancy Scare: Parodied with the postmenopausal Yetta:
    Sylvia: She [Yetta] met a man and wants to get married.
    Fran: Why, you pregnant?
    Yetta: I don't think so. But I'm really late.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Can't blame them, really. The robber is just that much of an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Stupid Crooks: The bank robber is so unprepared that he forgets to put on a mask and reveals his real name. When he finally makes a run for it, he takes Sylvia with him... and her appetite leads to him having to stop at a restaurant, where he's caught and arrested.
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