So I watched this episode at about 9 am this morning. Note that it’s now 9 pm. Yep, nearly missed the deadline on writing this one.
I was pleasantly surprised with this episode. Fran in The Nanny is famously Jewish, so I really didn’t know what to expect with a Christmas episode. Would she just be anti-Christmas the entire time, much like most other Jews represented in Christmas episodes?
Actually, no. She embraced it. And it was great! Sure, she tossed in her own religious flair here and there, but for the most part, she really wanted to know what it was like to celebrate Christmas! It was really refreshing.
Of course, no Christmas is perfect. In typical TV father style, Maxwell tells the children that he won’t be home for Christmas…again. But Grace’s one Christmas wish for Santa — even though she doesn’t believe — is that he be there. Meanwhile, Fran overspends for her Christmas gifts, all because she expects a bonus, only to discover a beautiful gift for her under the tree. Forced to sell the gift…then her grandmother’s watch…she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place just a few days before the banks open on Christmas.
I won’t tell you how it all ends, but considering that it encompassed some hearty Christmas spirit, an interesting premise that fully fits Fran, and even a real Santa sighting, it has everything in my book to make a great Christmas episode. Heck, they even sing at the end and thank you for watching.
Recommendation: Watch it. It’s cute. Even if you’re not accustomed to Fran’s voice, I think you’ll find something you like.