Episode 1x21 - “I Don’t Remember Mama"
Original Airdate: May 16th, 1994
Leann Hunley as Bobbi Jo
Director: Paul Miller
Cast: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Madeline Zima, J. Madison Wright
Runtime: 30 min
Synopsis [taken from imdb.com]:
Mother's Day is approaching, and as usual, Maxwell is trying to preoccupy the children so that they won't think about their mother, Sara.
Fran, on the other hand, thinks it a good idea to talk to the kids about their mother. This year just prior to Mother's Day, Maxwell and the family have joined a new country club. Fran and Grace learn that the club is having a mother-daughter pageant. Grace wants to enter the pageant with Fran, which Maxwell thinks not a good idea since he believes Grace will ultimately grieve the loss of Sara again. However, Maxwell ultimately gives in. But on Mother's Day after one of the competing mother-daughter's - ultra competitive Bobbi Jo and Betty Jo - deem Fran and Grace ineligible for the pageant since Fran is not Grace's mother, Grace does storm out from the pageant stating that she has no mother. Later, Grace admits her anger is not grief for missing her deceased mother, but anger at herself for not remembering anything about her mother. Maxwell realizes he has been approaching Sara's death all wrong especially with Grace. Back at the country club, Fran and Grace complete the pageant with a duet as their talent, placing them first runner-up, not behind Bobbi Jo and Betty Jo, but Patti LaBelle and her daughter.
Leann portrays Bobbi Jo, one of the contestants in the mother-daughter beauty pageant.
She is the mother of Betty Jo (played by
J. Madison Wright). They perform a musical piece in the talent category - with Bobbi Jo playing the descant horn and Betty Jo on the piano. Bobbi Jo states she has successfully participated in a number of beauty pageants in the past.
Fran: Hi. I'm Fran and this is Gracie.
Bobbi: I'm Bobbi Jo and this is my daughter
Fran: How are things in Petticoat Junction?
Bobbi: So... is this your first beauty pageant?
Fran: Hardly. Yours?
Bobbi: Oh, afraid not. Miss Sun Belt 1982.
Fran: '83 Miss Manny, Moe & Jack.
Bobbi: '84 Miss Leon County.
Fran: '85 Miss Union Turnpike.
Bobbi: '87 finalist, Miss Universe.
Fran: Oh. Nothing in '86, huh?
Trivia & Facts:
"The Nanny" was filmed at the Culver Studios in Culver City, CA.
Leann has worked with Fran Drescher before on “Princesses”.
Fran mentions it in the DVD audio commentary:
"That actress that I referred to as the "Breck girl" actually I had worked with before on a short-lived series that I did for CBS called "Princesses" starring myself and Julie Hagerty and Twiggy,
the one and only. And she played a guest on that show, a very talented girl, and so we brought her in to play this kind of perfect mom."