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C.C. Babcock
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First Appearance

The Pilot

Last Appearance

The Finale Part II

Episode Count

145 Episodes

Nicknames

C.C. (Maxwell)
Ms Babcook and "Caca" and "Ms Boobcock"(Niles)
Ms. Babcock (Fran)
C period C period Babcock (herself)

Age

41 (series beginning) 47 (series end)

Occupation

Broadway Producer

Family/Spouse

Stewart Babcock (father)
B.B. Babcock (Mother)
Noel Babcock (brother)
D.D. Babcock (sister)
G.G. Babcock (cousin)
Unnamed grandfather (paternal grandfather)
Grandmama Babcock (paternal grandmother)
Unnamed uncle
Mimi (aunt)
Niles (husband)

Children

1 child with Niles

Portrayed by

Lauren Lane

Chastity Claire "C.C." Babcock is a fictional character on the sitcom The Nanny. She was played by actress Lauren Lane.

Information Edit

C.C. takes pride and enjoyment in creating situations of conflict in the household and so in the show is always referred to as being cold-hearted and being seen as the villainess. In her first appearance, whilst they were at a party to get backers for his new play, C.C. noticed Fran coming down the staircase in a lovely red dress, and she asked, distastefully, "What's that?", and Maxwell's slightly stunned reply was, "That's the Nanny."

As Fran and her large family integrate themselves into the Sheffield household, C.C. continues her vain attempts to win Maxwell over and eject Fran from the house. Although Fran is somewhat sympathetic and tends to tolerate C.C., their relationship remains strained throughout the show's run. When C.C. purposefully hurts the feelings of Gracie(played by Madeline Zima) by telling her that Fran only spends time with her because Fran is paid to do so, Fran warns, "...if you ever hurt one of my kids again, they'll be wiping your blue blood off the walls!..."

C.C. is the business partner of Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (played by Charles Shaughnessy), working together with him for almost 20 years. She harbors an intense crush on Maxwell and tries to move in on him after his first wife passes away. A running joke is Maxwell's seeming obliviousness to C.C.'s overt romantic advances. C.C. is typically portrayed as a functioning alcoholic, as well as egocentric, mean-spirited,tactless and uncaring, particularly shown in how she never remembers the names of Maxwell's children Maggie Sheffield, Brighton Sheffield, and Gracie Sheffield.

Once Maxwell and Fran get engaged, C.C. plunges into depression, gains weight, loses her sanity and has to be institutionalized for a month; This plot device was written to coincide with Lauren Lane's real-life pregnancy.  Under duress, C.C. eventually realizes that her feelings for Maxwell are unreciprocated, and decides to re-evaluate her life.

C.C.'s main opponent is Niles (played by Daniel Davis), the Sheffields' butler. He has despised her from the start, and frequently makes quips at her expense. One of C.C.'s character traits is that she is perennially unlucky in romance, which deteriorated so far that the bartender at the local singles bar knows her by name, and that she tries online dating (which fails when her "man" is revealed to be Maxwell's son Brighton). Due to her lack of boyfriends and fixation on Maxwell, there are hints that C.C. is depressed and spends a fortune on therapy sessions. Her parents are divorced, although her father Stewart is portrayed as amiable. When Fran Fine (played by show creator Fran Drescher) comes to work as the new nanny, C.C. immediately views her as a threat to Maxwell's affection. She always refers to Fran as "Nanny Fine", even after Fran is wed to Maxwell and becomes the new lady of the house. C.C.'s Pomeranian dog, Chester, a gift from Maxwell, adores Fran, but growls whenever C.C. is near.

During the final season of the show, the hate between Niles and C.C. reaches its zenith; during an argument, their mutual rage turns to lust, and they suddenly start kissing each other passionately. Later, Niles finds that he can no longer effortlessly insult C.C. like he used to, and accidentally blurts out a marriage proposal. Once he is turned down, Niles proposes again several times, only to be rejected and mocked at each attempt. This situation becomes so intolerable that both C.C. and Niles declare they are terminating their employment with the Sheffield house and Maxwell's business, respectively. However, before Maxwell and Fran are able to talk them out of this decision, they stumble on Niles and C.C. in bed together.

C.C. and Niles marry in the series finale, as Fran is giving birth to twins. After they're being pronounced man and wife, C.C. learns that she is pregnant with Niles' baby, which causes both of them to faint. During the wedding ceremony, it is revealed that "C.C." stands for "Chastity Claire," which shocks everyone there.

She, along with Niles, accompanies the family to California.

Relationships Edit

Fran Fine Edit

C.C.'s despised Fran from the first time she set foot in the Sheffield home. She was extremely jealous of her attractiveness, and how Maxwell notices her. However, Fran was also C.C's occasional friend.

After Fran and Maxwell's marriage, C.C. went insane and gained more weight, since there is no more hope of her being Maxwell's wife. But when C.C. realized she loves Niles, her relationship got better and better with Fran, and they both eventually became good friends.

Maxwell Sheffield Edit

C.C had an undying crush on Maxwell. She was one of Maxwell's college friends (when she was still a brunette and a bit plump) so they were friends, but nothing closer. In the episode The Producers, C.C accidentally blurted out to Fran that Maxwell should be her husband and Fran's babies should be hers. Maxwell, who walked in on them during this conversation, threatened C.C that if she and Fran don't become friends, he will end his business partnership with her. But when C.C realized she loves Niles, her obsession with Maxwell eventually ended, saying that Maxwell didn't have a chance with her and that she is "Completely, and totally, and multiply satisfied" with Niles.

Maggie, Brighton and Gracie Sheffield Edit

A running gag on the show is that she never remembers the names of the Sheffield children. She once made a bad impression with Maxwell and wanted to use the children to fix her mistakes. She asked Gracie (by bribing her with money, but forgets her name when she wanted to write the check) but she said that she wants the big one, not the little one, so she asked Maggie, saying that she felt a special link with her, but Gracie then suggested Brighton.

C.C. has experienced a few interesting things with the Sheffield children;

  • C.C. once made Maggie dress exactly like her, but Maxwell said that it made her look 50.
  • C.C. once met a man in the internet, but it turned out to be Brighton.
  • Gracie said that (during Gracie, C.C. and Maxwell's trip during Christmas) C.C. misses Niles, conjuring a yes and no argument between them.

Niles Edit

C.C. met Niles long ago when they were still very young. It is shown that ever since C.C. worked with Maxwell (she used to be his secretary before his business partner), he despised her, and would argue with her every time he gets a chance, joking about C.C. being a spinster, being old, being evil/witch-like, and being a man. Eventually, it became love, and Niles messed it all up when he proposed to her. He proposed to her four times, but he was turned down every proposal. Niles eventually said that time is passing by her ("and it sucked" according to C.C.), and the man of her dreams is married to a woman half her age. Hurt, C.C. said to Maxwell that she's resigning the next morning. However, when Maxwell and Fran's dummy twin children cried, they found C.C. and Niles fast asleep with their arms wrapped around each other in Niles' room. Since then, C.C. began to have sex with Niles every time she had the chance, which, eventually, led to her being pregnant.

Sylvia Fine Edit

C.C. rarely talks or interacts with Sylvia, but in one episode, she became friends with her when Sylvia and Fran are having a feud (calling her Syl). But when Fran and Sylvia apologized to each other, Sylvia said that "Please, it's over!".

When Fran and Maxwell went overboard on their honeymoon cruise, C.C. and Sylvia took a helicopter to see if they are still alive. They both have an argument when C.C. wanted to throw out Sylvia's "prescribed" candies because it weighed too much, but they were stopped by the pilot and apologized to each other.

Valerie Toriello Edit

C.C, Fran and Val would sometimes go to a singles club and just "hang-out", saying that they don't need men. However, like Sylvia, Val rarely interacts with C.C., only talking about her with Fran.

Yetta Rosenberg Edit

Unlike Sylvia and Val, Grandma Yetta had a funny thing going on with C.C.. Niles would sometimes joke about her being the same age as Grandma Yetta. Yetta once ate some almond cookies, which Fran bought from a Cantonese shop, that makes whoever eats it to fall in love with the first person they see. She ate the cookie in front of C.C., and asked her how does she feel about going in a hot tub with her. Another one is during Fran and Maxwell's wedding, when C.C. and Yetta danced, and Yetta said that she would be lying if she said she wasn't turned on.

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