C.C. and MaxwellEditC.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 egocentric, mean-spirited, drinks a lot, tactless and uncaring, particularly shown in how she never remembers the names of Maxwell's children Maggie Sheffield, Brighton Sheffield, and Gracie Sheffield, this is a running gag throughout the series. After Fran and Max get married C.C loses the plot and has to be sent away for a month (to give birth to her daughter), as she comes back she and Niles begin to have feelings for each other.
Relationship with Niles and Friendship with Fran Edit
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 characteristic 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, adores Fran, but growls whenever C.C. is near or tires to be picked up as Chester makes a growl noise.
More from C.C.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." C.C. took a disliking to Fran as soon as she came to the house and throughout the series she calls her Nanny Fine.
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!"Once Maxwell and Fran got engaged, C.C. plunged into depression, gained weight, lost her sanity and had 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 and to try to get Maxwell out of her mind.
C.C.'s luck changesEdit
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, and they both stay on at there jobs and C.C. and Niles are both happy and can't contain their joy.
C.C. and Niles get married in the series finale, as Fran is giving birth to her 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 and Niles loves the name.
She, along with Niles and Chester, accompanies the family to California.
- Niles tricked a Frenchman to call C.C. CaCa. Caca means "poop" in French (and Spanish).
- Niles also tricked a newspaper to make everyone call C.C. "Ms. Boobcock"
- Niles tries to propose to her four times.
- C.C. calls the children different names every time she sees them.
- C.C. once caused Mr Sheffield to have food poisoning and get his appendix removed.
- C.C reveals she is allergic to sage.
- Lauren Lane who played C.C, during season 5 was pregnant for the majority of the season, and when C.C had to be institutionalized, she gave birth to her daughter. (This was written in the show as being humorous. As he tried to hide her real life pregnancy behind objects and large coats.)
- C.C in Season 6 can longer hide her feelings for Niles, and they end up in bed and making love in random places, such as a limo.
- C.C finally agrees to marry Niles in part 1 of the finale.
- C.C later in the finale finds out she is pregnant with Niles' baby.