Chess Pains

Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 3/26/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier becomes obsessed with chess after Martin repeatedly beats him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kelsey Grammer

    Dr. Frasier Crane

  • Jane Leeves

    Daphne Moon Crane

  • David Hyde Pierce

    Dr. Niles Crane

  • Peri Gilpin

    Roz Doyle

  • John Mahoney

    Martin Crane

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • One of the best episodes in the history of the show.

    By Iverson82094, Dec 28, 2007

  • And yet again here we are with another wonderful episode of Frasier!

    By count-chocula, Aug 05, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Niles: Maris and I used to play chess every Thursday night. Oh, how she loved the game. Frasier: No wonder. The king is stationary while the queen has all the power.

    • Daphne: How are you getting along, Dr. Crane? Niles: Oh, all right, I guess. Daphne: Feeling a bit lonely, are we? Niles: Only sometimes when I'm by myself, or other times when I'm with other people. Daphne: It may not be the place to say this, but perhaps all you need is a little company at the apartment - something warm and friendly to come home to? Niles: Well, I'm sure Dad would miss you. (Daphne laughs and bats Niles's arm) Daphne: Oh, Dr. Crane. (Niles laughs with her and bats himself in the arm) Niles: Oh, me!

    • Martin: I don't see any reason why I should play you again. Frasier: If you win, I'll give you five thousand dollars. Martin: (jumps out of bed) Get outta my way.

    • Frasier: Oh, did I mention the cemetery called? Apparently they have to dig a sewer by your plot.

    • Frasier: No more Mr. Cordial guy.

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    Notes (1)

    • Frasier was similarly embarrassed by Woody at chess in the Cheers episode "Spellbound."

    Trivia (2)

    • When Frasier and Martin prepare to play their final game, Frasier asks who should go first, and Martin replies that the person who lost the last game is supposed to start. However, according to the official rules of chess, the player with the white pieces always goes first.

    • In the opening scene, Niles confesses to feeling lonely, to which Daphne replies, "...perhaps all you need is a little company at the apartment." This is one of the few references made during season three to where Niles has been living since his separation from Maris. In "The Last Time I Saw Maris," earlier in the season, Niles states that he has rented "a bachelor pad." There is also a brief reference by Niles to his "new address" in the episode "Come Lie With Me." We learn nothing more about where Niles lives until he rents an apartment at "The Montana" in season four's "To Kill a Talking Bird."

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