Coots and Ladders

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Notes (4)

  • Estelle Parsons, who plays Opal in this episode, played Laurie Metcalf's mother in the popular long-running series Roseanne. Laurie Metcalf played Nanny G in the previous episode of Frasier, Caught in the Act.

  • Helen Mirren becomes the show's final guest caller in this episode.

  • Bernadette Birkett is the real-life wife of George Wendt, who played Norm on "Cheers". She also voiced Norm's wife Vera in a couple of episodes and appeared as another character in the third season.

  • Estelle Parsons had a voice-over role in the episode "Frasier-Lite", which aired just two months before this episode.

Trivia (2)

  • The true meaning of agoraphobia is a fear of unfamiliar environments or areas where the sufferer has little control over, such as a crowded place. To an extent, this also applies to open spaces as the sufferer will have little control over what happens in such a large space.

  • Frasier says, "My morning's travails aside, Niles..." after telling Niles about his show and his encounter with Willa. This is suggesting that his show was in the morning, but it is in the afternoon from 2-5pm.

Allusions (1)

  • Title: Coots and Ladders
    The episode's title refers to the popular children's board game Chutes & Ladders.