Frasier

Fortysomething

Season 1, Ep 20, Aired 3/31/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier fears being a "mid-life crisis cliche" after he flirts with an attractive 22-year-old store clerk.

  • 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

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Martin: (to Frasier) You might think it's tough being middle-aged, but think about me... I've got a son who's middle-aged.

    • Frasier: (on-air) Hello, Rachel. I'm listening. Rachel: Oh, thanks for taking my call, Dr. Crane. Um, I'm involved in sort of a strange love triangle. Frasier: (off-air, to Roz) Oh goody, this is sweeps week! (on-air) Rachel: You see, I recently married a widower. Now, Phil's a real good man, he's a kind man. But there's just one little problem. He insists on keeping an urn with his late wife's ashes on the dresser in our bedroom. Frasier: That is a definite "Yikes." Rachel: See, I knew that wasn't normal. He says it is, but I knew it wasn't! Frasier: All right, Rachel, Rachel, now listen. Before you go off half-cocked, let's try to remember this is a very sensitive issue for your husband. Obviously those ashes mean a very great deal to him. And although I don't believe it's appropriate that he keep them in the bedroom, I suppose you could maybe move them to another room? Rachel: Well, I guess I could try that. Maybe I'll move them into the guest room. (sound of crockery breaking) Oops. Frasier: Rachel, what happened? Rachel: Oh... oh, nothing. I gotta run, Dr. Crane. I've got some vacuuming to do. (The line goes dead)

    • Frasier: You see an old man walking down the street arm in arm with a beautiful young lady. What do you think? Roz: I think he must be really rich... Then I try to make eye contact.

    • (Frasier is concerned that if he dates a much younger woman, people will compare him to a local senior, frequently seen in the company of young girls. Niles is attempting to allay his concerns) Niles: Stanley Barrister is a 60-year-old man who wears a toupee that looks like something he pulled out of a shower drain. You are 41 and obviously not wearing a toupee.

    Trivia (1)

    • Carrie, the sales girl, asks Frasier if Bulldog is gay because he is "overcompensating". Bulldog's portrayer, Dan Butler, is openly gay although his character on the show definitely isn't!

    Allusions (2)

    • Gas Light: Roz uses the term 'gaslighting', which is a reference to the psychological tactic used by Jack Manningham in the 1938 play Gas Light, in which he attempts to convince his wife that she is going insane.

    • Episode Title: Fortysomething The episode title is similar to the ABC drama series thirtysomething which ran from 1987 - 1991.

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