Frasier

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz

Season 6, Ep 10, Aired 12/17/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier is forced to feign Judaism when his girlfriend's Jewish mother visits. The charade is further complicated by the apartment's Christmas decor and Niles' participation in a Christmas pageant.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kelsey Grammer

    Dr. Frasier Crane

  • Jane Leeves

    Daphne Moon Crane

  • David Hyde Pierce

    Dr. Niles Crane

  • Peri Gilpin

    Roz Doyle

  • Dan Butler

    Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe (seasons 4 - 6, recurring otherwise)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Frasier, Niles & Martin pretend to be Jewish (on Christmas Eve, no less) for the Jewish mother of Frasier's newest girlfriend, Faye... with predictable results.

    By Bichlmaier, Jun 10, 2006

  • When Frasier's Jewish girlfriend's mother visits, Frasier, Niles, and Martin all must pretend they're Jewish, and hilarity ensues.

    By RabbiRotes, Sep 29, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Roz: I completely forgot Frederick is half-Jewish. Frasier: Yes, between the Crane boy genes and Lilith's contribution, I'm not sure the NFL is holding its breath.

    • Helen: I guess you were bar mitzvahed here? Frasier: Oh yes, yes of course. What a proud day that was. I can still remember reading from the Torah before the ... Rabbi... and the Cantor ... and the Mohel. Helen: The Mohel? Frasier: Yes. Faye: The one who did your circumcision? Frasier: Yes, yes. I just wanted to show him that there were no hard feelings.

    • Martin: I don't know how to be Jewish. Niles: Well, just answer questions with a question. Martin: Like what? Niles: What, I have to explain everything? Martin: Can't you give me an example? Niles: What, I should give you an example? Martin: Are you going to help me or not? Niles: You're saying I'm not being helpful?

    Notes (3)

    • At the 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and both Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce were nominated for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

    • At the 1998 Golden Globes, the show was nominated for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and Kelsey Grammer was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy.

    • For his work on this episode, Jay Kogen won both a 1999 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and a 1999 Writers Guild of America Award. Kelsey Grammer was also nominated for a 1998 Directors Guild of America Award.

    Trivia (2)

    • Roz says that she had forgotten that Frederick was "half-Jewish". Although this is a common expression, according to Jewish Law, one cannot be half-Jewish. If one's mother is Jewish, they are Jewish; if she isn't, they are not.

    • In describing his "bar mitzvah" to Mrs. Moskowitz, Frasier mentions that his mohel (pronounced moyl) was present. Even if Frasier didn't have a Jewish wife and a son who was raised Jewish, it is highly unlikely that a man of his education wouldn't know what a mohel was.

    Allusions (2)

    • Fiddler on the Roof When Niles is making a toast and trying to feign Judaism, he says, 'next year in Jerusalem', to which Frasier retorts, 'take it down a notch, Tevye!' "Next year in Jerusalem" and Tevye are references to Fiddler on the Roof, a musical about a family trying to maintain their Jewish culture and identity amid the changing times.

    • The title is an obvious play on the 1983 David Bowie/Tom Conti film "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence."

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