Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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."