Semi-Decent Proposal (1)

Season 8, Ep 21, Aired 5/15/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier takes interest in a charming woman named Claire, who he meets in a store line. However, Claire turns out to be a friend of Lana's, and in order to spend time with her, Frasier must escort Lana to her surprise birthday party.

  • 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 (1)
  • Frasier meets a charming and attrative woman named Claire.

    By Bountyhunterc28, May 21, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Kirby: I don't have a pen. But just tell me, I'll remember it. Lana: Oh yeah, yeah, that's gotten you far. (they look at her) GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET A PEN!!!

    • Frasier: Well, it's getting late. Lana: It's 9:30! Let's face it, I drove them all off. Even I'm sick of hearing me complain about Bob.

    • Daphne: Oh, well, um, mine's also a youthful indiscretion. I stole a teddy bear from the shops. Roz: Then what? Daphne: Well, I felt guilty, so I told my parents and we brought it back. Then as a penance, I... volunteered to work at the orphanage after school. Roz: What the hell was that?! I'd put that story on my resume! Come on, Martin, you've got to have something! Shock me! Martin: Oh, I don't know, it's kind of personal. Roz: That's what we're looking for. Martin: Well, all right, but it doesn't leave this room: every time I watch "The Sound of Music"... I cry. And I don't mean a single manly tear. I mean real blubbering, girl-style. The nuns... those kids... that lonely goatherd. Roz: These are your deep, dark secrets? This is baby stuff! "Ooh, I dropped my ice cream and I ate it!"

    • Niles: OK, I'll go first. Oh, let's see - all right, well, Daphne, you might as well make your acquaintance with my dark side. In fifth grade, there was a bully, Jack Winfield, who was bothering a lot of the girls, so one day I waited for him outside of school and gave him a sound thumping. Martin: Wasn't that the kid with rickets? Niles: Rickets and a smart mouth.

    • Claire: Thanks for getting her here. Frasier: Well... Claire: How did you manage to keep it a secret? Frasier: Well, as a psychiatrist, discretion happens to be the cornerstone of my profession. Claire: Ah, of course. Mine too - I'm a family therapist.

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    Notes (5)

    • First appearances by Brian Klugman and Patricia Clarkson.

    • Kirby's T-shirt says, "Chicks dig scrawny pale guys."

    • Jean Smart won her second straight Emmy, at the 2001 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Lana Gardner in this and the next four episodes.

    • Jean Smart reprises her role as Lorna Lynley, only now she is called Lana Gardner for legal reasons.

    • This episode and "A Passing Fancy (2)" were put together to form an hour-long episode in the United States at the last minute, hence the two titles, two writers and two directors. It was felt the second episode did not stand on its own well enough, and that viewers needed to see the previous episode to understand what was going on.

    Trivia (4)

    • When Frasier is talking with Claire in the electronics store amidst the DVD organizers, a wedding band on his left hand disappears and reappears several times in between shots.

    • Daphne refers to "a youthful indiscretion" wherein she stole a teddy bear from the shops. By the time her story is done, she comes off sounding more like a saint than a sinner. In Season Eleven's "High Holidays", however, we get an entirely different picture. She says that as a teenager she was into (among other things) shoplifting - to the extent that she can carry a frozen turkey between her knees.

    • When Frasier mentions him, Claire says that she loves Kierkegaard. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian, generally recognized as the first existentialist philosopher.

    • Frasier did not speak German as of “An Affair to Forget”. Perhaps he has learned since then, or that earlier episode was simply inconsistent – since it is virtually required that any serious student of Freud should read him in the original German.

    Allusions (2)

    • The third scene title is "WHAT WOMEN MAY OR MAY NOT WANT". This alludes to the film What Woman Want which premiered December 2000.

    • Title: Semi-Decent Proposal
      The episode title is a reference to the 1993 Drama "Indecent Proposal".

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