Star Mitzvah

Season 10, Ep 6, Aired 11/5/02
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  • Episode Description
  • As Frasier prepares for Frederick's bar mitzvah, Noel offers to translate Frasier's speech into Hebrew in exchange for an autograph from a science fiction convention. However, when Frasier doesn't keep his end of the bargain, Noel uses his wealth of Star Trek knowledge to take revenge.

  • 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 (2)
  • Bar mitzvah.

    By dmarex, Feb 22, 2010

  • Freddie has his Bar Mitzvah.

    By Bountyhunterc28, Jun 13, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Niles: (referring to his one night stand with Lilith) And remember, I was drunk! Daphne: Well you'd have to be, wouldn't you! Oh, I'm sorry Dr.Crane. Frasier: Don't be, drinking certainly did take the edge off!

    • Lilith: Can you forgive me? Freddie: Yeah, for everything but naming me "Gaylord." (they hug)

    • Lilith: Which one of us do you suppose humiliated him more? Frasier: Oh, I think I did. I've been trying to console myself with the idea that without embarrassing parents, there'd be no psychology. Poor kid. Lilith: Actually, today he is a man. Frasier: (putting his arm around her) He is, isn't he? Gendler: (approaching them and taking their hands) Mazel Tov. You must be very proud - of your son, not yourselves. Lilith: (as he exits) We are, thank you, Rabbi.

    • Daphne: Oh, that was lovely. Gendler: What was that gobbledygook? Frasier: Well, it's-it's a blessing for my son, "Pookh Lod Wih Le Koo." Gendler: That means nothing. It's gibberish. Frasier: What? Jeremy: That's not gibberish. It's Klingon. Gendler: What? Frasier: Oh, dear God! JeremyFreddie's Dad just blessed him in Klingon. Frasier: (mortified) I'm terribly sorry. I... I... will you excuse me, please? (He quickly runs out of the hall. Everybody, including the Rabbi, can't contain their amusement) Gendler: Okay, everybody. It's better to end with laughter than tears. I don't know how they say it in outer space, but here we say (putting his hands toward Freddie's head) ahava and shalom - Love and Peace. Dinner will be served in the multi-purpose room in twenty minutes. (The Rabbi shakes Freddie's hand and walks off. Jeremy approaches him) Jeremy: Hey that was awesome, Gaylord. Freddie: Shut up, Berman. Jeremy: Seriously, your dad's Klingon is really good. Freddie: What did he say? Jeremy: Well, roughly translated, it says, "My dearest son, each day you redeem me. May your journey be filled with the same joy, wisdom, and purpose you have given mine." It's a lot more beautiful in the original Klingon, but it's still really cool.

    • Lilith: Thank you. I am very proud to participate in the coming-of-age ritual of my son, Frederick Gaylord Crane. (A boy laughs at this, interrupting) Jeremy: (catching himself) Oh. Lilith: Frederick, on this momentous occasion, I can only look at you and see that innocent, chubby-legged toddler who once danced naked at the Boston Pops... the little boy whose favorite dish was "buh-sghetti." (Freddie covers his face in embarrassment) Lilith: I can't count the number of bedtimes we spent cuddled together reading The Cat in the Hat. (Freddie looks up at her in disbelief) Lilith: "The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play, so we sat in the house on that cold, cold wet day." (Frasier is also bemused by Lilith's antics. Lilith breaks into tears. The Rabbi tries to console them) Lilith: Don't grow up! Not yet! (She emotionally hugs Freddie) Daphne: (to Niles) Nice girlfriend you've got there. Niles: If you're trying to embarrass me, it's not going to work. (However, that ship sails when a very emotional Martin leans across and hugs Niles) Martin: Come here, Daddy's little peanut man. Frasier: (leading Lilith back to her seat) It'll be all right.

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    Notes (3)

    • Frederick was born November 1989 on "Cheers". He turned 11 in January 1999, yet is back to his original age of 13 in this episode.

    • In this episode, Frederick's middle name is revealed to be Gaylord.

    • This episode aired at 9:30 PM because of a special 90- minute Fear Factor.

    Trivia (8)

    • In this episode we learn that Noel Shempsky can speak Hebrew. In Season Six's "Roz, A Loan" we learn that he speaks Spanish. If you include Klingon, that means that Noel speaks four languages.

    • Following Frederick's reading and his parents' speeches, the rabbi concludes the service and says that dinner will be served in twenty minutes. However, the reading that Frederick is implied to have chanted is a haftarah, which is said at the Saturday morning service. As such, it makes little sense that they would be serving dinner so shortly afterward. Furthermore, the haftarah is read approximately half-way through the service, and there should likely have been close to an hour left to the prayer service at this point.

    • Lilith is shown wearing a hat to the synagogue service. However, although it is a common custom for women to wear a hat or other hair covering to synagogue, such a mode of dress would seem extremely out of place at a congregation that would have co-ed seating and would allow microphones and photography on the Sabbath, such as the one featured in this episode. Furthermore, even where this custom is followed, hats would only be worn by married women.

    • Following Frasiers "blessing" in Klingon, the rabbi says that although he doesn't know how they say blessings in outer space, what we say here is "Ahava v'Shalom - Love and Peace." However, although ahava v'shalom does in fact translate to "love and peace" (in Hebrew), this is by no means a traditional Jewish blessing or greeting.

    • Noel ask Frasier if he's ready for yeshiva, and tells him that it means "school". However, a yeshiva is not simply a school, but is actually a typically all-male institution for immersion in advanced religious and biblical studies.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: Star Mitzvah This combines the title of the TV series (and movies) Star Trek with "Bar Mitzvah", since Frasier ends up giving Frederick's Bar Mitzvah speech in Klingon.

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