Taking Liberties

Season 8, Ep 5, Aired 11/21/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier is delighted to hire a charming, English butler, who caters to his every whim.

  • 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)
  • Niles finally stands up to Mel.

    By Bountyhunterc28, May 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Roz: ...collection. And the family pack really is your best value... Frasier: (grabs her) Roz, what are you doing out here? I'm sure Mr. Worth isn't interested in gift-wrapping. Worth: Nonsense, she's delightful. Now, what kind of deal would you give me if I bought a hundred rolls? Roz: Oh, I'd take off twenty percent. Worth: And what would you take off if I bought five thousand rolls? Roz: (unfazed) Everything but my bracelets." Worth: (laughing) Yes, sir!

    • Ferguson: To me it is. My mum's from Manchester. Used to scream her lungs out for United. Daphne: Is that so? My Uncle Jack once tried to get Bobby Charlton's autograph, until Bobby cracked him over the head with a can of lager. Twelve stitches, and he still has the can! Here, let me give you a hand tidying up. Ferguson: Oh, thank you, miss.

    • Niles: I saw him first! Frasier: You've had a gardener and a maid! Niles: Yes, but never a butler! Frasier: But it's my turn! Niles: But it's my dream! Frasier: Daphne won't have to clean anymore! (Niles smiles and folds his phone away) Niles: I tip my cap, sir.

    • Niles: Machiatto... make it a doup-iato. Frasier: Niles! Niles, please. Whatever's wrong, the answer doesn't lie at the bottom of an espresso cup.

    • Roz: It's hard getting what you want these days, isn't it? Frasier: (a little wary) Indeed. Roz: But you can still find convenience and value, if you know where to look... Frasier: Dear God, what are you selling? Roz: (produces a sample book of) Wrapping paper! It's a fundraiser for Alice's school.

    Notes (2)

    • B.J. Ward is much better known for her work in cartoon voiceovers.

    • For his work in this episode, Victor Garber was nominated for a 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

    Allusions (2)

    • Ferguson would appear to be cut from the same cloth as the most famous gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves. In the books by P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves would often help Bertie Wooster negotiate tricky social obstacles by "taking the liberty" on his behalf. Frasier's final line, "Carry on Ferguson" also alludes to "Carry On Jeeves", a collection of ten short stories about Jeeves and Wooster.

    • Title: Taking Liberties
      The episode title is similar to the 1993 Drama "Taking Liberty".

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