Frasier

Taps at the Montana

Season 6, Ep 18, Aired 3/25/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Niles manages to reacquire his prestigious apartment at the Montana, only to find that the tenant's association is trying to evict him due to his sub-tenant's incessant tap dancing. Niles' attempt to throw a luxurious dinner party to win over the board goes wrong when first his bird, then a guest die.

  • 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)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Martin: Well, how was dinner? Niles: Let's just say that when I picked my lobster out of the tank at the restaurant, I had no idea it was in for a better evening than I.

    • Mrs. Latimer: You mean the natives actually were attentive to your lectures? Niles: Yes, they did. Except, of course, for the Pygmies. It went right over their heads.

    • Martin: Well, some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed. Niles: Well, at the Shangri-La, the highlight of my day is getting out of bed, so I can slam it back up into the wall!

    • Mrs. Latimer: Dr. Crane, while you were on the subcontinent, did you happen to spot any rare African waterfowl? Niles: Just one - but it was already spotted.

    • Frasier: Nothing says party like a tracheotomy.

    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: StepovánĂ­ v Montaně (Tap Dancing in Montana)

    • Rosemary Murphy and Jack Sydow reprise their roles from "To Kill a Talking Bird".

    Allusions (2)

    • This episode contains apparent references to Monty Python's "Parrot Sketch". When Mrs. Latimer asks Niles where his (recently deceased) bird is, he answers: "She's resting". Also, when Niles is told Mr. Probst is dead he tries in vain to wake Probst up saying: "No, no, he's sleeping."

    • Taps is a somber military bugle call from the U.S. Civil War, which is played at military funerals and on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. It is a multi-used pun in this episode as the guests play the game "Murderer" and both Niles's cockatoo Baby and a party guest die during the episode. What's more, when we first meet Dr. MacLowery, he is tap-dancing.

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