The Apparent Trap

Season 7, Ep 9, Aired 11/25/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When Frasier reluctantly invites Lilith to Thanksgiving dinner, it seems that Frederick is plotting to get his parents to reconcile.

  • 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

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Niles: (when asked what he learned from his unfortunate night of passion with Lilith) Well, I learned if you kiss her too fast it gives you an ice cream headache.

    • Frasier: (to Lilith) You think you can just snap your fingers and ol' Frasier will come running? I'm sorry, sister, but I need to be finessed!

    • Frasier: (brainstorming excitedly for their collaborative new book) The weekend father need not be the "weakened" father! Lilith: Frasier, you still have a direct line to my funny bone.

    • Frasier: [Freddie's] a very clever little boy. Lilith: Of course he is. Remember when he was a baby and we put his bottle at the end of the maze?

    • Daphne: Come on, Eddie, come on. Frasier: What's the matter? Daphne: Well, he was perfectly fine until a block from here. Then he started whining and trembling, like he senses an earthquake or a dark force or--hello, Lilith--a vortex of evil.

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    Notes (1)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Chytrý synáček (Smart Sonny Boy)

    Trivia (2)

    • (Lilith has just gotten off the phone with a colleague who supplies her with lab rats) Lilith: Peter's come down with something. He thinks he caught it from the rats. Frasier: (anxious to have Lilith be on her way) Oh, now, nobody ever got anything from a rat that wasn't resolved in a day or two -- off you go! Frasier, of course, refers facetiously to the Black Death of the 1340's, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, widely thought to have been Bubonic Plague. It's rapid spread was attributed to fleas on rats. The total number of deaths worldwide is estimated at 75 million people.

    • After saying that Lilith will be spending Thanksgiving with a colleague in Vancouver, he wonders aloud whether they celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. Although Canada does in fact celebrate Thanksgiving, Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: The Apparent Trap
      The episode title is a reference to the 1961 Romantic Comedy "The Parent Trap" starring Maureen O'Hara which was remade in 1998 starring Denis Quaid, "The Parent Trap".

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