The Babysitter

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (15)

  • Frasier: Thank you, Niles. You know, perhaps my depression over losing Ronee was actually rooted in my feelings for her from long ago as well. After all, she was the first person to reject me. Even though she never knew it. Perhaps by pursuing her again, I was hoping to undo that first rejection, thereby erasing all the subsequent rejections in my life and giving myself a much needed shot of self-esteem. (He jumps up) Frasier: Did you hear that?! My analytical skills are on fire! Niles: And your own horn-tooting skills haven't abandoned you either. Frasier: Well, so much for worrying about whether I'm ready to get back into private practice. The answer is a resounding "Yes"! Niles: Yes, well you better be sure because it's a completely different animal...and oh, I just remembered, the zoo is having a fund raiser, I signed you up for two hundred dollars, that's the Safari Level, you know who has malaria? Mrs. ... (He stands up) Frasier: Niles! Do you realize your babbling kicks in whenever I talk about my return to private practice? Perhaps this condition of yours has less to do with baby jitters and more to do with my entering your domain. My God! If I get any hotter I'm going to set off the sprinklers!

  • Martin: Yeah. She was a very pretty girl. Frasier: And did Mom ever notice you notice her? Martin: Oh, yeah. We even had a fight once about it. Frasier: Well, there you are. You're still feeling guilt and shame for being attracted to her all those years ago. But she's an adult now and you should really allow yourself to explore these feelings. Niles: Very good, Frasier.

  • Niles: Frasier, you have got to snap out of this. You start seeing patients soon. You realize you're only using food to fill a void. Oh, I forgot to void that check to the dry cleaner. I got my camel coat home, it had a spot the size of a krugerrand I know for a fact wasn't there when... Frasier: Niles! Niles: Sorry. What are you doing with Dad's Velveeta? Frasier: Well, what do you think I'm doing? I'm gonna eat it. Niles: Okay, Frasier, this isn't funny anymore.

  • Ronee: I get no kick from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all. So tell me then why it should it be true, that I get a kick out of you? I think you're cute, Marty Crane. I think that if your poor hip wasn't stiff you could dance just terrifically, too. And I get a kick out of you.

  • Ronee: I'm going to take a little break. Try not to kill yourselves with disappointment.

  • Frasier: I can't believe the way you are humiliating yourself. A man your age! Martin: Hey, she was flirting with me! Frasier: She was flirting with me! You just got caught in the crossfire. Martin: Daphne, you saw it. Which one of us was she attracted to?

  • Ronee: Don't be long, you two. Mama likes an audience. Martin: Good. 'Cause Daddy likes to watch.

  • Ronee: Of course. How are you Mr. Crane? Martin: It's Marty and I'm just great. Gee, you haven't changed a bit. Ronee: Oh yes I have. I can legally drink now.

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Notes (4)

  • This is the second time in the series that Frasier goes after a woman, only to have her end up preferring Martin. The first time was in Season Three's "Police Story".

  • In this episode we learn the origin of Niles' excessive chair dusting (behavior introduced in the pilot episode). Ronee Lawrence, when babysitting him, told him horror stories about earwigs. He constantly wipes furniture, therefore, to rid it of possible earwig eggs. Of course, we know that this behavior was originally introduced merely to present Niles as an overly fastidious person.

  • Wendie Malick and John Mahoney previously acted together in the 1995 film "The American President".

  • Peri Gilpin does not appear in this episode.

Trivia (5)

  • Martin: (to Frasier about Ronee) I thought you brought her here for me. Frasier: Since when do I bring you women? What are you, the Sultan of Brunei? The current Sultan of Brunei, one of the wealthiest men in the world, has two wives. His former second wife was an airline stewardess, and his current second wife, was a TV personality, 33 years his junior.

  • If you look closely at the top right hand corner of the room screen in the left of the opening shot you can see a lump of chewing gum. Moments before filming began Kelsey Grammer realised he was still chewing and didn't have time to put it anywhere else.

  • For the studio audience Kelsey Grammer and Peri Gilpin did a read through of the scene at KACL that would later open the episode Freudian Sleep - where Frasier doesn't have any callers and makes Roz phone into the show - because they were going to include the scene in this episode but weren't going to film it that night.

  • After calling Martin the "Sultan of Brunei," Frasier grabs his wine glass with one hand on the top and walks out of the kitchen. In the next shot when he is coming out he is holding it by the neck and there was no time for him to change his grip.

  • Frasier says he hasn't been in private practice for "12 years," but it has only been 10 (he gave up his practice in Boston in 1993, and it is now 2003).

Allusions (1)

  • Niles: (to Frasier) If you tortured that metaphor any more you'd be before a tribunal in The Hague. Established in 1899, The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), is an international organization based in The Hague in the Netherlands. It deals with, among others things, cases of inhumanity.