The Friend

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 1/16/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Realising that he doesn't have any friends other than Niles, Frasier appeals to his listeners hoping to make a new friend. Responding to a fax, Frasier agrees to meet a man for coffee - and soon discovers that they have nothing in common.

  • 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)
  • So as you can see this is one of the most well writen episodes of all time. Just get out and watch it.

    By TomBosley11, Dec 07, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Frasier: You've broken up with a lot of people, Roz. What do you find is the most effective thing to say? Roz: I love you and I want to have your baby.

    • Martin: Did you have a good time? Frasier: Hardly. The man talks endlessly on topics that are of no interest to anyone but him. Martin: Gee, I can't imagine what that's like.

    • Niles: (upon finding out Frasier is meeting someone else at Cafe Nervosa) Bob? You're dumping me for someone named "Bob?"

    • (Niles makes small talk with the pool man) Niles: You know, Ralph, I was thinking that in many ways my profession is a lot like yours. I start out skimming the surface of the human psyche. Then I plunge ever deeper into the murky undercurrents, adding chemicals when necessary.

    • Niles: (explaining why he doesn't want to go to the horse race) It's the jockeys, if you must know. Diminuitive, underweight figures in expensive silks wielding riding crops just remind me too much of Maris.

    Notes (2)

    • For his work in this episode, Griffin Dunne was nominated for a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

    • Griffin Dunne also voiced the caller Russell in "The Good Son."

    Trivia (2)

    • When Frasier and Bob leave Café Nervosa after their initial meeting, Bob has the "Big Book of Barbeque" on his lap. However when Frasier follows him out, the book is now on the table.

    • This is the only episode in which a tablecloth is used at Café Nervosa. It is on the central table where Frasier first meets his "new friend" Bob (Griffin Dunne). Obviously, the tablecloth is meant to hide the fact that Bob is in a wheelchair until his disability becomes dramatically relevant.

    Allusions (1)

    • This episode alludes to the movie What About Bob (1991), about a psychiatrist who can't seem to get rid of a pest named "Bob" (the name of Griffin Dunne's character in this episode).

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