The Great Crane Robbery

Season 8, Ep 4, Aired 11/14/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When a silicon valley billionaire needs some social pointers, Frasier ends up becoming his mentor. Meanwhile, Niles tries hard to be a jerk in front of Mel's society friends.

  • 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 (14)

    • Frasier: Should we give it a test run? Martin: Yeah! Frasier: A little music...(Frasier turns on some music and Martin sits in his chair while Frasier tries to change the apartment as much as he can though he doesn't like any of the ways) Dad? Martin: Looks great, son Frasier: There's nothing here! Martin: I know!

    • Niles: (To Todd when Frasier introduces them, and Todd is dressed exactly like Frasier) Hello, and may I say what a great outfit! You got the volume discount!

    • (As Frasier is leaving Café Nervosa, he encounters Mel coming in) Frasier: Ah, Mel. Mel: Frasier! You're looking... Frasier: And you. We must do this again.

    • Todd: Hey, Fras, I just need to know the name of the chick who made our couch. Frasier: Oh, right - it's a reproduction of the one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier. (Todd exhales) But why? Todd : The writer from Architectural Digest wants to know. Frasier: Architectural Digest? Todd: They're doing a huge cover story on my apartment! And I have you to thank for it, buddy! Well, I got to go, the photographer's waiting. Later. (Todd leaves, closing the door. Frasier slowly turns around, apoplectic – mouth gaping, body convulsing, unable to speak. Martin looks at him worriedly. Frasier rushes around the apartment) Frasier: I need to sit down!

    • Martin: (not looking up) Looks great, son. Frasier: There's nothing here. Martin: I know. Frasier: I give up. I've tried a million combinations. I even had early Byzantine mingling with mid-century Danish! Martin: Will they ever get along?

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    Notes (1)

    • Mason William's Classical Gas is the song used in Frasier's search for a new living room montage.

    Trivia (1)

    • Frasier: (To his boss, Todd Peterson, whom he plans to mentor) I will play Virgil to your Dante. This references The Divine Comedy, in which Dante uses the poet Virgil (70 BC) as his guide through hell, purgatory, and heaven.

    Allusions (2)

    • Daphne: When God closes the door, somewhere He opens a window.

      A direct quote from the classic 1965 filmThe Sound of Music.

    • Title: The Great Crane Robbery The title of this episode is an allusion to the "Great Train Robbery," which was a famous robbery in 1963 in the United Kingdom. Michael Crichton also wrote a book by the same name, which subsequently inspired a motion picture.

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