Frasier

The Show Must Go Off

Season 8, Ep 12, Aired 2/6/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Niles and Frasier see one of their favorite actors at a Sci-Fi convention and decide to hire him for a play they are producing.

  • 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 (2)
  • They got it right once again.

    By francklloyd, Jul 09, 2008

  • Niles and Frasier hire their favorite actor to put on his one man show.

    By Bountyhunterc28, May 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Frasier: What an honor it is to be reuniting such a great talent with the stage. Is he here yet? Niles: No, he's cutting the opening ribbon at Galaxy Mattresses. Frasier: Well, once this show opens he'll be able to throw away his oversize novelty shears.

    Notes (2)

    • For his work in this episode, Derek Jacobi won the 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

    • Daphne is not in this episode; she "has the flu." This is due to Jane Leeves taking maternity leave.

    Trivia (2)

    • Kelsey Grammer had appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as Captain Bateson in the episode "Cause and Effect." Both shows were produced by Paramount Pictures.

    • Frasier is sent to a Sci-Fi/Comic convention in search of an X-Men comic book for his son. Eventually Kelsey Grammer would go on to play "Beast" in X-Men: The Last Stand.

    Allusions (2)

    • Frasier: "He did a one-man show of soliloquies, and began my love affair with the Bard!"
      After "Star Trek" went off the air, William "Captain Kirk" Shatner (universally regarded as a hammy, overwrought actor) toured America performing a one-man show of Shakespeare soliloquies while living out of a popup camper. (Source: William Shatner's Star Trek Memories)

    • Frasier: "To see the man who defined Hamlet reduced to hawking t-shirts and sci-fi gee-gaws."
      Derek Jacobi plays a Shakespearean actor whose career is typecast after playing Tobor ("robot" spelled backwards), an android castmember on Space Patrol clearly a play on Star Trek. There are several aspects of Star Trek at play here. Captain Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was played by famed Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart. Almost all Star Trek actors have complained of typecasting, and many spend the rest of their lives at conventions.

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