Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
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.
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.
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.
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.