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Quotes (1248)

  • Frasier: (His father has just hired Daphne) Dad, what do you think you're doing?
    Martin: You wanted me to pick one; I picked one.
    Frasier: But she's a cook! I don't like her!
    Martin: What difference does it make to you? She's only gonna be here when you're not.
    Frasier: Then...what's my problem?!

  • (Martin just moved in) Niles: I'm late for my dysfunctional family seminar.

  • Frasier: The rest of the show was pretty good. It was a good show, wasn't it. Roz: Here, your brother called. Frasier: Roz in the trade we call that avoidance. Don't change the subject. Tell me what you think. Roz: Did I ever tell you what this little button does? Frasier: I am not a piece of Lalique. I can handle criticism. How was I today? Roz: Let's see. You dropped two commercials, you left a total of 28 seconds of dead air, you scrambled the stations call letters, you spilt yoghurt on the control board and you kept referring to Jerry with the identity crisis, as "Jeff". (pause) Frasier: You say my brother called.

  • Frasier: Ah Dad, Dad, welcome to your new home, you look great. Martin: Don't B.S. me. I don't look great. I spent Monday on the bathroom floor. You can still see the tile marks on my face!

  • Daphne: (on Martin's chair) Oh will you look at that, what a comfy chair. It's like I always say: start with the good stuff and replace the rest when you can afford it.

  • Niles: Why don't I take Dad's things into his new bachelor quarters so you two scoundrels can plan some hi-jinks. Martin: I think that wife of his is driving him nutso. Frasier: Yes - we Crane boys sure know how to marry!

  • Frasier: Perhaps it's better if you leave. Daphne: Well, all right. Frasier: We'll contact you. If not by telephone, then through the toaster.

  • Daphne: I'll just pop into the loo. You do have one, don't you? Frasier: Yes. Daphne: Oh, I love America!

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Notes (407)

  • International Airdates: United Kingdom: 20 April 1994, Channel 4

  • For this episode, James Burrows won both an 1994 Emmy and a 1993 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy. In addition, David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee won the 1994 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

  • To make sure the viewers didn't view Frasier as a family deserter, the writers, under the advice from director James Burrows, made sure that Frasier reiterated that he missed Frederick in this episode.

  • There were seven actresses that played rejected physical therapists for Martin and had the door closed in their faces. However, the episode was running long, and they left just one.

  • The second scene in the cafe was not in the original script. It was added during production week.

  • According to the DVD commentary on this episode by the surviving creators of the show, the physical therapist was supposed to be Hispanic, and Rosie Perez was considered for the role. Lisa Kudrow was considered for the role of Roz. Also, the fact that Niles cleans the chair before he sits was not scripted. James Burrows suggested it.

  • Kelsey Grammer grew a beard in the Cheers episode "A Diminished Rebecca With A Suspended Cliff" and would keep it for the rest of the series. He was asked to shave it before taping of Frasier began.

  • International Airdates: United Kingdom: 27 April 1994, Channel 4

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Trivia (500)

  • Each episode has a different beginning title to do with the Skyline of Seattle. This episode features a blinking red light on top of the Space Needle.

  • The setup for Frasier would be an almost exact reversal of the original setup for Cheers. In Cheers you have the sophisticated, intellectual (Diane Chambers) joining a group of middle to lower class, uneducated working class people and what a tough time she has fitting in and they have accepting her. In Fraiser you have the working class common man (Martin Crane) joining a group of intellectuals (Frasier and Niles) and attempting to get along.

  • In the scene which Daphne first comes to the apartment, the beer can and remote control on Martin's side table change positions between shots.

  • KACL, the radio station where Frasier works, owes its name to the initials of the three producers and writers of the show: David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee.

  • In this episode you can see the top of the Space Needle out of Frasier's windows. It is the only time it is visible in the whole series because from the second episode on the upper windows are blocked by Roman shades.

  • The chair that Niles moves to make room for Martin's recliner is a Wassily Chair. It was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 and named after his friend, the painter Wassily Kandinsky. This chair, Breuer's best known design, was originally created for the Bauhaus Buildings in Dessau, Germany. By the end of this episode the chair has disappeared and is not seen again until "Dial M For Martin" (season six), during Martin's brief stay with Niles.

  • Frasier is told that his show has only 30 seconds left and then he gets cut off to go to the hourly news. Yet when he stands up you can see the clock on the wall showing 7 minutes to the hour.

  • Martin states in this episode that Daphne can have the room across the hall from his, which is (at the time) Frasier's study. Unfortunately (as we later learn), both Martin's and Frasier's bedrooms are down the hall that leads from the left of Frasier's living room, and Daphne's room (formerly Frasier's study) is down the hall that leads from the right of the living room. This can hardly be called "across the hall".

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Allusions (305)

  • Episode Title: The Good Son This episode's name is an allusion to the 1993 movie, The Good Son.

  • Frasier: Oh dear God, it wasn't a dream! I'll get him for this... (menacingly) and his little dog too! This is with reference to the 1939 movie Wiard Of Oz in which the Wicked Witch repeatedly threatens to get Dorothy... and her little dog too!

  • Space Quest is a series of six computer games that follow the adventures of a hapless janitor named Roger Wilco, as he campaigns through the galaxy for truth, justice and really clean floors. Here Frasier campaigns through his world for just some space.

  • Episode Title: Dinner at Eight The title of the episode is a reference to the famous 1933 film of the same name, Dinner at Eight.

  • The Black Dahlia Martin's unsolved "Weeping Lotus" case is an obvious reference to the famous unsolved L.A. murder which also involved the murder of a woman of easy virtue, whose body was horribly mutilated.

  • Episode Title: Here's Looking At You This is a reference to the famous 'Here's looking at you, kid' quote from the 1942 movie Casablanca.

  • Episode Title: The Crucible The title is an allusion to The Crucible a play by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials.

  • Title Card: "Twas two months before Christmas..."
    This is a play on the opening line of the famous holiday story, The Night before Christmas.

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