Season 4 Episode 1

Birth, Death, Love and Rice

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 1985 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In the scene where Cliff & Norm first meet Woody, there is a full glass of beer on the bar in front of Norm when they walk towards the bar, but when Norm shakes hands with Woody only seconds later, the beer is missing.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: Excuse me. You wouldn't happen to know where the mens room was around here.
      Diane: Sam, would you put a men's room in a convent?
      Sam: Right now I would, yes.

    • Diane: What the hell-heck are you doing here?
      Sam: I bumped into Frasier and he told me that you checked into a convent and I was afraid you got all squirrely again.

    • Sam: Woody, this is Carla Tortelli.
      Woody: Hi ma'am.
      Carla: Ma'am? What's what supposed to mean?
      Woody: I believe it's a term of respect.
      Carla: No wonder it sounded so weird.

    • Sam: What do you say, Norm?
      Norm: Any cheap tawdry thing that will get me a beer.

    • Frasier: (to Sam, on Diane leaving him) Do you know in soccer, when a player kicks at a ball and misses, it's now called a Frasier? If he misses entirely and falls on his bum it's called a Frasier Crane?

    • [Frasier enters the bar; he's feeling low]
      Norm: Oh, ho, ho… Frasier W. Crane.
      Cliff: Oh, the man who won the hand of Diane Chambers.
      Carla: And found out he had to keep the rest of her.
      Frasier: Hello, Carla, Norm, Cliff. It's been a long time.
      Norm: Yeah, we gotta lot of catchin' up to do, huh? So, what's new?
      Frasier: I couldn't begin to tell you.
      Norm: Well, that's even better.

    • [Sam has come to see Diane in the convent; he leaves; Sister Marie enters]
      Sister Marie: I heard that the "rice inspector" was here.
      Diane: He wasn't the rice inspector. He was a man from my past.
      Sister Marie: Say no more. There's no need to explain.
      Diane: I feel I must.
      Sister Marie: I knew you would.

    • Sam: And one more thing, I am through with that woman forever. I will never think about, see, or mention her again. And if anyone even uses the words, "Diane Chambers", I will have no other choice but to kill that person. (Sam goes into his office)
      Customer: Poor guy, who is this Diane Chambers anyhow?
      Sam: (rushing out of his office brandishing a golf club) Who said that?

  • Notes

    • It is revealed that Coach and Woody were pen pals.

    • For Nicholas Colasanto who passed away.  The cast and crew don't want to deal with another older actor, so a younger actor would be a better choice for his replacement.

    • The opening credits has been modified with an uptempo beat and singing which is also used for the rest of the series.

    • Frasier mentions he is under the care of his mentor, Bennett Ludlow, who in Season 3 dated Carla and fathered a child with her.

    • This is the first of two episodes where a time passage caption (in this case, "Months Later") is used. The 7th season episode "One Happy Chappy in a Sappy Serape" also uses a time passage caption.

    • This episode ended the quest of Norm and Vera trying to conceive a child.

    • Woody Harrelson joins the cast as Woody Boyd

    • According to Ted Danson, the picture of Geronimo that can be seen hanging on the Cheers set, came from Nicholas Colassanto's dressing room. They hung it up on the set after he died as a way to keep him apart of the show.

    • Beginning this episode, George Wendt is credited as 'And George Wendt' in the opening credits.

  • Allusions

    • Frasier: Well, now she's doing pennance for 'La Dolce Vita'...
      Frasier is referring to Fellini's classic film La Dolce Vita, which features a scene with buxom Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi fountain. Diane herself danced on tables, swam in foutains, dated Counts...