Season 3 Episode 15

A Word to the Wiseguy

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Apparently Maris comes from a Roman Catholic family. Niles and Frasier discuss her "first communion" trip to Rome and her father smoothing things over with the Pope, after she took a crucifix. This seems a bit odd considering the fairly WASPy social circle the Crane boys are usually part of.

      This appears to be consistent with Season Two's "Burying a Grudge". The hospital where Maris is having her face-lift done appears to be Catholic. There is a picture of the Virgin Mary on one wall, a crucifix on another, and a photograph of the Pope on a table. However, in Season Four's "Odd Man Out", Frasier asks Niles if he's up for a little Italian and Niles replies, "Actually, I'm going out with Maris, so I guess you could say I'm up for a little Episcopalian" (Anglican). It would seem that she began as a Roman Catholic but became an Episcopalian for the sake of that joke.