Season 7 Episode 10

Back Talk (1)

Aired Unknown Dec 09, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Frasier injures his back while blowing out birthday candles.

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  • i love this episode

    this is one of my favourites. i love the ones where no one knows what is going on. they are hilarious. daphne thinks that frasier is in love with her after over hearing him talking to eddie, but he meant as a friend. but martyn confirms it when she says " dr crane". he thought she ment niles. all of the confusion starts at this point. frasier comesback from the docter with pain medication and when he takes it he loses all control of himself and reviels that it is actually niles who loves her. she of course freaks. i think it is one of the best episodesmoreless
  • This is where the show turned ...

    A pivotal episode because the relationship between the main characters would never be the same again. The running gag of Niles having a crush on Daphne turns into an important plot line. (There were some earlier episode in which Niles nearly admitted his crush. They could be quite touching.)

    I can imagine that the writers wondered for a long time how they would handle this. Should they resolve the problem or keep it a running gag, a bit like Maris not being shown? Or have the characters face the situation? They chose the latter, but did it in a funny way. No sentimental confession, just hilarious confusion. What made Frasier so exceptional, was the clever, fluent structure of the plots. Just look at this episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Actually, there is some precedent for Frasier talking to Eddie. In Season 4's "Ask Me No Questions", Frasier uses him as a sounding board while considering Niles' question.

    • Clearly, the "birthday" newspaper that Frasier is reading is not from 1952 as there are sophisticated color pictures in it. In 1952, newspapers were printed using an expensive and involved process called letterpress and color was rare. Even when there was color, it was very simple and bright, such as in the Sunday comics. Web-offset printing, capable of more sophisticated color images, didn't become popular for major newspapers until the 1970's.

    • Also, the newspaper that is from the day Frasier is born says that Queen Elizabeth has just had another baby. Many episodes have proved that Frasier was born in 1952 (including one a few episodes back). Not only was Elizabeth still Princess Elizabeth during the first half of 1952, but she did not give birth to any of her children in that year either.

    • In this episode, Frasier's birthday is between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Previously it has been in March!

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Frasier: This couch has no support! Take me over to that chair over there.
      Niles: Alright. (attempting to lift him) You're not heavy, you're my brother.

    • (Daphne's massaging frasier's back. Which the pills he took for it have made him drowsy)
      Frasier: You know Daph, we really are going to miss you around here.
      Daphne: It's going to be hard for me too. Something I haven't even wanted to think about leaving. I know I grumble a bit, but I do love you and your father. I'll still come around though, we'll still see each other.
      Frasier: You know what?
      Daphne: What's that Dr. Crane?
      Frasier: Dad's chair.
      Daphne: I'm not taking it with me if that's where your heading.
      Frasier: It's so comfortable!
      Daphne: You took quite a few of those pills, didn't you?
      Daphne: You know what's curious, though?
      Frasier: Cats!
      (Daphne laughes)
      Daphne: Yes. But I'm talking about our little mix-up. When I said to your father "Dr. Crane's in love with me," he said it's been going on for six years now. What did he mean by that?
      Frasier: Oh that ... he meant Niles.
      (This sends Daphne into a state of confusion)
      Daphne: What?
      Frasier: Niles ... he's crazy about you.
      (Daphne's now transfixed in mental conflict)
      Daphne: Dr. Crane? (To Frasier) Dr. Crane!
      (Frasier has passed out from the pills)

    • Daphne: You know what's curious?
      Frasier: Cats?!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Šuškanda (Grapevine)

    • Three major milestones in this episode, in chronological order:
      1. Frasier sits in Martin's chair.
      2. Frasier has a heart-to-heart conversation with Eddie.
      3. Daphne learns about Niles' feelings for her.


    • He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother:

      Niles says, "You're not heavy, you're my brother", which is a pop culture reference to the popular Hollies song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".