Season 1 Episode 7

Call Me Irresponsible

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is the first time it is revealed that Niles gets nosebleeds when he violates his ethics. It would be a plot point in later shows, such as the episode "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine".

    • Life at KACL Frasier gives a time check of 4:25 in this episode, which indicates that he has a coveted "drive time" slot at KACL, probably 2-5 or, less likely 3-6. This ties in with other hints, such as the late afternoon, pre-dinner coffees at Nervosa.

    • When Frasier and Catherine are fighting towards the end of the episode, Catherine's blouse changes from being open to closed, and back again, from shot to shot.

  • Quotes

    • (Martin and Daphne are singing Deck the Halls)
      Frasier: Excuse me, excuse me. Exactly how long have I been asleep.

    • Daphne: My grandfather used to nap every afternoon. He lived to be 93.
      Martin: Really?
      Daphne: He'd lie there on the sofa and you couldn't wake him for the world. Grammy would say: "He might as well be a dead man." Then, of course, one day we couldn't wake him. He really was a dead man. Poor Grammy. For weeks, she kept insisting: "He's napping, he's napping."

    • Niles: As long as your conscience is clear. I'm not sure mine would be.
      Frasier: Well frankly I don't care about your concience. And I don't need your approval, and I don't need you to like it, in fact I don't need you for anything. Oh by the way Niles, my car is in the shop, I need you to give me a ride home tonight.
      Niles: No problem.

    • (Upset at not being able to make love to Catherine)
      Frasier: This is killing me! You think I don't want to pick you up right now, carry you over to that Eames classic and show you why it's the best-engineered chair in the world?!

    • Frasier: Every time we touch and kiss I get queasy.
      Catherine: (Incredulous) What are you telling me? That the thought of making love to me makes you sick to your stomach?
      Frasier: Yes, but don't take it personally!

    • Catherine: (angry) And to think I was going to have sex with you. And it was going to be hot. Oh, like you've never had before. I'm talking raw, steamy, sweat-dripping-down-your-back, neighbors-pounding-on-the-wall, ILLEGAL-IN-FORTY-EIGHT-STATES-KIND-OF-SEX! (haughty) But, hey! You're okay, you won't be alone tonight. No, you've got your ethics! (pause) Oh, by the way...the fish was dry.
      Frasier: Oh, that was a cheap shot!

    • Roz: (bitter) I've seen the future, and its name is Marco.
      Frasier: What do you think, Seattle? Are there any non-Marco's out there? Or is Roz here destined to live a life of hopeless, loveless, spinsterhood. Back after this.
      Roz: (sarcastic) Gee, I just love it when you include me in your show.

    • Frasier: (depressed) How I envy you, Eddie. The biggest questions you face are "Who's going to walk me?" "Who's going to feed me?" I won't know that kind of joy for another forty years.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

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

    • Scene Six Title: HE'S BAAACK

      This is a variation of the tagline "They're back" from the 1986 film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, sequel to the 1982 film Poltergeist in which the tagline was "They're here".

    • Scene Three Title: M&M'S AND SYMPATHY

      This is a variation on the title of the Robert Anderson play and 1956 movie Tea and Sympathy.

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