Season 11 Episode 22

Crock Tales

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 04, 2004 on NBC
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Episode Summary


As Frasier prepares for a dinner party, a broken crock pot brings to mind vivid memories.

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  • Pretty good for a flashback ep

    First of all, I am not a fan of many flashback episodes, but they did this with a new twist and made all the material new. It's nice to know that Frasier hasn't forgetten it's own saga as they basically review the timeline while simultaneously giving us a few more anecdotes that we can inject to the past.

    Yes, those wigs are terribly innaccurate (seeing as Roz nor Daphne NEVER had jet black hair) and the years are off, but it gives a general time-frame that reminds you of Frasier's history. Maybe I am unconventional, but this episode is excellent in my mind.moreless
  • Flashbacks involving a crock pot

    Bad episode that does nothing to move on the final season to its conclusion. The whole season the viewer is aware that it's the last but certain episodes are simply fillers so you get the feeling that the last couple of episodes are going to be rushed. Plus everyone is given some RIDICULOUS wigs to wear - when did Roz or Daphne EVER have hair like that?!! It's something you cannot really get past - surely all the make-up team had to do was restyle the actors a little, it just looks appalling. Unnecessary show and definitely the worst in the entire Frasier catalogue.moreless
  • The show honors the past

    The producers stated that they wanted to recap the series, but didn't want to create a lazy clip show - so they shot all-new scenes from the past.

    While the continuity of the new scenes are off, the spririt is there, as Frasier looks back on the ages and realizes how lucky he is. The crock pot was there for all of Frasier's meals with his family and Roz, and has become a real part of the family. The final scene in which Frasier decides that the crock should have an honored place at the table is moving (though it certainly can't hold water anymore.)

    The episode also has the air of a show getting ready to end as well - there's the feel of finality, of savoring everything about the show (another reason to revisit the past) - it's the penultimate episode, and it shows. Watching the episode first-run brought a lump to many a throat, seeing the calendar and knowing the series was almost concluded.

    Crock Tales is a personal favorite.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • (It is the 1993 flashback and Daphne, new to the Crane household is just coming from her room)
      Daphne: I just found out what that second toilet in me loo is for (laughs) -- talk about a shock!

      As we know from Season 2's "Daphne's Room" (when Eddie is drinking from her toilet), Daphne doesn't have a "second toilet" (bidet) in her bathroom. Even Frasier doesn't have a bidet, as we see in Season 2's "Seat of Power".

    • Daphne says that at her "Ugly American Party", among other things, they will "...not use the metric system". Today, there remain only three countries in the world that have not adopted the metric system: the USA, Liberia and Myanmar (Burma).

    • In the 1998 flashback Martin told Roz that Niles was going to tell Daphne about his feelings for her, however Roz didn't find out about Niles' feelings, in the episode "Decoys" which was in 1999, after Daphne had started dating Donny.

    • The wigs for Daphne and Roz are clearly fake, as they decided to use hairstyles that the characters never wore in the previous shows.

    • In the last flashback (1993), which occurs within the episode "Dinner at Eight", Roz meets Martin, but they didn't meet until the episode "The Crucible".

    • In the last flashback of the day after Niles and Daphne's first night together, it says the year is 2002, but the episode "Daphne Returns" happened in 2001.

    • In the flashback of 1996, Niles says Maris is upset at Frasier but Niles and Maris separated near the start of season 3, which was 1995.

    • Niles and Daphne had their honeymoon in 2002, not 2003.

    • Daphne asked Niles how he knew how to remove the superglue with acetone. She was the one who actually told him in "An Affair to Forget" when his own hand got stuck on that ship that he and Martin were putting together.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Frasier: (dressed as Uncle Sam)Frasier: Dad, I bought you these headphones, so that I wouldn't be subjected to your sports drivel. Please put them on.

      Martin: All right, I will. But only if you say it.
      Frasier: (sighs and points his finger at Martin) I WANT wear these headphones!

    • (Niles discovers he has his cellphone)
      Daphne: That's it, the clothes are coming off.
      (Niles hides his cellphone, while Daphne starts to remove her clothing)

    • Niles: Who knew my sorrows would be such strong swimmers?

  • NOTES (2)