Season 4 Episode 12

Death and the Dog

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1997 on NBC
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Eddie feels blue, so Martin hires a dog psychiatrist to determine the cause of his depression.

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  • Eddie feels blue so Martin hires a dog psychiatrist to see what’s wrong.

    Frasier and Niles think that Martin hiring a dog psychiatrist is ridiculous, and constantly mock him the whole time he's checking on Eddie, making snide comments, and getting dirty looks from their father, its not until later that evening, when each of them take a good look at their own lives do they stop and think that each one of them have been depressed lately and that the doctor might be right about Eddie.

    That is until Frasier finds Eddie's favorite doll from under the couth that Eddie is happy again.

    This was the story he told his only caller for the day, and had a pretty good message, don't dwell on every little thing in life, just go out and live it.moreless
  • Really cooL!

    This episode is really cool, Eddie is feeling bad so Martin tries to do everything to cheer him up, nothing works, so Daphne tells them to call a dog physiatrist and later the physiatrist tells them that the possible reason for his sadness is that he is transmiting someone else's sadness, which leads to a revelation to all of the guest stars and later is reveal that the only reason why Eddie was sad is because he lost his favorite doll, it was so cool episode!moreless
Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Dr. Arnold Shaw

Guest Star

Tom Lagleder

Tom Lagleder

Dr. Stephen Kagen

Guest Star

Patty Duke

Patty Duke

Voice of Alice

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Niles and Frasier are less than impressed with dog psychiatrist Dr Shaw)
      Dr Shaw: I always enjoy being in the company of colleagues.
      Niles: I'm sorry. Did you say 'colleagues' or 'collies'?

    • Roz: When I die, I want it to be on my hundredth birthday in my beach house in Maui, and I want my husband to be so upset he has to drop out of college.

    • Daphne: If Eddie were one of the Beatles, I think he'd be George. I don't know why!

    • Niles: (discussing views of the afterlife) I've always been fascinated by the thought of meeting the great figures of history, but then I think, what if its just like high school and the really cool dead people still don't want to hang out with me. Oh Mozart, will tell me he's busy but then later I will see him out with Shakespeare and Lincoln.

    • Daphne: You know, I once had a psychic tell me the strangest thing. That one day I'd go off my rocker, take up a kitchen knife, kill the entire household and then kill myself. Silly old bag! She was right about my moving to Seattle, though.

    • (The family is trying to decide what to do about Eddie being so sad)
      Daphne: You know, I've heard they have therapists for dogs. Do you suppose a dog psychiatrist could be the answer?
      Frasier: Only if the question is, 'What is the most asinine thing we could possibly do?!'

  • NOTES (1)

    • (Played by Niles on Frasier's Piano) "Der Deitcher's Dog", better known as "Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" --in a minor key. The song is attributed to Semptimus Winnner (1827-1902)


    • (Dr. Shaw returns from Martin's bedroom after analyzing Eddie)
      Dr. Shaw: I have my diagnosis.
      Frasier: Finally, the white smoke.

      Frasier is referring to the Papal Conclave, the process by which a new Pope is elected. Cardinals from all over the world are sequestered in the Sistine Chapel until they've elected a new Pope. If, after a ballot, there are insufficient votes for election, the ballots are burned with wet straw in a small stove and black smoke rises from a chimney where the assembled faithful can witness it. If, on the other hand, a new Pope is elected, the ballots are burned alone and white smoke rises from the chimney.