Season 1 Episode 11

Death Becomes Him

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 1993 on NBC
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Frasier becomes aware of his own mortality when a man his age suddenly drops dead. Frasier attends the man's Shiva to determine how he could have died so young.

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  • One of the top ten episodes from a great season 1. It's a classic, because it is the first of many episodes of Frasier with a Jewish theme.

    One of the top ten episodes from a great season 1. It's a classic, because it is the first of many episodes of Frasier with a Jewish theme. Later great Jewish episodes include: Merry Christmas Mrs. Moskowitz and Star Mitzvah. The end of this episode when Frasier visits the family as they are sitting shiva is the best part.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Daphne says she's never had a serious boyfriend. Obviously, she has forgotten all about her ex-fiancé Clive, whom we meet in the season 4 premiere "The Two Mrs. Cranes".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Niles: I came as soon as I could. I was in the middle of my workout. I can always pump iron later. (smiles at Daphne, who excuses herself to make snacks)
      Frasier: Pump iron. Niles, you don't even pump your own gas.

    • Daphne: I suppose I like my gents more on the manly side. Was that a little swan you made?
      Niles: No, it was a B-52.

    • Frasier: (talking about death) I'd miss so much. I'd never get to see my son hit his first home run. That'd be a terrible thing for a father to miss...
      Martin: Tell me about it!

    • Frasier: Why is it that everytime we have a serious discussion we end up talking about your sex life?
      Roz: Because I have one.

    • Martin: I remember when I took you for your first tetanus shot, you were about five or six.
      Frasier: Oh boy, was I scared. I remember you holding my hand.
      Martin: Yeah. Bent over that table, dropped your little drawers. When the nurse gave you the shot, you took your mind off it by reciting the names of all of Puccini's operas. Right then I knew you'd never be a cop.

    • Bobbie: You're not Jewish are you?
      Frasier: No, no, uh my ex-wife is though and uh so and thus my son is which makes me sort of well I guess uh you could say ... No, I'm not Jewish.

    • Frasier: I've done some research and I've discovered that most unexpected deaths occur in the home. And Daphne, this is where you come in, the actual finding of the body.
      Daphne: Ooh, save the best part for me, eh?

    • Daphne: I'm a health care provider. I've had my fair share of patients die on me.
      Martin: That's a comfort.

    • Frasier: You can't spend your life being obsessed with death.
      Newman: You're not Jewish, are you?

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