Season 1 Episode 3

Dinner at Eight

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • While they are eating at the restaurant the potato on Frasier's plate is there and the next scene it is gone.

    • Each episode has a different beginning title having to do with the Skyline of Seattle. This episode features lights turning on in the surrounding buildings near the Space Needle.

    • When Niles meets Daphne she is folding a black shirt. The position of the shirt changes from being already folded in her hand to being held by the collar and back from shot to shot.

    • When Niles, Frasier and Martin entered the Timber Mill, Niles remarked that the smell of charred meat in the Timber Mill triggered a scent memory for him. He then realized it reminded him of Maris in her home tanning bed. However, in "Voyage of the Damned" we learn that Maris cannot be exposed to even a few minutes of sunlight or she will "sear like an ahi tuna." If Maris cannot be exposed to even a few minutes of UV rays, how can she use a home tanning bed?

    • This episode features the first mention of Le Cigar Volante, an upscale restaurant that becomes one of Frasier and Niles's regular haunts.

    • In this episode Niles refers to his housekeeper "Mary." In later episodes she becomes Marta and an actul character.

  • Quotes

    • Niles: The food is to die for!
      Martin: Niles, your country and your family is to die for. Food is to eat.

    • Frasier: I just don't think it's very smart to make rude gestures at other drivers.
      Martin: He cut you off!
      Frasier: That doesn't matter. You do not antagonise a man whose bumper sticker says: "If you're close enough to read this, I'll kill you!"
      Martin: Big talk from a Volvo.

    • Martin: Sometimes, there's nothing like a good steak!
      Frasier: How I wish this was one of those times.

    • (At the Timber Mill)
      Waitress: Can I get you anything to drink?
      Frasier: Dear God, yes!

    • Frasier: Remember when you thought the 1812 Overture was a great piece of classical music?
      Niles: Was I ever that young?

    • Niles: Well, what a lovely accent. Is that, er, Manchester?
      Daphne: Yes. How'd you know?
      Niles: Oh, ha! I'm quite the anglophile; I'm sure Frasier and dad have already told you.
      (Frasier sits on the couch, preparing to sign the photo. Niles, still
      enraptured by Daphne, absent-mindedly picks up a pair of Frasier's

      Daphne: No, they didn't mention it.
      Niles: Ah... you undoubtedly guessed as much when they said I'd spent a year studying at Cambridge.
      Daphne: No, they didn't mention that, either.
      Niles: I guess my father and brother don't spend a lot of time talking about me when I'm not around!
      Daphne: Oh, I wouldn't say that...

    • Frasier: I just don't think it's very smart to make rude gestures at other drivers!
      Martin: He cut you off!
      Frasier: That doesn't matter! You, you do not antagonize a man whose bumper sticker says, "If you're close enough to read this, I'll kill you!"
      Martin: Big talk from a Volvo.

    • Niles:'re Daphne?
      Daphne: Why, yes I am.
      Niles: Well, I...
      (Niles goes over to her eagerly, and they shake hands, he holds on,
      a little lost for words)

      Niles: When Frasier told me he'd hired an Englishwoman, I pictured someone a little more...not quite're Daphne?
      Daphne: It's nice to meet you.

    • Niles: Frasier, is he our real father?
      Frasier: Now don't start that again, we've been having this discussion since we were children.

    • Frasier: Niles, you're forgetting the caché my name carries in this town.
      Niles: Actually, I'm not. If the maitre d' happens to be a housewife, we're in.

    • Roz: I had the most hellacious date of my life. First, he asks me to pick him up from work. Then, I stop for gas--I have to pump it myself while he just sits there reading the sports section. So I take him back to my place and make him my famous sweet and sour shrimp; I'm in the middle of cooking, I ask him to hand me the honey, and he gets this freaked-out look on his face and says he can't because he has a deathly fear of touching anything sticky.

    • Frasier: (enthusiastic) Who's got the best talk show in Seattle?
      Roz: (waves the paper around like a half-hearted cheerleader) We do. We do.
      Frasier: (shakes his fist) Alright!

    • Frasier: (about Daphne) She's psychic. We've decided to find it charming.

    • Niles: One of my patients had a rather amusing Freudian slip today. He meant to say, "Pass the salt," but instead he said, "You've ruined my life, you blood-sucking shrew."

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Dinner at Eight

      The title of the episode is a reference to the famous 1933 film of the same name, Dinner at Eight.