Season 2 Episode 4

Flour Child

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 1994 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The baby (Nathan) that Frasier and Niles supposedly delivered and then see again at the hospital is obviously not a newborn - not only by its features, but also by the fact that it is using a pacifier regulated for much older babies.

    • When Eddie chewed up the Flour package and it got all over the couch it seems unusual that Frasier did not get upset or yell at Eddie because in previous episodes he gets mad that Eddie is even on the couch and we know how Frasier is when it comes to his furniture being damaged or stained.

    • The number of the cab where Martin delivers the baby is 804, the same as the one in which Alex (Judd Hirsch) delivered a baby on an episode of Taxi.

  • Quotes

    • Niles: Last night, I actually had a dream my flour sack was abducted and the kidnappers started sending me muffins in the mail.

    • Frasier: Niles, I can't help noticing that your child has a-a little boo-boo.
      Niles: Oh, it's nothing. I was playing him some Brahms the other day. (Never too early to ingrain them). I guess I must have begun conducting with one of the gilded chopsticks that Maris wears in her bun and I accidentally ran him through.

    • Frasier: (discussing Niles' parenting pangs) Have you talked this over with Maris?
      Niles: Not yet. I like to know what I want before Maris tells me.

    • Daphne: I'll bet you have some fond memories of when your son was born.
      Frasier: Oh, yes, of course. I remember the very first time I held him in my arms as a newborn. It was as if everything else in the universe simply melted away. There was just a father, a son...and the distant sound of Lilith saying, "If you ever come near me again, Frasier, I'll drop you with a deer rifle."

    • Frasier: Oh Niles! I haven't got time to sit here and listen to your insanity. I've got to go steal a get-well card from a kidney patient!

    • (Eddie is tearing apart Niles' flour baby)
      Daphne: (to Niles) That dingo's got your baby!

    • Niles: I'm role playing, Dad.
      Martin: Try playing the role of a sane person.

    • Martin: For God's sake, Niles, calm down. I think it's time you realized something - that is not a person it's a bag of flour. There's an easy trick to tell the difference. People don't usually come with pop-over recipes on their backs!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The title "Flour Child" is a reference to the term Flower child, a term for hippies, especially young people during the late 1960s.

    • Daphne: That dingo's got your baby!

      Daphne is referencing the 1980 disappearance of Azariah Chamberlain. The phrase (a parody) was popularized, of course, by the 1988 film A Cry in the Dark based on the event and starring Meryl Streep.

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