Season 4 Episode 18

Ham Radio

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 22, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Frasier's ambitious plans to put on a "classic" radio drama are foiled after the actors, perturbed by Frasier's tyrannical style, revolt.

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  • So much better than the average episode

    The best Frasier of all. Everyone is absolutely hysterical !!!
  • Perfection

    "Ham Radio" is the perfect episode. No matter how many times I watch it, I laugh until it hurts time after time.
  • Essentially Frasier's funniest ep

    I do not know where David Lloyd produced this piece of magic from. It is pure genius, brillant mulit-layered comedy that creates laugh after laugh. The plot involves frasier attempting to direct a play for radio 'nightmare inn'. However everything that could possibly go wrong on the night does.

    'multiple murder' becomes 'multiple muddadaa'

    'AHHHHH omg he's got a gun' becomes 'ahhhh omg he's got a NUG!!.'

    Niles is hilarious. Fed up with Frasier's 'directing' he ends the play 8 minutes earlier by killing all the characters and then himself.

    'I'm running out of bullets'

    'Oh no we have lost all communication with the outside world' Phone rings hahahahha.

    Brillant episode. RIP David Lloydmoreless
  • So, as you can tell, this is one of the best episodes of any TV show ever.

    "Ham Radio" is one of those episodes that just screams "One of a kind!". In this episode Frasier's radio station (KACL) is having a 50th anniversry, and they picked him to direct an old radio drama--"Nightmare Inn". During rehearsals, Frasier hired a professional voice actor who had performed on Broadway and the London Theater. He is eventually forced to quit because Frasier keeps over analyzing every little detail. Then he goes to his brother, Niles, to voice all of the actor's parts. Then after many funny jokes toward the end, Frasier also pushes Niles over the edge and greatly shortens the play by killing everyone 10 minutes before the play was over.moreless
  • This is definately one of the funniest episode's in season four.

    This was a really good episode of Frasier. It shows just how well Frasier works when, there's only afew setpieces.

    The final performance of "Nightmare Inn" was so funny and the dyslexic Maxine with her "nug" was definately a laugh out loud moment.

    An episode that stands among the best.

    The very funny banter between Roz and Frasier;

    ROZ: I can't believe that any of my guests could be a mobboba mobbobo.

    FRASIER: That's easy for you to say.

    In review, I thought this episode was extremely well written and showcases the show at it's many peaks.

    I continue to watch with great excitement.

    Roll on Season Five...moreless
Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Dr. Frasier Crane

Jane Leeves

Jane Leeves

Daphne Moon Crane

David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce

Dr. Niles Crane

Peri Gilpin

Peri Gilpin

Roz Doyle

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe

John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Martin Crane

Richard Easton

Richard Easton

Mel White

Guest Star

Hope Allen

Hope Allen


Guest Star

Jack Betts

Jack Betts


Guest Star

Patrick Kerr

Patrick Kerr

Noel Shempsky

Recurring Role

Edward Hibbert

Edward Hibbert

Gil Chesterton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the closing credits sequence, Noel assumes a broadcast stance, extending the script pages on the far side of the mic. This is the way radio performers actually stood so that any rustling of script pages would not be picked up by the microphone.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Roz: Where are you going to find an idiot willing to take six dialect parts unrehearsed?
      Frasier: Niles!
      Daphne: Sound of ominous organ music, indicating trouble ahead.

    • Gil: Oh, Frasier! I've had a quick peek at your script, and I think I'd be perfect as Bull Cregan, the brutish gamekeeper!
      Frasier: You know, Gil, I think that's just a bit too on the nose...
      Gil: Well may-
      Frasier: (interrupting) But you know what, you could play... Nigel Fairservice, drummed out of the Royal Air Force under... mysterious circumstances, hm?
      Roz: With him playing it, they may not seem so mysterious.

    • Frasier: (in a spooky voice) 'Nightmare Inn'.
      Martin: Oh, don't tell me, I know. A bunch of people get caught in a storm and everyone's wondering who's gonna be the first one murdered.
      Frasier: Exactly. And I'm going to direct.
      Niles: So we can stop wondering.

    • Frasier: Does she have any experience?
      Bulldog: Are you kidding? If she had a dollar for every minute she spent on the stage ... Oh, wait a minute, she does.

    • Roz: I can't believe that any of my guests could be a mobboba mobbobo.
      Frasier: (reluctantly sticking to the script) That's easy for you to say.

    • (Niles has had enough of Frasier's direction)
      Niles: (angry) That's it! I'm just going to take this gun off the table. (takes balloons and bursts one) Sorry about that, O'Toole, I guess we'll never hear your fascinating piece of the puzzle. (two shots) Or yours, Kragen and Pépo! Could the McAllister sisters stand back to back, I'm short on bullets! (shot) Thank you! What was your name again, dear?
      Roz: Miphif Thorndike.
      Niles: Thank you. (shot) Ah, and also Mr. Wing. (shot, with bell fading) And of course, one final bullet for myself so the mystery will die with me. (shot) Ah...
      (The cast walks away from Frasier, backs turned to him)
      Frasier: (unsteady) Well then, that pretty much wrapped things up! Hans was a mass murderer, who to the surprise of everyone, the case was closed. And with a grateful shudder, I swore I never would return to Nightmare Inn.

    • (Maxine is dyslexic)
      Maxine: Look out, he's got a nug!

    • Frasier: Mel, your German accent sounds a tad Austrian.
      Mel: I've performed that accent on Broadway and the London stage.
      Frasier: Yes, but perhaps they have different standards than I do.

    • Frasier: Let's dig in and find the reality. From the dwarf's entrance...

  • NOTES (0)


    • About 12 minutes into the episode, the radio play begins and at Frasier's apartment, Daphne, Martin, and Eddie are listening. Eddie is plainly seen tilting his head to one side, listening intensely to the sound of Frasier's voice on the radio.

      This is an allusion to the painting "Dog Looking and Listening to a phonograph" Francis Barraud of the dog Nipper with his head tilted and looking intensely at the horn of a gramophone. The picture, nickenamed "His Master's Voice" eventually became the well-known icon for RCA Records.

    • Frasier: (when signing off his show) This is Dr. Frasier Crane reminding you that, (In a throaty, sinister voice) you'll never know what's lurking in the shadows... (maniacal chuckle)

      This is a direct quote from the golden age radio thriller, The Shadow as spoken by its star, Orson Welles.

    • The voice actor, character named Mel White, is a homage to the late great voice actor Mel Blanc.