Season 3 Episode 17

High Crane Drifter

Aired Unknown Mar 12, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A stressed Frasier resorts to physical force with a rude Cafe Nervosa patron. When this information goes to the local newspaper, Frasier tries to apologize to the man, but the man just wants to sue Frasier.

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  • Frasier loses it.

    This is a really great episode of Frasier. Frasier gets disillusioned with the rudeness and selfishness of the people all around them, and finally loses it on a jerk at cafe. It's hilarious to see Frasier caller's follow his lead of dealing with the inconsiderate by using their fists instead of their minds, and Niles' hilarious antics to get Frasier out of a lawsuit are classic. An all-around great installment.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Frasier is in the video store trying to rent the movie "How Green Was My Valley," behind the clerk on the wall is a list of coming videos. "Coming" is spelled with two m's. What's more, the second video on the list is "Give Tawly," directly below "Get Shorty."

    • Niles says he has always avoided fights, but what about his fencing fight with Gunnar in Season 2's "An Affair to Forget"? (Although he was drunk at the time.)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Niles: The rental agency didn't have a single luxury car left. They stuck me with some vehicle I believe they call a hunchback.
      Frasier: No. I think that would be a hatchback, Niles.
      Niles: It's painted panic-button red, with a large rear window that pops open.
      Frasier: That would be the hatchback.
      Niles: Well, there's a novel idea: name the car after its most hideous feature. I presume it was a toss-up between "hatchback" and "what's that odor coming from the floor?"

  • NOTES (0)


    • Niles says that Frasier is like a combination of Dirty Harry and Emily Post.

      Dirty Harry was the main character (played by Clint Eastwood) in 5 movies where he portrayed an unconventional, ruthless, tough cop.
      Emily Post, amongst other writings, wrote her book Etiquette (full title Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home) in 1922. It became a best seller and her name (in US) is synonymous with proper manners.

    • Niles: Ah, there he is, the man who floats like a lepidoptera and stings like a hymenoptera.

      Niles quotes Muhammad Ali who boasted that he could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

    • Episode Title: High Crane Drifter

      The title references the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter.