Frasier

Season 6 Episode 10

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz

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Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1998 on NBC
9.4
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Frasier is forced to feign Judaism when his girlfriend's Jewish mother visits. The charade is further complicated by the apartment's Christmas decor and Niles' participation in a Christmas pageant.

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  • Frasier, Niles & Martin pretend to be Jewish (on Christmas Eve, no less) for the Jewish mother of Frasier's newest girlfriend, Faye... with predictable results.

    9.7
    What a laff-riot this episode is! The writing is excellent, and the ensemble cast play off each other with a finesse that comes from years of working together. The quips and bon mots keeping coming and coming! Frasier's newest girlfriend, Faye, has her mother visiting from out-of-town. While Faye doesn't care about religion, her mother wants her to date a Jewish guy, so Frasier offers to pretend he's Jewish for the hour her mother is visiting his apartment. It all falls apart, as it must, when Niles and Martin get involved. Until the truth comes out, though, there's banter, and Feydeau-like carrying on (people going in and out of doors) until the episode is over. Faye's mother is miffed at first at the deception, but forgives her daughter and the Cranes for the deception, and all is well again. Martin and Frasier have a tiff at the end of the episode, but resolve that, too. I only have this on TiVo, now I MUST go buy the Season DVD!moreless
  • When Frasier's Jewish girlfriend's mother visits, Frasier, Niles, and Martin all must pretend they're Jewish, and hilarity ensues.

    10
    This is one of the best episodes of the series, and that's saying something. The writing and delivery is perfect...especially for/by Niles (David Hyde Pierce). You can't stop laughing the whole time, and you can watch it over and over. This episode can be enjoyed by Jews and non-Jews alike.
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 (seasons 4 - 6, recurring otherwise)

John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Martin Crane

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Faye Moskowitz

Guest Star

Carole Shelley

Carole Shelley

Helen Moskowitz

Guest Star

Lombardo Boyar

Lombardo Boyar

Delivery Man

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Roz says that she had forgotten that Frederick was "half-Jewish". Although this is a common expression, according to Jewish Law, one cannot be half-Jewish. If one's mother is Jewish, they are Jewish; if she isn't, they are not.

    • In describing his "bar mitzvah" to Mrs. Moskowitz, Frasier mentions that his mohel (pronounced moyl) was present. Even if Frasier didn't have a Jewish wife and a son who was raised Jewish, it is highly unlikely that a man of his education wouldn't know what a mohel was.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Roz: I completely forgot Frederick is half-Jewish.
      Frasier: Yes, between the Crane boy genes and Lilith's contribution, I'm not sure the NFL is holding its breath.

    • Helen: I guess you were bar mitzvahed here?
      Frasier: Oh yes, yes of course. What a proud day that was. I can still remember reading from the Torah before the ... Rabbi... and the Cantor ... and the Mohel.
      Helen: The Mohel?
      Frasier: Yes.
      Faye: The one who did your circumcision?
      Frasier: Yes, yes. I just wanted to show him that there were no hard feelings.

    • Martin: I don't know how to be Jewish.
      Niles: Well, just answer questions with a question.
      Martin: Like what?
      Niles: What, I have to explain everything?
      Martin: Can't you give me an example?
      Niles: What, I should give you an example?
      Martin: Are you going to help me or not?
      Niles: You're saying I'm not being helpful?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Fiddler on the Roof

      When Niles is making a toast and trying to feign Judaism, he says, 'next year in Jerusalem', to which Frasier retorts, 'take it down a notch, Tevye!' "Next year in Jerusalem" and Tevye are references to Fiddler on the Roof, a musical about a family trying to maintain their Jewish culture and identity amid the changing times.

    • The title is an obvious play on the 1983 David Bowie/Tom Conti film "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence."

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