Season 1 Episode 24

My Coffee with Niles

Aired Unknown May 19, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Frasier and Niles meet at Café Nervosa to discuss the one-year anniversary of Frasier's move to Seattle.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Spare in production, this episode is excellent at establishing character relationships that will work well for the program for many years.

    Frasier and his brother sit down for a visit at the upscale coffee shop.

    There were a lot of things that put me off the formula of "Frasier" the first year, one of the biggest was that the Martin character really didn't seem to blend well with what we knew of Frasier on "Cheers". This strongly-written episode at least sets a new paradigm and is important for setting a tone for the series.

    Frasier and Niles DO work well, and the format here - real-time conversation among the two is great for bringing out the laughs and cementing the priggish nature of their personalities. Most of the observations are really pithy and the gag of Frasier never being happy with his coffee is well-done and anchors the changing facets of the dialog.

    In some ways, there were often too many characters introduced in the course of "Frasier", this episode is good at focusing on one of the two or three interactions that are very successful. In a way, this episode is also a good one to end the first season on, it is reassuring that there is something here worth coming back to.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When watching Roz and her date, Niles uses the word "Wow" when describing him, but he wonders if that means anything. Frasier sarcastically replies that "it means you're a gay man! Your life with Maris is a big charade and you should have come out of the closet YEARS ago!"

      Interestingly, David Hyde Pierce has since come out of the closet.

    • Martin mentions that "last Sunday was my birthday." Based on information in "The Gift Horse," this means Martin turned 61 the previous Sunday.

    • Frasier and Roz are unusually affectionate in this episode. When they meet at Café Nervosa they exchange kisses on the cheek and Frasier refers to her as "Roz, honey".

    • Frasier states that he does not like tassels in this episode, but in the Cheers episode, "And God Created the Woodman", he says that he loves tassels.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Frasier: Something happened the other morning. I asked Dad to pass me a bran muffin. You know what he said? He said "What's the magic word?" (he laughs)
      Niles: (laughing) You're kidding!
      Frasier: He didn't think it very amusing when I said "rest home".

    • Martin: Come on, we've gotta hurry up because the boys are taking us to Hoppy's Old Heidleberg tonight for dinner!
      Daphne: Oh, great, German food. We whipped the Jerries twice this century and they still have the last laugh.

    • Waitress: I'm sorry, sir, no dogs allowed.
      Martin: (waves his hand around, faking blindness) What?
      Waitress: Oh, I'm sorry.

    • Niles: Wow, he's really handsome isn't he?
      Frasier: Wow? Did you say 'wow'?
      Niles: Good Lord I did. I don't think I've ever said 'wow' when describing another man before. I wonder if that means something.
      Frasier: Oh, absolutely. (sarcastic) It means you're a gay man. Your life with Maris was a charade and you should have come out of the closet years ago. Are you going to tell dad or shall I? (laughs)

    • Niles: Here, take my bumbershoot.
      Daphne: Oh, isn't that nice. Well, at least someone appreciates my mother tongue.
      Niles: Yes, I've always had an ear for your tongue.
      Frasier: NILES!

    • Niles: Is that rain?
      Frasier: (sarcastic) No, God is crying!

  • NOTES (4)

    • At the 1994 Emmy Awards Frasier won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. In addition, Kelsey Grammer won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in the episode "The Good Son." David Hyde Pierce received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and the series was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music.

    • Kelsey Grammer became the first actor to receive an Emmy nomination for playing the same character in three different shows (Two nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor on Cheers, a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor for his appearance as Dr. Frasier Crane on Wings episode "Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes" and this being the first of ten nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor on Frasier.

    • The closing song ends with Kelsey Grammer singing, "See you all next year!"

    • This episode is set in real time, as Frasier and Niles sit down and talk for 22 minutes, with no scene changes or cuts. The commercial break occurs when Frasier says he needs to visit the bathroom.


    • Episode Title: My Coffee with Niles

      The title of the episode is a reference to the 1981 movie My Dinner With Andre. Also, the format of an entire show of simply sitting down and talking over coffee is a direct parallel.