Season 8 Episode 21

Semi-Decent Proposal (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 15, 2001 on NBC
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Frasier takes interest in a charming woman named Claire, who he meets in a store line. However, Claire turns out to be a friend of Lana's, and in order to spend time with her, Frasier must escort Lana to her surprise birthday party.

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  • Frasier meets a charming and attrative woman named Claire.

    Frasier meets a charming and attractive young woman named Claire in a line at a electronics store, and soon finds out that she is good friends with Lana.

    So Claire asks Frasier if he would bring Lana to an Italian restaurant for a surprise birthday party, and at first Frasier refuses, but wanting to get to know Claire, he agrees.

    The two talk while at the party, and Frasier can’t believe how much they have in common, however Lana intervenes when Frasier went to get them drinks, and introduces Claire to Neil, who she leaves the party with.

    Lana then agrees to set Frasier up with Claire if he will tutor Kirby in U.S history, which Frasier reluctantly agrees.

    Great episode, Claire is a great character, and a great match for Frasier.moreless
J. Paul Boehmer

J. Paul Boehmer


Guest Star

Michael Rothhaar

Michael Rothhaar

Party Guest #1

Guest Star

Lynndi Scott

Lynndi Scott

Party Guest #2

Guest Star

Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson


Recurring Role

Brian Klugman

Brian Klugman


Recurring Role

Jean Smart

Jean Smart

Lana Gardner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Frasier is talking with Claire in the electronics store amidst the DVD organizers, a wedding band on his left hand disappears and reappears several times in between shots.

    • Daphne refers to "a youthful indiscretion" wherein she stole a teddy bear from the shops. By the time her story is done, she comes off sounding more like a saint than a sinner. In Season Eleven's "High Holidays", however, we get an entirely different picture. She says that as a teenager she was into (among other things) shoplifting - to the extent that she can carry a frozen turkey between her knees.

    • When Frasier mentions him, Claire says that she loves Kierkegaard. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian, generally recognized as the first existentialist philosopher.

    • Frasier did not speak German as of "An Affair to Forget".
      Perhaps he has learned since then, or that earlier episode was simply
      inconsistent – since it is virtually required that any serious student
      of Freud should read him in the original German.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Kirby: I don't have a pen. But just tell me, I'll remember it.
      Lana: Oh yeah, yeah, that's gotten you far. (they look at her) GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET A PEN!!!

    • Frasier: Well, it's getting late.
      Lana: It's 9:30! Let's face it, I drove them all off. Even I'm sick of hearing me complain about Bob.

    • Daphne: Oh, well, um, mine's also a youthful indiscretion. I stole a teddy bear from the shops.
      Roz: Then what?
      Daphne: Well, I felt guilty, so I told my parents and we brought it back. Then as a penance, I... volunteered to work at the orphanage after school.
      Roz: What the hell was that?! I'd put that story on my resume! Come on, Martin, you've got to have something! Shock me!
      Martin: Oh, I don't know, it's kind of personal.
      Roz: That's what we're looking for.
      Martin: Well, all right, but it doesn't leave this room: every time I watch "The Sound of Music"... I cry. And I don't mean a single manly tear. I mean real blubbering, girl-style. The nuns... those kids... that lonely goatherd.
      Roz: These are your deep, dark secrets? This is baby stuff! "Ooh, I dropped my ice cream and I ate it!"

    • Niles: OK, I'll go first. Oh, let's see - all right, well, Daphne, you might as well make your acquaintance with my dark side. In fifth grade, there was a bully, Jack Winfield, who was bothering a lot of the girls, so one day I waited for him outside of school and gave him a sound thumping.
      Martin: Wasn't that the kid with rickets?
      Niles: Rickets and a smart mouth.

    • Claire: Thanks for getting her here.
      Frasier: Well...
      Claire: How did you manage to keep it a secret?
      Frasier: Well, as a psychiatrist, discretion happens to be the cornerstone of my profession.
      Claire: Ah, of course. Mine too - I'm a family therapist.

    • Frasier: No! Listen: fifty of your friends are sitting in Bella Lucia right now, wearing party hats and waiting to yell, "Surprise!" Do you want to go or not?
      Lana: (happy) My friends are throwing me a surprise party?!
      Frasier: That's right.
      Lana: (Carrie) And you tell me and ruin it?!

    • Lana: I mean, I only accepted because it really sounded like you could really use a night out. I don't want some awkward scene where you try to get in my pants.
      Frasier: I assure you, there will be no such scene.
      Lana: Good. (pause) Unless of course I have too much to drink, (slightly manic laughter) and I change my mind!

    • Lana: I only say that because you went a little heavy on the cologne, and I don't want you to have any expectations.
      Frasier: I have nothing of the sort. And by the way, it's scented soap.

    • Roz: Hey, everybody. Am I too late?
      Martin: No, you're perfect. We're all hooked up and ready to go.
      Roz: Great. I brought "Caddyshack"! Who's funnier than that gopher?
      Daphne: Roger Rabbit, that's who-
      Martin: Hey, what about my movie, "The Longest Day"? It's got D-Day and the Duke!
      Niles: Whoa, that is an embarrassment of riches. Each movie more appealing than the last. Well, perhaps there's a happy compromise in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." (holds it up)
      Roz: Well that would be a happy compromise, except for one thing: Boring!

    • Frasier: Well, I'm off to pick up Lana.
      Niles: You're oddly chipper about it.
      Frasier: Well, of course I am, Niles. The sooner I deliver her to the surprise party, the sooner I can cast my net of romance over a butterfly named Claire. You know, I've got a good feeling about this one.
      Niles: Oh Frasier, you always have a good feeling. You think it's going to be perfect, and then when she turns out not to be the Kierkergard-reading, soufflé-baking, haiku-writing cellist, you're disappointed. You have to learn to settle.
      Daphne: (looks at him) What does that mean?

    • Martin: What's the matter?
      Niles: Oh, Daphne punched me in her sleep last night. Honestly, she is the most aggressive sleeper I have ever known.
      Martin: Wow. You being a psychiatrist, you probably think she's acting out some form of repressed hostility towards you, huh?
      Niles: That was the furthest thing from my mind... until now.
      Martin: Oh, don't worry about it. Sounds to me like you guys are still finding your sleeping groove.

    • Clerk: Next.
      Lana: I don't give a rat's ass about your policy! Get me the manager!
      Frasier: Perhaps you could ask someone else.
      Claire: Come on, just ask her out as a friend. Once you're there, you can leave... (with unmistakable suggestiveness) Or stay.
      Lana: Are you calling me a liar?! (to the whole store) DON'T BUY ANYTHING HERE, THE SERVICE SUCKS!

    • Claire: Uh, Frasier, I-I wanted to ask you something. Saturday night, are you free?
      Frasier: Only with a coupon. (they laugh) What did you have in mind?
      Claire: Well, a bunch of us are throwing a surprise party for Lana, I was wondering if you could bring her.

    • Frasier: Mind them? I prefer them! In fact, I-I do speak a-a bit of German, so in this case they might actually be a distraction!
      Claire: Really?
      Frasier: Mmm.
      Claire: I speak German too.
      Niles: You know, if anyone's technologically challenged, it's you.
      Frasier: He's a bit defensive. (adds something in German)
      Claire: (responds in kind; they laugh)
      Niles: You thought your CD-ROM drive was a cup holder.
      (Claire, not wanting to get between them, walks off)
      Frasier: Thanks a lot! I was interested in her.
      Niles: Well, how was I supposed to know?
      Frasier: I was speaking German!
      Niles: Oh yes - the language of love!

    • Niles: (reading) What do you suppose "multi-angle capability" means?
      Frasier: (know-it-all) Well, it means that the remote control will respond from any angle.
      (The woman standing ahead of them (Claire) turns around)
      Claire: Not to intrude, but actually it means you can see a scene from different camera angles.
      Niles: Oh, thank you.
      Frasier: Oh, I-I was just, uh, teasing him. You see, my brother's technologically challenged.

  • NOTES (5)