Season 8 Episode 5

Taking Liberties

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2000 on NBC
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Frasier is delighted to hire a charming, English butler, who caters to his every whim.

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  • Niles finally stands up to Mel.

    Frasier hires a butler, after his previous employer passes, meanwhile Niles trys to have a night out with Daphne, but Mel unexpectedly shows up, at a party Frasier is hosting to try and get on the opry board, but everything goes wrong when Niles and Mel have a big argument, with Niles finally putting his foot down, and ending the "shame of a marriage" as he put it, that Mel was making him live through.

    Daphne is impressed and happy, that they can finally be together, without Mel, butting in, while Frasier's butler Ferguson, is inspired by Niles and Daphne's love for each other, decides to go after a woman, he though at the time wouldn't workout.

    I'm glad Niles finally stood up to Mel, It was real character development on his part.moreless
Nicholas Hormann

Nicholas Hormann

Alan Murchie

Guest Star

Noel Conlon

Noel Conlon

Henry Worth

Guest Star

Heather Ehlers

Heather Ehlers

Lois Fischer

Guest Star

Jane Adams

Jane Adams

Dr. Mel Karnofsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Roz: ...collection. And the family pack really is your best value...
      Frasier: (grabs her) Roz, what are you doing out here? I'm sure Mr. Worth isn't interested in gift-wrapping.
      Worth: Nonsense, she's delightful. Now, what kind of deal would you give me if I bought a hundred rolls?
      Roz: Oh, I'd take off twenty percent.
      Worth: And what would you take off if I bought five thousand rolls?
      Roz: (unfazed) Everything but my bracelets."
      Worth: (laughing) Yes, sir!

    • Ferguson: To me it is. My mum's from Manchester. Used to scream her lungs out for United.
      Daphne: Is that so? My Uncle Jack once tried to get Bobby Charlton's autograph, until Bobby cracked him over the head with a can of lager. Twelve stitches, and he still has the can! Here, let me give you a hand tidying up.
      Ferguson: Oh, thank you, miss.

    • Niles: I saw him first!
      Frasier: You've had a gardener and a maid!
      Niles: Yes, but never a butler!
      Frasier: But it's my turn!
      Niles: But it's my dream!
      Frasier: Daphne won't have to clean anymore!
      (Niles smiles and folds his phone away)
      Niles: I tip my cap, sir.

    • Niles: Machiatto... make it a doup-iato.
      Frasier: Niles! Niles, please. Whatever's wrong, the answer doesn't lie at the bottom of an espresso cup.

    • Roz: It's hard getting what you want these days, isn't it?
      Frasier: (a little wary) Indeed.
      Roz: But you can still find convenience and value, if you know where to look...
      Frasier: Dear God, what are you selling?
      Roz: (produces a sample book of) Wrapping paper! It's a fundraiser for Alice's school.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Ferguson would appear to be cut from the same cloth as the most famous gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves. In the books by P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves would often help Bertie Wooster negotiate tricky social obstacles by "taking the liberty" on his behalf.

      Frasier's final line, "Carry on Ferguson" also alludes to "Carry On Jeeves", a collection of ten short stories about Jeeves and Wooster.

    • Title: Taking Liberties
      The episode title is similar to the 1993 Drama "Taking Liberty".