Season 6 Episode 18

Taps at the Montana

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Martin: Well, how was dinner?
      Niles: Let's just say that when I picked my lobster out of the tank at the restaurant, I had no idea it was in for a better evening than I.

    • Mrs. Latimer: You mean the natives actually were attentive to your lectures?
      Niles: Yes, they did. Except, of course, for the Pygmies. It went right over their heads.

    • Martin: Well, some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed.
      Niles: Well, at the Shangri-La, the highlight of my day is getting out of bed, so I can slam it back up into the wall!

    • Mrs. Latimer: Dr. Crane, while you were on the subcontinent, did you happen to spot any rare African waterfowl?
      Niles: Just one - but it was already spotted.

    • Frasier: Nothing says party like a tracheotomy.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • This episode contains apparent references to Monty Python's "Parrot Sketch". When Mrs. Latimer asks Niles where his (recently deceased) bird is, he answers: "She's resting". Also, when Niles is told Mr. Probst is dead he tries in vain to wake Probst up saying: "No, no, he's sleeping."

    • Taps is a somber military bugle call from the U.S. Civil War, which is played at military funerals and on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. It is a multi-used pun in this episode as the guests play the game "Murderer" and both Niles's cockatoo Baby and a party guest die during the episode. What's more, when we first meet Dr. MacLowery, he is tap-dancing.

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