Frasier

Season 11 Episode 4

The Babysitter

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Aired Unknown Oct 07, 2003 on NBC
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Romance is in the air for Martin when Frasier and Niles run into their old babysitter.

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  • 1104

    6.0
    Christopher Lloyd (one of the Frasier producers) worked with Wendie Malick on Just Shoot Me, and since that show ended last year, and needing to spice this show up, it was a no-brainer to add her to the cast. This created a long romantic arc for Martin, and one that did shy away a bit from the usual model for Frasier. Frasier rarely focused on Martin's love life, so this did freshen things up a bit, even if the 11th season was pretty mediocre as a whole.



    While I did not love this episode, it did feature strong performances by the cast around. The already mentioned Wendie Malick left an impression in fans' eyes, and David Hyde Pierce was as good as ever tonight, despite not being given the best material.



    Okay episode, but Frasier is capable of so much more than this.moreless
  • The reason Niles dusts chairs before sitting down on them is revealed.

    10
    Frasier and Niles enter a furniture store looking for a chair for Frasier's new office when he returns to private practice.



    While shopping they run into their old babysitter Ronee Lawrence, and we finally find out why Niles is always wiping off things.



    Frasier invites her over to get caught up, with hops of starting a romantic relationship, but what he doesn't suspect is for Martin to start working his charm.



    So throughout the night both Frasier and Martin compete for Ronee's attention, and when she is called off to work, they both go down there to have her choose one of them.



    Ronee is a great character, and its good that she wasn't a one time character, but became a recurring one.moreless
  • Frasier and Martin fight for the attention of the same women - the boys former babysitter Ronee

    8.0
    Although I didn’t think this was a classic episode it was an important one because it introduced Ronee, who turned out to be an important character throughout the rest of the season.



    I liked this episode because it combined several plot lines together really well. Niles was worried about becoming a parent and Frasier invading his territory by returning to private practice, Frasier was also concerned about his venture. I thought it also had some brilliant one-liners in it as well –

    “Hurry back Momma likes an audience” “Good coz Daddy likes to watch”

    “Since when do I bring you women? Who are you the Sultan of Brunei?” – particularly KG’s delivery of that line.

    I thought the whole cheese thing was hilarious, especially Niles’ reaction to the viagra – “they give that away with Velveeta?” as well as the mad scramble to hide it when Martin came back in.

    It also cracked me up to discover that the cause of the bug and germ phobia that Niles has is all down to Ronee and the bedtime stories that she used to tell him. I thought that was brilliant.



    Not a classic episode but certainly a good one.

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Martin: (to Frasier about Ronee) I thought you brought her here for me.
      Frasier: Since when do I bring you women? What are you, the Sultan of Brunei?

      The current Sultan of Brunei, one of the wealthiest men in the world, has two wives. His former second wife was an airline stewardess, and his current second wife, was a TV personality, 33 years his junior.

    • If you look closely at the top right hand corner of the room screen in the left of the opening shot you can see a lump of chewing gum. Moments before filming began Kelsey Grammer realised he was still chewing and didn't have time to put it anywhere else.

    • For the studio audience Kelsey Grammer and Peri Gilpin did a read through of the scene at KACL that would later open the episode Freudian Sleep - where Frasier doesn't have any callers and makes Roz phone into the show - because they were going to include the scene in this episode but weren't going to film it that night.

    • After calling Martin the "Sultan of Brunei," Frasier grabs his wine glass with one hand on the top and walks out of the kitchen. In the next shot when he is coming out he is holding it by the neck and there was no time for him to change his grip.

    • Frasier says he hasn't been in private practice for "12 years," but it has only been 10 (he gave up his practice in Boston in 1993, and it is now 2003).

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Frasier: Thank you, Niles. You know, perhaps my depression over losing Ronee was actually rooted in my feelings for her from long ago as well. After all, she was the first person to reject me. Even though she never knew it. Perhaps by pursuing her again, I was hoping to undo that first rejection, thereby erasing all the subsequent rejections in my life and giving myself a much needed shot of self-esteem.
      (He jumps up)
      Frasier: Did you hear that?! My analytical skills are on fire!
      Niles: And your own horn-tooting skills haven't abandoned you either.
      Frasier: Well, so much for worrying about whether I'm ready to get back into private practice. The answer is a resounding "Yes"!
      Niles: Yes, well you better be sure because it's a completely different animal...and oh, I just remembered, the zoo is having a fund raiser, I signed you up for two hundred dollars, that's the Safari Level, you know who has malaria? Mrs. ...
      (He stands up)
      Frasier: Niles! Do you realize your babbling kicks in whenever I talk about my return to private practice? Perhaps this condition of yours has less to do with baby jitters and more to do with my entering your domain. My God! If I get any hotter I'm going to set off the sprinklers!

    • Martin: Yeah. She was a very pretty girl.
      Frasier: And did Mom ever notice you notice her?
      Martin: Oh, yeah. We even had a fight once about it.
      Frasier: Well, there you are. You're still feeling guilt and shame for being attracted to her all those years ago. But she's an adult now and you should really allow yourself to explore these feelings.
      Niles: Very good, Frasier.

    • Niles: Frasier, you have got to snap out of this. You start seeing patients soon. You realize you're only using food to fill a void. Oh, I forgot to void that check to the dry cleaner. I got my camel coat home, it had a spot the size of a krugerrand I know for a fact wasn't there when...
      Frasier: Niles!
      Niles: Sorry. What are you doing with Dad's Velveeta?
      Frasier: Well, what do you think I'm doing? I'm gonna eat it.
      Niles: Okay, Frasier, this isn't funny anymore.

    • Ronee: I get no kick from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all. So tell me then why it should it be true, that I get a kick out of you? I think you're cute, Marty Crane. I think that if your poor hip wasn't stiff you could dance just terrifically, too. And I get a kick out of you.

    • Ronee: I'm going to take a little break. Try not to kill yourselves with disappointment.

    • Frasier: I can't believe the way you are humiliating yourself. A man your age!
      Martin: Hey, she was flirting with me!
      Frasier: She was flirting with me! You just got caught in the crossfire.
      Martin: Daphne, you saw it. Which one of us was she attracted to?

    • Ronee: Don't be long, you two. Mama likes an audience.
      Martin: Good. 'Cause Daddy likes to watch.

    • Ronee: Of course. How are you Mr. Crane?
      Martin: It's Marty and I'm just great. Gee, you haven't changed a bit.
      Ronee: Oh yes I have. I can legally drink now.

    • Frasier: Oh, Dad. Hey.
      Martin: Hey, guys. Wow, what's with the fancy spread?
      Frasier: Niles and I ran into Ronee Lawrence today and she's coming over for cocktails. You remember, our old babysitter.
      Martin: Oh, yeah. I remember Ronee. Pretty little thing. Yeah, how's she looking these days?
      Niles: Eyes pulled so tight she could land a roll in "Flower Drum Song".
      Frasier: She happens to look fabulous.

    • Daphne: So, Frasier, did you find a couch?
      Niles: No, I must've tested a hundred for him.
      Frasier: You know, have some sympathy, Niles. Obviously, my foot-dragging is a kind of avoidance. After all, I haven't been in private practice for twelve years. Maybe I don't have the skills anymore.
      Daphne: Oh, don't worry. Your patients will never notice.
      (Niles gets an hors d'oeuvre)
      Niles: Yes, well, if he doesn't pick a couch soon, patients will be lying on the floor. What is this? It smells...oh, it's olive topinade! Your going to an awful lot of trouble for a "Drop by sometime" kind of evening. Here Daphne, try this, ooh, try one of these. Ooh, spring rolls. Oh, we found the best Chinese restaurant today...

    • Ronee: Great. It'll be just like old times. Except you get to stay up late. Hey, Niles, do you remember when I used to tell you those scary bed time stories?
      Niles: No, not really.
      Ronee: Yeah, yeah. You thought there were earwig eggs on all the furniture and you started taking one of those hankies out and wiping off all the chairs before you'd sit in them because you were afraid...
      (She makes crawling and burrowing motions at his head)
      Niles: Nothing still, I'm sorry.
      Ronee: I'm glad. For a while there I was afraid that maybe I scarred you for life. Bloop!
      (She pokes at his head and he stiffens up)
      Ronee: Well, I gotta run, I'll see you guys tonight.
      Frasier: Okay, bye.
      (He watches as she hurries off, then turns to Niles)
      Frasier: Okay go ahead, Niles.
      (Niles twitchily gets up and gets a handkerchief)
      Niles: Oh, she put her fingers in my ears....
      Frasier: I know, I know...
      Niles: She was just...
      Frasier: I know, give it a good one.
      (Niles rubs his ears with the handkerchief and then furiously wipes
      down the couch)

    • Ronee: Every time something sags, drags or bags, I get Dr. Goldman right on top of it. And then I call a plastic surgeon.

    • Niles: Oh, what about this one? Frasier, you really must make a decision. We've been to six stores already, and oh, that reminds me, I must cancel our squash game tomorrow...
      Frasier: Don't you hear that?
      Niles: Yes, now that you mention it, I do. It's sort of like a nervous tic of some kind. I wonder what could be causing it.
      Frasier: Well, let's see: you do have a baby on the way. Perhaps your incessant jabbering is just a way of distracting yourself from this life changing event.
      Niles: How could I have missed something so obvious?
      Frasier: Well, it's not so hard to believe. You were fifteen before you discovered there was a correlation between being beaten up every day and going to school in a Panama hat.

    • Niles: Oh, now look at that couch. Now this is something you might want to consider for your new office. Although, I'm not sure how well that, what is that, sort of linen, is going to wear. Oh, you know what I'm going to wear at the opera fund raiser on Friday night? Or is it Saturday? I'll check my book. A lovely linen shirt with my new Zegnia suit. That's a funny word, "Zegnia". The "g" is silent. Silent "g" like lasagna.
      Frasier: Niles?
      Niles: Yes?
      Frasier: Do you notice that you've been awfully chatty lately?
      Niles: No, but Daphne mentioned it to me this morning.

    • Martin: I thought you brought her here for me.
      Frasier: Since when do I bring you women? What are you, the Sultan of Brunai?

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Niles: (to Frasier) If you tortured that metaphor any more you'd be before a tribunal in The Hague.

      Established in 1899, The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), is an international organization based in The Hague in the Netherlands. It deals with, among others things, cases of inhumanity.

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