Season 7 Episode 11

The Fight Before Christmas (2)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 1999 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Debut appearance of Dr. Mel Karnofsky, played by Jane Adams.

    • Interesting that Frasier is amused by Kenny's "Christmas in Mexico" party theme. In "Miracle On Third Or Fourth Street" (Season One), Frasier has chosen red chili pepper lights for his own Christmas tree, saying that they are "very fashionable". What's more, those same lights are on the tree at Kenny's office party.

    • It is past the time when Frasier's party guests were due to arrive but Frasier is still optimistic. The doorbell rings and he strikes a welcoming pose, hand on hip, arm raised and says "Daphne, open the floodgates!" You can see, however, that even before the doorbell rings, Kelsey Grammer has already begun to assume this welcoming pose.

  • Quotes

    • (Daphne disovered that Niles has a crush on her.)
      Daphne: Well, I can't very well discuss it with Dr. Crane, he's so close to Dr. Crane. If I told him, he might tell Dr. Crane and then Dr. Crane might feel embarrassed.
      Roz: Yeah, why confuse things?

    • Frasier: Have you been baking?
      Gil: I have! Gingerbread men.
      Frasier: Oh my, don't they look muscular!
      Gil: Yes, well, my wife and I made a New Year's Resolution. Deb and I have joined a gym to slim down and buff up. We needed these to inspire us.
      Frasier: Ah, yes, there's nothing to strengthen a dieter's resolve like a good motivational pastry.

    • Niles: (On Yoshi) He had a heart attack when he was out trimming Maris' elaborate hedge maze. The paramedics never had a chance.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Pandora's Box
      When Frasier finally reveals to Mel that Niles was with Maris the previous night, Niles quips, "Well, anything else in the box, Pandora?"
      Pandora's box is featured in a myth, in which Pandora is told not to open the box she's given. She is so curious she does open the box and unleashes all kinds of terrible things on the world like hate and sadness. She manages to save one creature from escaping, though - hope.

    • The epiosode title is an obvious allusion to Clement C. Moore's classic poem "The Night Before Christmas".