Frasier

Season 3 Episode 11

The Friend

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Aired Unknown Jan 16, 1996 on NBC
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Realising that he doesn't have any friends other than Niles, Frasier appeals to his listeners hoping to make a new friend. Responding to a fax, Frasier agrees to meet a man for coffee - and soon discovers that they have nothing in common.

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  • So as you can see this is one of the most well writen episodes of all time. Just get out and watch it.

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    "The Friend" has one of the best storylines in the history of forever. I know that's a bold statement but if you know anything about Frasier, you will love this episode. To start with, the clever plot of Frasier trying to find a friend is briliant. While Frasier goes off with his new "friend" Niles tries to find a friend to show Frasier that he can also get friends. Now about the friends: Frasier's friend



    Name: Bob



    Age: Unknown



    Occupation: Photographer at Value Mart



    How he knows Frasier: Frasier opened up on the radio to find a friend.



    Profile: Photographer who wears interesting hats, loves barbecue and using air quotes.



    Niles' friend



    Name: Ralph



    Age: Unknown



    Occupation: Pool cleaner



    How he knows Niles: Came to clean his pool and they started talking.



    Profile: A poor pool cleaner who lives in his van.moreless
Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne

Bob Reynolds

Guest Star

Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin

Voice of Gerard

Guest Star

Ben Mittleman

Ben Mittleman

Ralph

Guest Star

Luck Hari

Luck Hari

Waitress

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Frasier and Bob leave Café Nervosa after their initial meeting, Bob has the "Big Book of Barbeque" on his lap. However when Frasier follows him out, the book is now on the table.

    • This is the only episode in which a tablecloth is used at Café Nervosa. It is on the central table where Frasier first meets his "new friend" Bob (Griffin Dunne). Obviously, the tablecloth is meant to hide the fact that Bob is in a wheelchair until his disability becomes dramatically relevant.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Frasier: You've broken up with a lot of people, Roz. What do you find is the most effective thing to say?
      Roz: I love you and I want to have your baby.

    • Martin: Did you have a good time?
      Frasier: Hardly. The man talks endlessly on topics that are of no interest to anyone but him.
      Martin: Gee, I can't imagine what that's like.

    • Niles: (upon finding out Frasier is meeting someone else at Cafe Nervosa) Bob? You're dumping me for someone named "Bob?"

    • (Niles makes small talk with the pool man)
      Niles: You know, Ralph, I was thinking that in many ways my profession is a lot like yours. I start out skimming the surface of the human psyche. Then I plunge ever deeper into the murky undercurrents, adding chemicals when necessary.

    • Niles: (explaining why he doesn't want to go to the horse race) It's the jockeys, if you must know. Diminuitive, underweight figures in expensive silks wielding riding crops just remind me too much of Maris.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode alludes to the movie What About Bob (1991), about a psychiatrist who can't seem to get rid of a pest named "Bob" (the name of Griffin Dunne's character in this episode).

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