Season 1 Episode 1

The Good Son

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 1993 on NBC

Episode Recap

The Job: Frasier is at the studio of KACL radio, giving advice to listeners who call in. His producer Roz sits in the next booth. She screens the calls that come into the show and she also warns Frasier when he is running out of air time. Unfortunately, Frasier is long-winded and he gets cut off by the news after all.

The Brother: Frasier and Niles are talking at their favorite hang-out, Café Nervosa. After poking fun at each other, the two brothers then seriously discuss the condition of their father. Their father had been injured by a bullet in the hip while working as a policeman, and he now needed someone to take care of him. Niles brought along plenty of pamphlets of nursing homes, and after deciding that they just couldn't put their father away like that, Frasier reluctantly agrees to let their father move in with him.

The Father: Frasier's quiet and peaceful life is disturbed when his father Martin moves in. Frasier's sense of style is disturbed when Martin's chair is moved in.

Eddie: All Eddie does is sit and stare at Frasier, and it gives Frasier the creeps. But because he's Martin's best friend, he moves in too. Oh, who's Eddie? He's the dog!

Frasier and Niles meet again at Café Nervosa. Frasier is ready to look at the pamphlets of rest homes again, because living with Martin just isn't easy for Frasier. He tries to ask Niles to take on some of the responsibility of caring for their dad, but instead Niles suggests that he just hires a home care worker to help take care of Martin.

The Home Care Specialist: Several women are being interviewed for the position, but the only one that Martin likes is the English woman who admired his chair. Her name is Daphne Moon. She possesses some psychic skills. She understood that the job included living arrangements, so reluctantly, Frasier agrees to allow Daphne to move in also.

Frasier reaches out emotionally to his father to let him know that he wanted him to live there so that they could grow closer and for a bond but he needs Martin to be just a little bit more grateful. However, Martin doesn't respond, because he has so much trouble expressing his feelings.

Lupe Velez: Back at KACL, Frasier expresses his feelings to Roz, who then proceeds to tell him about Lupe Velez, a movie star of the 30's. Lupe decided if she couldn't be remembered for her career then she would be remembered by her suicidal death. Only, the suicide didn't go as planned. But, nonetheless, she was not forgotten. The point of Roz's story is that even when things don't work out like we want them to, they still have a way of working out.

Frasier takes another call. It's Martin on Line One. He's having a problem with his son. The "Martin" that called in to the show turns out to be Martin Crane, Frasier's father. Martin is finally able to express his feelings to Frasier while on the air.

Sometimes we develop a picture of what we want our lives to be, and when it doesn't become that we are often disappointed and wind up overlooking the good that can come of the new situation. Frasier learns how to accept changes and makes this realization as he takes the last call of the show.

The show ends with everyone sitting in Frasier's living room watching television… everyone that is, except for Eddie, who is watching Frasier.