Life at KACL: This episode marks the first time that Frasier's show is seen following Gil Chesterton's "Restaurant Beat." Frasier's time slot has been heretofore established as "drive time," probably 2-5 PM, so Gil's show would be a logical one to program during the lunch hour.
Frasier: One of Seattle's hottest night spots is closing its doors.
Niles: Oh Roz your moving.
(The phone rings)
Martin: Hello, Happy Brothers Restaurant. Table for two? Yeah, no problem. Smoke-damaged or non-smoke-damaged? (he laughs)
Frasier: You know, we could tell people he died in the explosion.
Frasier: Niles, how are those eels coming?
Niles: I'm just trimming them now. (hacks at the water with a cleaver)
Frasier: Oh no, Niles! Take them out of the tank!
Niles: Not until I'm sure they're dead! (keeps hacking)
Daphne: Oh, for heaven's sakes! (grabs an eel and smashes it against the cook's table)
Roz: Okay, table four wants to make some changes: they want the sole beranica without the grapes. (Daphne begins flicking off the grapes) Spinach instead of broccoli and risotto instead of pasta. They also want the swordfish but hold the capers...
Daphne: Oh, for heaven's sakes, can't you just tell them no substitutions?
Roz: I have trouble saying no.
Niles: So the guidebooks tell us.
Frasier: It's our chef's specialty. The man can do things with eels you just wouldn't believe!
Martin: I arrested a guy for that once.
Martin: You see, that's what always gets you guys in trouble. You don't think about the hard work or the long hours. No, to you, owning a restaurant is just wearing fancy clothes, hobnobbing with your friends and turning your enemies away at the door.
Niles: (excited) I hadn't even thought about that!
Daphne: Owning a restaurant is hard work. If you don't scald yourself or lop off a finger with a cleaver, you spend your whole time gagging at grease fires, killing rats and brawling with labor racketeers. (off their shocked expressions) My auntie had a little tea room.
Daphne: Why are Americans always in such an almighty rush to tear things down? At home, we treasure our antiquities, but you people just can't wait to bring in the bulldozers.
Niles: You know, I'm inclined to agree with Daphne.
Frasier: I'll try to contain my amazement.
Niles: The owner's going to have his hands full trying to find a buyer for this place.
Frasier: Yes, alas. I'm afraid we've found one old relic whose time has come to be put out of his misery. (Otto has come back and looks worried at this) Oh no, Otto, I didn't mean you.
Martin: I'm goin' to the john. Order me a beer.
Frasier: Oh gee, Dad, for a moment there, I thought you were going to surprise me and order a glass of wine.
Martin: Oh yeah, for a moment there, I thought you were gonna surprise me and button your yap.
Frasier: What has happened to this place?
Niles: I know. It's like running into a movie star you worshipped as a child, only time has left her hair brittle, her eyes sunken and dull, her skin waxy and sallow...
Martin: Well, I got quite an appetite. How 'bout you, Daph?
Frasier: Thank you, Roz. Niles, tonight let's go to Orsini's for one glorious farewell dinner.
Niles: Why not? I'll make the reservations. We'll take Dad and Daphne.
Frasier: Great. Will Maris be joining us?
Niles: Ohhh...sadly, no. She had a bad experience there one Christmas Eve. An Italian soccer team was sitting at the next table, Maris announced she was in the mood for a goose, and--perhaps inevitably--tragedy ensued.
Niles: Just enough time to show you the John Steinbeck first edition I bought at the rare book fair. Saint Katy the Virgin in like-new condition.
Frasier: Yes, well, she'd have to be, wouldn't she?
Gil: And so, in the opinion of this critic, Mickey's Good Time Tavern is anything but. Dismal decor, perfunctory service, and cuisine which is only marginally preferable to hunger. (he waves to Frasier) And finally, on a sadder note, after fifty-three years in the same location, Orsini's is closing its doors. And so tonight, a sad adieu to the grande dame of Seattle restaurants.
Roz: (aside to Frasier) I thought he was the grande dame of Seattle restaurants.
Customer: I want my car, now!
Frasier: Yes, ma'am, right away. (He grabs the radio) Quick, Otto, bring car twenty-three right away.
Otto: (voice over) Who is this?
Frasier: It's the voice of God!
Martin: Don't stop there! You can hire guards to stand on the rooftop and shoot people as they try to come in.
Roz: Big blue flash. Cherries...everywhere!
Guest star Diedrich Bader played a waiter at Melville's during the Seventh Season of Cheers.
This episode received a 1995 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series.
Niles: (recalling his eighth birthday party at Orsini's, a restaurant that is now closing) Childhood memories are so vivid.
Niles: Wearing paper hats, singing "Happy Birthday", sending back the Veal Prince Orloff...
Although Veal Prince Orloff is a classic French dish (a veal roast, sliced and layered with a combination of onion and mushrooms), most people will probably recognize it as the meal prepared by Sue Ann Nivens and served by Mary in "The Dinner Party", Season Four on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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