Season 9 Episode 4

The Return of Martin Crane

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Martin is carrying several ties and asks for help picking out a Navy blue one to wear with his uniform. Niles says he'll help and takes the ties from him. Although the ties are never again dealt with, Martin suddenly has a Navy blue clip-on in his hand.

    • About 14 minutes into the episode, Martin is putting the final touches on his uniform in the mirror. The scene apparently required John Mahoney to finish up and then think back to the day he was shot. Clearly, however, he can't get the name tag attached to his pocket in time, so just holds it on with his finger as the scene dissolves to the flashback.

  • Quotes

    • Niles: (after entering a diner where Martin is eating with his partner Frank and being greeted by the both of them, and beginning to wipe his chair down as usual) You know very well what's up, Maris just called me; you booted her car.
      Martin: Nonchalantly Oh yeah, I remember having a car booted earlier, it was parked kinda close to a hydrant. Was that hers?
      Niles: (Angrily) The license plate says 'Maris'?
      Martin: It's a very common name, right Frank?
      Frank: My mother's name is Maris.
      Niles: (He looks at Frank suspiciously) Dad, Maris is very upset... can't believe you booted her.
      Martin: Hey, I wouldn't be upset if you booted her!
      (Martin and Frank both laugh as they slap hands under the table)

    • Frasier: (in Martin's room, explaining to everyone why Eddie can't be walked right then) Apparently his nibs will explode if he doesn't go out around ten.
      Daphne: (later, as she's leaving Martin's room) So, what happens when your nibs explode?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The title is a reference to the 1983 French film The Return of Martin Guerre, which deals with a man returning to his home after years at war and no one recognizes him.

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