Season 5 Episode 12

The Zoo Story

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Frasier walks into Cafe Nervosa, with a bandage on his head)
      Frasier: Latte, please.
      Waitress: Hey, didn't I see your picture in the paper today? There was a big bird, chasing you around a little couch.
      Frasier: Latte, please.
      (waitress leaves)
      Niles: Well, I think you have a real case against the maker of those crane sedatives.
      Frasier: I just wish they'd named the damned bird after somebody else.
      Niles: Gregory Peck, perhaps.

    • Bebe: We go way back, the Hammer and I. I know where the bodies are buried. (Looks pensive) Usually, that's just a metaphor...

    • (Bebe wants to be Frasier's agent again)
      Bebe: Please! I won't be the same Bebe you knew! I'll change! I'll be like Ben... only competent!

    • Frasier: Isn't there a zebra carcass you should be hovering over?
      Bebe: You want to see a carcass, chum? Look in the mirror, look what you've let that man do to you. Your face is riddled with bird bites, your name's a punchline, and your career is five minutes from over, and he's only been your agent for three days!

    • Frasier: (to Roz) You're entitled to choose whomever you want to repreent you. Someone who's honest or a woman whose ethics would have raised eyebrows in the court of Caligula.

    • Frasier: It turns out the station manager won't be renegotiating the contracts himself. Apparently he's brought in one of these hired guns stations use to reduce costs. Some fellow nicknamed "The Hammer."
      Niles: I'm assuming they call him "The Hammer" because he's tough.
      Frasier: No, Niles, because he loves the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein!

    • Frasier: Are you aware that you are in the men's room?
      Bebe: Oh, please, if I paid attention to signs with little pictures on them I'd never get a parking space.

    • (Frasier wants to find an agent with ethics)
      Bebe: Happy hunting. If things don't work out, you know my number.
      Frasier: Still 666, is it?!

  • Notes

    • This episode seems to have been aired out of order. Roz excitedly describes how Bebe earned her a spot on "Clint Webber's show." Clint Webber is not introduced until episode #113 "The Perfect Guy" as a brand new employee of KACL.

  • Allusions

    • Frasier: (to Roz) You're entitled to choose whomever you want to repreent you. Someone who's honest or a woman whose ethics would have raised eyebrows in the court of Caligula.

      Caligula, properly Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (31 August AD 12 – 24 January AD 41) was Roman emperor from AD 37–41. Philo of Alexandria and Seneca the Younger describe Caligula as an insane emperor who was self-absorbed, angry, killed on a whim, and indulged in too much spending and sex. He is accused of sleeping with other men's wives and bragging about it, killing for mere amusement, deliberately wasting money on his bridge, causing starvation,and wanting a statue of himself erected in the Temple of Jerusalem for his worship. Once, at some games at which he was presiding, he ordered his guards to throw an entire section of the crowd into the arena during intermission to be eaten by animals because there were no criminals to be prosecuted and he was bored.

    • Ben : You just clean up your language, pal. I walked out on that Mamet play, I can walk out on you.

      Ben is referring to playwright David Mamet, who is known to use coarse language in his plays. In his most popular work, Glengarry Glen Ross, the f-word is said 138 times!

    • Bebe : Well, well, well, look who's here. It's KACL's Frasier Crane.
      Frasier : And Rosemary's Bebe.

      A reference to Rosemary's Baby, the 1968 film about a baby conceived by the devil.

    • Episode Title: The Zoo Story
      The episode title is the same as Edward Albee's Zoo Story. However, the two plots bear little similarity.