Season 4 Episode 14

To Kill a Talking Bird

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Frasier lights the fireplace, if you look to the right of the screen you can see the bird handler's hands giving it the signal to jump to Niles' head.

    • During Frasier's stalling, Stephanie tells him that she has an early morning flight [from Seattle] to Paris. Presuming that affluent folks take nonstop flights, it would have been an early afternoon flight (2PM or so, Pacific time).

    • Shortly after Frasier attempts to lift the bird off of Niles' head when it first becomes attached, it is clearly visible that Baby moves her feet to get a better footing.

  • Quotes

    • Daphne: Oh, you know, I've always been fascinated by these birds that can actually learn how to talk.
      Martin: Oh, they can't talk. They just drill a few words into them at the pet shop, and then they never learn anything else after that.
      Frasier: It is attractive though.
      Martin: Yeah, well, that's the way they are. Cute, but stupid.
      Baby: Awwk, Cute, but stupid!
      (Martin begins to imitate Baby's actions)
      Frasier:You know Daphne, perhaps we should just leave these two alone. I sense a real battle of wits shaping up here.

    • Niles: I don't think my reputation can suffer anymore than it already has.
      Frasier: I wouldn't be so sure about that. Wearing a white bird after Labor day!

    • Niles: (opening the door to his new apartment) Ah, glad you made it
      Frasier: You know, Niles, this precious little building of yours isn't as exclusive as you think. Your doorman waved me right through.
      Niles: Well, that's because he knows you.
      Frasier: Oh, a fan of my show?
      Niles: No, he lives in your building.

    • Frasier: I've let Roz set me up on another one of her blind dates.
      Daphne: Who's the lovely woman?
      Frasier: Oh, a friend from her aerobics. Well, perhaps it won't be too bad. She's 32, has a terrific body... Apparently thinks I'm God's gift to broadcasting.
      Niles: Well, at least you have one thing in common.

  • Notes

    • For his work in this episode, David Lee won the 1997 Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series. This episode was also nominated for a 1997 Emmy for Outstanding Editing in a Multi-Camera Series.

    • Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce appeared as Sideshow Bob and his brother Cecil on The Simpsons episode "Brother From Another Series" two days before this episode aired. There were many references to Frasier in that episode.

  • Allusions

    • The Montana: This is probably based on the Manhattan luxury building 'The Dakota', best known recently for being the site of the murder of John Lennon.

    • Episode Title: To Kill a Talking Bird

      The episode title is in reference to the 1959 Harper Lee novel and 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird for which Gregory Peck won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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