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When watching Roz and her date, Niles uses the word "Wow" when describing him, but he wonders if that means anything. Frasier sarcastically replies that "it means you're a gay man! Your life with Maris is a big charade and you should have come out of the closet YEARS ago!"
Interestingly, David Hyde Pierce has since come out of the closet.
Martin mentions that "last Sunday was my birthday." Based on information in "The Gift Horse," this means Martin turned 61 the previous Sunday.
Frasier and Roz are unusually affectionate in this episode. When they meet at Café Nervosa they exchange kisses on the cheek and Frasier refers to her as "Roz, honey".
Frasier states that he does not like tassels in this episode, but in the Cheers episode, "And God Created the Woodman", he says that he loves tassels.
Life at KACL: This episode marks a bit of a break from the continuity established throughout the first season. Upon seeing Gil Chesterton, Frasier comments that Gil is "his cue to leave," indicating that Gil's show is to follow his, not The Gonzo Sports Show. This also marks the second mention of Bonnie Weems's car show and we learn that, thanks to Gil, she now occupies the Midnight to 4AM slot.
For this episode, dead-bolts have been newly added to the hall doors to both Frasier's and Roz's studios in order to accommodate the scene where Frasier barricades himself in the studio. Ironically, when Frasier locks these doors, he never touches the newly-installed dead-bolts, but merely wiggles the door handles as if locking them.
Of added interest is the fact that the end-credits scene must have been shot prior to the episode as the dead-bolts have not yet been installed.
Gil pronounces the German for Black Forest Gateaux as "Schwarzwaldkirschtöten"--literally, "Kill Black Forest Cherry!" (The correct name is Schwarzwaldkirschtorte).
In previous episodes in season 1, it is Bulldog who has the time slot following Frasier at work. It would be unusual for a talk radio station to have different schedules on different weekdays. So unless the weekly lineup has changed over the season, this seems peculiar.
During the scene where Frasier and Niles begin to write in Frasier's apartment, it is clearly visible when the shot cuts to Niles that the screen to his laptop isn't on while he is supposed to be typing.
It seems unusual that Frasier was holding Eddie while he was sitting in the front seat because when it comes to Eddie Frasier does not care to hold or pet him and he usually tells Eddie to get down or shoos him off.
They are afraid to re-enter the US from Canada without passports, but how were they able to get OUT of the US in the first place?
When Frasier first asked Niles to join Frasier and Martin on their trip, Niles refused telling Frasier that as his brother, Frasier is entitled to bone marrow and one kidney, but not a Winnebago trip. However, in "Someone to Watch Over Me," Frasier's bodyguard tells him she needs a list of family members who are willing to donate organs should anything happen to Frasier at the awards ceremony. Niles then tells Frasier he has abnormally small kidneys, indicating he would not be willing to give one to Frasier.
Carrie, the sales girl, asks Frasier if Bulldog is gay because he is "overcompensating". Bulldog's portrayer, Dan Butler, is openly gay although his character on the show definitely isn't!
Martin describes the vibrating function on the new chair as "disgusting", but in season one episode 'The Good Son' he says his old chair needs an extension cord to plug in the vibrating part. Of course, the new chair has a "shiatsu" massage setting--and vibration and a "shiatsu massage" are eons apart!
Early in the episode, Martin puts a piece of tape on the seat of his chair, before Frasier accidentally gets it thrown out. However, later on, when Frasier gets the chair back (and in later episodes), that piece of tape is missing. It's possible it was ripped off, of course, but wouldn't Martin have replaced it again if there was a hole in the chair?
Life at KACL: This episode marks the first appearance of the annual "SEABEES" award and banquet for Seattle radio. This event will become a staple of the series during its run.
Niles: (relating to Daphne his first meeting with Maris) ...she was returning from the antique mart with a rare bell jar once owned by Sylvia Plath...
Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas.
This episode ends with Martin outside in the rain, fervently knocking on the window for Frasier, Niles and Daphne to let him in, only they don't hear him over their piano playing and singing. When Frasier entered Niles' house earlier, he initially banged on the window to get Niles and Daphne's attention, but he then burst in through the side door, which must have been unlocked. Why didn't Martin simply enter the house through that same side door, rather than trying to get everyone's attention at the window?
In his "pirate" costume, Niles wears the "Puffy Shirt" from the Seinfeld episode of the same name.
The melody played by Niles' glockenspiel is Chopin's Polonaise in A-Flat Major.
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