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It seems odd there would be a phone on Frasier's desk at home only ten feet away from his cordless phone. No doubt it was just put there to speed up the joke when he calls his Aunt and she hangs up on him.
Martin's brother is present in this episode, but Martin previously stated he did not have a brother in "Author, Author".
This episode shares several similarities with the 1st season episode "The Show Where Lilith Comes Back". These similarities include:
- A Crane brother sleeping with Lilith.
- Lilith ordering poached eggs from room service and having the order made incorrectly.
- The respective Crane brother frantically listing all the reasons why sleeping with Lilith was a mistake after she said "It's a mistake" referring to her eggs
- The respective Crane brother comforting Lilith in the mirror after her emotional breakdown. Both Frasier and Niles start off saying "Do you know what I see? I see a beautiful woman..."
Frasier's shoes appear and disappear from his feet while he his in the motel room. They appear when he sits on the chair, but are gone when he walks to the chair on the other side of the room. There you see his shoes on the floor, and he puts them on.
Seeing as Niles is a Jungian, it is unlikely that he would use Freud's ID and Super Ego to explain his sleeping with Lilith, however he may have been trying to play to Frasier's good side, as Frasier is a Freudian.
Guy: (To Niles who he thinks might be gay, like himself) Annie is not your... cup of tea?
Niles: (Placing his hand on Guy's knee) Just between us, my interests lie elsewhere this weekend (Winks).
Guy: (Leeringly) Oh, really.
After Guy says "Oh, really", the shot changes to catch Niles' reaction. If you look at Guy, however, you can see it is simply another perspective of him saying "Oh, really", but without sound. The editor has simply used the shot again for Niles' reaction.
Niles states that while they were courting, he sent Maris a valentine stating:
You are the girl my heart adores, Everything I have is yours.
Now his lawyers are calling it a prenup. However, as we are all aware, Niles has stated (on more than one occasion) that there IS a prenup in place. (Take Season 4's "Are You Being Served?", for example).
Even though Maris might prefer to use the old valentine as a prenup, the laws of any state would preclude this because the prenup was clearly executed after the valentine. This means even if the valentine was deemed a valid prenup (which is unlikely), the existence of a later instrument that is final and complete (the actual prenup) would invalidate and override the earlier instrument.
When Frasier unexpectedly sits in at the poker game, two of the regular players are already sitting on relatively uncomfortable folding wooden chairs, yet Frasier finds an unused comfortable desk chair right beside the poker table.
(Frasier and Niles are at the Café Nervosa)
Niles: These biscotti represent an all-time low. Chalky aftertaste, inelegant aroma, spongy.
Frasier: And what is spongy biscotti but an unwelcome trespasser into Madeleine territory.
Madeleines are a shell-shaped, French spongecake cookie, crisp on the outside, but cake on the inside.
At one point in this episode, Frasier enters his ex-girfriend's answering machine and listens to his own messages, and then accidentally deletes all of them.
A very similar gag had been used in the TV series '
Friends more than a year before, in the episode 'The One Where No One's Ready' (season 3, episode 2), when Monica calls her ex-boyfriend Richard's answering machine, deletes all his messages and ends up recording a new (and surreal) welcome message for him.
Martin says that Eddie's birthday is May 7th but in 'Goodnight Seattle (1)', it is May 15th.
Frasier says his birthday is in March, yet in 'Are You Being Served?' the entry in Hester's old diary for April 14th says that she is expecting her first child soon.
Martin is watching a Seattle Seahawks game on television, which fits with the November airdate, however, if the boat show that Niles and Martin attended is the annual Seattle Boat Show, that is scheduled in late January, to avoid conflict with the Seahawks since both used the Kingdome as a venue until it was demolished in 2000.
Thanks to Daphne, Niles "double-dipped" Frasier's morel mushroom and tarragon sauce. Niles emerged from the kitchen sampling the sauce from a wooden spoon. Shortly thereafter, Daphne takes the spoon from him and returns to the kitchen where she uses it to continue stirring the sauce.
Frasier said that if Maris was in the sun for even three minutes she'd "sear like an ahi tuna." However, in 'Dinner at Eight', we learned that the smell of charred meat reminded Niles of Maris in her home tanning bed. If Maris can be exposed to UV rays in a tanning bed, why can't she be exposed to the sun's UV rays?
Roz says she's never seen Maris before. However, this is not true. In 'The Botched Language of Cranes' from season 2, both Maris and Roz attended the hospital charity event where Frasier spoke. Although the audience did not see Maris in that episode, at one point everyone sitting at Frasier's table, including Roz, watched Maris pursue another woman at the event in the hopes of securing a seat on that woman's fund raising board. This means Roz saw Maris at least that one time.
(Frasier, Niles, and Roz have just spotted Maris who is on the same cruise as they are) Roz: (referring to Maris) Who wears a black dress and a veil on a cruise? Frasier: Roz, the woman has virtually no pigmentation. Three minutes in the sun, she'd sear like an ahi tuna. Ahi tuna (also known as yellow fin tuna) is a sushi-grade fish, which is to say it can be eaten raw. It is normally served lightly seared on the outside but raw inside, which makes the "three minutes in the sun" reference particularly apt.
This is the only time in the entire eleven years of Frasier that we have any direct experience of Maris. As Frasier, Roz and Martin are hiding in her bathroom, she enters. We hear her gargling and see her shadow on the shower curtain as she enters and leaves.
Niles is feeling down because Maris will be in Zurich instead of spending their anniversary with him. Martin fixes him a hot toddy to make him feel better. The (unusual) dark green pedestal-style coffee mugs Martin uses can be seen in the previous episode ('The 1000th Show') when Martin and Daphne have coffee at the Café Nervosa. It's conceivable that Martin liked them so much he bought them, but they are never referred to.
Some viewers were concerned by the fact that Roz drinks alcohol in this episode, as it aired after the episode where she learned she was pregnant. However, this show was intended to air before Roz knew of the pregnancy, but was pre-empted for baseball playoffs.
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