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  • Season 1 Episode 23: Frasier Crane's Day Off

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 22: Author, Author

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 21: Travels with Martin

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 20: Fortysomething

  • 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!

  • Season 1 Episode 19: Give Him the Chair!

  • 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?

  • Season 1 Episode 18: And the Whimper is...

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 17: A Midwinter Night's Dream

  • 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.

  • The time on Niles' musical clock changes time suddenly and frequently between shots, once from 9:00 to 10:55 to 11:25 almost instantly.

  • Season 1 Episode 16: The Show Where Lilith Com...

  • After Lilith apologizes to Niles, to show his appreciation he says that next time she comes to town, the two of them should get together. While Lilith did appear on the show a few more times after that, she always showed up away from Seattle (Bora Bora in "Adventures in Paradise" and Boston in "A Lilith Thanksgiving". In the Season 5 episode "Room Service" she does eventually return to Seattle and does end up getting together with Niles. Ironically, they get together sexually.

  • Life at KACL: Frasier suggests to Lilith that she should keep her "dial tuned to KACL for Gil Chesterton's "Restaurant Beat" when Lilith says she has no dinner plans. This is the first time we learn the title of Gil's show, and establishes a bit of a continuity error in that Bulldog's show usually follows Frasier's. Up to now we have only seen Gil off air and know very little about his show's timeslot.

  • After dinner Lilith is seen asking Martin about any "repressed sexual urges" that he may have encountered while subduing a suspect who had fired on him. Sexual repression is usually associated with Freudian psychology, of which Lilith is highly critical, along with her usual criticism of Frasier, who is a Freudian. This seems like an odd question for Lilith, who would probably be an Adlerian or a Behaviorist, to ask.

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