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  • Season 3 Episode 18: Chess Pains

  • In the opening scene, Niles confesses to feeling lonely, to which Daphne replies, "...perhaps all you need is a little company at the apartment." This is one of the few references made during season three to where Niles has been living since his separation from Maris.

    In "The Last Time I Saw Maris," earlier in the season, Niles states that he has rented "a bachelor pad." There is also a brief reference by Niles to his "new address" in the episode "Come Lie With Me." We learn nothing more about where Niles lives until he rents an apartment at "The Montana" in season four's "To Kill a Talking Bird."

  • Season 3 Episode 19: Crane vs. Crane

  • This episode again suggests that Frasier and Niles do at least understand German.
    The line Niles quotes is "Ha! Er ist schön, der Knabe!" which translates into "Oh! He is beautiful, this boy!"

  • Season 3 Episode 20: Police Story

  • When Martin calls the police station to get information of the female cop (Maureen Cutler), he ends the conversations in less than 30 seconds. He then gives Frasier a list of information on her that he could not have received in the time he was on the phone.

  • Frasier cannot blow out the "magic" candles on his cake, but a mere second after he gives up trying, not only are the candles out, but they are no longer on the cake.

  • Season 3 Episode 22: Frasier Loves Roz

  • Frasier trumps Niles' 'seven' (women he's slept with) with 'eleven'. At first glance it may seem like simple one-up-man-ship (Nile's certainly thinks so), but even we the audience know that up to this point Frasier has slept with at least seven: his piano teacher (Clarice), Nanny G, Lilith, Diane Chambers, Bebe Glazer, Madeleine Marshall and Kate Costas. If we know of seven, then eleven doesn't seem all that far-fetched.

  • David Duchovny who played the guest caller in this episode who claims that he and his partner are sexually insatiable for each other. In 2008 Duchovny would admit to being a sexual addict.

  • This episode contains a rare example of product placement on Frasier. At Frasier's apartment, Roz says she's going to get a Coke, and then goes into the kitchen and takes a can of Coca-Cola from the fridge, opens it and sips from it. This was the third season of Frasier and the series was becoming popular enough for such things to occur. In subsequent seasons, however, you see no more of it, so apparently the producers decided it wasn't right for the show. The only other products we ever see mentioned specifically, such as BMW, Mercedes, M&M's and Balantine, were integral to the stories/characters and it's unlikely they were product placements.

  • Despite the episode ending with Roz still thinking that Frasier has deep feelings for her, the incident is never mentioned on the show again.

  • Season 3 Episode 23: The Focus Group

  • As presented here, the two-way mirror would be ineffective with Frasier and Roz in a room with the lights on. Two-way mirrors only work when the viewer's room is dark. In other words, as shown, each side would be equally visible to the other.

  • As Frasier and Niles walk from the kitchen musing about a focus group expressing an opinion about Freud, the camera takes such a wide shot that you can actually see the stage lights above the set.

  • Season 3 Episode 24: You Can Go Home Again

  • This episode seems to indicate that when Frasier first returned to Seattle he retained much of his old Boston self - proudly drinking plain black coffee (and scoffing at Niles coffee order) and having a beer with his father (he typically drank beer at Cheers). At some point between his return and the first episode of season one (three months later), Frasier's personality changes considerably.

  • Martin tells Frasier that he was listening to the Mariners game, fell asleep, and when he woke up, Frasier's show was on. It's unlikely that KACL would be covering Mariner's games since it's a talk station and not a sports station.

  • In the scene that takes place in Martin's apartment you can see a Frank Sinatra album on the shelf behind Martin's recliner. In the episode "Martin Does it His Way" we find out that Martin is a huge Frank Sinatra fan.

  • This episode originally aired on the exact date of what would have been the third anniversary of Frasier's first radio broadcast as given in the storyline - May 21, 1993.

  • A bit of an ironic nod to "My Coffee with Niles" as, during the flashback, Frasier first visits Cafe Nervosa and is aghast at Niles's incredibly nit-picky coffee order. Frasier says that a simple cup of good old American coffee is good enough for him. In "My Coffee" Frasier never gets his latte that features many special requests and conditions.

  • During the flashbacks to 1993, all the characters have their 1996 appearances!

  • Season 4 Episode 1: The Two Mrs. Cranes

  • Daphne says that Clive is her ex-fiance. However, in Season 1's "Death Becomes Him", Daphne explains to Niles in great detail that she had never had a serious boyfriend.

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Love Bites Dog

  • In this episode, Niles sneers at the quality of the Spanish leather his belt is made of. However, in the first season episode 'Fortysomething' (1x20), Niles complains to Martin about Eddie slobbering all over his shoes, made especially by an "old blind cobbler in Seville [in Spain]".

  • Numerous references are made to the fact that Frasier hasn't been with a woman since the previous Christmas. This is in fact true, and the woman in question was Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl).

  • Season 4 Episode 4: A Crane's Critique

  • In an attempt to impress regular guy author Houghton, Niles tells the tale of Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees to finance the popular 20's musical, No No Nannette. This is in fact a sports "urban legend" and had been factually debunked in several works.

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