Season 3 Episode 21

Where There's Smoke There's Fired

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 1996 on NBC
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KACL is sold to Big Willy Boone, who happens to be engaged to Frasier's agent, Bebe. Big Willy demands that Bebe break her smoking habit, and enlists Frasier's help to make sure she gets it done in three days, or else.

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  • Frasier must cure the smoking habit of the new owner's fiancee. It so happens it is Bebe Glaser, Fraisers unscrupulous agent. Bebe makes things very difficult indeed!

    Another CLASSIC episode! Fraiser must cure Bebe to curry favor with Big Willy Boone the 85 year old Texas near billionaire ($600 million). Big Willy being the new owner of KACL! Of course Bebe sees a good thing when she see it and latches on for dear life. But her craving for the cigarette is too strong and everyone jumps in to help her kick the habit.

    Along the way, we get one of the funniest moments in TV. I call it....

    The Bebe Glaser Smoking Exultation!

    Her short speech listing the glorious virtues of smoking is a hilarious delight!

    She sells it so good that she turns what, on paper, would have been a minor laugh into a delicious, Dionysian, lascivious, carnal and ridiculously hilarious moment!

    If Harriet Sansom Harris doesn't deserve an Emmy for this I don't know what does!

    She not only sells it, but the steak AND the sizzle and the cutlery, and the dining table and......*Whew* I need a smoke!! Great Frasier moment!!moreless
Bradford English

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Guest Star

Don Took

Don Took


Guest Star

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Big Willy Boone

Guest Star

Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris

Bebe Glazer

Recurring Role

Edward Hibbert

Edward Hibbert

Gil Chesterton

Recurring Role

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Frasier: Don't be silly big Willy.

    • Bebe: After dinner is the time I need a cigarette most; as long as I don't stop eating I'll be fine.
      Daphne: Well, I smoked for years and I never became addicted. To this day I can buy a pack, have a cig or two, toss them in a drawer, and not crave another for months.
      Bebe: There's a word for people who can do that. What is it? Oh, yes: bitch.
      Niles: There's no need to be insulting just because your wrestling with an unhealthy and disgusting habit.
      Bebe: It isn't disgusting. It's wonderful!
      Frasier: All right. Now Bebe, tell me, what is so wonderful about smoking?
      Bebe: Everything. I like the way a fresh, firm pack feels in my hand. I like peeling away that little piece of cellophane and seeing it twinkle in the light. I like coasting that first, sweet cylinder out of it's hiding place and bringing it slowly to my lips. Striking a match. Watching it burst into a perfect, little flame and knowing that soon that flame will be inside me. I love the first puff, pulling it into my lungs. Little fingers of smoke filling me, caressing me, feeling that warmth penetrate deeper and deeper until I think I'm going to burst then WHOOSH! Watching it flow out of me in a lovely sinuous cloud; no two ever quite the same.
      (Long silence)
      Daphne: More potatoes anyone?
      (Everyone reaches for food.)

    • Niles: Let her out that door, she'll smoke half a pack before the elevator hits the lobby.
      Frasier: How can you know that? You hardly spoke to her.
      Niles: Well, obviously you didn't see the crazed, cunning glint in her eyes.
      Frasier: She always looks like that. She's an agent.

    • Frasier: Oh, dear God, I'm sucking up to Yosemite Sam.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Title Card: Waiting To Inhale

      This alludes to the 1995 movie, Waiting To Exhale and the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan.

    • Episode Title: Where There's Smoke There's Fired

      The episode title is a reference to the well known phrase, "Where There's Smoke There's Fire".