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The Good Son
Episode Details

Written by: David Angell, Peter Casey & David Lee

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 16th September 1993

Original UK airdate: 20th April 1994

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Guest Cast
Delivery Man .... Cleto Agusto
Waitress .... Gina Avarra
Guest Callers
Russell .... Griffin Dunne
Claire .... Linda Hamilton

Episode Synopsis

Dr Frasier Crane, having left Boston and 'Cheers' behind him, has moved back to his home town of Seattle, got himself a new job as a radio psychiatrist on talk radio station KACL, a stylish new apartment and is settling into his new life. After meeting with his brother Niles, though, he discovers that his father Martin has had an accident and they both decide that he should go and live with Frasier, which he does along with Martin's best friend - his dog Eddie. After a manic few days, Frasier is ready to throw him out but Niles suggests hiring a homecare worker. Martin finally settles for a rather daffy psychic cum homecare worker from Manchester called Daphne Moon, and despite Frasier saying no one else was going to move in, she does and so Frasier now has to adjust to sharing his new life with his father, his dog, and his father's homecare worker. The scene has been set...

Episode Title Cards
  • The Job
  • The Brother
  • The Father
  • Eddie
  • The Home Care Specialist
  • Lupe Velez

Episode Highlights

- Niles and Frasier's first scene together with a wonderful psychiatry vs. radio show exchange.

- Frasier says he likes Maris the way he likes the sun:
Frasier: Maris is like the sun, except without the warmth.

- Niles and Martin arrive at Frasier's:
Why don't I take Dad's things into his new bachelor quarters so you two scoundrels can plan some hi-jinks.
I think that wife of his is driving him nutso.
: Yes - we Crane boys sure know how to marry (!)

- After describing his non matching apartment as eclectic, Frasier doesn't think Martin's chair goes with anything:
Martin: I know, it's eclectic.

- Daphne arrives and meets the family:
: And who might this be?
Frasier: That is Eddie.
Martin: I call him Eddie spaghetti.
Daphne: Oh, he likes pasta?
Martin: No, he has worms.

- Daphne spies Martin's chair:
: Oh will you look at that - what a comfy chair. It's like I always say - start with the good stuff and replace the rest when you can afford it.

- Frasier says he'll inform Daphne if she's got the job:
: We'll contact you - if not by phone, then through the toaster.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A fabulous pilot episode for a new comedy that introduces not only most of the principal characters in a very funny manner, but also sets up a lot of the themes that will run through the show such as Martin's dismissive attitude of Frasier's (and Niles') high class attitude to life. A brilliant start to the series, and an undoubted classic episode of the show.


90 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 94.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 30

A Perfect Spin-Off Pilot, Apr 29, 2013

Reviewer: Orion from Pennsylvania

Many pilots for spin-offs try to cater to the audience of the original
sitcom the new show was spun-off from (Cheers), but in the case of
Frasier, the pilot was an excellent introduction for a non-Cheers

This pilot was excellently funny, smooth, and really got the
characters down from the start.

Rating: 95%


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