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Frasier Crane's Day Off
Episode Details

Written by: Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 12th May 1994

Original UK airdate: 30th September 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
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
   
   
Guest Cast Guest Callers
Blake .... Steve Young
Louis .... Garry Trudeau
Howard .... Steve Lawrence
Lois .... Eydie Gorme
Robert .... Tommy Hilfiger
Janice .... Patricia Hearst
Marjorie .... Mary Tyler Moore

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is starting to get ill but doesn't want to take the day off because he believes Gil Chesterton will try to take his timeslot by 'helpfully' filling in. However, he relents when he gets much worse. At home, Martin is recalling the sickest he ever was while Daphne is tending to Frasier's incredibly petty requests. While Niles visits, Roz phones and tells him he was right - Gil is vying for his slot. He then tries to get Niles to fill in his slot who agrees. He starts out as dreadfully dull, but by the end he has become scintillating as he brings the love back into two people's relationship. Frasier is now paranoid Niles is after his slot and races down to KACL high on drugs. He manages to throw both Niles and Roz out of the studio and lock them out. He then starts taking calls, calling one caller's problem boring and cuts another one off for saying his name twice. Eventually, they manage to drag Frasier off the air and Niles takes over again. Will he remember anything when he wakes up the next morning...?

Episode Title Cards
  • Spring Is In The Air
  • Frasier Crane's Day Off
  • I Go To Pieces
  • Radio Daze

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is apologising to a caller on his show:
Frasier
: Sorry, Blake, when I told you to close your eyes and visualise you were on a tropical island, I didn't realise you were calling from a mobile phone.

Daphne: You can't think of going back to work - you're all pasty, clammy and pale.
Martin: That's bad coming from an Englishwoman.

- Martin's escalating stories of being sick.

- After Daphne is getting tired of dealing with Frasier's petty needs:
Niles: Hello Daphne. Is he in pain?
Daphne: Not enough.(!!)

- Roz is showing Niles the ropes at the radio station:
Niles: I have no cough reflex and excellent bladder control.
Roz: It's true - all the good ones are married (!!!)

Niles [on air]: While Frasier is a Freudian, I am a Jungian - so there'll be no blaming mother today!

- Frasier' s performance on the air while high on drugs, provoking Niles to say:
Niles: Thank you Frasier for so eloquently showing why they call it dope.

Frasier Online Episode Review

The penultimate episod of Season 1 - and a definite high point - is another brilliant episode from the pens of Chuck Ranberg and Anne Flett-Giordano, and sees Frasier almost losing his slot to Gil Chesterton (who makes his debut here, and would become a much funnier character in future episodes than the rather oily one he seems in this episode), before seeing Niles take the airwaves by storm after persuades him to take over while he recovers. All of the cast contribute wonderfully - Martin with his stories of being sick, Daphne dealing sarcastically with Frasier's increasingly petty needs, and best of all Niles filling in for Frasier on KACL, with the added highlinght of seeing Frasier trying to present while high on drugs. Great fun all round.

Rating

87 %

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