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Fathers And Sons
Episode Details

Written by: Jon Sherman

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 6th May 2003

Original UK airdate: 26th May 2003

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Crane .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Guest Cast
Leland Barton .... David Ogden Stiers
Dean Of Admissions .... Linden Chiles
Admissions Officer .... David St. James
Waitress .... Amita Balla
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Leland Barton, Hester Crane's former research assistant, comes to Seattle to pay Frasier and Niles a visit. Roz is at Frasier's aparment when he arrives, which leads to Leland mistaking Roz for Niles, but then begins to notice similarities between both Crane boys and Leland, such as both having a penchant for fine wine and opera, not to mention a couple of Niles' allergies - even Eddie begins to have trouble telling Frasier and Leland apart. She accidentally mentions her concerns to Martin who was joking when he said they might be related, but this sets Martin off thinking that Leland might actually be Frasier and Niles' father as Hester had an affair once, so whose to say she didn't have one with Leland. Martin's mind is put at ease, however, when he learns something he didn't know about Leland.... Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne struggle to come up with a name for their as-yet-to-be-born child so they can put it down for an exclusive pre-elementary school.

Episode Title Cards
  • The Woes Of The Name

Episode Highlights

- Niles isn't present when Leland meets the Crane clan but Roz is:
Leland: And you must be - I'm assuming you don't go by Niles anymore!

- Eddie staring at Leland just like he used to stare at Frasier

- Eddie staring at Frasier, then Leland, not being able to tell them apart

- Martin comments on the similarities between Frasier, Niles and Leland:
Martin: They're like 3 fancy peas in a pod!

- Martin takes a sip from a cup at Roz's table in Cafe Nervosa:
Martin: Eew! What the hell is this?!
Roz: I don't know - it was there when I sat down.
Martin: Eeeew!

- Martin seeing Leland reading Frasier a story, then Niles taking his 'first steps' towards Leland.

- Niles suggests Desmond as a possible name for his and Daphne's child:
Daphne: "Desmond Crane, you are hereby sentenced to ...". No, I don't like it.

- Frasier, Niles and Leland are singing a song about the square of the hypotenuse when Martin tries to join in:
Martin: ...... about the scary hippopotamus!

- Fast forwarding five years, we learn what name Roz chose for Niles and Daphne's child:
Admissions Officer: Last name Crane, first name Ichabod!

Frasier Online Episode Review

A delightful episode that plays on the age-old 'Frasier' question: just how is Martin the father of Frasier and Niles. It benefits from a wittily written script and strong playing from all the leads, not to mention a healthy smattering of laugh-out-loud moments - it was also certainly nice to see Jon Sherman bringing back Eddie staring at Frasier again, and then using it brilliantly when Eddie is unable to tell Frasier and Leland apart. David Ogden Stiers, a frequent voice-over artist for Disney movies (including 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'), was a perfect foil for the plot which was entertainingly played out as was Daphne and Niles sub-plot about coming up wit a name for their 'child' which although goes on a bit too long, was brilliantly wrapped up when we find out what name Roz picked for them. 'Fathers and Sons' ranks as yet perhaps the best Season 10 episode


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