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Death And The Dog
Episode Details

Written by: Suzanne Martin

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 11th February 1997

Original UK airdate: 26th September 1997

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
Dr Arnold Shaw .... Zelijo Ivanek
Dr Stephen Kagen .... Tom Lagleder
Guest Callers
Alice .... Patty Duke

Episode Synopsis

Frasier's KACL show is experiencing a pretty slow day with only a handful of callers, so he decides to help a caller suffering from depression by telling her about how Martin helped Eddie get over his depression. It all began 3 days ago with Martin becoming very concerned about Eddie's depressed state, prompting Daphne to suggest bringing in a dog psychiatrist to help him - an idea greeted with derision by Frasier. Martin then wants to get another dog as a companion for Eddie - something which is also instantly dismissed by Frasier. However, despite getting new toys for Eddie to play with, nothing Martin tries seems to have any effect on Eddie. As a last resort, Martin decides to hire a dog psychiatrist to hopfully cure Eddie of his depression.

Both Frasier and Niles greet his decision with derision, saying he is the very definition of a charlatan, and after the psychiatrist arrives, he is the butt of many of Frasier and Niles' jokes. First, he tries to assess Eddie, then carries out a personality questionnaire for those around him - asking them questions based on choices they think Eddie would make if he was human. Neither Frasier or Niles see any point to any of this, but when the psychiatrist concludes that Eddie is depressed because he is picking up vibes from those around him, everyone has to assess their own situation - leading to some pretty depressing conclusions.....

Episode Title Cards
  • Happy Talk

Episode Highlights

- Martin is concerned about Eddie's depression:
Daphne: Do you suppose a dog psychiatrist might be the answer?
Frasier: Only if the question is "What is the most asinine thing we could possible do"!

- Martin wants to get another dog as a companion for Eddie:
Martin: What could be more fun than having a brother or sister around the house?
Frasier: I fell for that trick once too you know.

- Dr Kagan asks Roz to show him around Seattle:
Dr Kagan: Well, if you have an afternoon, perhaps you could show me the hotspots.
Frasier: Oh, I think that could be arranged (!)

- Martin can't believe Niles can't see his dog is a canine substitute for Maris:
Martin: It acts like Maris, it barks like Maris. Aside from the fact that it eats once in a while, they're practically dead ringers.

- Daphne continues Dr Shaw's personailty quiz about a Human Eddie:
Daphne: If Eddie were one of the Beatles, I think he'd be George - I don't know why.
Frasier: And yet she's never been committed - I don't know why (!)

- Roz tips a glass of water over Frasier after he tells his listeners about her date with a gynaecologist:
Frasier: I've just gotten the signal from Roz that we're running out of time.

- Martin suggests it's Frasier who's depressed:
Martin: You're the one who hasn't had a date in a year - not to mention 2 failed marriages.
Frasier: And yet you did (!)

- Niles worries the afterlife will be like high school:
Niles: Mozart will tell me he's busy, but then later, I'll see him with Lincoln and Shakespeare.

Frasier Online Episode Review

With a subject like depression, you may worry that the whole episode is going to be a bit depressing, but thankfully this is both a clever and enjoyable episode that contains a good proportion of funny lines and memorable moments. Aside from the highlights above, there is also a wonderful bit when Eddie is looking at Martin, Frasier and Niles are arguing and all he can understand is his name, with the rest of the conversation coming over as unintelligible rubbish. This is followed later by Martin watching Frasier and Niles arguing in psychiatric jargon, and all he can understand is his name with the rest completely intelligible. I also loved a prediction Daphne got from a psychic she once visited informing her that she will take a carving knife and kill all of the household - this is laughed off, but then Daphne adds she was right about her moving to Seattle!! Although not quite a classic episode, it is still a highly enjoyable episode that should keep any 'Frasier' viewer entertained throughout.


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Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 90.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 9

Only "Frasier" could do this..., Dec 22, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Like any animal-lover, I adore Eddie. Although I'm glad he was
rarely the focus of an episode, "Death and the Dog" clever utilises
the cast, the guest players, and the canine, without ever
sacrificing the essence of the series it's on. And yet, it still feels
like an experimental episode - in a good way.

Zeljko Ivanek is always a reliable performer, although he's really a
functionary in propelling the plot here. It's great fun to see the
world from Eddie's perspective, although I agree with other
posters that Niles and Frasier's absolute disdain for the idea that
animals could feel seems a bit hoity-toity even for them.

Things take a surprising emotional turn in the final five minutes,
and it's fair to say that most sitcoms couldn't get away with this. If
"Seinfeld" is the greatest multi-camera sitcom because it chose to
cast comedians, "Frasier" may be the quintessential one: is there
anything these actors can't do?

No, "Death and the Dog" isn't perfect. But it's damn interesting.

Rating: 89%


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