Preparing for the Pod: Frasier

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Frasier was a long-running television success story. Critics loved it; it was a functional spin-off; and it lasted a long, long time. Because of this, it was tough for Ben and I to prepare for this show. I knew I wouldn't be able to cram in the whole show once I knew Jess was going to be on discussing it in her episode, so I decided to seek out some beloved episodes and see which episodes Jess enjoyed most.

Frasier is easily accessible via Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Crackle, YouTube, and on DVD (if you're like Jessica, this is the way to do it).

The basics

Frasier's main plot points revolve around his relationship with his father Martin -- whose brash, low-brow attitude and humor are usually at ends with Frasier's more high class sensibilities; Niles and Daphne's unrequited love; and Frasier's radio show as an on-air psychologist helping people (like Loveline with Doctor Drew except without all the sex). To get this stuff, it's good to start from the beginning

Season 1, Episode 1: "The Good Son"

 I love how Frasier looks like a classical composer in the first season like 24/7.

I love how Frasier looks like a classical composer in the first season like 24/7.

Weirdly, Niles and Daphne don't meet until the third episode, so this episode is mostly to show you who the characters are and where they're at in the beginning. It's okay to just continue from here if you dig the series. (SIDENOTE: Frasier was a main character on Cheers, but since the character is light years different on Frasier than he is on his original sitcom it's okay to skip Cheers.)

Season 7, Episodes 22-24 "Dark Side of the Moon", "Something Borrowed, Something Blue Part 1 & 2"

 D'aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww

D'aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww

Niles and Daphne are the Frasier-kid's Ross and Rachel. Their relationship is generally pretty one-sided. Daphne doesn't even know Niles has feelings for her until this bundle of episodes. Yeah, they let that slow burn slow-burn, huh?

Season 9, Episode 22 "The Guilt Trippers"

 Yeah, I dunno how to feel about it.

Yeah, I dunno how to feel about it.

Frasier and Roz sleep together. And it's weird. And fans don't really get it or like it. And we discuss it in the 'cast.

 

Jess's picks

Jessica Kay is a hilarious comedian based in Wichita, Kansas who you can check out on Twitter. She is one of the hosts of Midwest Digest and U Breast Believe, two hilarious podcasts based out of Wichita. She is also a huge Frasier fan. She gave us a few of her favorite episodes as suggestions to watch.

Season 6, Episode 5 "First, Do No Harm"

 Frasier getting a massage from Teri Hatcher I'm like 70% sure.

Frasier getting a massage from Teri Hatcher I'm like 70% sure.

This one is a lot of fun, and puts on display Frasier's great sense of wit. Many of the jokes in this one rely on a basic knowledge of psychology, so you'll feel yourself smugly being proud of yourself for taking Psych 101 all those years ago. After being off the air for a minute, Frasier worries his interest is a woman is solely based on the challenge she presents to him as a psychological case study.

Season 5, Episode 21 "Roz and the Schnoz"

 "She keeps making the nose puns. I wonder if she  knows... OOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!"

"She keeps making the nose puns. I wonder if she knows... OOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!"

Roz gets pregnant with a young man's baby, and when she decides to go it alone the boy's family decides they want to be involved. Roz decides to meet them to get some insight into her baby's genetics, and guess what? They have huge fuckin' noses. And there are like a billion puns about it. Because it's Frasier.

Season 11, Episode 11 "High for the Holidays"

 Wow. That kid got a huge Hot Topic budget.

Wow. That kid got a huge Hot Topic budget.

This is Jess's all-time fav episode. Martin Crane (Frasier's Dad) accidentally gets high and gets mega-munchies. Also, Frasier's never-seen, long-abused-probably son becomes a goth. This episode came out in 2003, and I'm pretty sure Frasier's son is like my age, so I'm pretty sure we had simultaneous goth phases. This episode sticks with me for many reasons.

 

Supplement these picks with anything you want to watch. Frasier was on for 11 years which is like over a decade. They were pretty much churning out 24 episodes a year, so there are so many episodes to choose from. Immerse yourself in a giant tub of tossed salad and scrambled eggs. The podcast will be coming soon...