Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 3 -> Episode 3.09
Written by: David Lloyd
Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie
Original US airdate: 19th December 1995
Original UK airdate: 30th August 1996
It's Christmas Eve and Frasier is excited as his son Frederick is coming to stay with him for the first time since his parent's divorce. Niles also has some good news when he meets his brother for coffee in the cafe - he believes he and Maris maybe reconciled soon, but when he tries to pay for everyone's drinks by credit card he is informed that they have been cancelled by Maris (not to mention mention his phone service too!) as they are all in her name. Back at KACL, Frasier is giving his Christmas broadcast which includes an inspiring Christmas story but Gil and Bulldog try and distract him but wrapping him in tinsel and bringing in the Christmas part stripper Candy Cane!Finally, Frasier arrives home - only to find Martin has decked out his apartment from top to toe just as it was when he was a child, so it's kitschy decorations abound, much to Frasier's annoyance. However, he doesn't have long before Frederick arrives so he starts to wrap his presents only to discover that there has been a mix up and instead of the educational toys he ordered, he has instead received a Franklin Crane's presents which included a Barbie doll and kitchen set!
This forces Frasier and Niles to head down to a big toy shop in the mall
where they try to find the educational toys Frasier ordered. Their father
suggests they buy the Outlaw Laser Robo Geek, that year's most popular
toy but Frasier is insistent on buying educational toys. He spies a potential
saviour when he spies a man with toys from a shop called 'Young Minds'
but they closed half an hour ago, but the man then offers to sell Frasier
the toys - in return for $1000! Frasier gives him £300 in cash and
a personal cheque from Niles for the rest (knowing full well that Maris
has cancelled his account!). Finally, Frederick is ready for bed and tells
his father he asked Santa for the Outlaw Laser Robo Geek for Christmas,
which means that Frasier learns the hard way he shouldn't try to mould
people by giving them things he thinks they should like at Christmas.
However, his father maybe able to save the day......
|Episode Title Cards|
- Roz still hasn't finished her Christmas shopping:
Roz: I never know what to get the men in my life
Frasier: Since when (?!)
- Niles is told his credit cards have been cancelled
by order of co-signitory:
Frasier: Maris has cancelled your credit cards?
Roz: Woah! Merry Christmas!
- At the KACL Christmas party, Bulldog enters Frasier's
studio wearing mistletoe over his head:
Bulldog: Hey Roz, you know what's over my head?
Roz: Almost any clever remark (!)
- Frasier's reaction to seeing Martin's "redecoration" of his apartment
- Niles sees that his father has dressed Eddie in a Santa
hat and beard:
Niles: Dad, you have to get out more - you've started doing old lady things!
- Frasier has been sent the wrong presents from the educational
Frasier: These are for a Franklin Crane from Kennebunkport. Do you know what this means?
Niles: Yes - the Cranes of Maine have got your 'Living Brain'!
- Frasier spies a 'Living Brain' box in the mall toy
Boy: 'Living Brain'? What kind of dork wants that?
Frasier: Hopefully the dork who will one day be working on your prostate!
- Frederick says goodnight to Niles:
Frederick: I hope Aunt Maris comes out of her coma
[Frederick leaves the rooom as Frasier and Martin look at Niles in disbelief]
Niles: He asked where she was - I though the truth would just upset him!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A sweet and very enjoyable episode that reveals some of the Crane Christmas traditions and contains some great highlights: Frasier and Niles being forced to visit the mall toy shop, Martin's "redecoration" of Frasier's apartment and Frasier trying to read a Christmas story while Bulldog and Gil do everything in their power to distract him. It gets a touch sentimental at then end, but I don't think it spoils this well scripted and funny episode.
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Total Number of Reviews: 3
Sweet, Dec 04, 2011
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"Frasier Grinch" has a great sense of atmosphere. It genuinely feels
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