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Call Me Irresponsible
Episode Details

Written by: Anne Flett & Chuck Ranberg

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 28th October 1993

Original UK airdate: 1st June 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
Guest Cast
Catherine .... Amanda Donohoe
Guest Callers
Marco .... Bruno Kirby
Hank .... Eddie Van Halen

Episode Synopsis

Frasier's advice to Marco, a caller who can't commit, saying he was staying with this woman until someone better came along, is to either commit or to break it off. Well, he takes the latter option and the woman in question - Catherine - shows up at the studio to confront him. After an initial fiery exchange, the pair of them discover they are both lonely and agree to go out together. Meeting with Niles the next day, he is appalled to learn he is going out with someone involved with one of his patients. He also reminds him that if he breaks his code of ethics, he will be physically sick. Then Marco calls up again and says he has seen Catherine with another man but Frasier just can't say get back with her as he is enjoying her company too much. Eventually Catherine and Frasier have a night alone together and although initially fine, he starts to feel physically sick. What will Frasier do....?

Episode Title Cards
  • 'Twas Two Months Before Christmas...
  • M and M's And Sympathy
  • Kiss Me, Kate
  • He's Baaack
  • How Am I Driving?
  • The Obligatory Sex Scene

Episode Highlights

- The initial call by Marco and Roz's input into it.

- The Christmas card where Eddie wears antlers.

Frasier: My producer told me you wanted an autograph. How should I make it out?
Catherine: You disgust me, you parasitic fraud
Frasier: Well it certainly makes a change from the usual Best Regards.

- After seeing Frasier and Catherine kiss in Cafe Nervosa:
Niles: I'll dispense with the usual teenage teasing and come straight to the point - who was that babe-o-rama!

- When Frasier and Catherine fall into Martin's chair and it starts vibrating.

Catherine: You mean the thought of making love to me makes you physically sick?
Frasier: Yes, but don't take it personally.

Frasier Online Episode Review

The idea of Frasier breaching his ethics is potentially an interesting one but it isn't particularly well exploited here. Indeed, while the beginning of the show is funny (with the Christmas card photo the best scene in the episode), the rest of the episode isn't that funny with Frasier's 'Eeeeew' noise when he's about to breach his ethics becomes less amusing every time I hear it. Some funny moments along the way but not a great Season 1 episode overall.


68 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 72.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 8

The first average episode, Nov 20, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Call Me Irresponsible", like the six episodes that come before it,
takes its plot and jokes entirely from the actions and nature of the
characters, so it continues to be a cut above the rest. However, I felt
that the episode didn't work as smoothly as previous ones. The idea
of Frasier going against his ethics is a good one (and the revelation
that Frasier and Niles both react to ethics violations in a visceral
method is very funny), but it isn't very well utilised, to be frank. The
cast do their best with the script, but it doesn't really seem to go
anywhere other than the unexpected.

Rating: 63%


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