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Ham Radio
Episode Details

Written by: David Lloyd

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 22nd April 1997

Original UK airdate: 7th November 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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
Guest Cast
Mel White .... Richard Easton
Maxine .... Hope Allen
Ian .... Jack Betts
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

It's KACL's 50th anniversary and to celebrate Frasier decides to recreate the station's first mystery theatre broadcast - 'Nightmare Inn'. Frasier gives everyone a part in the radio play, with himself as the lead, with a number of the smaller roles being played by a professional actor, Mel White. As rehearsals begin, however, Frasier's Orson Welles complex takes over and he criticizes everyone's performance, managing in the process to alienate his only professional actor, who promptly quits! Niles is brought in at the last minute to play six different parts including a maid and a dwarf. During the live broadcast all goes awry when Frasier decides to try and improve Niles performance.

Episode Title Cards
  • Ham Radio

Episode Highlights

- Frasier says the name of the play is 'Nightmare Inn':
Martin: Oh, don't tell me, a bunch of people get caught in a storm and everyone's wondering who's going to be the first one to be murdered.
Frasier: Exactly - and I'm going to direct it.
Niles: So we can stop wondering!

- In the radio studio:
Gil: Frasier, I've had a peek at your script and I think I'd be perfect as Bull Cragan, the brutish gamekeeper.
Frasier: You know, that's a little too on the nose, Gil.

- Daphne's lovely reaction to Frasier condescending her.

- After Frasier criticizes Mel's German accent:
Mel: I've done that accent both on Broadway and the London stage.
Frasier: Well, maybe they have different standards than I have.

- After Frasier queries why Bulldog told his girlfriend Maxine to work on her one line:
Bulldog: She's got that condition...dys, dys...
Niles: Dystemper (?)

The disintegration of the play, highlights:
- Niles playing the dwarf with helium.
- Gil refusing to die.
- Niles 'shooting' everyone due to Frasier's constant attempts to direct him.

Frasier Online Episode Review

One of 'Frasier's manic farce based episodes, and a superb one at that. It does have a problem in that the good lines seem to happen to quickly so that it you feel you've missed something, but there are some terrific moments both when they are rehearsing in Frasier's apartment (Daphne's interjections of sound effect 'comments' was brilliant), and when the play is being performed, most notably when Gil is determined to get his 'boyhood in Surrey' speech aired by whatever means necessary. Overall, then, a hugely entertaining episode but just misses classic status by a fraction.


89 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 96.6%
Total Number of Reviews: 63

Over-rated farce that spoils the Frasier canon, Oct 16, 2012

Reviewer: Neil Hardie from Edinburgh, Scotland

I'm a huge fan of Frasier, the most intelligent sitcom ever (probably
because it is writer-led). This one, though, leaves me puzzled. I couldn't
even crack a smile. It's obviously a fault in me because so many other
people here rave about it.
I'm not agin farce in Frasier: the episode in which the brothers open a
restaurant makes me laugh. This one, though, tore up all the series'
normally fine characterisation, plot and humour for the sake of manic
nonsense. I left with the impression that it was written for the cast to
A far better episode in Series Four is No6, Mixed Doubles. That had me
doubled up all the way through the second act and, in the most moving
piece of television in years, in tears at the final scene. Polar opposites of
emotions within six minutes. No other sitcom is that classy. Hell, not
many straight dramas can be that classy.

Rating: 40%


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