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A Lilith Thanksgiving
Episode Details

Written by: Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: Jeff Melman

Original US airdate: 26th November 1996

Original UK airdate: 22nd August 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
Lilith Sternin .... Bebe Neuwirth
Frederick Crane .... Trevor Einhorn
Guest Cast
Dr Colin Campbell .... Paxton Whitehead
Pamela .... Lisa Banes
Cynthia .... Jane Lynch
Elliot .... Richard Gilbert Hill
Preston .... John Prosky
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

It's Thanksgiving and the Crane clan, Lilith and Frederick are meant to be heading to the Rockie mountains to Niles' cabin to spend the holiday there - that is until Lilith rings to say that Frederick is being considered for entry into Mulberry Academy, one of the most exclusive schools in Boston. All that is left is for Frasier and Lilith to meet with the headmaster Dr Campbell. This alters their Thanksgiving plans entirely, as it gets moved to Boston which means that Martin has to entertain Frederick (not a good idea!) and Niles has to cook their Thanksgiving dinner. Lilith and Frasier head off to meet with Dr Campbell and the interview goes well but on their return home, Frasier ponders whether they should have emphasised that Mulberry is their first choice in answer to a question about whether other schools were chasing him. Lilith eventually agrees, and the pair head back and under the pretext of looking for an earring, work what they want to say into the conversation but as soon as Dr Campbell starts to see through their ruse, things start to go wrong......

Episode Title Cards
  • Stop Saying 'Doctor'
  • Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts

Episode Highlights

- Frasier tells everyone he and Lilith will be trying to get Frederick into an exclusive school while they are in Boston:
Daphne: Are you taking anything along to keep your nephew amused?
Frasier: Yes - his grandfather!

- Roz is looking after Frasier's apartment while he is away:
Frasier: I frown on overnight guests.
Roz: Then you're not doing it right (!)

- Lilith asks Niles to help with the turkey:
Lilith: I'm nearly done defrosting.
Niles: And the turkey (!)
Lilith: Might I suggest you stuff it!

- Martin wants to take Frederick out to play ball with him:
Lilith: Frederick doesn't play ball - he was just about to watch 'Pocahontas' and write an essay on the historical inaccuracies.

- Martin's ball game with Frederick ends with Frederick getting hit in the face:
Niles: When are you going to learn Dad - the only things we Crane boys are skilled at catching are sarcastic nuances and the occasional virus!

- Frederick starts getting hives after eating anchiovies:
Martin: Freddie, you got pills for this?
Frederick: I got pills for everything!

- Niles wondering where his turkey has gone to after Lilith takes it.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Another great Lilith episode that sees her and Frasier trying to get Frederick into a very good school, but in an ironic way, this for me was the most irritating part of the episode which although funny was a bit annoying in having them keep going back to the headmaster's house. Thankfully, there is brilliant compensation from the rest of the episode most notably in the opening scene, from Niles and Martin having to look after Frederick, and Niles being forced to cook the Thanksgiving turkey. This results in a very slick, funny episode that is yet another memorable Lilith episode


83 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 86.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 2

Golda, Oscar. Oscar, Golda., Dec 11, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

I've always had a soft spot for "A Lilith Thanksgiving". Bebe
Neuwirth so effortlessly fits into the ensemble that you can truly
believe she was a part of their lives for the better part of a
decade. Seeing Frasier and Lilith interact is great fun, particularly
here, where they attempt to suck up to - and ultimately just con -
the head of an exclusive Boston school. What makes the storyline
work is that it isn't just straight out farce. The Dean is a very
intelligent man, able to see through their ruses. Watching Frasier
and Lilith constantly reevaluate their actions is great fun. Moreso,
the nature of the relationship is fascinating. The couple still have a
great respect for each other, so that they can alternate between
witty jibes and true insight at a moment's notice. The extended
family argument scene (featuring Jane Lynch!) is perhaps a tad
too long, but it does help explain why the Cranes are ultimately

Meanwhile, the subplot gives some good screentime to Trevor
Einhorn, who makes a wonderful Freddie. David Hyde Pierce has
good fun cooking the turkey, in a warm-up for his bravura
wordless performance in "Three Valentines".

Rating: 90%


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