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Dr Nora
Episode Details

Written by: Joe Keenan

Directed by: Katy Garretson

Original US airdate: 29th April 1999

Original UK airdate: 21st May 1999

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
Kenny Daly .... Tom McGowan
Guest Cast
Dr Nora Fairchild .... Christine Baranski
Mrs Mulhern .... Piper Laurie
George .... Douglas Owen McDonald
Guest Callers
Jenny .... Gillian Anderson
Tom .... Yo-Yo Ma
Denise .... Bonnie Raitt
Jill .... Pia Zadora

Episode Synopsis

KACL has decided to try a new call-in psychiatrist for a week as well as having Frasier, and he has been asked to recommend someone. From conducting interviews, he selects Dr Nora who comes across as very charming in the interview and Frasier is so pleased that another psychiatrist looks up to him. However, this joy is short-lived when it turns out that Dr Nora is from the old-fashioned way of thinking, calling an unmarried woman who sleeps with her boyfriend a whore, and a confused bisexual woman an equal opportunities slut. Frasier is understandably appalled and tries to talk to her, but she is having none of it.

At the end of one of Frasier's shows, just as Dr Nora is about to come on, Frasier tells a caller who is having trouble with her mother to stay on the line so he can give her some counselling numbers. However, Dr Nora brings the caller back on the air and tells her that her mother will not change and should cut her out of her life. This enrages Frasier and declares war on her prompting Roz to dig up some dirt on her - apparently her doctorate is in physical education and already has two failed marraiges and an affair with a married man behind her. Frasier wonders if by using this stuff against her on air, he is being reduced to her level so instead he resolves to help her and show his method of therapy is best by arranging an on air reconcilliation with her mother. This he does, and Frasier is about to find out why Dr Nora has such a problem with mothers .....

Episode Title Cards
  • Dr Ruthless
  • 'M' Is For The Many Ways I'd Maim Her

Episode Highlights

- After Niles queries why they need another on-air psychiatrist:
Frasier: They couldn't ask me to do another 3 hours. Imagine how exhausting it would be!
Niles: And for you (!)

- Frasier is surprised Niles is growing a moustache:
Niles: I grant you it's at an early stage.
Frasier: What stage - research and development (?)

- Frasier is appalled at Dr Nora's approach to psychiatry:
Frasier: This is a woman who thinks the Spanish Inquisition was just tough love for heretics!

- Niles says Dr Nora pretended Niles was the older brother at the interview to impress Frasier:
Niles: Of course, the moustache may have clouded her judgement on that one.
Martin: She has a moustache?

- Roz wants to get into a fight with Dr Nora over what she said about single mothers:
Roz: If you want I'll take it out on the street.
Dr Nora: That wouldn't be fair - you'd have the home field advantage (!).

- Dr Nora says Frasier is a dangerous man:
Dr Nora: You tell tramps and fornicators they have low self-esteem. They should have low self-esteem - they're going to hell !

- The scene where Dr Nora meets her mother again after 20 years.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A highly enjoyable episode featuring a wonderful performance by Christine Baranski (who played Marianne in Cybill) as Dr Nora. She was a wonderful foil for Frasier as he battles against the woman who dares to question his approach to therapy. This combined with a lovely subplot about Niles trying to grow a moustache added up to one of Season 6's best episodes, but with a script that used more wit than shock it could have been even better.


83 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 79.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 13

Moustache humour, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Joe Keenan's script takes the concept of "Dr. Laura"-esque head shrinkers, and plots a stealthy character piece that tears apart a loathsome viewpoint from the perspective of Frasier Crane. What develops from this seed - like most any other script - is a character piece about Frasier taking on someone whose views so oppose his own (and some moustache humour on the side). Frasier and Roz behave exactly as they would when someone like Dr. Nora arrived on the scene. So, for that matter, does Martin. Does it come down firmly against people like Dr. Nora? Of course it does. But then again, she's judgmental, inflexible, and stunningly anti-feminist. I can't say Frasier is wrong to step up his antics to an alarmingly petty degree.

Either way, the ever-reliable Christine Baranski delivers in spades as Dr. Nora, and her approach to Frasier creates a true challenge for him. I might've preferred that the battle ultimately be concluded between the two rather than pulling out a last-minute trump card... but any episode that ends with Piper Laurie spewing vitriol in Frasier's booth can't be all bad.

Rating: 81%


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