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Frasier (season 6)

Frasier
Season 6
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1998 –
May 20, 1999
Season chronology
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List of Frasier episodes

The sixth season of Frasier aired from September 24, 1998 to May 20, 1999 on NBC, consisting of a total of 24 episodes. Beginning with this season, the show took over the time slot previously occupied by Seinfeld after Jerry Seinfeld turned down an offer to renew his show for a tenth season.

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Episodes

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1211"Good Grief"Pamela FrymanChristopher LloydSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)601[1]28.3[2]
After losing his job at KACL, Frasier seems busy and content, but Niles believes he is experiencing in denial. He moves through the five stages of grief, experiencing anger after Gil receives a new job offer, and bargaining, but gets himself stalled in depression when he finds out that his fan club has only three members who humiliate him by holding a public rally to protest his firing. The family eventually stage an intervention and force him to accept the loss of his job.
1222"Frasier's Curse"Pamela FrymanJay KogenOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)60225.2[2]
Frasier believes reunions are cursed as they always happen when he is at a low point in his life, such as his divorce with Lilith and being left at the altar by Diane. He is thus not keen to go on a reunion of the Bryce Academy, where he expects to be humiliated for being unemployed, single and living with his father. He reconsiders after a former classmate sees him looking shabby, fearing that rumors may spread at the reunion that he is homeless.
1233"Dial M for Martin"Ken LamkinRob GreenbergOctober 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)60425.7[2]
Frasier is out of work and single, and has been having numerous arguments with his father. Martin considers moving in with Niles for a spell. Daphne considers that Martin no longer needs a live-in physical therapist, and looks for a new position. While moving Martin into his apartment, Niles kicks away his father's cane and he falls over. Martin becomes increasingly afraid that Niles is unconsciously trying to harm him to prevent Daphne from leaving.
1244"Hot Ticket"David LeeJeffrey RichmanOctober 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)60322.2[2]
Frasier and Niles have tickets to a play in which the great actor Sir Trevor Aimsley will be making his final appearance before retirement, but they are turned away on the door, having bought matinee tickets by mistake. The following night, they stand in the cancellation line, and are at the front of the queue when they are greeted by the Kendalls, a couple who regularly socialize with the Seattle elite. They cannot bear to admit that they are queuing for cancellations, and miss their opportunity for tickets by leaving the line. They are invited by the Kendalls to dinner with Sir Trevor after the performance, and face the prospect of making conversation about a play which they have not seen.
1255"First, Do No Harm"Sheldon EppsJordan Hawley & William SchifrinOctober 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)60524.6[2]
Martin has arranged for Frasier to meet up again with Duke's daughter, Marie (Teri Hatcher), whom he first met when they were both children. Frasier is pleasantly surprised at how beautiful she has become, and enjoys having dinner with her, but notices that she has some neurotic tendencies. He eventually realises that Marie is attracted to him because of his psychiatric expertise, causing him to break up with her.
1266"Secret Admirer"Pamela FrymanLori KirklandNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)60722.1[2]
Frasier has been dating Nancy, a former KACL worker, while Niles and Maris have reached a financial settlement. After a squash game with Niles, Frasier discovers some Cartier cufflinks in his bag, with an unsigned note from someone who misses him. He is thrilled at the possibility that he has a secret admirer as well as Nancy, and Martin has to tolerate his gloating for some time. Soon afterwards, a waitress at Café Nervosa brings him a box containing a Patek Philippe pocket watch, saying it was delivered earlier by a woman. Frasier is even more thrilled, but then Niles discovers a card in the box, indicating that the gift was actually intended for him and was from Maris, who wants him back. He refuses to sign the settlement, and she sends him the shredded settlement papers and a nickel, accompanied with a note stating that this is all he will have left after the divorce.
1277"How to Bury a Millionaire"Pamela FrymanLori KirklandNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)60822.0[2]
Niles has been forced by his ongoing divorce from Maris to buy a cheaper car, as his Mercedes has been repossessed. He realises that his apartment is too expensive, and moves out. He finds a new apartment at the Shangri-La, a cheap bachelor's apartment complex that falls well below his high standards.
1288"The Seal Who Came to Dinner"David LeeJoe KeenanNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)60621.7[2]
Niles' gourmet club will soon be awarding the annual Golden Apron Award, and the final phase of the contest requires each contender to host a dinner party at their home. Niles is too ashamed to allow the club into his apartment at the Shangri-La, but remembers that Maris has a beach house that would present a perfect setting, and she is out of the country. On first inspection of the house, everything seems fine, until they discover a dead seal lying on the beach outside. Desperate that this evening should go well, Niles and Frasier must then hurry to dispose of the creature before the party starts.
1299"Roz, a Loan"Pamela FrymanJanis HirschDecember 10, 1998 (1998-12-10)60923.6[2]
Roz is in a difficult financial situation, struggling to pay for her rent and baby clothes. KACL's ratings are suffering as a result of the new format, but the management still will not change it. Frasier does not expect this to last, and offers to lend Roz $1500 to help her along in the meantime. He is surprised afterwards to see that she seems to be spending rather extravagantly: spa treatment, expensive lunches, perfume. He wonders if he should talk to her about this, but Martin and Niles firmly advise him not to get involved, especially since he specifically said to Roz that the money was hers to use as she pleased. Eventually, KACL reconsiders and gives Frasier and his colleagues their jobs back.
13010"Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz"Kelsey GrammerJay KogenDecember 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)61125.0[2]
Christmas is approaching, and while out shopping with Roz and looking for a menorah for his son, Frasier makes a covert attempt to purchase a sweater for Roz. Just before she realises, another woman steps in and rescues Frasier by pretending that she is buying it. She recognises him from the radio, and when he offers his thanks and asks if he can return the kindness, she suggests a date with her daughter, Faye. When it transpires that Faye and Helen thought Frasier was Jewish, he must maintain the pretense to avoid offending Helen.
13111"Good Samaritan"Sheldon EppsAlex Gregory & Peter HuyckJanuary 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)61224.6[2]
After several acts of kindness backfire, Frasier starts to lose his faith in humanity. Driving home in the rain, he comes across a stranded woman and considers whether or not to give her a ride. Despite the events of the day, he decides to help her, only to discover that she is a prostitute (and also a transvestite), and that the police are watching everything. He is arrested and held at Martin's old precinct, where Martin and Niles must bail him out. Upon returning home and explaining the situation, his son Frederick asks; "So are you saying you shouldn't help people?" The scene returns to Frasier in the car contemplating whether or not to give the woman a ride (the preceding events having been what Frasier later describes as a 'bad daydream'). Despite knowing that this good deed, like all the others, may backfire he still decides to help her.
13212"Our Parents, Ourselves"Pamela FrymanJanis HirschJanuary 21, 1999 (1999-01-21)61423.6[2]
Roz's mother Joanna is visiting, and Frasier suggests fixing her up with Martin. They spend an evening together, but after Roz and Joanna have left, Martin admits to Frasier that he found her very boring company. Roz, though, reports that her mother had a wonderful evening and hopes to see Martin again before she leaves Seattle.
13313"The Show Where Woody Shows Up"Pamela FrymanRob GreenbergFebruary 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)61524.8[2]
Frasier receives a phonecall during his show at KACL from Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson), an old friend from Cheers, who has just arrived in Seattle for the week. They catch up, but Frasier soon finds that he is no longer enjoying spending time with Woody, since they have nothing in common except a few old stories. He also feels bad for him as Woody is still a bartender while he is a famous psychiatrist. However, he cannot bring himself to hurt his friend's feelings. When Woody leaves town early, Frasier bids him farewell, then goes out with Niles for a late supper to celebrate. Once at the cantina, he spots Woody hiding behind a menu at the bar. Woody explains that he feels sorry for Frasier, as he still lives with his father and goes out with his brother. Frasier realizes that Woody does have a good life that keeps him happy, and tells him how lucky he is. They agree to share a last beer and promise to reconnect in five or ten years.
13414"Three Valentines"Kelsey GrammerRob HanningFebruary 11, 1999 (1999-02-11)616N/A
It isValentine's Day. In preparation for a date whom Niles has invited over to Frasier's apartment for dinner, Niles attempts to iron a crease out of his trousers, and disaster ensues when they catch fire and he loses control of the extinguisher. Frasier is meeting with Cassandra Stone, the station's new marketing manager, but is unsure as to whether it is a romantic date or just a business meeting. Meanwhile, both without dates, Martin and Daphne decide to have a meal together and discover what it is like to be dateless.
13515"To Tell the Truth"David LeeRob HanningFebruary 18, 1999 (1999-02-18)61027.7[2]
Maris's divorce lawyers have motioned to postpone the trial date for eight months, which will be ruinously expensive for Niles. Frasier recommends he find himself new lawyers, and Roz suggests an ex-boyfriend of hers, Donny Douglas. Donny is cheery, uncouth, and slobby, but aggressively deals with Maris' lawyers, who are cowed into submission. Donny is hired, and begins preparing the family for deposition. Maris' lawyers are claiming that Niles was in love with Daphne throughout the period that the marriage was breaking apart, and Frasier feels unable to lie under oath to deny it. As Niles prepares for the inevitability he may have to come clean to Daphne about his feelings for her, Donny discovers that Maris' family fortune was made from urinal cakes, rather than lumber as she had always claimed. To spare herself embarrassment, she agrees to a quick divorce to ensure Niles' silence. However, his happiness is quickly quashed upon discovering Daphne and Donny have started dating.
13616"Decoys"Pamela FrymanDavid LloydFebruary 25, 1999 (1999-02-25)61325.6[2]
Niles has been awarded Maris' lake-front cottage, Shady Glen, in the divorce settlement. Frasier suggests he go with Niles and Martin to spend a weekend there, to take his brother's mind off his troubles. Niles tries to persuade Daphne to join them, but she declines. He then devises a plan to split her up from Donny, by inviting him to the cottage, and also inviting Roz, whom he used to date. He hopes that they may re-connect. Things start to become more complicated when Frasier and Martin arrive ahead of schedule, and Niles pretends that Roz is there for his benefit; and then Daphne also appears, having changed her mind about coming.
13717"Dinner Party"David LeeJeffrey RichmanMarch 11, 1999 (1999-03-11)61721.9[2]
Frasier decides to hold a dinner party, and plans it with Niles. When his invitees the Walburts ring back to accept the invitation, the answering machine takes the message, and Frasier and Niles hear the couple talking about them before they realize they are still connected. This leads the brothers to worry that their friends see them rather like a married couple themselves.
13818"Taps at the Montana"David LeeDavid LloydMarch 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)62123.1[2]
Niles returns from a miserable meal with Frasier; both Daphne and Maris were seated at the tables next to them in romantic dates with their new boyfriends. He has not moved back into the Montana, as his apartment is currently occupied by a sub-tenant, Dr. MacLowery. MacLowery is an avid tap dancer, and the noise from his routines have infuriated the other residents of the building. As a result, representatives from the building's board of tenants arrive to tell Niles that the board is seriously considering terminating his lease. In order to get the board back on his side, Niles and Frasier organize a drinks gathering for the next meeting in order to persuade them to change their minds, with Roz present to stand-in for the caterers, who cancelled.
13919"IQ"David LeeRob Hanning & Jay KogenApril 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)62421.7[2]
Niles, Frasier, Martin and Roz attend a silent auction for the Kelly Anne Grunther Foundation. Niles stumbles upon an auction for a luncheon with three Nobel Laureates, and soon finds himself bidding against Frasier. The two become determined to beat the other. When the auction closes, Niles has the highest bid, but a second seat at the table is opened up as long as Frasier can match him. The two brothers are aghast to realise that they have paid over $8,000 for a lunch. Later that night, over sherry in Frasier's apartment, Niles and Frasier ask themselves where their harsh sibling rivalry originated, and reminisce about how they once took IQ Tests while they were younger. Their mother never told them the answers; only that they were 2 points apart. In an effort to bring closure to their rivalry once and for all, Martin reluctantly agrees to show them the results, and it soon transpires that whilst Frasier has an IQ level of 129, Niles has the larger IQ: 156. At first, their responses are mature and non-competitive, but their true feelings cannot be concealed for long. The brothers attempt to outdo each other by studying all night in a university library. Frasier drinks a great deal of coffee to stay awake, and Niles takes some allergy medicine to deal with his dust mite and parchment allergy problem. The medicine makes him dopey, and he proceeds to pass out at the luncheon table, destroying everything, just as the Nobel Laureates walk into the room.
14020"Dr. Nora"Katy GarretsonJoe KeenanApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)61821.4[2]
Frasier is in Café Nervosa interviewing candidates for a new radio psychiatrist at KACL, whose show will run alongside his own. He thinks he has found an unbeatable contender (Dr. Gordon Edelstein), and Niles, who knows his work, expects him to be right. In the end, however, he recommends Dr. Nora Fairchild, who spends most of her interview paying him compliments, even pretending to think Niles is the older brother. Frasier feels proud to have a protégé, until he actually hears her in action. She turns out to be an advocate of old-fashioned values, condemning pre-marital sex, divorce, single parenthood and the like, and her approach to therapy is not so much constructive criticism as outright abuse. Frasier is embarrassed and angry and withdraws his recommendation, however it turns out that this is no longer a factor; Dr. Nora attracts so much attention (positive and negative) that Kenny wants to keep her on and decides to make her a permanent fixture. When she openly criticises Frasier's advice to one particular caller on air and makes clear her intention to undermine and embarrass him at every opportunity, he and Roz decide on a declaration of war. Roz is able to find proof that Nora is a hypocrite and doesn't even have a medical degree of any kind- she is a gym teacher instead, but Frasier has second thoughts snooping to Nora's level. Fortunately, Niles has been listening to this caller and the way Dr. Nora dealt with her, and he has a more subtle way of approaching the problem: find her mother and use her to find the problems with Nora's abusive approach. That turned out to be a terrible idea as she reveals herself to be much, much worse than Nora, abusing her on the air and causing Nora to scream and cry bloody murder out of KACL with her monstrous mother in pursuit, with it heavily implied to have happened dozens of times before.
14121"When a Man Loves Two Women"David LeeAlex Gregory & Peter HuyckMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)61920.0[2]
Frasier announces at breakfast that he had a date the previous evening, and Martin and Daphne immediately offer their sympathies. They change their tune when Cassandra appears from the bedroom. Martin takes a shine to her when she greets him with a hug and compliments him on his eyes; she barely acknowledges Daphne, and then forgets her name. Niles arrives to play squash with Frasier, and has to cancel when he learns about the date. Frasier has good feelings about this new relationship, until he runs into Faye at Café Nervosa. She has been in Paris for a month, and has no idea that Frasier has a new girlfriend, and he finds himself unable to tell her. She is still with him the next morning, so the rest of the family realise that he is dating two women. Frasier soon comes to the decision that he cannot juggle two women, and must choose between them. Martin advocates choosing Cassandra; Daphne prefers Faye, who noticed and admired her new haircut. Niles turns up, and discovers he has to re-schedule the squash game again, but he has a trick for compelling Frasier to make his choice. Unfortunately, even when the choice is made, Frasier still has to end one relationship, and this proves more difficult than he expected.
14222"Visions of Daphne"Robert H. EganJanis Hirsch & Lori KirklandMay 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)62021.5[2]
Martin has news for Frasier: he has just seen Donny buying an engagement ring. They first plan to keep this from Daphne, but she walks in halfway through their conversation. When she hears the news, she is thrilled and excited. Martin and Frasier then plan not to tell Niles, but again he walks in at the wrong moment, and after initially pretending that Daphne's mother is dying, the real story comes out and Niles is crushed. Soon after this, Daphne visits Niles unexpectedly at his office, and asks for advice. She tells him that she had a psychic vision in which a mysterious figure in a red bow tie appeared at her wedding, and said he was "the true love of her life". Niles betrays his professional integrity and advises her not to marry Donny. Frasier, when he hears about this later, reckons that psychologically the vision means she is having second thoughts. Additionally, of course, he knows exactly why Niles gave the advice he did, and loses patience with his brother when he arrives a few moments later wearing a red bow tie. Later that evening, Daphne decides to go through with marrying Donny, claiming that perhaps her visions are false. She suddenly has another, however, and this one contains her true love holding a dragon. Martin laughs, and Daphne agrees that it is probably false. Back at home, however, Niles opens a present that Roz had offered him earlier. It contains a dragon statue.
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"Shutout in Seattle"Pamela FrymanDavid IsaacsMay 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)622-62327.2[2]
Niles has been having a difficult time recently, being surrounded by happy couples: Frasier and Faye; Daphne and Donny; and now Martin and Bonnie, a waitress from McGinty's. He meets Roz late one Saturday in Café Nervosa, and she has also had a bad day; her date cancelled earlier, and she resents the waitress serving them, whom she knows from the gym. The next day, Frasier is surprised to discover that she gave into her loneliness and slept with Bulldog, and is now mortified with embarrassment. Later on, Daphne confides in him the awful truth that she has lost her engagement ring, and is trying to conceal the fact from Donny. Niles apparently goes missing, not answering any phone calls, and Frasier and Martin suddenly panic in case he, also driven by loneliness, has gone back to Maris. They hasten to the Montana, only to discover that he is with Kit (Jessica Cauffiel), the waitress from Café Nervosa whom Roz dislikes. Roz, incidentally, seems unable to resist the temptation to sleep with Bulldog again, but when he refers to her as his girlfriend, she is repulsed by the idea. However, she cannot bear to tell him this after he announces that KACL has fired him. The Crane couples start to have problems: Frasier keeps calling Faye Cassandra by mistake; Martin is annoyed by the way Bonnie's poodle, Lady, dominates Eddie. Niles seems happy with Kit, even if his uncharacteristic new leather jacket and use of youthful slang terms like "buzz-kill" mystify his brother. In reality, the lifestyle does not suit him.

References

  1. ^ "Frasier Season 6". TVIV.org. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Ver tema - Audiencias USA: Base de Datos". Quidsweb.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07. Retrieved 2015-08-12.