Having returned to his native Seattle after living for many years in Boston, psychiatrist Frasier Crane is still settling in. He now hosts a radio call-in show, something his psychiatrist brother Niles frowns upon, but all in all is quite happy. Niles has bad news for him however about their father Martin, a retired policeman who has a dodgy hip after being shot on duty. Martin had a bad fall in his bathroom and it's obvious he can no longer live alone. A reluctant Frasier agrees that his somewhat cantankerous dad can move in with him. Martin's dog Eddie is part of ...
After Frasier advises an unfaithful man to break off with his girlfriend, the girlfriend herself angrily confronts Frasier at the station. They start dating, but Niles insists that Frasier is ethically barred from getting involved with his "patient's" girlfriend.
Frasier hears an office rumor that Bulldog is going to be fired; while he is repeating it to someone, Bulldog overhears, flies off the handle and quits his job, insulting the station manager. When it turns out the rumor wasn't true, Frasier must plead with the manager on Bulldog's behalf.
Frasier is looking forward to his first visit from Frederick in time for Christmas, but when the visit is canceled, Frasier takes out his disappointment on his family. He and Martin end up having a vicious argument, and Frasier chooses to spend Christmas Day at the station rather than at work. After spending a day listening to Seattle's loneliest and most depressed people, Frasier trudges to a seedy diner for his Christmas dinner, but gets an unexpected boost of Christmas spirit from the regulars.
Frasier and Bulldog participate in a bachelor auction to benefit Martin's police association. Frasier is "bought" by a model, but spends the night of their date babysitting her teenage daughter. Daphne, meanwhile, is trapped in a date with Bulldog.
When Roz gets scammed by a con artist, Frasier boasts that he's too smart for such tricks. Martin challenges him to figure out which of his three poker buddies is an ex-convict. Frasier loses the bet, but Martin is appalled to hear that Daphne has made a date with the man (as is Niles).
Worried that Niles's infatuation with Daphne is getting out of control, Frasier suggests that he try spicing up his sex life with Maris. Niles's attempt at role playing leads to him being kicked out of the house. Martin suggests a romantic dinner to reconcile her, and Daphne offers to prepare it. On the night of the dinner, an electrical storm traps her and Niles together in his mansion.
Frasier and Roz are nominated for a Seattle Broadcasting (SeaBea) Award, and go to extreme lengths to influence the members of the committee. On the night of the awards ceremony, Frasier is discomfited to find that his fellow nominee is Seattle radio legend Fletcher Gray, nominated eleven times before, without success.
Frasier gets rid of Martin's loathsome armchair, convincing himself that Martin will be happier with a vibrating leather recliner. When Martin angrily demands his old chair back, Frasier tracks it to an elementary school production of "Ten Little Indians," in which he must take a part in order to get the chair back.
Frasier decides to use his vacation to re-connect with Martin, and asks him to name the place. Martin chooses a road trip in a Winnebago. Frasier ropes Niles and Daphne into coming along. Trouble starts when they inadvertently drive over the border into Canada, before Daphne's green card has come through.