After being cut by the Bruins, Eddie finally gets a job as a penguin, not of the Pittsburgh variety, but rather a dressed-up penguin in The World of Ice ice show. The first stop on the ... See full summary »



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Peter Elbling ...
Murray Treadwell
Passenger #1
Carol Navratil ...
Passenger #2
Peter Gonneau ...
Passenger #3 (as Pete Gonneau)
Michelle Davison ...
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After being cut by the Bruins, Eddie finally gets a job as a penguin, not of the Pittsburgh variety, but rather a dressed-up penguin in The World of Ice ice show. The first stop on the show's tour is Seattle. Carla is reluctant to visit Eddie on the extended Seattle stop as everyone finally finds out she is afraid to fly, or to be more precise she is afraid to crash. After the gang discuss ways to help Carla, Frasier decides that he could hold a week long pteromerhanophobia workshop ending with an actual flight on a plane. Carla agrees to participate. Frasier's workshop ends up doing the trick but not quite in the way he had anticipated. Meanwhile, Murray Treadwell, a local restaurant critic, is doing a series of reviews of bars. When Cheers was managed by Sam, Treadwell gave the bar a rotten review, so Rebecca will do anything to rectify that. Treadwell implies to Rebecca that he will give the bar a good review if she goes out with him. Will Rebecca's personal relationship, or ... Written by Huggo

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25 February 1988 (USA)  »

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The title references the Airport series of airplane disaster movies from the 1970s. There were four in the series, though the sequels weren't numbered, they were identified by the year in which they were set: Airport (1970), Airport 1975 (1974), Airport '77 (1977) and The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979). The title would jokingly set this episode as the fifth in the series. See more »


When Rebecca jumps over the bar, the stunt double's hair is noticeably darker than Kirstie Alley's. See more »


Carla LeBec: [explaining why she's afraid to fly] The first time in an airplane, it was on my honeymoon with Nick. We were going to New York, a short flight, no problem, right?! Well suddenly, the plane hits turbulence, right?! Me and Nick were thrown all around that bathroom. I haven't flown since.
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Fear Of Flying
30 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

And this week's Season Six sight gag is... Eddie as a penguin! Yes, former Bruins goalie Guy "Edward" LeBec joins the Wonderful World Of Ice as a Penguin, perfect for easy confusion with Pittsburgh's hockey team. And for unknown reasons he leaves the job interview still wearing his costume, drives to his wife's workplace, waddles down the stairs and walks in to surprise everyone with a hilarious visual reveal!

Funny stuff.

George Wendt directs this stinker of an episode, but not even "NORM!" can save it from crashing and burning. Carla develops a fear of flying so we can have a plot line this week and Frasier volunteers to help her overcome it. The scenes on the plane are coma-inducing... there's nothing interesting or engaging about them in any way. Carla overcomes her fear but Frasier develops his own phobia, in an uninteresting ironic twist that will have you laughing for seconds. Sorry to be so harsh on this episode but it's definitely one of the worst of the season, and watching it again it seems even worse than before. There are a couple good laughs here but little else.


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