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The Cranemakers 

Rebecca and the company are forcing Woody to take a vacation, something he has not done since he's started working at Cheers. The company is sending him to Italy, and he's not happy about ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
James Winkler ...
Whitley Morris (as James R. Winker)
Peter Schreiner ...


Rebecca and the company are forcing Woody to take a vacation, something he has not done since he's started working at Cheers. The company is sending him to Italy, and he's not happy about it. But he goes. He ends up having a great vacation, but... Meanwhile, Lilith is well into her pregnancy and is becoming the stereotypical Earth Mother. Frasier is embarrassed by the way she's acting. However he changes his tune when he listens to the baby's heartbeat for the first time. He then becomes Earth Father. As part of this revelation, the Cranes relinquish the materialism of their lives and decide to live solely off the land out in the wilderness in a cabin Frasier intends to build. Realizing that they are true urbanites, Sam convinces them to try it for a week in a friend's cabin first before making up their minds for good. This pilot project shows them where geographically their hearts truly lie. Written by Huggo

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2 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Lilith says she only knows one song - "My Funny Valentine" - but she has sung other songs in the past, such as "Our House" in "Dinner At Eight-ish".

Bebe Neuwirth has performed on Broadway in "Fosse" and "Chicago" See more »


Fraser and Lilith's breath is not visible when they are in the cabin, as it should be when it is that cold. This scene was obviously filmed in a warm studio. See more »


Woody Boyd: [looking in his passport] What's this, Miss Howe?
Rebecca Howe: Oh, they just want to know who to notify in case of death or accident.
Woody Boyd: What do they think is going to happen to me over there?
Rebecca Howe: They don't think anything's going to happen, Woody. Just calm down.
Woody Boyd: What's this about not smuggling foreign meats into the country? What's wrong with foreign meat? And if there somthing wrong with it, what's going to happen to me after I've been eating it for a week? And look, it says here that if I mutilate this passport...
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »


My Funny Valentine
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Bebe Neuwirth
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The Cranemakers (#7.16)
6 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Lilith is all excited about her pregnancy and Frasier gets into it as well. They even decide to abandon city life and go into nature and live like the forefathers did. Sam gives them an advice to try out a weekend in a cabin before they make the decision. It doesn't go the way they wanted and they decide to return home.

The Cranes were pretty fun going insane. Especially Lilith in the very beginning when talking to her "woman sister" Carla. And Frasier when he says that he will not it anything that he didn't kill from now on. Norm gave him a pretty good answer! Maybe |I wouldn't mind them to live in the nature until the end of the season, it would bring some laughs. but they are still better as the sophisticated psychiatrists that they are.

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