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The Peterson Principle 

Norm is up for a promotion at work when he finds out that his competitor is having an affair with their boss' wife. Will he use this helpful bit of information to guarantee that he gets the job?



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Frasier is doing some spring cleaning and getting rid of some things, including the slides he took when he and Diane were in Europe. When he shows the slides, which are all of Diane and only Diane, his actions show that he still has unresolved feelings about her. To renew this part of his life, Sam decides to take him out for a night of "Sammy carousing". Norm is in for some possible renewal in his life as well when he is up for a promotion at work. He really wants this promotion, as does Vera, and is up against one other person, Morrison, for the job. Norm comes into some information that could sway the promotion in his favor: Morrison has been sleeping with the wife of Mr. Reinhardt, the boss. Norm wrestles with what to do with this information. The gang at the bar each has his own opinion about what Norm should do. Norm learning Mr. Reinhardt's decision about the job, why he made that decision and Norm's own feeling about pleasing or not pleasing Vera in relation to the job are the... Written by Huggo

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13 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Frasier declared to Sam his father passed away. When Sam visits on the TV show Frasier he explains he was angry at his father over a fight they just had and told everyone he was dead. See more »


As Frasier is sitting at the bar, you can hear the door being opened behind him even though it does not move. See more »


Sam Malone: Hey, what's happening Norm?
Norm Peterson: It's a dog-eat-dog world Sammy, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear.
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References 101 Dalmatians (1961) See more »

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The Peterson Principle (#4.18)
17 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Norm is up for a promotion at his job and has one very strong concurrent. As he finds out from one of his colleagues, this guy is having an affair with the boss's wife. Norm now wonders if he can use it against him. He doesn't get a promotion at the end as the other wives didn't like Vera.

It seems like a complex story but is a little bit boring. Also, maybe it is different times, but I don't understand why everyone thought it is so wrong to inform his boss about the affair. Since when helping out somebody who is being cheated on a bad thing? Frasier was fun as always.

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