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"Frasier" Coots and Ladders (2004)

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Original Air Date:
16 March 2004 (Season 11, Episode 17)
Through a series of unnecessarily detailed flashbacks, Frasier confesses to Niles that, bored with his job and jealous of his family's happiness... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the worst Frasier episodes See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kelsey Grammer 
Writing credits
David Angell (created by) &
Peter Casey (created by) &
David Lee (created by)

Heide Perlman (written by)

Glen Charles (based on the character "Frasier Crane" created by) &
Les Charles (based on the character "Frasier Crane" created by)

Produced by
Maggie Blanc .... producer
Peter Casey .... executive producer
Bob Daily .... co-executive producer
Kelsey Grammer .... executive producer
Tony Hicks .... co-producer
Sam Johnson .... executive producer
Joe Keenan .... executive producer
Lori Kirkland Baker .... executive producer
David Lee .... executive producer
Christopher Lloyd .... executive producer
Brian Mallut .... associate producer
Chris Marcil .... executive producer
Dan O'Shannon .... consulting producer
Heide Perlman .... co-executive producer
Jeffrey Richman .... executive producer
Jon Sherman .... executive producer
Ron Volk .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bruce Miller 
Cinematography by
Ken Lamkin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ron Volk 
Casting by
Jeff Greenberg 
Production Design by
Roy Christopher 
Art Direction by
Amy Skjonsby-Winslow 
Set Decoration by
Ron Olsen 
Costume Design by
Audrey M. Bansmer  (as Audrey Bansmer)
Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Jane Leeves (uncredited)
Production Management
Steven Pomeroy .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Rose .... associate director
Marc Stirdivant .... first assistant director
Rosemarie Unite .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mark L. Brown .... leadman
Larry Clark .... general foreman
Steven J. Monroe .... construction coordinator
Frank Galvan III .... head paint foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Andre Caporaso .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Douglass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Douglass)
Thomas J. Huth .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tommy Huth)
Dana Mark McClure .... production sound mixer
Randal S. Thomas .... supervising sound editor (as Randy Thomas)
Greg Miller .... post-production audio (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Armstrong .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sheila Guthrie .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marissa Borsetto .... costume supervisor
Danielle Feller .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Michael Halberg .... assistant editor
Music Department
Darryl Phinnessee .... composer: theme song
Chips Swanson .... music editor
Other crew
Alan R. Baxter .... assistant to producers
Patricia Breen .... story editor
Collin Daniel .... assistant to producers
Rosie Dean .... production coordinator (as Rosie French)
Peter Ferland .... assistant to producers
Geralyn Flood .... assistant to producers
Rob Greenberg .... creative consultant
Alison Gross .... assistant to producers (as Alison M. Gross)
Justine Hempe .... assistant to producers
Cathy Huling .... production accountant
Gabrielle James .... script supervisor
David Lloyd .... creative consultant
Clint McCray .... assistant to producers
David Nahmod .... assistant to producers
Xochitl L. Olivas .... assistant to producers
Jeffrey Pfefferle .... assistant to producers
Siri Pinter .... assistant to producers
Rachel Pollon .... assistant to producers
Tom Reeder .... creative consultant
Jim Rose .... technical coordinator
Melissa Sadoff Oren .... assistant to producers (as Melissa Sadoff)
Jason Schemmel .... assistant to producers
Katy Schlesinger .... assistant to producers
Andy Schwartz .... assistant to producers (as Andrew Schwartz)
Stacey Tenenbaum .... assistant to producers

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Angell  created by
Peter Casey  created by
David Lee  created by

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Additional Details

Germany:21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

The title comes from the childhood game Chutes and Ladders.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1 min) When Frasier is carrying Niles on his back and Niles hits his head into the pillar, you can see the pillar trembling too lightly. Concrete block doesn't tremble like that, so it's probably light studio prop.See more »
[while looking at some old family photos]
Daphne Crane:Why are you all hunched over in this one?
Dr. Niles Crane:Uh...
Daphne Crane:You were looking at my bum, weren't you?
Dr. Niles Crane:Oh, heavens, no!
Daphne Crane:Oh, it's all right, Niles, we're married now.
Dr. Niles Crane:All right, yes. I might, once, in a moment of weakness have permitted myself a fleeting glance.
[She hands him another photo]
Dr. Niles Crane:Or twice.
[Another photo]
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4 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One of the worst Frasier episodes, 20 August 2009
Author: Ibuk from United Kingdom

I love Frasier, I find it so incredibly funny. I would like to say that the show was funny throughout it's entire run but unfortunately that isn't true. The last season was frankly abysmal and had none of the qualities of the previous seasons. I found the last season not only to be unfunny but I found it to be poorly written.

The worst offender has to be Coots and Ladders. In this episode Frasier stuck in a rut decides to steal something of sentimental value from a neighbour. Through a series of flashbacks Frasier describes to Niles what he has done. The episode gets progressively and reaches abysmal heights when they decide to return the item. What follows is just plain juvenile that wouldn't look out of place in a sitcom like Friends for instance but looks completely out of place in Frasier. In my opinion Frasier should have finished after the 2003 season. I have a feeling that the producers let it run for one more season to compete with it's predecessor Cheers, in which the character Frasier Crane first appeared. I feel that the last season was not only an insult to the show but also an insult to the fans who would watch it on a regular basis and made the show as popular as it was. Despite an appalling bad season the season finale I thought was terrific.

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