Frasier: Season 4, Episode 18

Ham Radio (22 Apr. 1997)

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Frasier tries to direct an old-time radio drama for KACL, but his over-directing turns the show into a complete disaster - just as Niles predicted.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Easton ...
Mel White


On KACL's 50th anniversary, Frasier is assigned the task of directing an old Agatha Christie-like radio drama, "Nightmare Inn". Unfortunately, very much like Niles predicts, the performance takes a disastrous turn when Roz's mouth is Novacained, Bulldog gets stage fright, a monologue from Gil's role is cut out and Niles needs to replace the actor portraying six different accents. Written by J. Rieper

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22 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Frasier's radio play "Nightmare Inn" is a reference to popular 1940's radio plays, namely "The Shadow" and "I Love a Mystery". See more »


In 'Ham Radio' Niles inhales the gas from a balloon to voice the high pitched "Pepo the Dwarf" character. This would indicate the balloons were filled with helium, yet the rest of the balloons sit unrestrained in a tray, without floating away. See more »


[Frasier, Roz, Niles, Bulldog, and Bulldog's dyslexic girlfriend are doing a radio play]
Maxine: Look out, he's got a nug.
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" (in purple letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a rain cloud that starts to emit rain appears in the sky. See more »


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Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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simply great in any medium
28 September 2011 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

At first glance of the premise, one might think this a variation on the 'Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel Put on a Show' formula, (which is usually a primary symptom of Shark-Jumping) however this episode is anything but that. Frasier & Friends stage a radio re-creation of a 1940's-type murder mystery ("Nightmare Inn") for KACL's 50th anniversary, however Frasier's Orson Welles complex takes over and he's soon directing, starring, and re-writing the script. Not to digress, but while living in Orlando, Florida, you could get the audio from the local CBS affiliate (WCPX Channel 6) on your car radio at 87.7FM, and that's where I first experienced this episode. I didn't see it on TV until years later, and the amazing thing, for me anyway, is that it completely works as a stand-alone radio play. Very tightly paced, and packed with great development moments for each character, "Ham Radio" goes like Gang-Busters, so don't blink, or you'll miss something great. Wonderful farce, with lots genuinely big laughs, this should make just about anybody's top list of great TV half-hours.

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