Frasier: Season 3, Episode 17

High Crane Drifter (12 Mar. 1996)

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After a day and a half of experiencing other people's rude and inconsiderate behavior, Frasier reaches saturation point when a man casually steals his and Niles's table at Cafe Nervosa. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Harvey
Video Clerk (as Mark Benninghofen)
Naomi ...
Paul Cosimano ...
Waiter (as Paul Cusimano)
Lydia (voice)
Chris (voice)
Chuck (voice)
Mitch (voice)
Rochelle (voice)


After a day and a half of experiencing other people's rude and inconsiderate behavior, Frasier reaches saturation point when a man casually steals his and Niles's table at Cafe Nervosa. Frasier ejects the man from the café. Next day, he is hailed as a hero in the paper, but is horrified when his act sparks off a series of "etiquette lessons" by people all over Seattle. Written by crouchbk

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The title is a parody of the Clint Eastwood movie High Plains Drifter (1973). See more »


Frasier: People of Seattle! Listen to me! We are not barbarians! We are not Neanderthals and we are NOT FRENCH!
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When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, several lights are being lit in the "windows" of the buildings. See more »


References High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Very Funny Episode
11 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Frasier had become fed up with people and like Peter Finch in Network, decided he'd had enough and wasn't going to take it anymore.

When a fellow steals his seat at the coffee shop, Frasier ejects him from the establishment.

He is hailed a hero, but then callers (Eric Idle, Jane Pauley, Billy Barty, Jerry Orbach) begin doing the same thing, becoming frustrated with people they feel have wronged them and retaliating in Frasier's manner, they feel.

One set a neighbor's lawn on fire (that may have been Orbach) and another mailed scorpions to their nemesis (Idle).

Funniest was definitely Jane Pauley feeling her actions were justified as Frasier sought to plead with her.

The episode also has Niles delightful introduction to a hatchback (he calls it a hunchback and the hideous large window in back that opens up, hence the name. Of course, take the vehicle's worst feature and name it after it).

As well as this episode has Daphne's recollection of a British tune "Deh neh neh neh neh neh, flesh is burning, deh neh neh neh neh neh" bringing about Martin's getting the tune stuck in his head as well.

Lacking in the episode is appearances of Eddie, who while seen, it is an incredible minimum.

The sensationalism of the recent Jetblue flight attendant who cussed out the passengers and jumped out the escape exit has made me think of this episode.

Also with the actions of the shooter in AZ shooting the congresswoman and killing six bystanders adds to the effectiveness of this episode's message.

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