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"Frasier" High Crane Drifter (1996)

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Frasier: Season 3: Episode 17 -- Much to his chagrin, Frasier becomes a local hero after he physically assaults a rude customer at Cafe Nervosa.


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Original Air Date:
12 March 1996 (Season 3, Episode 17)
After a day and a half of experiencing other people's rude and inconsiderate behavior, Frasier reaches... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane

Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon

David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane

Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle

John Mahoney ... Martin Crane

John Cygan ... Doug Harvey

Mark Benninghoffen ... Video Clerk (as Mark Benninghofen)

Troy Blendell ... Curtis
Naomi ... Woman
Paul Cosimano ... Waiter (as Paul Cusimano)

Joan Allen ... Lydia (voice)

Billy Barty ... Chris (voice)

Eric Idle ... Chuck (voice)

Jerry Orbach ... Mitch (voice)

Jane Pauley ... Rochelle (voice)

Katarina Witt ... Brenda (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Enzo the Dog ... Eddie (uncredited)
Marsha Kramer ... Anne (voice) (uncredited)

Moose ... Eddie (uncredited)
Laura Robinson ... Lynette (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Philip Charles MacKenzie 
Writing credits
David Angell (created by) &
Peter Casey (created by) &
David Lee (created by)

Jack Burditt (written by)

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

Produced by
David Angell .... executive producer
Maggie Blanc .... producer (as Maggie Randell)
Jack Burditt .... co-producer
Peter Casey .... executive producer
Anne Flett-Giordano .... producer
Mary Fukuto .... co-producer
Kelsey Grammer .... executive producer
Joe Keenan .... co-producer
David Lee .... executive producer
Steven Levitan .... co-executive producer
Christopher Lloyd .... executive producer
Linda Morris .... executive producer
Chuck Ranberg .... producer
Vic Rauseo .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bruce Miller 
Cinematography by
Ken Lamkin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ron Volk 
Greg Wong 
Casting by
Jeff Greenberg 
Art Direction by
Roy Christopher 
Set Decoration by
Ron Olsen 
Costume Design by
Audrey M. Bansmer 
Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist
Production Management
Bill Carroll .... unit production manager
Tony Hicks .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katy Garretson .... first assistant director
Hilarie Jutras .... second assistant director
Art Department
Victor Anderson .... propmaker
Steven J. Monroe .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Nick Els .... sound mixer
Dana Mark McClure .... production sound mixer
Randal S. Thomas .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Durling .... dimmer operator
Arien Hatch .... film loader
Michael T. James .... grip
Gary Armstrong .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Cathy Reinking .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie H. Burk .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Kelsey Grammer .... performer: theme song
Darryl Phinnessee .... composer: theme lyrics
Chips Swanson .... music editor
Other crew
Cindy Collins .... assistant to producers
Rosie Dean .... production coordinator
Peter Ferland .... assistant to producers
Anne Geiger .... assistant to producers
Dave Hackel .... creative consultant
Peggy Illman .... assistant to producers
Gabrielle James .... script supervisor
Nicole Kallis .... assistant to producers
Polly Levy .... assistant to producers
David Lloyd .... creative consultant
Brian Mallut .... assistant to producers
Suzanne Martin .... executive story editor
Dani Morris .... assistant to producers
Jeffrey Pfefferle .... assistant to producers
John Rajeski .... assistant to producers
Jim Rose .... technical coordinator
Susan Rosen .... assistant to producers
Jeffrey Schneider .... legal counsel
David Suther .... assistant to producers
Rita VanderWaal .... 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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min | 22 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

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!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Eye for an Eye (1996)See more »
Tossed Salads and Scrambled EggsSee more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very Funny Episode, 11 August 2010
Author: richard.fuller1

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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