Frasier: Season 1, Episode 1

The Good Son (16 Sep. 1993)

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Having returned to his native Seattle after living for many years in Boston, psychiatrist Frasier Crane is still settling in. He now hosts a radio call-in show, something his psychiatrist ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Guest Caller - Claire (voice)
Guest Caller - Russell (voice)
Cleto Augusto ...
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Waitress (as Gina Ravarra)


Having returned to his native Seattle after living for many years in Boston, psychiatrist Frasier Crane is still settling in. He now hosts a radio call-in show, something his psychiatrist brother Niles frowns upon, but all in all is quite happy. Niles has bad news for him however about their father Martin, a retired policeman who has a dodgy hip after being shot on duty. Martin had a bad fall in his bathroom and it's obvious he can no longer live alone. A reluctant Frasier agrees that his somewhat cantankerous dad can move in with him. Martin's dog Eddie is part of the package as well. Niles offers to help out by sharing the cost of a physical therapist and Martin decides he want to hire Daphne Moon, a slightly wacky Brit who claims to be somewhat psychic. Written by garykmcd

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In the pilot episode, Frasier and Martin have a fight over Frasier just wanting to hear "thank you" from Martin for allowing him to move in. Before John Mahoney (Martin) hugs Kelsey Grammer goodbye in the finale, his line is "Thank you, Frasier." See more »


The series context is that Frasier's dad is an ex-cop and Frasier became a psychiatrist despite his father's desires. In Cheers: #8.9 (Two Girls for Every Boyd), Frasier reveals that his father was a scientist and wanted him to become a psychiatrist; but he was reluctant to do so. See more »


Frasier: I mean "burden" in its most positive sense.
Martin: As in, "Gee what a lovely burden"?
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When the title "Frasier" (in blue letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a red light blinks at the highest point of the Space Needle. 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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Best pilot episode of all time
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Favorite line: After Nartin walks in

Frasier: Ah Dad, Dad, welcome to your new home, you look great

Martin: Don't B.S. me. I don't look great. I spent Monday on the bathroom floor. You can still see the tile marks on my face

After Frasier Crane had left Cheers and moved back home, he had no idea that his Father would be part of the package too! Now when his new life comes crashing down, he has to make all of this work and with a health care worker, Daphne Moon it turns out that he might have his burden lifted.

Not so, he still has to live with his Father and his ways which are foreign to Frasier. After an argument between the two and advice from Roz regarding Lupe Velez (watch episode for that one), Martin calls in to the show and Frasier gives him "objective" advice that maybe his son didn't understand how the change was going for him and later counsels a woman that though things don't work out as well as they had planned, they can still work out anyway, then fade out and the Tag

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