Frasier (1993–2004)
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Trophy Girlfriend 

After winning a squash tournament partnered with gym teacher Chelsea, Frasier starts dating her. Seeing her on the job one day, however, brings back nightmares of an abusive coach from his childhood.



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After winning a squash tournament partnered with gym teacher Chelsea, Frasier starts dating her. Seeing her on the job one day, however, brings back nightmares of an abusive coach from his childhood.

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18 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Per the title as with a trophy wife, the trophy girlfriend is a young and attractive woman on the arm of an older and affluent man who acts as his status symbol. See more »


Roz Doyle: You know, maybe Frasier was right. Would it kill us to make some effort to be civil?
Julia Wilcox: I... guess not.
Roz Doyle: So... Your show was good today.
Julia Wilcox: Yes, it was. And... and... your producing was... top notch.
Roz Doyle: Thanks.
[Offers her the sugar container]
Roz Doyle: Sugar?
Julia Wilcox: [Takes one] Please.
Roz Doyle: Well, this isn't so bad.
Julia Wilcox: No, it's not. Maybe we just got off on the wrong foot.
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When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a lightning bolt flashes in the sky. See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Seeing the person for what they really are!
31 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Initially I am indifferent when it comes to the Sit-Com Frasier. My wife is an avid viewer of this long running comedy starring Kelsey Grammar. At times especially when the Mets aren't on, I would watch an episode to fill the void. The show is a spin-off of Cheers the Boston based tavern comedy where the Dr. Frasier character was born. Frasier was placed in the series in the third season of Cheers to detract from the Sam and Diane relationship tensions. Grammar's performance was so luminous they kept him on the series. Here the story shifts to Seattle,Washington where Frasier takes his Psychiatry practice on the air waves as a talk radio host accompanied by his female producer Roz Doyle (Perri Gilpin). The writers didn't want to copy a format where patience's come to an office ,i.e. The Chicago based Bob Newhart Show of the late 70's.A radio show is perfect for Grammar's deep vocal pipes to be displayed on the series despite the consternation of meek younger brother psychiatrist , Niles played by David Hyde Pierce. Niles and Frasier enter the annual squash tournament. Niles is fed up getting eliminated in the second round every year. Niles wants another partner. Frasier agrees and bumps into Chelsea (Jean Tripplehorn) who happens to be a middle school gym teacher and is an accomplished squash player. The two win the tournament, which explains the title, which infuriates Niles. Meanwhile on another front enter the arrogant brash and stand offish Julia Wilcox (Felicity Huffman) another radio personality at the station. Julia gives financial advice on the radio and Roz handles the engineering end to the demeaning commands from Julia. Roz complains to Frazier who tries to get them together. The disdain between Julia and Roz is showcased twice in this episode with brilliant screen writing by David Angell, David Lee and Peter Casey. Frasier's relationship with Chelsea blossoms nicely as his brother Niles is brooding. Everything changes when Frasier meets Chelsea during her gym class. As Frasier waits in her office he sees Chelsea yelling at a chunky student. Frasier gets a flashback to when he was a young uncoordinated bookworm of a boy. He's grubby, hefty and gravely gym teacher Coach Fuller (Bob Hoskins) publicly humiliated Frasier in front of the other students making him climb the ropes with eventual failed attempts time after time. Frasier sees himself as that stocky humiliated girl as girlfriend Chelsea is riding her to move it the same way coach Fuller demeaned Frasier. Which sets this sit-com apart from other Frasier episodes is how the writers and casting used a unique approach putting Bob Hoskins in Jean Tripplehorn's role as Chelsea. Bed room scenes showing Frasier in Bed with the robust, hairy Hoskins and the bathing scene was sidesplitting yet had a raunchy feel. Frasier didn't see Chelsea . He saw Coach fuller. The dialogue was the same but the visual was distorted. The sitcom seemed crammed with three stories in one. Nile's jealousy, Roz and Julia feuding and Frasier coming to grips with his trophy woman. Still I found this episode one of the best for its writing and ingenuity.

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