Frasier: Season 9, Episode 16

Wheels of Fortune (26 Feb. 2002)

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Michael Keaton guest-stars as Blaine Sternin, Lilith's half-brother. Frasier loathes him, as over the years Blaine has come up with numerous schemes to bilk Frasier out of his hard-earned ... See full summary »



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Michael Keaton guest-stars as Blaine Sternin, Lilith's half-brother. Frasier loathes him, as over the years Blaine has come up with numerous schemes to bilk Frasier out of his hard-earned money. Blaine arrives at Frasier's house in a wheelchair, claiming that his accident has made him a changed man, a man of God. Frasier doesn't believe it for a second, but the others are outraged at his accusations and the lengths that he will go to prove Blaine to be nothing but a con man. Written by Anonymous

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The title is from an American game show that has been on for over 25 years and features competition between contestants to solve hangman type word puzzles. See more »


During the dinner with Blaine, the bowl is seen in Daphne's hand and then just a second later in Niles's hand. The bowl is really transferred between them 4 times. See more »


Roz Doyle: You got a message: A "Blaine Sternin" called.
Frasier: [quickly rising out of his seat] Blaine Sternin? Call him back; tell him I'm dead.
Roz Doyle: Sternin... Is he related to Lilith?
Frasier: Yes. He's Lilith's half-brother, the curse of the family. What does it say when Lilith is the good one?
Roz Doyle: He sounded charming on the phone.
Frasier: Well, of course he sounded charming. Charm is the viscous grease with which he oils his flim-flam machine.
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When the title "Frasier" (in deep orange 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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A con man comes a-callin'
20 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wheels of Fortune" is one of the best Frasier episodes ever. It stars Michael Keaton as Blane Sternin, Lilith's miscreant half-brother who once stole Frasier's precious salt server. He now appears in a wheelchair as a Bible-thumping minister, and Frasier is determined to unmask him. It won't be easy, since everyone believes in his sincerity, Martin especially liking him because he can stab a fork into his thigh and leave it there.

Michael Keaton is a riot as Blane; the scene in the hotel convention room where Blane holds his religious ceremony is not to be missed. Make sure you watch the episode until the very end.

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