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A Lilith Thanksgiving 

Niles' plans for a 'rustic' thanksgiving (complete with mints on the pillows) are scuppered when Lilith arranges a meeting with the headmaster of the Marbury Academy, an exclusive school, with the aim of getting Frederick in.


Jeff Melman


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
Paxton Whitehead ... Dr. Campbell
Trevor Einhorn ... Frederick Crane
Lisa Banes ... Pamela
Jane Lynch ... Cynthia
Richard Gilbert-Hill ... Elliot (as Richard Gilbert Hill)
John Prosky ... Preston


Niles' plans for a 'rustic' thanksgiving retreat for the family (complete with mints on the pillows) are scuppered when Lilith arranges a meeting for Thanksgiving morning, with the headmaster of the Marbury Academy, a very exclusive school, with the aim of getting Frederick in. As a result, the family goes to Boston. Daphne visits her transvestite uncle Jackie (who is a minister of some sort) while Roz is housesitting for Frasier. Lilith leaves Niles in charge of preparing the Thanksgiving meal, and Martin in charge of entertaining Frederick, while she and Frasier go to meet Dr. Campbell. Things start to go wrong at both ends: once at Dr. Campbell's house, Frasier damages a valuable chair; meanwhile, Frederick sustains some injuries while playing with Martin. Frasier and Lilith return home, but then become over-anxious to ingratiate themselves, and go back to Dr. Campbell on the pretext of looking for a missing earring. Dr. Campbell finds their persistence increasingly irritating, but...

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Release Date:

26 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of the 'new' Frederick, played by Trevor Einhorn. See more »


In the scene where Frasier and Lilith return home and ignore Frederick, Frederick's face has far more hives on it at the beginning of the scene than at the end. See more »


[Roz is house-sitting for Frasier]
Daphne: If you change the paper towels, he likes the flap facing the front. If you change the bathroom tissue, the flap faces the back, don't ask me why.
Roz: I don't know how you live with him.
Daphne: Huh, I don't know how you work with him.
Roz: Well, I have learned a trick: when he's really bugging me, I ask if he hasn't lost a little weight. Before you know it, he's checking his butt out in the glass of the candy machine.
Daphne: Really? I tell him he's gained weight. He skips dinner, ...
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a lightning bolt flashes in the sky. See more »


References Pocahontas (1995) See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Extortion with a Turkey
5 October 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While the gang is having a disastrous Thanksgiving, Frasier and Lilith meet with a professor who has control over an exclusive boys' school. They keep going to his house and bugging him. Frederich stays back and gets a black eye, broken nose, and a case of hives. By the way, did you know that Golda Meir had a son named Oscar, Oscar Meir.

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