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Dinner at Eight-ish 

Frasier and Lilith announce that they are moving in together and as the instigators of the relationship, they invite Sam and Diane over as their first dinner guests. Just prior to Sam and ... See full summary »


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Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Lilith Sternin
Zetta Whitlow Zetta Whitlow ... Jill
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Corinne
Al Rosen Al Rosen ... Al


Frasier and Lilith announce that they are moving in together and as the instigators of the relationship, they invite Sam and Diane over as their first dinner guests. Just prior to Sam and Diane's arrival, the new couple analyze their relationship and who manipulated who into doing what, which starts an evening long argument. As Sam and Diane arrive, the evening goes on a roller coaster of emotions, the major downturn initiated by a secret revealed by Diane. Thus Diane becomes the third member embroiled in the emotional battle for the evening. The dip and the apartment main floor powder room play key roles in how those emotions manifest themselves. Frasier believes that he has the ultimate answer to the evening's problems. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama







English | French

Release Date:

26 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Kelsey Grammer's favorite episode. See more »


When Lilith and Frasier are arguing at home before Sam and Diane arrive, Lilith throws a stack of magazines at Frasier. If you pay close attention, Bebe Neuwirth [Lilith] throws the books so hard that she backs into the couch and falls...but she bounces back up so quickly that it's hardly noticeable. See more »


Dr. Frasier Crane: [after locking Lilith and Diane in the bathroom] You know, I don't think I can stand all this caterwauling. What do you say we go upstairs? I've got all thirteen episodes of "I, Claudius" on tape.
Sam Malone: Great. I love gladiator flicks.
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References Dinner at Eight (1933) See more »


Our House
Written by Graham Nash
Performed by Kelsey Grammer & Bebe Neuwirth with Shelley Long
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Dinner from Hell
24 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a very funny episode. Frasier and Lilith decide to move in together and ask Sam and Diane over for their first dinner. Frasier hasn't been entirely honest with Lilith and they begin to spar. When Sam and Diane come, all Sam can think about are the chips and the dip. Soon each couple is exposing his or her dirty linen and surprising the others. There is a subplot with Cliff babysitting Carla's kids.

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