Frasier (1993–2004)
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Coots and Ladders 

Through a series of unnecessarily detailed flashbacks, Frasier confesses to Niles that, bored with his job and jealous of his family's happiness, he has stolen a small trinket from an ... See full summary »


Kelsey Grammer


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Wendie Malick ... Ronee Lawrence
Estelle Parsons ... Opal
Gabrielle Miller ... Willa Haver
Jack Laufer ... Roland
Linda Gehringer ... Sarah
Bernadette Birkett ... Janelle
Phyllis Flax Phyllis Flax ... Florence
Helen Mirren ... Babette the Caller (voice)


Through a series of unnecessarily detailed flashbacks, Frasier confesses to Niles that, bored with his job and jealous of his family's happiness, he has stolen a small trinket from an elderly neighbor's apartment. He and Niles crash her surprise birthday party to try and return it in secret. Written by crouchbk

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Release Date:

16 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jane Leeves (Daphne) and Wendie Malick (Ronee Lawrence) went on to star together in Hot in Cleveland (2010). See more »


(at around 1 min) When Frasier is carrying Niles on his back and Niles hits his head into the pillar, you can see the pillar trembling too lightly. Concrete block doesn't tremble like that, so it's probably light studio prop. See more »


Ronee Lawrence: You must be drunk in this picture, Niles. You got your arm around a floor lamp.
Dr. Niles Crane: Oh, no, that's Maris in her Easter hat.
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" (in golden letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a rain cloud that starts to emit rain appears 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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One of the worst Frasier episodes
20 August 2009 | by IbukSee all my reviews

I love Frasier, I find it so incredibly funny. I would like to say that the show was funny throughout it's entire run but unfortunately that isn't true. The last season was frankly abysmal and had none of the qualities of the previous seasons. I found the last season not only to be unfunny but I found it to be poorly written.

The worst offender has to be Coots and Ladders. In this episode Frasier stuck in a rut decides to steal something of sentimental value from a neighbour. Through a series of flashbacks Frasier describes to Niles what he has done. The episode gets progressively and reaches abysmal heights when they decide to return the item. What follows is just plain juvenile that wouldn't look out of place in a sitcom like Friends for instance but looks completely out of place in Frasier. In my opinion Frasier should have finished after the 2003 season. I have a feeling that the producers let it run for one more season to compete with it's predecessor Cheers, in which the character Frasier Crane first appeared. I feel that the last season was not only an insult to the show but also an insult to the fans who would watch it on a regular basis and made the show as popular as it was. Despite an appalling bad season the season finale I thought was terrific.

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