The Good Son (Frasier)
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|"The Good Son"|
Frasier and Niles discuss their father's future living arrangements, when the subject of Niles' wife Maris enters in the conversation on a note of Frasier's personal disapproval. Niles: "I thought you liked my Maris?" Frasier: "I do. I like her from a distance. You know, the way you like the sun. Maris is like the sun. Except without the warmth."
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||James Burrows|
|Written by||David Angell|
|Original air date||September 16, 1993|
"The Good Son" is the pilot episode of the television sitcom Frasier. The episode premiered on September 16, 1993, on NBC. This first episode seeks to establish the show, introduce the primary characters and settings, and distance itself from its parent, Cheers.
Six months after the conclusion of Cheers, Dr. Frasier Crane has divorced from Lilith Sternin and moved back to his hometown of Seattle, Washington in the hopes of having a fresh start. He begins to host a talk-radio show on KACL 780 as an on-air psychiatrist with producer Roz Doyle.
Frasier is approached by his brother, Niles, who informs him that their father, Martin, a retired police officer injured in the line of duty, can no longer live by himself. Frasier reluctantly offers to take his father in hopes of renewing their father-son relationship.
After Martin moves into his apartment, Frasier is annoyed when he brought in his tatty recliner and his Parson Russell Terrier Eddie, who annoys Frasier. Niles soon agrees to help Frasier in taking care of Martin by jointly paying for a health care provider. Martin soon hires Daphne Moon, an immigrant from Manchester, England who claims to be "a bit psychic", much to Frasier's disapproval. After Daphne reveals she'll need to move in, Frasier refuses to make room for her. This leads to an argument with Martin which ends with Frasier storming out of the apartment.
The next day at work, Frasier is complaining about his troubles to Roz, who in turn tells him the story of Lupe Vélez, pointing out that although life might not go the way we plan it to, it can nevertheless work out anyway. Frasier then takes his next call, only to find that it is Martin on the line who, in explaining the problem, apologizes for his ungraciousness. Frasier in turn apologizes for his insensitivity and reconciles with his father. Frasier then goes on to take a call from a woman, upset and tearful about breaking up with her boyfriend, and proceeds to tell her the story of Vélez. The episode ends with Daphne, Martin, and Frasier watching TV in his apartment while Eddie silently stares at Frasier.
- David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee won the Primetime Emmy Award for writing this episode.
- James Burrows won the Directors Guild of America Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for directing this episode.
- For his performance in this episode, Kelsey Grammer won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This was his second nomination in this category and his first win.
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