Fridge / Frasier

Fridge Brilliance
  • When Patrick Stewart shows up and falls for Frasier, with Frasier becoming a bit of a gold digger. When Frasier tries to clear it up Patrick Stewart tries to seduce him with time in his Villa in Capri. Patrick Stewart played Sejanus in I, Claudius, who controlled access to the Emperor's decadent Villa in Capri.
  • From Frasier, the names of two of the titular character's coworkers being Roz and Gil suddenly became funny.
  • Something I dismissed as Characterization Marches On was Martin's characterization as a grumpy, bitter, insecure old Has Been in season 1, whereas he was later characterized as terminally cheerful, flippant and deadpan, and unwilling to let anything rattle him. Later, it occurred to me that this later characterization was probably his "original" personality all along his demeanor in season 1 could easily be explained away as temporary depression due to his career-ending injury, on top of being bitter over his recently deceased wife and distant sons.
  • In the season 10 finale, Roz hates Frasier's new girlfriend Julia and thinks she's all wrong for him, which causes Frasier and her to get into a big fight. After accusations about trust and loyalty have been hurled back and forth, Roz tells Frasier that if he doesn't trust her judgment and dump Julia, she'll walk out of his life. In response, Frasier loftily stalks over to Julia, puts his arm around her, and glares at Roz. This always bothered this troper. Although Roz was over the line, Frasier's response seemed rather out of character. But then it occurred to me that Frasier is the man who sustained a close bond with his brother despite having Maris Crane as a sister-in-law for fifteen years — he's the very last person in the world who you should ever try the "I don't like her, so dump her or we're through" line on.
  • Rather unfortunate accidental shout-out — Hester Crane cheated on Martin. She happens to share a name with one of the most famous female adulterers in literature: Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter.
    • In fact, a sympathetic adulteress with an absent husband who's subsequently redeemed by a lifetime of good works. Martin himself points out that he "wasn't the easiest person to live with back then", and Frasier comes to terms with the fact that his mother had flaws in her past, but was still the good person he remembered.
  • Maris' unseen copious weight gain, revealed to be because she's a Big Eater when she gets stressed. Suddenly, all the previous references to her downright psychotic obsession with staying thin make a lot of sense and actually add some Hidden Depths to an otherwise Jerkass character—it's possible she was overweight as a child and is terrified of being so again.

Fridge Horror
  • In The Two-Hundredth Episode, the plot is this; Frasier is missing one of his early aircheck tapes. He is apparently obsessed with collecting all of his own tapes (common enough for people working in radio). Daphne admits she damaged the tape accidentally. Frasier announces on the air that if anyone happens to have this missing tape, they should call the station. So a man named Tom calls in, and Frasier and Niles head to his apartment. Turns out that Tom is obsessed with Frasier, replacing his entire Seattle skyline window with his pictures, having quit his job so he wouldn't miss the show (becoming a doorman instead) and having every single one of Frasier's shows on tape. Frasier tries to subtly break it to him that his life could have much more to it. He doesn't get the message, and Frasier and Niles leave, Tom being ecstatic due to meeting his idol. At home, when Daphne and his dad (I forget his name) ask if he got the tape, Frasier says he decided to let Tom keep the tape, as he has "seen an example tonight of how an obsession can take over someones life." Two Fridge Horror examples jump to mind; the first, Frasier didn't help him. He'll spend the rest of his life, obsessed. The second, the finale revolves around Frasier completing his last show. Hopefully Tom has moved on by then, because otherwise he's sure going to have a rough time.
  • Yes, watching Niles struggle with his kite on Frasier's balcony (in the episode "Docu.Drama") is hilarious, but he comes close to being yanked onto the sidewalk from 19 stories up...
  • No matter what your feelings are about Julia, it is worth noting that two medical doctors, a healthcare worker, and a retired police officer all stood still and did nothing while a woman was choking. Played for laughs, and it's indicated they thought she was making sarcastic choking noises, but if any of them thought it was serious and still didn't move speaks volumes about who they really are.
    • In Frasier's defence on this one at least, his back was turned because he was distracted by looking for something and by all appearances he genuinely wasn't fully aware of the situation; as soon as he realises what's happening he immediately comes to her assistance.
  • In addition to Martin and Frasier's In-Universe Fridge Horror in "Dial M for Martin" that Niles may be subconsciously trying to hurt his father, the end of the episode can be interpreted as implying that Daphne wants to stay in the Crane household so much that she unconsciously kicked away Martin's cane just as Niles may have done earlier. If Frasier's theory is correct, then that means she's subconsciously willing to harm a patient to satisfy her own emotional needs. Now consider that she specializes in providing live-in help to the elderly and infirm, that she's also spent decades repressing a Hilariously Abusive Childhood, and that she's apparently lost more patients than she could count...
  • In "Room Full Of Heroes", while imitating Martin (who he's dressed as), Niles goes on and on about how "he" considers his sons "failures and disappointments". Yet he came to the party dressed as him. So despite genuinely believing that his father thinks he's a failure, Niles still considers him his hero. Very akin to an abuse victim still desperate for the love and approval of their abuser.

Fridge Logic
  • An in-universe example. When Martin was disappointed that Frasier and Niles weren't crazy about Sherry, he somberly said to the brothers that they should like her because he chose her, and that should be good enough for them. The boys stand there looking guilty for a few seconds, until Frasier realizes (and gloriously throws back) that Martin never made one ounce of effort to like or tolerate any of his or Niles' paramours. Could be an out of universe version too if that occurred to the viewer before Frasier said it.