- Say what you want about Season 10, "Rooms With a View" is one long tearjerker as Niles goes for surgery. It's heightened when Niles keeps saying Daphne's name — just in case.
- At the climax is Martin's flashback concerning Hester's diagnosis of cancer.
- Daphne, screaming and tears, saying there's nothing until she knows Niles is out of surgery and perfectly fine. Anyone with someone like that in their life was crying with her.
- The ending has a Heartwarming Moment mixed with tearjerker as the last moment is a Flash Forward, where Niles is introducing David to his newborn sister.
- When Niles discovers Maris' infidelity with her fencing instructor (completely by accident — there was a sensory deprivation tank and mixed-up pronouns involved). His reaction is to shrink in on himself and look as pathetic as possible, complete with puppy dog eyes. Then, in the next scene, he arrives at Frasier's home. Frasier and Martin had agreed not to coddle Niles, but when they open the door, Niles steps in, looks like he's about to cry and flings his arms out. Frasier and Martin immediately hug him and show him they're there for him (and even Eddie licks his face and cuddles into his lap).
- When Niles finds out she is having an affair with their marriage counselor he is heartbroken and he realizes it's the end for them.
- "And then I ran into the bedroom, tears pouring down my face and said 'Mommy, mommy! The puppy Santa gave me for Christmas won't wake up!'" (From a caller to Frasier's radio show in Season 1's "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street".)
- "Okay Tom, you won the prize for the most depressing Christmas story we've heard all day."
- The runner-up had to be the guy in "The Impossible Dream" (season 4) who described a heartwrenching death he'd witnessed only to have Frasier remind him he'd resolved not to watch sad movies. note
- Given the sheer bombardment of Christmas-themed misery Frasier and Roz have suffered by that point, this one also has Black Comedy points.
- "Okay Tom, you won the prize for the most depressing Christmas story we've heard all day."
- Niles' broken heart as he celebrates a successful divorce settlement with Frasier, then turns and sees Daphne walk into Cafe Nervosa hand-in-hand with his lawyer. You can see an utter sadness on his face not even seen when Maris cheated on him.
- In the final episode, when Niles said, "I'll miss the coffees."
- A subtler example moments before; when the removal man comes to take Martin's chair away, Frasier expresses relief at finally getting it out of his apartment, but can't resist telling the guy to make sure he takes care of it. Then, once he's moved his preferred chair into its place, it seems to finally sink in that he's all alone.
- When Frasier recites the Tennyson poem.
- The final few moments of the finale can bring tears to your eyes. Especially when you realize that Frasier's farewell message to his family, and later his radio listener, can just as well be taken as a direct message to the viewer.
- Another subtle one. As they hug, Martin tells Frasier, "thank you." This is a Call Back to the first episode where they get into a fight because Frasier was upset that Martin never verbally thanked him for allowing him to move in with him.
- In season 4's "Mixed Doubles," Niles spends the whole episode trying to work up the courage to admit his feelings to Daphne. After both of them are cheated on by their dates, they meet up at a singles bar and Daphne asks him to imagine what it would have been like if they'd met there by chance at some other time in their lives. Niles imagines the scenario, which involves him asking, "What are you doing with the rest of your life?" Daphne laughs and thanks him and says, in a completely friendly manner, "I love ya, Doctor Crane." Niles sits for a moment before saying, completely honestly, "I love you too, Daphne."
- In the episode "Frasier's Edge", Frasier's mentor, Dr. Tewksbury, is trying to help him through a crisis of confidence. He advises him to diagnose himself as if he were a caller on his own show. Frasier tries to stall by bringing up numerous exercises, but Tewksbury pushes him to deal with his feelings. Finally, Frasier breaks down:
Frasier: But I don't know what he wants!Dr. Tewksbury: Then why do you keep trying to bury him in psychiatric exercises?Frasier: Because that's all I have![long pause, Tewksbury looks at him sadly]Frasier (whispering): ...I'm sorry, caller. I can't help you.
Frasier: Thank you for honoring my life...... I just wish I knew what to do with the rest of it......
- And then at the end of that episode, when Frasier is given his Lifetime Achievement Award, he says to the crowd:
- Frasier's breakthrough in this episode really leads to some Fridge Horror Tear Jerker for the rest of the show and Cheers. Practically everything Frasier does is out of insecurity about himself to the point you realize he has no emotional or psychological stability. He's constantly afraid and hiding behind his profession and intellect to make himself feel good in every single moment of both shows. Even worse is his relationship and jealousy over Niles whenever he attains something he can't have, meaning that his damage has messed up his brother to a degree. I nominate Frasier Crane as Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds of the freaking century!
- In the Season 9 episode "Deathtrap," after Martin explains about "Hamster Heaven" to console Roz's daughter Alice about her dead pet, Alice asks about whether Eddie would be going to "Dog Heaven." Martin laughs and says not for a long time. But after she leaves, Martin looks somber and calls Eddie over to his lap for a hug. The look on his face as he realizes that Eddie won't be around forever made me tear up.
- Reality Subtext: Moose, the dog who originally played Eddie, was retired from regular appearances at the end of the previous season. He was getting too old to perform some of the tricks so his son, Enzo, had taken over the role.
- "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue": Even Frasier himself said "It just breaks my heart!" The scene where Niles and Daphne dance together, to the song "They Can't Take That Away from Me", aware that their chance to be together is slipping away forever...
- Season 6's "Visions of Daphne" is one big Tear Jerker for Niles. He has to learn from Daphne that Donny is planning to propose to her, then she comes to him saying she had a vision that she was meant to be with someone else and he convinces her that she's right and shouldn't accept the proposal. Then Frasier and Martin convince him of how unethical, let alone what a bad friend he would be, if he let Daphne make this decision in his advice so he tries to talk her back into marrying Donny. She's determined to say no, but Donny proposes to her in such a sweet way (in front of all the Crane men) that she surprises them all by accepting. Niles simply walks, heartbroken, out of the room. The pain that Frasier and Martin feel for him is evident. Then, later, she thanks Niles for his (second) piece of advice, saying that she had it in mind when she accepted the proposal.
Martin: I'd do anything to fix this for you, son.Niles: It's my own fault. I had chance after chance to tell her how I feel and I always kept my mouth shut.
- At the end, Daphne has a second vision, saying that she saw her dream man with a dragon, which she thinks is ridiculous. The next scene is Niles, unwrapping a present Roz bought him - a ceramic dragon. And both of them are oblivious.
- Donny's proposal itself is a tearjerker. It's so sweet and well written, it puts almost the most romantic proposal you may have ever heard to shame.
- In "Room Full of Heroes," Frasier hosts a costume party where everyone's supposed to dress as their own personal heroes. Niles comes as Martin, which at first is incredibly heartwarming. But as the night goes on, Niles takes the role farther and farther, sinking into it more and more, until in a moment of passion, he declares both his "sons" complete disappointments and utter failures. It's sad enough that, deep down, Niles thinks that's his father's real opinion, but the saddest thing of all is Martin's face on the verge of tears as he looks at Niles and says angrily, "You stop right there! You will not put these words in my mouth. I was always proud of you boys, and I will not be portrayed as some drunken, judgmental jackass!"
- And the previous scene, talking about Hester.
- There's considerable Fridge Horror there—that even with Niles secretly being convinced that Martin views him as a failure, he still came to the party dressed as him. In other words, he still considers Martin to be his hero. Very akin to an abused person still desperate for love and approval from his/her abuser.
- In the episode "Daphne Returns", Niles finally realises how deeply embedded in fantasy his infatuation with Daphne has been:
Frasier: You have a chance for a real relationship with Daphne, yet you're resisting it.Niles: Why would I do that?Frasier: Because if your relationship with Daphne doesn't work out... then you will have spent the last seven years of your life... chasing an illusion.
- Frasier and Martin's talk about the infidelity of both their wives. Yes, Frasier's beloved mother cheated on his father.
- In "A Day in May" one of the b-plots has Martin sitting at a table in a strange room drinking a cup of coffee. When Niles calls him he lies and says he's at the track. Later he's met there by a woman. While chatting they both say they think about each other a lot, and the woman asks how his hip is doing. An old flame of Martin's, perhaps? Not quite. They're at the local prison to attend the parole hearing of the woman's son. He was the criminal who shot Martin in the hip, cutting short his police career and crippling him for life. The young man describes his success with the prison work program and how he hopes to get a job in computer science once he gets out. And he says he regrets his crime "every day." The parole board asks Martin if he'd like the make a statement. Martin struggles to his feet, pauses for a moment...and says "I have nothing to say." The board ultimately decides not to grant parole. As Martin starts to leave the young man's mother quietly sobs in her seat. Martin turns around as if to comfort her...but he has nothing to say...
- In "Our Father, Whose Art Ain't Heaven", Frasier, after lying about liking a painting Martin bought for him, finally decides to be honest with his father about not liking it. Martin seems to accept the explanation, but then breaks down into tears, devastated that his own son would accept a gift he didn't want. Seeing that he made his father cry makes him start crying too. While it's a funny scene in itself (see the "Funny" page), the fact is Martin seems to think he failed as a father ("I could never do anything for my sons") and Frasier is ashamed that he was so ungrateful and caused his father so much pain. Underneath the laughs, the scene's undercurrent is still heartbreaking.
- Roz ending up in tears about breaking up with her boyfriend, Roger. Both times.
- The second time is especially sad. Frasier has recently debuted in a new market (Spokane,) but the audience is hostile since he is replacing a local legend. Frasier has Roz pretend to call in and fake a problem. In doing so, her insistence that she's perfectly fine shatters and she breaks down on the air.
- All three Cranes watching home movies of Hester.
- Charlotte's breakdown in "Match Game". She's trying to put on a good face the whole episode only for it be revealed she's dangerously close to the Despair Event Horizon because of how much her life sucks.
- Mel and Niles' relationship, as well as Donny and Daphne's, is the most tearjerking hurdle between Niles and Daphne finally getting together:
Mel: NO! *Bangs hard on the table* I promised myself I wouldn't cry.
- After being left at the altar, you see Donny breaking down and "making friends" with the groom on the cake, named "Mr. Chump", while repeatedly trying to sue Daphne and Frasier to ease his heartbreak. Over the course of the show he's later seen getting into multiples serious relationships far too fast as a result of being on the rebound, and outright admitting (in front of his newest partner) that he will never find someone as good as Daphne. It's played for laughs by that point, but we need only look towards his touching romance with Daphne in earlier seasons to know that he really did love her.
- Mel, although at first glance looking like just another Maris in Niles' life, also clearly loved him when they were together. She even says to Daphne, in a bittersweet Crowning Momentof Heartwarming, that she wants to be that person Niles trusts enough to help him be everything he ever wanted—showing that her manipulation of him, while still ultimately not good for Niles, was for his sake and not just because she's selfish like Maris was. Niles, in return, discards her the minute he thinks Daphne may have feelings for him and they break up after four days married. That heartbreak is a big part of why she becomes so cruel towards him later.
- "Don Juan in Hell", the episode where Frasier openly acknowledges to himself how badly he's been traumatized by his failed marriages and relationships with women. He couldn't handle having a relationship with a very well suited Girl of the Week because he knew how much it would hurt when he inevitably lost her. The happy note it ends on, where he puts his demons (Lilith, Diane, his mother, and his hippy first wife) behind him is even mitigated by him continuing to struggle with relationships over the next several seasons.
"In loving memory of our friends Lynn and David Angell"
- And at the end of the season premiere "Don Juan In Hell":
- For those unaware. David Angell, the executive producer, along with his wife were killed in the September 11 attack aboard American Airlines Flight 11.
- In season 3's "Moon Dance," Daphne attends a ball with Niles to prove to his friends that he is over Maris. In the heat of a very passionate dance, Niles admits that he adores her. She says the same back to him and they share their first kiss. When they sit down, Niles is positively glowing until Daphne says, "I had no idea you were such a good actor." The way his face slowly falls as the realization dawns on him is crushing.
- Frasier's "therapy" session with Eddie in "Back Talk" counts as both this and a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, as it's both an insight into how lonely and unhappy he is deep down and how much he has come to genuinely value Daphne's companionship and friendship. (And, of course, since Daphne only hears the last bit and completely misinterprets it, it arguably becomes funny again as well.)
Frasier: Do you want to know what's bothering me? Well, here's a start: I'm talking to a dog, that bothers me. I'm another year older today. I suppose that bothers me. Though not as much as people seem to think. [Increasingly maudlin] I'm still single. That's a big one. Not having a woman to share my life with. The only women in my life are friends: Roz and Daphne. Daphne's not even here anymore, she'll be married soon. That's going to be tough on Dad... who am I kidding. It's going to be tough on me. It's been nice having her here. Even when my love life hasn't been going so well, I can always come home to a warm and considerate woman. You know, that's probably why I've been so brusque with her lately: I know that once she's gone, I'll probably be twice as lonely. Well, it's quite a realization isn't it? I really do love Daphne and I'm about to lose her. I've got to show her how I feel about her, while I still have the chance.
Tear Jerker / Frasier
Frasier has had many in its eleven seasons.