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The Return of Martin Crane 

Martin goes back to work as a security guard, and reflects on his last day as a cop, when he was shot.


David Lee


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Tom Irwin ... Frank
Byrne Offutt ... Joe, Delivery Man
Lisa Arning Mayer ... Nurse (as Lisa Arning)
Mary Jo Mecca ... Waitress
Anthony Edwards ... Tom (voice)
Tom McGowan ... Kenny Daly


Martin is about to start a new job as a security guard, and the occasion dredges up memories of the fateful day years ago when he was shot. These memories appear in flashback: while out on patrol with his partner Frank, he pleads with Martin to pull into a convenience store so he could get a slushie. Martin ultimately gives in and pulls into the parking lot of a store that was being robbed. Martin got shot and his shooter got away. Frasier has ordered a special congratulatory cake, which Roz delivers. Meanwhile, Niles has bought Daphne tickets to a Billy Joel concert for that evening, and she has bought him tickets to a festival of Mongolian throat-singing, also for that evening. This means they have to decide which to attend, so Niles offers Frasier the tickets to the throat-singing concert. Martin then points out that someone has to walk Eddie at 10 p.m, so as he prepares to leave for work, the others discuss (and argue) who should do this job. When Roz arrives with the cake, she ...

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9 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The celebrity caller in this episode is Anthony Edwards, playing Tom who calls from his wedding to say he's having second thoughts. See more »


Niles and Daphne should have been aware of the schedule conflict long before exchanging tickets. Each is aware of the date and time for event they're excited for and, having bought the actual tickets, the same for the event their partner is excited for too. There was no reason for them to need to discover it after swapping tickets. See more »


Martin Crane: [yells at Frasier and Niles as they try to get out of walking Eddie] That's enough! I can't believe I can't even count on my own family! Get over here.
[Niles and Frasier reluctantly walk towards him]
Martin Crane: I'm going to work now.
[kisses Frasier]
Martin Crane: I'll be home late.
[kisses Niles]
Martin Crane: Don't wait up.
[walks out the door]
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, an animated construction crane (is it intended as a phonetic pun?) appears on top of one of the buildings. See more »


Featured in Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter (2004) See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Ships in the Night
25 October 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode focuses on the events leading to Martin's encounter with the gunman who disabled him. It also shows the foundations of the strained relationships we see in every episode. A battle ensues between the boys over tickets to two separate shows on the same day.

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