Find of the Month
March 2017 - Frasier
The sitcom “Frasier” put Seattle on the TV map in the 1990s, but the show was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles, with stock shots of the city interspersed (including the mythical view from Frasier’s window). However, for the 100th episode, the cast and crew came to the city to film on location, including scenes at Seattle Center, in the Pike Place Market, and on board the monorail.
The plot of the episode revolves around a celebration of the lead character’s 1000th radio broadcast, with a “Frasier Crane Day” mayoral proclamation and a large rally in Frasier’s honor at the base of the Space Needle. Mayor Norm Rice appears briefly in the episode, in this scene with the British character Daphne, who is having difficulty renewing her passport in time to take advantage of a free Mexican vacation:
DAPHNE: Excuse me, Mayor Rice?
DAPHNE: I have a small bone to pick with you. I can’t say I care for the way your city treats us poor aliens.
MAYOR: You’re an alien?
DAPHNE: Yes. Daphne Moon. My friend Xena and I – she’s an alien too – are trying to get to Mazatlan to rendezvous with her mother’s ship.
MAYOR: Her mothership?
DAPHNE: Yes, and from what I hear, it’s quite spectacular.
MAYOR: I’m sure it is. Why don’t you talk to these nice men here and they’ll see what they can do for you.
TWO MEN GENTLY BUT FIRMLY ATTACH THEMSELVES TO DAPHNE’S ARMS AND LEAD HER AWAY.
Real life imitated art while the show was in town: the city held an actual Frasier Day rally at Westlake Park featuring musical entertainment and introduction of the cast. As part of the event, local celebrities like Detlef Schrempf, Gerard Schwartz, Alex Rodriguez, and Bill Nye presented cast members (including Moose the dog) with gifts. The final gift was to the show’s star Kelsey Grammer, to whom Mayor Rice presented a “Frasier Way” street sign. Grammer also threw out the first pitch at a Mariners game.
Footage from the Westlake event ran through the end credits of the show with the caption “The Real Frasier Day Rally.”