Frasier: Season 3 (1995 - 1996)

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Air date: Sep 19, 1995

Oscar-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl makes her first Frasier appearance as KACL's stubborn new station manager Kate Costas, as the series launches its third season. Almost immediately upon her arrival in Seattle, Kate begins tinkering with the format of Frasier Crane's (Kelsey Grammer) radio advice program. Predictably, Frasier digs in his heels and dismisses Kate's efforts to invest his program with "national" appeal: "I'd rather stay local, if going national means sucking at the sump pump of sensationalism." But Kate is not one to be trifled with -- and it isn't long before Frasier is exiled to a 2 a.m. timeslot.

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Air date: Sep 26, 1995

Milo O'Shea guest stars as Dr. Schachter, a "couples" specialist. During this particular session, the good doctor is counseling a most odd couple indeed -- namely, sibling psychiatrists Frasier and Niles Crane (Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce), whose relationship is in danger of collapsing. In flashbacks, Frasier and Niles woefully recall their foredoomed efforts to save money on office space by opening up a joint practice.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1995

Although they never cared much for their late and unlamented great aunt Louise, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) agree to arrange the old girl's funeral. Even though she has shuffled off her mortal coil, Aunt Louise manages to exercise her usual total control over his great-nephews, who are forced to follow the dictates of her will to the letter. While dutifully rummaging through some old family papers, Frasier makes an astonishing discovery: An unpublished song, written specifically for Frank Sinatra--by Frasier's dad Martin (John Mahoney).

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Air date: Oct 31, 1995

New KACL station manager Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl) thinks that encouraging her on-the-air talent to play practical jokes on each other will improve ratings. When Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) falls victim to a nasty prank perpetrated by sports-show host Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler), he decides to get even in a peculiarly personal matter. Taking advantage of Bulldog's phobia about lizards, Frasier plants a slithery little critter just where his nemesis will find it. What he hadn't counted on was that Kate would stumble upon the lizard first -- and the results are nearly fatal!

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Air date: Nov 7, 1995

Aghast at finding a tiny scratch on his otherwise flawless hardwood floor, Frasier calls in a contractor to repair the damage. What begins as a relatively small job mushrooms into a vast and expensive undertaking -- one that threatens to ruin a wine-tasting party being held at Frasier's home. The reason? Well, it all stems back to Niles (David Hyde Pierce), who is jealous over the attention paid by Daphne (Jane Leeves) to handsome hunk contractor Joe DeCarlo (Tony Carreiro). This episode earned an Emmy award for "best sound mixing."

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Air date: Nov 14, 1995

In the first episode of a two-part story, new KACL station manager Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl) cancels the staff's annual raises. On behalf of his colleagues, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) storms into Kate's office to register a protest. But one thing leads to another (as they often do), and before long Frasier and Kate are locked in a passionate embrace. Patrick Kerr makes a return appearance as Roz's nerdish admirer, Noel Shempsky.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1995

In the conclusion of a two-part story, former antagonists Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl) are now enmeshed in a torrid romance. In fact, "torrid" hardly covers it: The two can't keep their hands off each other, either in or out of the office. When they end up "doing it" in the radio booth, the action is inadvertently broadcast all over Seattle -- and soon the city is abuzz as to the identity of the mysterious "dirty girl."

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Air date: Nov 28, 1995

Niles (David Hyde Pierce) finally works up the gumption to tell off his wife Maris. This may explain why Niles turns up on the doorstep of his brother Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and father Martin (John Mahoney), moaning over the fact that Maris hasn't been seen for three days. Frasier advises Niles to beg his wife's forgiveness, but things don't turn out as planned. Just as well: This episode launches a story tangent that will eventually culminate in lasting happiness for at least two of the series' characters (and one of them isn't Maris!).

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Air date: Dec 19, 1995

Frasier's son, Frederick Crane (Luke Tarsitano), makes his annual Yuletide visit to Seattle. Eagerly looking forward to the educational toys that Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) has promised him -- including a "Living Brain" -- Frederick is crushed when a mistake is made in shipping and he receives nothing but girl's playthings. Thus it is that Frasier, who despises crowds even in the best of time, must claw his way from one mall to another in a hectic last-minute shopping excursion.

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Air date: Jan 9, 1996

Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl), headstrong manager of radio station KACL and erstwhile lover of Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), announces that she is leaving Seattle and moving to Chicago. It is at this point that Frasier realizes just how much he loves her. While waiting for her plane at the airport lounge, Kate and Frasier have a long, long talk -- with many, many surprises. This episode marked the final Frasier appearance of Oscar-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl.

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Series 3 of the 'Cheers' spin-off in which psychiatrist Frasier Crane returns to his native Seattle, where he hosts a call-in radio show and spars with his fussy brother, their ex-cop father and dad's physical therapist.

Critic Reviews for Frasier Season 3

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

If you miss it tonight, you'll be sorry tomorrow, when everyone else is talking about it.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Hilarious...

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode spends so much time introducing Ruehl's character, the rest of the cast is sacrificed. The jokes also aren't up to the standards expected of "Frasier."

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The most pleasant experience is watching Grammer, who has played Frasier Crane so well for so long that his skill is sometimes taken for granted. Watch carefully and see how differently the Frasier of today acts from the Frasier of three years ago.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

With Maris out of the picture, Niles would be able to pursue Daphne, whom he'd had a crush on since season one. The chase would last four more seasons, although the case would prove better than the catch. But for now, it led to some real fun.

Aug 18, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frasier: Season 3

  • Sep 04, 2019
    Just finished rewatching season 3, it gets many (MANY) memorable episodes and moments. It is at this season when you start loving the characters, expect to laugh a lot. The climax (for me) goes for "The Focus Group", near the end of the season.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Hard to believe after so many years of the same character Frasier remains fun. The show has developed three supporting characters, Niles, Daphne, and Martin that all have great chemistry and feel like part of the family. A fantastic show.
  • Jul 22, 2016
    Enjoyable and well done.

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