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Diane Meets Mom 

Diane tries to make a good impression on Frasier's mother. But after their first meeting, Frasier's mother warns Diane that if she continues to see Frasier, that she will kill her.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Nancy Marchand ... Hester Crane
Tom Kindle Tom Kindle ... Phil Ryan
Larry Harpel Larry Harpel ... Larry
Kelsey Grammer ... Frasier Crane


Frasier, his mother - Dr. Hester Crane - and Diane are having dinner together at Melville's. Diane is nervous enough meeting her for the first time because she's his mother and could be her future mother-in-law, but Dr. Crane senior is also an eminent psychiatrist who may analyze every minute detail of Diane's behavior. When they meet, everything is rosy as both women seem to like each other. However, the first moment Hester gets Diane alone, she threatens to kill her if she continues dating Frasier. Diane is shocked and stunned, and Hester continues the threat through what seem to be harmless innuendos to the uninformed. Diane, not knowing if Hester is serious or kidding, decides to take action which places Frasier in a precarious position. Elsewhere in the bar, it's Norm's 36th birthday, and he drops hints to everyone as such. Although his words say that he wants no special treatment, the tone of his words, on which everyone picks up, is that he wants special attention. He does get ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


TV-PG | See all certifications »





English | French

Release Date:

22 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the date that this episode was released on. It was probably filmed on or about George Wendt's actual birthday. He was 36 years old (just like in the episode) on Oct. 17, 1984. Around the time they might have been filming this episode. See more »


Coach pops the champagne cork which hits Norm and he falls backwards off his bar stool. When the others get him back up on the stool, the cork is stuck on his forehead. But, as he fell, you could clearly see the cork wasn't on his forehead yet. See more »


Diane Chambers: I'm having dinner upstairs with Frasier and his mother. She's a seafood aficionado. I think she'll like the bouillabaisse at Melville's.
Sam Malone: You're having dinner with Frasier's mother?
Diane Chambers: You actually deduced I'm having dinner with Frasier and his mother when all I did was say it in your presence. No flash cards, no crib notes on your sleeve - uncanny.
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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
sung by the gang at Cheers
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Mom's the Word
15 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Diane has dinner with Frasier and his mother (Nancy Marchand). Diane is her usually pretentious self. The world renowned psychologist takes an immediate dislike to Diane and threatens to kill her if she continues the relationship. There are a couple pretty interesting moments. There is also Norm getting hit with a cork from a champagne bottle after he "announces" his birthday.

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