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I Call Your Name 

Frasier tells Sam that the girlfriend of one his "clients" called out another man's name in bed, but Sam knows he's talking about Diane. Meanwhile, Cliff is afraid to tell a burly colleague that he's the fellow mailman who got him fired.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 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
Sam Scarber ... Lewis
Mitch Kreindel Mitch Kreindel ... Eddie
Erwin Fuller Erwin Fuller ... Mr. Fancy Bottom
Kelsey Grammer ... Frasier Crane


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Three people say things that they perhaps should not have. First, Cliff anonymously tells his supervisor that his colleague and former bodyguard, Lewis, has been pilfering fragrance samples from magazines to be delivered. Lewis is fired and asks Cliff to find out who squealed on him. Cliff is scared of Lewis, but will that ultimately stop him from telling Lewis the truth? Second, Frasier tells Sam a story about himself and Diane through the old "a patient of mine..." scenario. What he mentions is something that third, Diane said in the heat of passion when she and Frasier were making love: she yelled out her old boyfriend's name. That old boyfriend obviously is Sam. Next he sees Diane, Sam drops strong hints that he knows that she said his name while she was making love to Frasier. She is humiliated, and also furious with Frasier for telling Sam. In the light of reality, Sam and Diane reassure Frasier that they feel nothing at all for each other. However when Frasier leaves the room, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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The title refers to a 1963 Beatles' song written primarily by John Lennon. See more »


Diane makes an uncharacteristic grammatical error when she says the relationship "between Sam and I" is over. It should be. "...Sam and me..." See more »


Diane Chambers: [Diane confronts Frasier about his having told Sam that she called out Sam's name in bed] Why would you tell him anything to begin with?
Frasier Crane: I was looking for some insight.
Diane Chambers: Insight? From a man whose idea of intellectual stimulation is to count aloud with Big Bird?
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


Written by Irving Gordon
Performed by Ted Danson
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What's in a Name
15 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Frasier comes to see Sam to describe an event that he fictionalizes. It is obvious that Diane said Sam's name during sex, and Frasier is having trouble with the event. While this is going on, Cliff blows the whistle on a fellow postman who took a perfume sample out of a magazine--the result is his firing. Cliff again proves himself to be a nightmare in the workplace. He will have to face off against the guy he attacked.

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18 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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