Frasier (1993–2004)
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Coots and Ladders 

Through a series of unnecessarily detailed flashbacks, Frasier confesses to Niles that he has stolen a small trinket from an elderly neighbor's apartment.


Kelsey Grammer


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Wendie Malick ... Ronee Lawrence
Estelle Parsons ... Opal
Gabrielle Miller ... Willa Haver
Jack Laufer ... Roland
Linda Gehringer ... Sarah
Bernadette Birkett ... Janelle
Phyllis Flax Phyllis Flax ... Florence
Helen Mirren ... Babette the Caller (voice)


Frasier is pacing up and down his apartment while a storm goes on outside. Niles arrives, annoyed at being called away from the "gifted infants' toy expo", and Frasier confesses that he has committed a crime, punishable by US law. There then follows a flashback while he explains: Frasier had been having a bad day. During his radio show, he came down with a coughing fit and Roz had to advise his kleptomaniac caller, Babette, after which she claimed he had been dispensing the same advice for ten years. He was later turned down by an attractive woman who had parked her car in his space, and cornered at his front door by an elderly neighbor (Estelle Parsons) who said she could set her watch by his routine. He also did not appreciate coming home to two happy couples - Niles and Daphne, and Martin and Ronee - while he himself is still single. Calling round to change a light bulb for his neighbor, he learned that even she is still dating at the age of 83. At this point, Niles learns of ...

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Release Date:

16 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Helen Mirren is the celebrity caller in this episode, the last one for the series. Mirren voices the character of Babette, a kleptomaniac. See more »


(at around 28 min) When Frasier is carrying Niles on his back and Niles hits his head into the pillar, you can see the pillar trembling lightly. Concrete block doesn't tremble like that, so it's probably a studio prop. See more »


Ronee Lawrence: You must be drunk in this picture, Niles. You got your arm around a floor lamp.
Dr. Niles Crane: Oh, no, that's Maris in her Easter hat.
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" (in golden letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a rain cloud that starts to emit rain appears in the sky. See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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One of the worst Frasier episodes
20 August 2009 | by IbukSee all my reviews

I love Frasier, I find it so incredibly funny. I would like to say that the show was funny throughout it's entire run but unfortunately that isn't true. The last season was frankly abysmal and had none of the qualities of the previous seasons. I found the last season not only to be unfunny but I found it to be poorly written.

The worst offender has to be Coots and Ladders. In this episode Frasier stuck in a rut decides to steal something of sentimental value from a neighbour. Through a series of flashbacks Frasier describes to Niles what he has done. The episode gets progressively and reaches abysmal heights when they decide to return the item. What follows is just plain juvenile that wouldn't look out of place in a sitcom like Friends for instance but looks completely out of place in Frasier. In my opinion Frasier should have finished after the 2003 season. I have a feeling that the producers let it run for one more season to compete with it's predecessor Cheers, in which the character Frasier Crane first appeared. I feel that the last season was not only an insult to the show but also an insult to the fans who would watch it on a regular basis and made the show as popular as it was. Despite an appalling bad season the season finale I thought was terrific.

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