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Motherhood and the Maris Crane in Me

Motherhood and the Maris Crane in Me

I love being a mom. Motherhood, however, has also savagely birthed a hideous new version of my self into the world.

For example: Parenting has become the most tedious competitive sport since Scotland invented golf in 1457, and yet I frequently run to win it. I’ve even come to view preschool drop-off as a performance opportunity.

SCENE: I tenderly pull my kids from their car seats and immediately transform into the cheeriest, most in-control yet carefree version of “mom” since Carol Brady. I don my overly-priced active wear (the official jersey of mothers everywhere). I offer excessive hugs and kisses, the likes…

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Mining Netflix: Frasier and Niles Try to Magically Change Everything

Mining Netflix: Frasier and Niles Try to Magically Change Everything

A bit of a nostalgic, I’ve been finding myself vegging out lately to old episodes of Frasier. (Thank goodness for Netflix!). Perhaps you remember the premise. Always trying hard to be people who are well-recognized in society, Frasier and Niles are a restless duo: members of gentlemen’s clubs, wine-tasting societies, country clubs… the elite of the elite. Naturally this leads to sibling rivalry as they try to outdo each other and fail miserably every time. They are portrayals of all of us living under… well, the law. As with all scenarios in which the self remains front and center, the…

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The Law and The Reaction:  A Stan Daniels Turn

The Law and The Reaction: A Stan Daniels Turn

A “Stan Daniels turn” is a joke. A convention of comedy film and TV, the Stan Daniels turn is named after the acclaimed televison writer and producer, best known for his work (and his eight Emmys) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi. He was apparently so good at crafting a certain kind of joke that “they” eventually named the joke after him. Here is a classic Stan Daniels turn from an episode of Frasier:

That’s the verbal version:  a character makes some claim about himself and then immediately acts in a way that…

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Frasier Crane: Lawgiver? The Good Doctor and the Sermon on the Mount

Frasier Crane: Lawgiver? The Good Doctor and the Sermon on the Mount

Frasier has had a rough day. Someone parked in his spot at the office, making him late for work. Someone talked through the movie he tried to enjoy at a theater. Someone then rented the videotape out from under him. The clerk helps the person on the other end of the phone rather than helping Frasier, who has taken the trouble to come down to the store. His upstairs neighbor plays his rock music (which consists entirely of the lyrics, “Flesh is burning, na na na na na na.”). Finally, when a man steals…

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Frasier Crane and the Illusion of Self-Control

Frasier Crane and the Illusion of Self-Control

In the final season episode “Murder Most Maris,” Niles’ (David Hyde Pierce) ex-wife is accused of murder. Niles is implicated as a possible accessory, for lending her an antique crossbow, which became the murder weapon. His life swirling out of control, Niles “chooses” to be calm. Martin (John Mahoney), the Crane boys’ father, observes, “Wow! He’s really holding up well!” “A little too well,” Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) retorts. “I’m starting to fear that he’s not dealing with his emotions at all!” Martin says, “Right. That’s the whole secret…

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Frasier Crane, Forgiveness, and "One Too Many"

Frasier Crane, Forgiveness, and "One Too Many"

This is the third in our blog-series “Frasier Crane, Human Nature, and The Good News.” Part I can be found HERE, and Part II, HERE.

In the aptly-titled second season Frasier episode “The Show Where Sam Shows Up,” Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Frasier’s old friend and bartender from Cheers comes to visit him in Seattle. We learn pretty quickly that Sam’s there running from his impending nuptials. He’s engaged but afraid. As an inveterate womanizer, his basic argument is “ME? MARRIED?” When Niles (David Hyde Pierce) is horrified that Sam flirts with Daphne (Jane Leeves)…

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Frasier Crane, Casuistry, and Freedom

Frasier Crane, Casuistry, and Freedom

I tried to warn you. I got onto a Frasier kick after my recent Frasier Crane and the Day Spa of Death post, and my wife and I are watching the entire series from the beginning. What a treasure trove of wonderful comedy and Gospel insight! Today’s entry comes from the first season, episode 9, called “Selling Out.” Frasier is offered the opportunity to make some extra money by personally endorsing products on the air. First a Chinese restaurant, and then a hot tub company. At first, he refuses, seeking to maintain his medical ethics. Then, enticed by the amount…

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Frasier Crane and the Day Spa of Death

Frasier Crane and the Day Spa of Death

Frasier is one of my all-time favorite television shows. In fact, I’d say it’s in a tie with The Simpsons for sheer “any time it’s on I’m watching it and I’ll own all the DVD boxed sets for sure”-ness. In fact, since Frasier has been off the air for a while, I already own all the DVD boxed sets. Hmm…maybe it’s about time to start at the beginning again. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), a prominent radio personality, is a member of every exclusive club in Seattle. So, the episode called “Door Jam” (Season 10, Episode…

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