(2023) Frasier Recap: Eve guilt trips Freddy to invite both Frasier & Lilith to his birthday party and a sporty competition between the two parents begins.
This Frasier Episode 7 recap contains spoilers for episode “Freddy’s Birthday”.
• Line of the episode: “Oh Lilith… I thought I heard the neighborhood dogs howling.” – Frasier Crane
Frasier didn’t get an invite to Freddy’s Birthday
After Freddy cancels a night out with his father, Frasier and Alan spot him with what appears to be a date. Frasier decides to stop by the table to say ‘Hello’ and see who the mystery woman is.
Why it’s none other than Frasier’s ex-wife Lilith! No love lost, as the two divorcees trade barbs back and forth. Dr. Sternin revels in Freddy canceling a night out with his father for her. Then enjoys the ensuing schadenfreude of the revelation that her son has also chosen only to invite his mother to his upcoming birthday party.
Frasier remarks that he’s ‘been stabbed in the back with a knife’ by his son. Freddy promises to make it up to him the day after, leading Frasier to sarcastically comment on how everyone always loves to celebrate big events the next day! ‘The Seis of Mayo’, ‘Easter Monday’, ‘July 5th’.
Thus, Freddy decides to uninvite both parents, lest they spent his whole birthday arguing like when he was a kid.
Eve evokes the memory of her deceased boyfriend to Freddy, commenting her child will never have the option of sitting with both his parents for her birthday… Leading Freddy to invite both parents, but not before shrewdly getting Frasier to pay for an open bar.
• Side Story: Alan Cromwell is beside himself that Lilith does not remember who he is… Despite giving a toast at their wedding!
Throughout Episode 7, Lilith remarks, “Who’s Alan?” until a drink order at a bar reminds her of a particular memory. Alan feeding animals $2,000 dollars worth of caviar at a wedding then heading out to his car to ‘grab his wallet’… And never coming back. Leaving Frasier and Lilith to pay the bill.
Alan apologizes to Lilith and says he’s going to make it right! He’s just going to his car to grab his wallet…
The Bowling Alley
Frasier believes he’ll upstage Lilith with his birthday present, a pen owned by J. D. Salinger of The Catcher in the Rye fame. Little does Frasier know that it was only Freddy’s favorite novel until he read ‘Oliver Twist’. To top things off, Lilith brings an NFL player from the Patriots’ Super Bowl to sign a football in person.
They grab Frasier’s pen out of his hand and when it doesn’t work, call it ‘a piece of junk’ before slamming it on the ground. Breaking it.
David Crane then starts a trivia game of ‘Who Knows Freddy Best’, which Lilith wins every round of except one… Freddy’s favorite breakfast, as she didn’t know her son had moved in with his father recently. The verbal sparks fly and Freddy asks both his parents to leave.
Lilith goes to Frasier’s place to inspect
Lilith heads over to Frasier’s place to see where her son is living now. She calls it ‘tolerable’ for Freddy, which Frasier sees as ‘high praise’! Lilith and Frasier then share a moment and actually start making out briefly on Freddy’s bed… Before Freddy enters the room with his date in shock.
Freddy’s date promptly leaves out of the weirdness causing him to blame his parents for ruining his birthday twice.
Frasier Episode 7 Cast: Leads
Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane
Bebe Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin (Frasier’s ex-wife / Freddy’s Mom)
Jack Cutmore-Scott as Freddy Crane (Frasier’s son)
Jess Salgueiro as Eve (Widow of Freddy’s friend / Former Roommate)
Anders Keith as David Crane (Niles Crane & Daphne Moon’s son)
Nicholas Lyndhurst as Alan Cromwell (Frasier’s close friend from Oxford)
Toks Olagundoye as Olivia Finch (Harvard Psychology Department Head)
Jimmy Dunn as Moose (Freddy’s firefighter friend)
Renee Pezzotta as Smokey
Michael Saltzman as Chip
Those were the notable Frasier (2023) cast members in “Freddy’s Birthday”. * You can stream the Frasier reboot on Paramount+ for free if you’re a NEW subscriber to the streaming service on a 7-day trial!
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