Season 3 of American comedy series Frasier aired on NBC television network.

Plot

The plot of the third season explores a number of ongoing themes. It continues to highlight Frasier's tensions with his father, on wider fronts than just the home.

In the season premiere, new KACL station manager Kate Costas makes her presence felt and banishes Frasier and Roz to the overnight shift after he refuses her suggestion to do theme shows. Eventually, they compromise, and their combative relationship soon turns into one of lust before Kate resigns and moves to Chicago.

Niles also becomes separated from Maris during this season, which is further cause for a continuing story arc. Daphne likewise begins to have a more serious love life, meeting a charming gentleman named Joe DeCarlo.

A pivotal moment in the Daphne and Niles saga takes place in Moon Dance, in which they attend a society ball and dance a tango.

In other events, Frasier resolves to do whatever it takes to beat Martin in chess, Martin fulfills a dream of finishing a song he wrote many years ago, Frasier and Niles have a failed endeavor in a joint practice, the gang celebrate Leap Day with various failed endeavors, Frasier gets pushed over the edge when he feels the world around has no common courtesy and Frasier also gets paid a visit from his ex-fiancée Diane Chambers.

Starring

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
and John Mahoney as Martin Crane

Special Appearance By

Dan Butler as Bulldog (9 episodes)

Special Guest Stars

Mercedes Ruehl as Kate Costas (5 episodes)
Griffin Dunne as Bob ("The Friend")
Shelley Long as Diane Chambers ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Donald O’Connor as Harlow Safford ("Crane Vs. Crane")
Tony Shalhoub as Manu Habib ("The Focus Group")

Guest starring

Edward Hibbert as Gil Chesterton (4 episodes)
Tony Carreiro as Joe DeCarlo (2 episodes)
Patrick Kerr as Noel Shempsky (2 episodes)
George DelHoyo as Father Mike ("She's The Boss")
Milo O’Shea as Dr. Schachter ("Shrink Rap")
Pamela Kosh as Deirdre Sauvage ("The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl")
Irene Olga Lopez as Marta ("The Last Time I Saw Maris")
Luke Tarsitano as Frederick Crane ("Frasier Grinch")
Tegan West as Jack ("Frasier Grinch")
Marnie Mosiman as Donna ("It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave")
Doug Tompos as Flight Agent ("It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave")
Tim Choate as Dirk ("Come Lie With Me")
Scott MacDonald as Henry ("Come Lie With Me")
Christine McGraw as Lacey ("Moon Dance")
Hank Stratton as Andrew ("Moon Dance")
Nancy Stafford as Claire Barnes ("Moon Dance")
Michael G. Hawkins as Conductor ("Moon Dance")
John Carroll Lynch as Franklin ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Cali Timmins as Mary Anne ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Perry Stephens as Stan ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Don Sparks as Mr. Carr ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Googy Gress as Ned ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Danny Breen as Clark ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Judith Corber Wexler as Darla ("The Show Where Diane Comes Back")
Harris Yulin as Jerome Belasco ("A Word To The Wiseguy")
Murphy Dunne as Pete ("Look Before You Leap")
John Cygan as Doug Harvey ("High Crane Drifter")
Mark Benninghofen as Video Clerk ("High Crane Drifter")
James Winker as Mr. Giroux ("Crane Vs. Crane")
Jane Kaczmarek as Maureen ("Police Story")
Jillie Mack as Charlotte ("Police Story")
Denise Poirier as Maggie ("Police Story")
Harriet Sansom Harris as Bebe Glazer ("Where There's Smoke, There's Fired")
Richard Hamilton as Wilford Boone ("Where There's Smoke, There's Fired")
Marita Geraghty as Amanda ("The Focus Group")
Henry Woronicz as Leader ("The Focus Group")

Co-Starring

Luck Hari as Waitress (3 episodes)
Kristen Lowman as Mrs. Kalish ("Shrink Rap")
Lesley Woods as Mrs. Kelly ("Shrink Rap")
Tom Troupe as Minister ("Martin Does It His Way")
Michael Whaley as Pete ("Leapin' Lizards")
Annie LaRussa as Susan ("Leapin' Lizards")
Jodi Taffel as Nurse ("Leapin' Lizards")
Peter Siragusa as Bruce ("Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
Kev O'Neil as Electrician ("Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
Kevin Weisman as Painter ("Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
Harris Laskawy as Moving Man ("The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl")
Luck Hari as Waitress ("Frasier Grinch")
Becky Ann Baker as Customer ("Frasier Grinch")
Klee Bragger as Ned ("Frasier Grinch")
Jane Macfie as Gate Attendant ("It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave")
Vaughn Armstrong as Tony ("It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave")
Elvin Whitesides as Driver ("It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave")
Ben Mittleman as Ralph ("The Friend")
Diane Behrens as Patron #1 ("The Friend")
David Jay Willis as Patron #2 ("The Friend")
Justin M. Gorence as Gary ("Look Before You Leap")
Benjamin Brown as Stage Manager ("Look Before You Leap")
Troy T. Blendell as Curtis ("High Crane Drifter")
Naomi as Woman in Video Store ("High Crane Drifter")
Paul Cusimano as Waiter ("High Crane Drifter")
Neil Vipond as Judge ("Crane Vs. Crane")
Baron Kelly as Baliff ("Crane Vs. Crane")
Bette Rae as Elizabeth ("Police Story")
Michael Mitz as Ben Collins ("Frasier Loves Roz")
Cameron Watson as Data Collector ("The Focus Group")
Heather Macrae as Cathy ("The Focus Group")
Pat Skipper as Gary ("The Focus Group")
David Breitbarth as Chuck ("The Focus Group")
Lin Shaye as Anne ("The Focus Group")
Abdul Salaam El Razzac as Paul ("The Focus Group")
John Rajeski as Writer ("You Can Go Home Again")

Guest callers

Matthew Broderick as Mark ("She's The Boss")
Carrie Fisher as Phyllis ("She's The Boss")
Teri Garr as Nancy ("She's The Boss")
Tom Hulce as Keith ("She's The Boss")
Blair Brown as Jill ("Shrink Rap")
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Eileen ("Martin Does It His Way")
Billy Crystal as Jack ("Leapin' Lizards")
Ed Harris as Rob ("Leapin' Lizards")
Brooke Adams as Marilyn ("Kisses Sweeter Than Wine")
Laura Dern as June ("Sleeping With The Enemy")
Cyd Charisse as Polly ("The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl")
Paul Mazursky as Vinnie ("The Last Time I Saw Maris")
Ray Liotta as Bob ("Frasier Grinch")
Armistead Maupin as Gerard ("The Friend")
Jodie Foster as Marlene ("Moon Dance")
Faith Prince as Brandy ("A Word To The Wiseguy")
Randy Travis as Steve ("A Word To The Wiseguy")
Joan Allen as Lydia ("High Crane Drifter")
Billy Barty as Chris ("High Crane Drifter")
Eric Idle as Chuck ("High Crane Drifter")
Jerry Orbach as Mitch ("High Crane Drifter")
Jane Pauley as Rochelle ("High Crane Drifter")
Katarina Witt as Brenda ("High Crane Drifter")
Mrs. Fields as Beth ("Crane Vs. Crane")
David Duchovny as Tom ("Frasier Loves Roz")
Sherry Lansing as Angela ("You Can Go Home Again")

Trivia

  • Moose is no longer credited, but simply appears in various episodes
  • This is the first season not to feature Lilith Sternin
  • For this season, a new set of musical cues was written for the opening title sequence.

Gallery

Season 3/Gallery

Episodes

# EP # EPISODE AIRDATE
49 1 She's The Boss 19 September 1995
50 2 Shrink Rap 26 September 1995
51 3 Martin Does It His Way 10 October 1995
52 4 Leapin' Lizards 31 October 1995
53 5 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine 7 November 1995
54 6 Sleeping With The Enemy 14 November 1995
55 7 The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl 21 November 1995
56 8 The Last Time I Saw Maris 28 November 1995
57 9 Frasier Grinch 19 December 1995
58 10 It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave 9 January 1996
59 11 The Friend 16 January 1996
60 12 Come Lie With Me 30 January 1996
61 13 Moon Dance 6 February 1996
62 14 The Show Where Diane Comes Back 13 February 1996
63 15 A Word To The Wiseguy 20 February 1996
64 16 Look Before You Leap 27 February 1996
65 17 High Crane Drifter 12 March 1996
66 18 Chess Pains 26 March 1996
67 19 Crane vs. Crane 9 April 1996
68 20 Police Story 23 April 1996
69 21 Where There's Smoke, There's Fired 30 April 1996
70 22 Frasier Loves Roz 7 May 1996
71 23 The Focus Group 14 May 1996
72 24 You Can Go Home Again 21 May 1996
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