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Season 8 of the American comedy series Frasier aired on the NBC television network.

Summary

Picking up where the previous season ended, Niles and Daphne face the music of their jilted lovers, neither of whom handle the news of their newfound love well. Donny sues both Daphne and Frasier while Mel makes Niles partake in a charade of a happy marriage for the sake of appearances. Eventually, however, the lawsuit is dropped while Niles defiantly puts an end to Mel’s charade in decisive fashion.

Shortly after this, Daphne gains considerable weight, which everyone seems to notice except for Niles until it is too late. Eventually, Daphne attends a health spa to cope with the problem and to lose the weight. Once her figure is restored several weeks later, Daphne and Niles begin to find compatibility with each other as a couple.

Near the end of the season, Frasier becomes involved with Claire French, a friend of his former partner Lana. However, this comes with a catch: Lana agrees to let Frasier go out with Claire if he agrees to tutor her son, Kirby, in US History. Frasier agrees to do this but comes up with a condition of his own for Kirby: If Kirby studies hard, he will convince Roz to accompany Kirby to his high school prom.

In other events, Martin attends the parole hearing of the man that shot him and left him disabled, Roz dates a former mentor of Frasier, Niles makes a half-court shot while at a Sonics game, and the Cranes take a family vacation to Belize.

Starring

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon (19 episodes)
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
and John Mahoney as Martin Crane

Special Guest Stars

Jane Adams as Mel Karnofsky (4 episodes)
Jean Smart as Lana Gardner (4 episodes)
Patricia Clarkson as Claire French (3 episodes)
Saul Rubinek as Donny Douglas (2 episodes)
Anthony LaPaglia as Simon Moon (2 episodes)
Rene Auberjonois as William Tewksbury (2 episodes)
Alan Tudyk as Todd Peterson ("The Great Crane Robbery")
Victor Garber as Ferguson ("Taking Liberties")
Teri Polo as Abby Michaels ("Legal Tender Love And Care")
Gary Cole as Luke ("The New Friend")
Kim Coles as Mary Thomas ("Mary Christmas")
Bess Armstrong as Kelly Kirkland ("Mary Christmas")
Derek Jacobi as Jackson Hedley ("The Show Must Go Off")
Fisher Stevens as Dr. Sheldon Morey ("The Wizard And Roz")
Tom Verica as Jim ("A Day In May")
Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith Sternin ("Cranes Go Caribbean")
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY
Senator John Glenn ("Docu.Drama")

Recurring cast

Tom McGowan as Kenny Daly (6 episodes)

Guest starring

Edward Hibbert as Gil Chesterton (2 episodes)
Brian Klugman as Kirby Gardner (2 episodes)
Tushka Bergen as Miranda ("The Bad Son")
Nicholas Hormann as Alan Murchie ("Taking Liberties")
Francis Guinan as Ted Fisher ("Taking Liberties")
Peter Haskell as Bob Vernon ("Mary Christmas")
Trevor Einhorn as Frederick Crane ("Cranes Unplugged")
Michael Philip as Jack Betcher ("Cranes Unplugged")
Dave (Gruber) Allen as Randy ("Motor Skills")
Patrick Macnee as Cecil Hedley ("The Show Must Go Off")
Patrick Kerr as Noel Shempsky ("The Show Must Go Off")
Charlotte Ross as Monica ("Sliding Frasiers")
Heather McDonald as Judy ("Sliding Frasiers")
Jon Curry as Mike ("Sliding Frasiers")
Illeana Douglas as Mrs. Daly ("Hungry Heart")
Philippe Durand as Jean-Pierre ("Hooping Cranes")
Valarie Pettiford as P.R. Woman ("Hooping Cranes")
Rob Moore as B.K. ("Docu.Drama")
Barbara Babcock as Penelope Janvier ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
John Michael Higgins as William ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
Jennifer Coolidge as Frederica ("Forgotten But Not Gone")
Charles Cioffi as Endicott ("Forgotten But Not Gone")
David Norona as Lance ("Forgotten But Not Gone")
J. Paul Boehmer as Neil ("Semi-Decent Proposal")
Patrick Breen as Phillip ("A Day In May")
Mary-Joan Negro as Joanne ("A Day In May")
Gloria LeRoy as Mrs. Smolenski ("A Day In May")
William Biff McGuire as Mr. Smolenski ("A Day In May")

Co-Starring

Tim Edward Rhoze as Delivery Man ("And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: Part 1")
Jeremiah Morris as Photographer ("And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: Part 2")
Stephanie Nash as Party Guest ("And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: Part 2")
Karen Kondazian as Adrianna Pettibone ("And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: Part 2")
Eddie Carroll as Lee ("The Bad Son")
Mary Ostrow as Francine ("The Bad Son")
Kevin Dean Williams as Bus Driver ("The Bad Son")
James Whitson as Andrew ("The Great Crane Robbery")
Elizabeth Alley as Margaret ("The Great Crane Robbery")
Sean Smith as Chip ("The Great Crane Robbery")
Kyme as Lucy ("The Great Crane Robbery")
Noel Conlon as Henry Worth ("Taking Liberties")
B.J. Ward as Diane Murchie ("Taking Liberties")
Heather Ehlers as Lois Fisher ("Taking Liberties")
Barbara Sharma as Mrs. Douglas ("Legal Tender Love And Care")
Kevin C. Loomis as Best Man ("Legal Tender Love And Care")
Anthony Holiday as Computer Guy ("Legal Tender Love And Care")
Magdalena Zielinska as Luke's Date ("The New Friend")
Donovan Scott as Santa ("Mary Christmas")
Karl T. Wright as Producer ("Mary Christmas")
Pam Levin as Woman at Parade ("Mary Christmas")
Randall Rapstine as Sheldon Hastings ("Frasier's Edge")
Michael A. Shepperd as Merrill George ("Frasier's Edge")
Devika Parikh as Emcee ("Frasier's Edge")
Owen Duffy as Waiter ("Frasier's Edge")
Richard Gleason as Hans ("Cranes Unplugged")
Caitlin Lara Barrett as Melody ("Cranes Unplugged")
Pamela Dunlap as Shirley ("Motor Skills")
Katherine Disque as Chelsea ("Motor Skills")
Kelvin Yu as Copy Guy ("Motor Skills")
Ray Porter as Dwayne ("The Show Must Go Off")
Ben Livingston as Stage Manager ("The Show Must Go Off")
Jonathan Adams as Fire Marshall ("The Show Must Go Off")
Milan Dragicevich as Klingon ("The Show Must Go Off")
Alan Heitz as Fan ("The Show Must Go Off")
Michael G. Hawkins as Emcee ("Sliding Frasiers")
JD Roberto as Robert ("Sliding Frasiers")
Julie Dretzin as Janis ("Hungry Heart")
Mario Soto as Waiter ("Hungry Heart")
Lisa K. Wyatt as Sonics Fan ("Hooping Cranes")
Edward James Gage as Bartender ("Hooping Cranes")
Tom Slovick as Ed ("Docu.Drama")
Kate Luhr as April ("Docu.Drama")
Michael Canavan as Reggie ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
Damara Reilly as Estelle ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
James Oliver as Waiter ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
Charles Janasz as Spencer ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
Candace Edwards as Party Server ("It Takes Two To Tangle")
Jonathan McMurtry as Reynolds ("Forgotten But Not Gone")
Richard Stretchberry as Hefflewhite ("Forgotten But Not Gone")
Bryan McMillen as Patient ("Daphne Returns")
Benjamin Stephens as Peterson ("The Wizard And Roz")
Irene White as Cashier ("Semi-Decent Proposal")
Michael Rothhaar as Party Guest ("Semi-Decent Proposal")
Lynndi Scott as Party Guest ("Semi-Decent Proposal")
Jonathan Ficcadenti as Kirby's Friend ("A Passing Fancy")
Christian Aubert as Maitre D' ("A Passing Fancy")
Keith Rayve as Guy In Line ("A Passing Fancy")
Mark Durbin as David Hicks ("A Day In May")
Cyndi Martino as Board Member ("A Day In May")
Steve Stapenhorst as Board Member ("A Day In May")
Mark Withers as Board Member ("A Day In May")
Regi Davis as Hotel Manager ("Cranes Go Caribbean")
Bernard K. Addison as Waiter ("Cranes Go Caribbean")
Terri Hoyos as Hostess ("Cranes Go Caribbean")

Guest callers

Stephen King as Brian ("Mary Christmas")
Wolfgang Puck as Tom ("Mary Christmas")
Neil Simon as Andy ("Frasier's Edge")
Melissa Etheridge as Cleo ("Cranes Unplugged")
Bernadette Peters as Rachel ("Sliding Frasiers")
Hal Prince as Fred ("Docu.Drama")

Uncredited

J.D. Roberto as Father ("Mary Christmas")

Trivia

  • This is the only season in which Dan Butler does not appear.
  • Jane Leeves does not appear in every episode this season due to her real-life pregnancy with daughter Isabella. However, she is still credited for the five episodes in which she is absent. To explain this, the writers incorporated her pregnancy into shows as weight gain by Daphne due to stress from her relationship with Niles
  • This is the last completed season in which David Angell is involved with production of the show before his death on September 11, 2001.

Episodes

# EP # EPISODE AIRDATE
169 1 And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: Part 1 24 October 2000
170 2 And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon: Part 2 24 October 2000
171 3 The Bad Son 31 October 2000
172 4 The Great Crane Robbery 14 November 2000
173 5 Taking Liberties 21 November 2000
174 6 Legal Tender Love and Care 28 November 2000
175 7 The New Friend 5 December 2000
176 8 Mary Christmas 12 December 2000
177 9 Frasier's Edge 9 January 2001
178 10 Cranes Unplugged 16 January 2001
179 11 Motor Skills 30 January 2001
180 12 The Show Must Go Off 6 February 2001
181 13 Sliding Frasiers 13 February 2001
182 14 Hungry Heart 20 February 2001
183 15 Hooping Cranes 27 February 2001
184 16 Docu.Drama 6 March 2001
185 17 It Takes Two To Tangle 27 March 2001
186 18 Forgotten But Not Gone 17 April 2001
187 19 Daphne Returns 1 May 2001
188 20 The Wizard and Roz 8 May 2001
189 21 Semi-Decent Proposal 15 May 2001
190 22 A Passing Fancy 15 May 2001
191 23 A Day In May 22 May 2001
192 24 Cranes Go Caribbean 22 May 2001
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