03x04 - Leapin' Lizards

ACT ONE

Scene One - Radio Station.
Frasier is sat in his booth reading some papers as Niles taps at his
window. Frasier signals for him to enter.

Frasier: Hello, Niles.
Niles: Frasier, quick, give me your museum membership card.
Frasier: What for?
Niles: I just heard tickets go on sale today for the exhibit of
fourteenth century Japanese netsuki figurines.
Frasier: Oh, then the rumours were true?
Niles: Hurry, hurry, I want to get there before the line forms.

Frasier is about to hand it over when Roz enters.

Roz: Five seconds. [exits]
Frasier: Oh, just give me a minute, Niles. Just sit tight, huh?
[on air, reading copy:] And we're back. Before we take
our last call, I'd like to remind you that Mercy Hospital
will be conducting free blood pressure testing this
Saturday on Whidbey Island.

Niles takes a peppermint out of his pocket and begins to unwrap it.
The cellophane causes a crinkling noise which the microphone picks up.

Frasier: Hypertension leads to strokes, heart disease and other
maladies, so we should all be on the lookout for symptoms
like shortness of breath, [motions at Niles to stop]
quickening of pulse, irritability- [presses cough button]
Oh, will you just shove the damn thing into your mouth!
[Niles puts the mint and wrapper into his mouth; lets go] -
So let's all join together to help defeat this silent killer.

Niles now tries to pull the sweet wrapper out of his mouth, causing
more noise. Frasier gestures him angrily into Roz's booth.

Frasier: Roz, who is on the line?
Roz: On line four we have Mac, who's recently moved here from
Australia and he's having a problem with a co-worker.

As Frasier takes the call, she points a warning finger at Niles.

Frasier: Hello, Mac, welcome to Seattle, I'm listening.
Mac: [v.o.; broad Australian accent:] Well, mate, it like your
Shelia said. I'm working with a real yob-out. He goes on
and on about things nobody gives a billabong about just to
show off how smart he is.
Frasier: Well, you have my sympathy. There's nothing more irritating
than pointless and pretentious erudition. My advice to you
is to simply avoid him, is that possible?
Mac: [v.o] Not really, you bloody wallaby!

Bulldog taps on the window behind him, he's making the prank call,
others are gathered around him.

Bulldog: You're on right before me! Stay tuned for the Bulldog.
[growls]

Frasier grimaces.

Frasier: Well, that's one on me, or rather one on me and my call
screener, Roz, whose ancestors were once heard remarking,
"Oh, what a nice wooden horse, of course I'll sign for it."
[Roz is not amused] This is Dr. Frasier Crane wishing you
good mental health.

Bulldog enters with his trolley.

Bulldog: Gotcha!
Frasier: How many times have I asked you to desist with your adolescent
antics?
Bulldog: I've got a sense of humour!
Frasier: I mean it, I'll go over your head!
Bulldog: [sarcastic] Stop it, you're scaring me!
Roz: [enters] Listen, you sleazy little lyme tick, you do that
one more time and I'll cut you off. [he laughs] And I don't
mean mid-sentence!
Bulldog: [truly fearful] Stop it, you're scaring me!

Frasier enters Roz's booth where Niles is waiting.

Frasier: Do you believe these hijinks I have to put up with?
Niles: No. Who would have thought it with a station whose current
motto is, "Yakkety-Yak, We Talk Back"?
Frasier: Oh, run along. [hands him museum card]

Frasier and Niles walk down the hallway and bump into Kate.

Kate: Oh, hello, Dr. Crane.
Frasier: Miss Costas, I'd like you to meet my brother, Dr. Niles Crane.
Kate: How do you do?
Niles: Enchanté, I'd love to stay and chat but I'm off to get tickets
for Frasier and me at the Japanese netsuki exhibit.
Kate: You'll love it. I saw it in Kyoto. It's just such a shame
they're not letting the really rare pieces out of the
country.
Niles: [disappointed] Oh. [hands back card to Frasier] As my Japanese
gardener says, Maimoshi chikosho.
Kate: Watch your mouth!
Niles: Oh, you speak Japanese? [she nods] Oh, I'll just retreat so
that I can be one with my humiliation.

Niles bows and exits.

Frasier: Oh Kate, can I have a word with you?
Kate: I'm in kind of a hurry.
Frasier: Yes, well, it'll just take a moment.
Kate: I seriously doubt that, but go ahead.
Frasier: Yes, I've tried dealing with this problem on my own but
Bulldog insists on interrupting my show with his foolish
pranks.
Kate: I heard.
Frasier: Yes, well I did not spend eight gruelling years at Harvard
to be mocked by that juvenile jackass!
Kate: Shameless!
Frasier: Oh, he's beyond shameless!
Kate: I'm talking about the way you manage to get Harvard into
every conversation.
Frasier: Well, I'm sure you'll mention your alma mater too some day -
when it's credited!
Kate: Gee, you sure know how to ask for help!
Frasier: No, I'm sorry.
Kate: I know, I'll take care of it.
Frasier: Just make sure he understands that...
Kate: [quipping] You went to Harvard, I know, I know. [exits]

Frasier exits down the hallway as Bulldog carries on with his show.

Jack: [v.o] Hey, the key to this game is the husky secondary.
Bulldog: Jack, how can I put this to you delicately? You're a moron!
Shut up! You know squat! You know less than squat! You
and squat could go to the movies and squat could wear an
"I'm With Stupid" T-Shirt!
Jack: [v.o] You're awesome, Bulldog. Way to nail a blow on Dr.
Crane! You are the greatest!
Bulldog: Yeah, whatever, shut up. [disconnects him] Now, look, all
you guys sending in any postcards to win tickets to the
SeaHawks game - do I need another picture of the Space Needle?
[Kate enters] Chicks in thongs! Enough said? [notices her]
We'll be back right after this. [presses button] Hey, what I
just said, I'm sorry. I meant to say women in thongs.
Kate: Stop busting Frasier's chops, enough said?
Bulldog: Well I could, but see all these lines lit up? They're all
waiting to tell me how funny it was.
Kate: [presses to his producer] Are all these callers waiting to
tell Bulldog how much they liked the joke he played on
Frasier?
Pete: All except the guy on nine, he thinks Bulldog sucks.
Kate: Because of what he did to Frasier?
Pete: No, just in general.
Bulldog: So, what do you want me to do?
Kate: If you think I'm going to allow you to publicly mock one
of our most respected hosts on air just for the sake of
higher ratings, you and I are going to get along just fine!

Kate and Bulldog give each other a smile.

FADE OUT

SINGING IN THE RAIN

Scene Two - Frasier's Apartment.
We hear thunder as rain descends on the balcony outside the apartment.
Eddie, is sat nervous on the Armchair as Daphne enters with some paté.

Daphne: Come on, Eddie, you love paté. And this is the good stuff.
[Frasier enters] Uh-oh.
Frasier: Two syllables every homeowner loves to hear upon entering
the door. Would that have anything to do with the fact that
you're feeding my imported foie gras to a dog?
Daphne: Well, I'm sorry, but it calms him during the thunder.
Frasier: Oh, well, heaven forbid that Eddie should ever work a nerve!
When Niles gets here we'll have sherry and snausages!
Daphne: That reminds me, Dr. Crane will be a bit late. Your father
asked him to stop at the vet and pick up some pills for
Eddie.

The phone rings.

Frasier: I'm the one who's had a hard day. How come no one ever brings
me tranquilizers?
Daphne: I've often wondered that myself.

Frasier answers the phone. The scene now cuts between Bulldog on air
at KACL and Frasier on the phone in his apartment. Bulldog is putting
on a voice as a knot of grinning staffers crowd round him.

Frasier: Hello?
Bulldog: [posh voice:] Hello, this is Dr. Julius Irving. I'm calling
for Dr. Niles Crane, his receptionist said he might be there.
Frasier: I'm sorry, I am expecting him if you'd like to leave a
message.
Bulldog: No, no, nothing important. Some of the boys here at the club
have a little bet going about "The Mikado."
Frasier: Well, perhaps I can help. I'm Niles's brother, Dr. Frasier
Crane, and as luck would have it I was in an all-male version
of "The Mikado" at Oxford. People still ask to see my Yum-
Yum.
Bulldog: I don't suppose you happen to remember the words to "Three
Little Maids"?
Frasier: Well, let me see. Well, of course my falsetto isn't what it
used to be but, um... [falsetto:] "Three little maids from
school are we, prim as a school girl well may be, filled to
the brim with girlish glee, three little maids from school!"

Martin enters with his radio, laughing.

Frasier: Dad, would you please be quiet? I'm trying to settle a bet
here.
Martin: You sure are! Some caller bet Bulldog he couldn't make you
sing over the air. [laughs]
Bulldog: [normal voice:] Sayonara, Doc! [disconnects]
Frasier: [hangs up] Well, Dad, I'm glad to see that you're amused,
having your own son humiliated publicly.
Martin: Oh, come on, it's funny. He makes everybody look stupid -
the guys in the newsroom, Chopper Dave...
Frasier: That is not exactly a miracle transformation when it comes
to Chopper Dave, a man whose life work consists of looking
down at the freeway and saying, "Crowded"; "Not Crowded."
[picks up his coat]
Martin: Where are you going?
Frasier: To the station!
Martin: Oh, come on, Frasier, don't take it all so seriously. You
know, we played jokes like this all the time when I was on
the force. The day they replaced my bulletproof vest with
a big lacy bra, I knew I was one of the guys.
Frasier: Thank you, Dad. That also clears up a question that's troubled
me for years concerning the night you were shot! [exits]

FADE TO:

Scene Three - Radio Station.
Bulldog is still doing his show on air.

Bulldog: The "Salmon" that's what you want to name our expansion
hockey team, "The Seattle Salmon"?! Why don't you take
your two IQ points, rub them together, see if you can't
start a fire, beat it! [presses another button] Hey, you're
in the doghouse!
Caller: [v.o.] Hey, am I on?
Bulldog: Yes, take as long as you want! [presses another button] Next.
Rob: [v.o.] Hey, Bulldog, you're the man. How about we name them
"The Bulldogs"?
Bulldog: Hey, you want to suck up? Send money!
Rob: Wait, wait, wait, wait, I got another one. [Frasier enters
with a menacing eye] What about "The Lizards"?
Bulldog: I hate lizards, they're disgusting. They make my skin crawl.
You're an idiot and you don't deserve to live!
Rob: [laughing] You're the best, Bulldog!
Bulldog: Shut up! Back in thirty!

Bulldog hands over to commercials.

Frasier: I warned you.
Bulldog: Hey, hey, clear your jets. Kate told me to keep busting ya'.
Said it's good for ratings. You got a beef, take it up with
her!
Frasier: I don't believe you.
Bulldog: [presses over to producer] Pete, what did Kate say?
Pete: She said you're a pig.
Bulldog: No, before that!
Pete: She said keep raggin' on the doc'!

Frasier exits in anger.

FADE TO:

Scene Four - KACL Foyer.
Frasier enters the foyer and goes up to Susan, her secretary.

Frasier: I want to talk to Kate now!
Susan: She's not in.
Frasier: [unbelieving] Oh, very clever, "she's not in." Like that'll
make me go away!

He storms into her office.

Reset to: Kate's Office
Frasier finds she is actually not in. Susan follows him.

Frasier: She's not in!
Kate: [enters, to Susan:] I need a copy of our contract with
Nanette Stewart. [notices Frasier] What's Yum-Yum doing
here? It's all right, I can guess.
Frasier: You promised you'd put an end to Bulldog's shenanigans and
instead you encouraged him. [notices Kate has pulled Nanette's
name from the board] You're cancelling "Pet Chat With
Nanette"?! She's been on for six years.
Kate: Yeah, but she's been floating at the top of the bowl for the
last two. When I went in to talk to Bulldog, the phones
were lit up like Times Square; his fans love it when he zaps
you.

Kate walks out into the foyer, Frasier follows her.

Reset to: Foyer

Frasier: So, you would have me ridiculed for the sake of those hyenas!
Kate: No, I would have you fight back. He makes pot shots at you,
you come back at him in your droll, Ivy League, "look at me,
I've got a thesaurus" kind of way! It'll be funny!
Frasier: Funny?! Funny!?

Reset to: Hallway
Kate walks to the hallway outside the booth.

Frasier: I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with a man who's
favourite t-shirt reads "Seattle Hooter Inspector"!
Kate: Afraid of the competition?
Frasier: I am a doctor, I went... [off her look] ...to medical school!
I will not embarrass myself by engaging in a grab for ratings.
Kate: You just announced to a half a million listeners that you are
"filled to the brim with girlish glee." I think the H.M.S
Pinafore of embarrassment has sailed! Now, if you'll excuse
me, I have to fire someone.

Kate looks through the window at Nanette, who waves back at her with
her little pet dog's paw.

Kate: Oh, God, she brought Spanky!
Frasier: Kate, this is not over!
Kate: Do you know what your problem is? You have no sense of
humour.
Frasier: I am sick and tired of people telling me that!
Kate: Well, then, lighten up. [exits to Nanette's booth]

Meanwhile, Bulldog carries on with his show.

Bulldog: I asked the Raiders' defensive line to describe their
tackling skills and here's what they said. [cues tape]
Frasier: [v.o] Three little maids from school are we, three little
maids from school!

Frasier scowls at him from behind the glass.

END OF ACT ONE

ACT TWO

THE NOSE KNOWS

Scene Five - Frasier's Apartment.
Daphne answers the door to Niles.

Niles: Good evening, Daphne.
Daphne: Evening, Dr. Crane. Did you bring Eddie's pills?
Niles: Yes, and the vet gave very specific instructions. [takes them
out and reads] "Take one tablet per hour or as needed until
trembling subsides." [realizes] I'm sorry, these are for
Maris. [take some others out] Those are for Eddie, here you
go. [hands them over]
Daphne: I'll just hide his pill in a bit of food. Like our Grammy
Moon used to get grandad to take his heart medicine.
Niles: If he had heart problems, why wouldn't he want to take his
medicine?
Daphne: Don't think that nosy coroner didn't ask the same question!
Num-nums, Eddie.

Daphne feeds him the pill in some food as Niles pours some sherry.

Daphne: Oh, he's a good boy. [strokes him] Normally I don't believe
in popping pills for every little upset.
Niles: I quite agree! My nerves are bothered by this constant
thundering, too, but I would never turn to drugs to calm
down. [sniffs his sherry] Oh, mommy!

Niles takes a sip as Daphne rolls her eyes. Martin enters from his
room.

Martin: Hey Niles, you're not going to believe what happened to
Frasier.
Niles: Oh, I heard the whole thing. [laughs]
Martin: You listen to Bulldog's program?
Niles: [deadpan] Yes, Dad, I can't sleep nights till I find out who
hurled what ball through what apparatus. [laughs] No, no, no,
no, it was on at the vet's.

Frasier enters. He looks very angry and is soaked to the skin,
he slams his umbrella down.

Frasier: You would think that in a city with this much rain that people
would develop an etiquette about it, but no! They buy
umbrellas that are too big for them, you have to walk into the
street to get around them and then they drive too close to the
curb so that you're sure to get splashed! And they wear brown
shoes with white socks!
Daphne: What has that got to do with the rain?
Frasier: Nothing! But I mean, really, get a fashion sense!
Martin: Well, I guess things didn't go too well at the station, huh?
Frasier: No, they didn't.
Martin: What happened?
Frasier: It turned out the station manager is encouraging Bulldog's
little pranks. Now she wants me to return his fire on the
air. Well, I thought the idea was absurd at first but now
I'm starting to warm to it.
Niles: I say have at him! He's grossly overmatched but he did
bring this on himself.
Frasier: You know, you're right, Niles. If I have to fight cheap and
dirty on his own turf, then I will!
Martin: [unsure] Uhhhh...
Frasier: And what is that supposed to mean?
Martin: Well, I don't think it's a good idea. You know, Bulldog's
pretty good at this kind of thing. He's a funny guy.
Frasier: And, I'm not funny?
Martin: Uhhhh...
Frasier: I don't believe this!
Niles: Well, now, obviously Dad's forgetting the time you took the
names of our wine club board and turned them all into
wickedly derisive anagrams! [laughs]

They both laugh and shout out in memory "Sidney Ass Basket"!
They laugh uncontrollably and soon Martin joins in.

Frasier: Now, you see, dad, I made you laugh.
Martin: No, I'm looking at Eddie.

Martin points Eddie out who seems to be knocked out from the
sedatives. Daphne notices and starts laughing with him.

Daphne: I guess he won't be needing a second pill!
Martin: Now, now, Frasier, don't get me wrong. I think you're witty,
you're clever, but funny's different. Funny's somebody who
makes you laugh with your belly. Now, Bulldog's funny.
Duke's cousin, Louie, now he's really funny! He's like
Jackie Gleason, only loud! He makes you laugh so hard the
beer comes out of your nose.
Daphne: You know what feels good through the nose? A warm cup of
cocoa. [the rest look at her, she says in memory] I just may
go home for Christmas this year.
Frasier: You know, just because I haven't caused anyone to blow beer
through their nostrils doesn't mean that I can't. Anyone
who can compose a clever ballad can certainly master the
intricacies of the whoopee cushion!
Martin: Well, I wouldn't be too sure about that. It's a lot harder
than you think.
Frasier: All right, you just tune into Bulldog's show tomorrow. Pop
open a beer and prepare for a Budweiser geyser!
Niles: You know, Frasier, if you're serious about that whoopee
cushion, I happen to have one at the house. [they all stare
at him] Last year a disgruntled servant left one on Maris's
dining room chair. Fortunately for all of us, embarrassment
was averted when my little faun proved too light to activate
it.

The rest mull over this idea as the scene FADES OUT.


LEAPIN' LIZARDS

Scene Two - Radio Station.
Bulldog is doing his show as Frasier and Roz look in from the window.

Bulldog: Well, it's six-thirty, sports fans. That means it's time
for... [cues fanfare music] Our big SeaHawks tickets giveaway.
Yes, my curvaceous and bodacious assistant Darlene is rolling
in our glittery giant prize draw right now.

Pete enters with a cardboard box labled "Bulldog's Box - Don't Touch!"

Bulldog: Okay, Darlene, give it a good crank. Whoa! Honey, I meant
the drum! [cues a cranking noise]

Frasier and Roz are watching from the hallway.

Frasier: Here it comes, Roz, the hilarity ensues!
Roz: Okay, explain this to me one more time. You were the one
who's trying to prove to everyone you're so funny, so why
am I the one who had to put the lizard in the box?!
Frasier: It was just as difficult to be the lookout! Stop whining!

Kate enters Bulldog's booth.

Bulldog: Hey, look who's here. It's our new boss lady, KACL's own
Kate Costas!
Roz: Kate's there? Oh, Frasier, Kate's there!
Frasier: No, no, it's even better. Even better that she will be an
eyewitness to my little jape!
Bulldog: Come in, Kate. Yeah, here we go, glad you dropped in.
Kate: Hello, Bulldog. Hi, Darlene. [waves to Pete] Wow, look at
that mighty drum!
Bulldog: Yeah, give it a good spin! [cues noise] Look at those cards
going round and round. Okay, Seattle... and the winner is...

Bulldog is about to pick one out.

Bulldog: Hey, Kate, why don't you pick it?

Frasier and Roz look at each other in horror.

Kate: Okay. [reaches her hand in] And the lucky winner is...
YEOW!

Kate lets off a scream as the box falls to the floor.

Kate: Something bit me!
Bulldog: Oh my God! It's a lizard!

Chaos ensues as Bulldog jumps up onto his console in terror, and Pete
runs in to wrap his handkerchief around Kate's hand, while she is
screaming in pain.

Kate: There it goes, there it goes, there it goes!

The lizard scurries down the hallway.

Kate: Stop that lizard, it has my finger!

Frasier looks horrified.

FADE TO:

Scene Three - Hospital.
Everyone is laughing and joking in the waiting room. Frasier arrives
with a bouquet of flowers and hovers in the corridor.

Frasier: Roz! Any news?
Roz: Oh, yeah. They sewed her fingertip back on. She's gonna be
fine. Frasier, would you wipe that guilty look off your face?
No-one even suspects you.
Frasier: Why not?
Roz: Because you made such a big deal about how playing pranks
was beneath you!
Frasier: Oh, they're not only beneath me, they're beyond me. I'm going
to accept my limitations, and be satisfied to merely be witty
and urbane. Even my most barbed comments never drew blood!
Oh God, I feel sick.
Roz: You do? When the lizard threw up her fingertip, who had
to pack it in frozen yogurt and rush it down here?!
Frasier: I'm going to tell her the truth.
Roz: What?! Are you insane?
Frasier: I've got to unburden myself.
Roz: [impassioned] Frasier, you didn't start this. You are the
victim here, why should you have to suffer any more than you
already have?
Frasier: I'll keep your name out of it!
Roz: Fine, do what you want.

Reset to: Kate's Room
Frasier enters Kate's room to find her on her mobile phone. A nurse
is by her side.

Kate: [into phone:] I don't know when I'll be back in the office,
Susan, just cancel all my appointments. Is there any word
on who pulled this stupid stunt? I don't want excuses, I
want names! [hangs up] Will you hurry up that shot, I'm in
agony here. [the nurse prepares to inject her]
Frasier: Kate, I see that your strength is back. I brought you some
flowers. [hands them over]
Kate: What kind of raving psychotic would do a thing like this?
Frasier: You know, people use that word "psychotic" an awful lot these
days. A kid steals a candy bar, suddenly he's a psychotic.
Kate: I'm gonna find him and I'm gonna crush him!
Frasier: [to nurse] Are you sure that's enough? Make sure that all
goes in!
Nurse: Call me if you need anything.

The nurse exits.

Frasier: Well, Kate, I came here for a reason.
Kate: Oh, let me guess, someone park in your space?
Frasier: No, but if someone had, I would have forgiven him, just as
I'm sure you will forgive...
Kate: Who?
Frasier: Well, I'm sure the poor misguided prankster that perpetrated
this evil deed really had no ill will in mind. It wasn't
his... or her... [realises he can still weave his way out]
You know, that Nanette from "Pet Chat," she had a real axe
to grind!

Kate lets out a short laugh.

Frasier: What?
Kate: What?
Frasier: You giggled.
Kate: Oh, [laughs] it was kinda funny.
Frasier: What?
Kate: What?
Frasier: What's funny?
Kate: Oh, I was just remembering...
Frasier: What?
Kate: [laughs]
Frasier: Oh, oh, the shot's kicking in, isn't it?
Kate: Wouldn't you know, it bites my middle finger. How am I
supposed to drive? [laughs]
Frasier: [laughs] You know, Kate, maybe now would be a good time...
Kate: Now you know, life is so funny. One minute, you're standing
in a hallway, the next minute you're a poo-poo platter for
a lizard. That's a funny word, isn't it? Hallway!
Frasier: You want to hear something really funny?
Kate: And Bulldog, Bulldog's... [laughing, then:] Oh, see, now,
you're starting to get tired, I should go. [start to nod off]
Frasier: Kate, Kate, before you go to sleep, there's just one last
funny thing I want to tell you...
Kate: [doped up] O-kay!
Frasier: I put the lizard in the box.
Kate: O-kay.

Frasier walks away as she falls to sleep. However, before he gets
to the door, Kate slowly presses the "head up" button on the bed
which raises her.

Frasier: Oh, God! It's alive!
Kate: [half asleep] You what?
Frasier: Well, I, it was meant for Bulldog. It was all an accident,
I never intended to...

She falls dead asleep. Frasier moves closer to her to check.

Frasier: Kate? Kate?

Frasier decides she's asleep and he's safe. He turns to leave her...

CLOSE-UP: Like a cobra striking, Kate's hand snatches his wrist-

SMASH CUT TO: Waiting Room
Roz and everyone in the waiting room jumps as Frasier screams:

Frasier: [o.s.] NURSE!

END OF ACT TWO

Credits:

Daphne and Martin are sat on the Armchair looking suspiciously
innocent. They watch Frasier as he pours his sherry and he wonders
what is the matter with them. He goes to the side, takes a book off
the shelf and sits on the couch. As he sits, Daphne and Martin burst
out laughing. It seems they put a Whoopee cushion under his seat.
Frasier takes the cushion out from under him and throws it over to
them.