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Siblings – Season 2

Welcome to the show notes for the Siblings episode of Season 2 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: A couple of siblings discuss how awesome these psychiatrist siblings are.

We start off talking about how Niles and Frasier have to one up each other and how it fuels the farcical nature of the show. We are not petty people, nor do we often enjoy petty people, but these Cranes make it oh so enjoyable. “The Innkeepers” and “The Club” are really stellar episodes to highlight how these two men, who so often have each other’s backs, are willing to turn on each other. Thankfully these petty squabbles never take away from the awesome base of their relationship.

I take a turn and talk about how great Niles and Frasier are as supportive, loving brothers who just want to see each other be the best version of themselves. It’s rare to see characters like this take so much stock in what the other has to say and take steps to change their behaviour. Kudos show for showing that growing as a human is a great thing to do.

Also a great thing to do: go to the spa! No matter who you are! Niles and Frasier support each other in their love of comfort and pampering despite what the world tells them. And spoiler alert: the world tells them that they should not enjoy things like spa treatments because they are dudes and that is full on malarky.

I think we can all agree that the younger sibling is often the more put upon one. And I await your fan mail to tell me how stalwart I have been being Lauren’s younger sister for these 32 years. [Ed’s note: Copernicus called, and you are not the centre of the universe!]

Episodes to Check Out

“The Innkeepers” and “Breaking the Ice”

Taryn’s Patented Lilith Count

0. Sad trombone.

Niles – Season 2

Welcome to the show notes for the Niles episode of Season 2 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: We go deep with Skinny Elmer Fudd and talk about the considerable talents of David Hyde Pierce.

We will keep mentioning how great the episode “Breaking the Ice” is until you watch it. And, because we don’t know if you have watched it, we will just keep talking about it.

If you haven’t seen David Hyde Pierce fence in “An Affair to Forget” you are missing out on some extremely well executed choreography and action in a sitcom. It is impressive. Side note about DHP: Lauren and I ALMOST got to see this legend on Broadway, but he had left the production of Hello, Dolly! before we got there. Don’t worry, we’ll bring this up later in the series when the man who replaced him in that show appears up in Frasier. Basically what I am saying is we are nearly best friends with David Hyde Pierce.

Can anyone tell me if the sack of flour as parenting test thing is real? I seriously want to know. But I also don’t want to do the work to find out. You come and tell me. Thanks.

Lauren is doing a bang up job of pretty much exclusively talking about good scenes that are primarily visual. She loves a challenge and does a great job of it.

I poke the bear and nearly send Lauren off on a rant about low quality chocolate. I am glad I don’t have to apologize because she thankfully does not, and I applaud her self-control. I have sat through many a chocolate-based rant from her.

Episodes to Check Out

“Flour Child” and “Breaking the Ice”

Taryn’s Patented Lilith Count

0. Woe to us.

Pass the Bottle Episode (Writing, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Writing episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: Talking about writing is generally less than thrilling but it is important, so hang in there while we talk about things like joke structure and bottle episodes

Please stay with us guys, this show is superbly written and we want to talk about it as best we can without being suuuuuper boring.

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They’re Not Just Brothers, They’re Best Of Friends (Siblings, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Siblings episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis:  Two weirdly close sisters talk about their fave sibling relationship on TV.

Guys, Lauren is realllllly a Frasier. She knows it, but hates it, and that’s fair. But just trust me on this one. I know best because I am a Niles.

The show does a great job of showing us how they have a deep-rooted relationship. While they have grown apart over the years, they easily come back together to be best friends.

Niles is a great little brother character. He is able to pick at his brother in a way that only a little sibling could do and it not come off as bullying. Read More

Roz’s Turn (Roz, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Roz episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: Two feminists gush about our hero, Roz Doyle.

ROZ ROZ ROZ ROZALINDA! We didn’t know Roz was our hero our whole lives, but thanks to the amazing ladies of Broad City and taking the time to do this close rewatch we are LIVING for her.

Roz Doyle is a single, independent, confident, and intelligent woman who doesn’t pull her punches. Spoiler alert: We love this a lot.

The show seems to know that she is the best because the series’ thesis comes from her. She understands this at the beginning of the show and Frasier will finally really understand this in 11 seasons. Read More

The Duct Tape Appreciation Society (Martin, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Martin episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: We get into what makes Martin and his duct tape-covered recliner so great

First up, Martin is awesome and when he gets under Frasier’s skin is when we get to see Frasier as more of a human.

Martin’s chair is so important to the show. We’ll probably keep talking about this for most of the podcast.

Martin believes that sex is something between you and the person you’re doing it to. This line will always crack me up. Read More

Ugh, Kelsey Grammer (Cast, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Cast episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: A little bit of Grammer talk, and then addressing the cast that we don’t get to in other episodes. Callers, Noel, and Gil take centre stage.

Ugh, Kelsey Grammer. We have issues, guys. Due to his not great politics Lauren and I loooove to watch this gif of Grammer during a lecture. You are welcome.

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The Magnificent Sternin (Women, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Women episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: Two feminists find the bright side of how a white male-centric show in the 90s treats women.

Do yourself a favour and tell someone who is not letting you be your own person to belt up. BELT UP, MEN.

Lilith is amazing, and knows what she’s about even when dealing with a bit of a personal crisis. She will also call Frasier out on his BS. We need more Dr. Lilith Sternin.

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Talking Role Play with Dad (Sexuality, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Sexuality episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: Taking a page from Frasier we openly talk about sex (more how the show talks about sex).

Frasier often almost gets to sleep with a beautiful woman but something gets in the way. While models as prizes is not a great thing, Lauren likes when Frasier is not rewarded in this way.

I love talking about Martin knocking boots. The show talks about it with such care and thoughtfulness, I really appreciate it. I am here for normalizing sexuality especially in a show that isn’t focused on older people. Read More

Be They a Blankie… (Niles, Season 1)

Welcome to the show notes for the Niles episode of Season 1 of Café Nervosa. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Podcast Episode Synopsis: We are talking about how freaking great David Hyde Pierce is, and how psychiatry is viewed in the 90s.

We start by talking about how Niles serves the show Frasier. Niles is Frasier’s inner voice when we need to see what is going on in Frasier’s head. He is useful to the show structurally in this way. Niles is also more of all the alienating characteristics we associate with Frasier than Frasier is. This makes Frasier more approachable and relatable to the audience.

Niles is super adorable when he gets to let loose. Read More