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Writing – Season 2

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

Podcast Episode Synopsis: Professor Lauren teaches us all about writing stuff. She is real smart.

As always, this episode is important and good, but hard to make funny because it’s about analyzing writing. We do our best for you, but hopefully you don’t mind mostly learning.

The episode “An Affair to Forget” has such great writing in the climactic mistranslation scene because it is never out of control, no matter how big and broad the situation gets. There are big laughs, a lot of story, translations, action, and emotion. It’s an impressive feat.

We introduce my fave new character on the podcast: Professor Lauren. Guys, Lauren is wicked smart and knows about writing, so listen up. She goes into how this show is structured from a writing perspective and teaches us all about why that matters. We also get to meet a much less illustrious person: Professor Taryn. [Ed’s note: the title “Junior Professor” will do just fine.] She is pretty good too.

Please enjoy the part of the podcast where I explain jokes. And then Lauren gets to talk spoonerisms. Yeah, that’s right, she gets to use the phrase “language device”. So you are welcome.

Here is the link to the Oral History of Frasier that Lauren mentions: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/09/frasier-25th-anniversary-oral-history. It’s a great read and gives hardcore fans (like us!) a look behind the scenes at how lovingly the show was made. You get hints throughout about how awesome the show is, but it’s wonderful hear from the makers that it was a labour of love.

Honestly, the joke I leave with is one of my favourites of the entire season. I love when people use words incorrectly, or have alternate, totally makes sense, definitions for them. Trite and true. Crap, it’s funny to me.

Episodes to Check Out

“The Innkeepers” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”

Taryn’s Patented Lilith Count

1, during the intertitles talk. Phew.

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

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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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

True White Nonsense (People of Colour, Season 1)

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

Podcast Episode Synopsis: We highlight the amazing people of colour in the cast and we talk about the most egregious white nonsense in season one.

Lauren’s patented diversity rundown. We want to bring attention to all of the people of colour in the first season. This is a very white show and we want to highlight to the amazing people of colour who make appearances, and better yet, speak! Wayne Wilderson, Mako, and Luck Hari, we are fans of you. Read More