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The Impossible Dream

‘The Impossible Dream’

Season 4, Episode 3 -  Aired October 15, 1996

Frasier is haunted by a recurring dream about his co-worker Gil.

Quote from Martin

Martin: You'd think by now I'd know better than to have that third Slim Jim before going to bed. Couldn't sleep either, huh?
Frasier: No. Frankly, I'm sort of afraid to go back to sleep. It's that damn dream again.
Martin: Oh, what are you worried about? It's just a dream. Worst case scenario, the man-eating lion leaps on
top of you and mauls you.
Frasier: I'm sorry, Dad. I wasn't completely truthful with you before. The dream is really about me in a motel room with a male companion, Gil Chesterton.
Martin: You don't care if I ever sleep again, do you?

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Quote from Martin

Martin: In your generation, men talk about everything. Everything's out in the open. You know what really drives me crazy is the way you all touch each other. Everybody hugs, you know? In my generation it was a- a handshake. That was good enough. Maybe if you felt especially close to someone you'd touch him on the shoulder, but never for more than two seconds. And don't talk to me about football players patting people's butts and everything, because that's different. That's sports. That's like war. Now, goodnight, son.

Quote from Frasier

Frasier: I just haven't had any really interesting calls lately. I'm beginning to question whether I'm not bored with psychiatry.
Martin: Boy, you'd never know it with the way you got your nose stuck in all those books.
Frasier: That's true. The one saving grace about this dream is it's given me a chance to flex my analytical muscle a bit.
Martin: Ah, maybe it wasn't so bad after all.
Frasier: Wait a minute. Could that be what this has been all about? I've been so intellectually unchallenged lately by my show that my mind had to create a dream that defies interpretation just to give me a challenge?
Martin: I don't know. Keep talking, you're making me sleepy.
Frasier: Dad, no, that's got to be it. My show hasn't provided me with a single patient worthy of my skills and I
had to invent one myself, me. Oh, God! What a relief. At last, finally, to bed. Dad, you've witnessed an epiphany.

Quote from Frasier

Dr. Sigmund Freud: Dr. Crane, Dr. Sigmund Freud.
Frasier: Oh, my goodness! [they shake hands] It's quite an honor!
Dr. Sigmund Freud: The honor is all mine. I gave you a complex psychological problem and you solved it. You are a brilliant psychiatrist.
Frasier: Oh, that's very flattering, but there are so many things I'd like to ask you.
Dr. Sigmund Freud: In good time, my boy. In good time. Right now, we have more important matters. [uses a mouth spray, climbs into bed with Frasier]
[Outside the darkened apartment building, one bedroom light flicks on]

Quote from Martin

Martin: Oh, see? There again, weird. Look, dreams come, they go. They don't mean anything. Except, you know, if you're lucky, once in awhile you might have one that's a lot of fun. Like, you know, you hitting a home run in the World Series or you're in the jungle with Jayne Mansfield and she gets bit by a snake.
Frasier: Thank you, Dad.
Martin: You know who Jayne Mansfield is, don't you?
Frasier: Yes, Dad.
Martin: You know what you do when you're bit by a snake, don't you?
Frasier: Yes, Dad. [leaves]
Martin: [to himself] Wish I knew what I had for dinner that night.

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