Yesterday, I just happened to be flicking channels after the main part of GMTV was over – the bit when Lorraine comes on because as much as I like Lorraine, the chat about shoes and shopping bores me witless – when I saw there was an episode of Frasier on Channel 4 at 8.30am. Why they’ve chosen that time slot I don’t really know, however, it reminded me how much I love this show!
I regularly watch re-runs on the various other channels it’s on such as GOLD and I also especially love watching the Christmas episodes on the ‘net. I love all the characters too but I have to say, I think Eddie – closely followed by Marty – is my favourite, which is why this article is dedicated to him…
Eddie was fabulous – I’d love a dog like Eddie. Do you remember the episode where he warned Daphne that Frasier was about to walk in so that she could look busy when in fact, she’d been sitting watching TV? Or the Christmas one where he wore antlers? Brilliant stuff.
Some of Eddie’s best bits used to happen during the show’s closing credits, such as this one…
This next clip always has me tittering too – the first part anyway where Eddie just sits there with a towel over him…
Epic stuff. In fact, there’s a few little facts about Eddie that you might like to know… the original Eddie’s real name was Moose, and he ended up on the show because his owners just couldn’t train him.
One of the show’s producers explained how this lively terrier’s antics ended up making him famous: “Originally owned by a Florida family, Moose was too hard to handle. He couldn’t be house trained, he chewed everything, he dug and barked a lot and he was constantly escaping and climbing trees.
“So he was eventually given to the Florida manager of Birds and Animals Unlimited, a company that trains animals for TV and movies. Moose was put on a plane at 2½ years old and sent to Mathilde DeCagny, an LA trainer working for the show-biz animal company.”
And after just six months with Mathilde, Moose had been transformed from a wild and slightly bonkers dog into a skilled actor who was highly trained and thus he won the role of Eddie.
He settled in quickly and soon learned the tricks of the trade were often to his benefit; for instance, when Moose had to lick his human co-stars, sardine oil was dabbed on their faces so he got a tasty treat for his efforts. To make Moose ‘nuzzle’, liver pâté was applied behind the actors’ ears.
At the height of the show’s popularity, Moose got more fan mail than any of his human co-stars and he made numerous TV appearances and did dozens of magazine shoots too.
There’s even an official Moose ‘autobiography’, My Life as a Dog, which was written by Brian Hargrove, partner of Frasier actor David Hyde Pierce aka Niles.
However, by the time the show was in its eighth year, Moose was getting past doing all the tricks required of him so his son, Enzo was trained initially to be Moose’s stunt double then eventually his replacement.
Enzo’s sister Miko was considered for the role but she was too small. Another sibling Moosie was likewise considered but didn’t have quite the same markings as Moose, however Peri Gilpin – who played Roz – fell in love with Moosie and kept him as a pet.
Sadly, Moose died in 2006 at the ripe old age of 15 having enjoyed a happy retirement with Mathilde and Enzo has gone on to have various other TV and movie roles.
Now we’ll just take a moment or two to see a couple of clips featuring my second favourite character, Martin Crane who was of course Eddie’s owner. This is a clip from one of my all time favourite episodes; it’s Christmas and Martin’s filled the apartment with gawdy decorations but the best bit is, Martin’s unknowingly eaten a ‘pot-brownie’…
And finally, here’s a great clip that shows why Eddie and Marty got on so well – because they’re so alike!
I was gutted when they axed Frasier and I really miss Eddie and Marty but thank goodness we have re-runs! Who was your favourite Frasier character?