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Martin Crane's Lounge Chair - Well-worn, yellow-green recliner chair patched with duct tape owned by retired cop Martin Crane (John Mahoney) on the sitcom FRASIER/NBC/1993-2004.

Martin Crane's Recliner - FRASIER

When Dr. Frasier Crane invited his ailing father to move into his apartment, he didn’t count on his father bringing his own favorite chair into the stylish new abode.

The following excerpt is from the episode "The Good Son" aired September 16, 1993 when Martin and his chair first arrives at Frasier's new apartment.


Frasier: So what do you think with what I've done with the place, You know, every item here was carefully selected. The lamp by Corbu, this chair by Eames, and this couch is an exact replica of the one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier.
Martin: Nothing matches.
Frasier: Well, it's a style of decorating - it's called eclectic. The theory behind it is, if you have really fine pieces of furniture, it doesn't matter if they match - they will go together.
Martin:  It's your money [Doorbell rings]
Frasier: Dad, what do you think of that view - that's the Space Needle over there
Martin: Thanks for pointing that out - being born and raised here, I never would have known.
Deliveryman: Delivery for Martin Crane
Martin: In here.
Deliveryman: Coming through.
Frasier: Excuse me, excuse me. Wait a minute!
Deliveryman:  Where do you want it?
Martin: Where's the TV?
Niles: It's in that credenza.
Martin: Point it at that thing.
Deliveryman: What about this chair?
Niles: Here. Let me get it out of your way.
Frasier: Niles, be careful with that - it's a Wassily. Dad, as dear as I'm sure this chair is to you, I just don't think it goes with anything here.
Martin: I know - it's eclectic!

On the episode "Give Him the Chair!" aired March 17, 1994 Frasier gets himself into trouble when he throws out Martin's old chair, rationalizing that he would actually be helping his father.

What Frasier didn't realize was that Martin had an extreme sentimental attachment to the chair. Apparently, the chair was a memento to the many joys and sorrows in Martin's life.

"Okay, I'll tell you what chair I want. I want the chair I was sitting in when I watched Neil Armstrong take his first step on the Moon. And when the US hockey team beat the Russians in the '80 Olympics. I want the chair I was sitting in the night you called me to tell me I had a grandson. I want the chair I was in all those nights, when your mother used to wake me up with a kiss after I'd fallen asleep in front of the television. Y'know I still fall asleep in it. And every once in a while, when I wake up, I still expect your mother to be there, ready to lead me off to bed... Oh, never mind. It's only a chair." -- Martin

Frantic to recover the chair, Frasier searches all over Seattle. His trail ends at a high school production of "Ten Little Indians" where the chair was now being used as a stage prop. To get the chair back, Frasier reluctantly agreed to perform in the play as a substitute for a student who has fallen ill.

On episode "Bla-Z-Boy" aired November 6, 2001 Martin accidentally spills oil on Frasier's expensive rugs. When Frasier has new carpeting installed, he moves Martin's favorite chair out to the balcony where it "accidentally" catches on fire then falls off the balcony to the sidewalk below.

To make amends, Frasier takes pieces of the destroyed chair to a furniture designer, and sparing no expense, has a pristine replica of the chair made as a peace-offering.


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