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A Thorn in a garden of roses? Martin Cranes chair.

Frasier was one of the most decorated and best written situation comedies of all time and one of the facts that made it so was not just the characters but the set itself name Frasier’s beautifully appointed apartment. It contains all that is good in art and furniture taste including a beautiful Eames Rocking Chair. An Eames Chair being the epitome of style and also available at https://www.pash-classics.com/eames-rocking-chair-rar.html for you to buy if you wish. The set cost the production company a fortune, but it was the dirty ugly reclining chair that was the star of the show.

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The chair was the property of Martin Crane the Father of Frasier. Martin could not be as different to Frasier as you could imagine. Whereas Frasier is a psychiatrist and an academic plus a man of the arts, fine dining and taste, Martin is a retired cop and a forced retirement at that. He has been shot in the hip and is no of limited mobility and unable to walk without a cane. He has had to move in with Frasier and he is not happy about it at all. To Frasier’s disgust and constant anguish, the reclining chair his brought in and plonked in the middle of his perfectly planned and ordered apartment. Frasier is incensed and asks his Father to remove it. The chair is stained and battered, and it has duct tape protecting it’s rips it stick out like a sore thumb. Martin says no and launches into a monologue where he points out that this is the chair he was sat in when he was told he was going to be a Grandparent of the first time and that is was the chair he would fall asleep in and there Mother would kiss him and he knew it was time to go to bed. In essence the chair is a lifetime of memories up to the point of him moving in.

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Its easy to see that the chair is a metaphor for the relationship between the two men. Martin is out of place with Frasier, but it shows that room anywhere can be found to fit if you try hard enough. The last episode with the chair proved this. During an accident Frasier and his brother Niles end up setting fire to the chair and then tossing from the apartment only for it to meet it’s end on the street below directly in front of Martin and Daphne. Martin concedes that the chair has had its day and he buys his Son a new black recliner more in keeping with the apartment’s décor. It is then that Frasier wheels in an exact replica of Martins chair that he has had had made at incredible expense. He then points out that the replica is the most expensive then in the entire place.

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