Do you have a morning routine? How do you feel when your routine gets disrupted, when someone shatters the peace and quiet of your morning?
You are going to watch the scene from a famous sitcom “Frasier“.
Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist, comes back to his hometown Seattle after his divorce. He is a host of a radio show where he answers the phone calls of the listeners and their questions on air.
He is a sophisticated and somewhat arrogant intellectual who rents a beautiful apartment and starts to enjoy his bachelorhood. Suddenly he has to take in his father, a retired police officer, who is recovering from the gunshot wound which crippled him. Frasier hires Daphne Moon a British physical therapist, who believes that she is a psychic. Daphne also moves into Frasier’s apartment to take care of his father…
Watch the episode without subtitles (if you can):
Now read the Transcript and learn the new vocabulary:
Martin: The half ‘n half’s curdled, and the garbage disposal’s jammed.
Frasier: [pouring his coffee] Good morning to you too, dad.
Martin: Morning was two hours ago. And close that barn door, we got a lady in the house now.
Frasier adjusts his robe, then tastes his coffee. He is not amused.
Frasier: Hey, this isn’t my coffee. Where’s my finely-ground Kenya blend from Starbucks?
Martin: That’s it. Daphne put an eggshell and some allspice in it.
Frasier: [pouring it down the sink] Didn’t that just dress it up?
Martin: I like it. Gives it a zing. Now, come on, sit down. Your breakfast is ready.
He leaves the kitchen with a plate full of fried food.
Frasier: [following] Oh, no, dad, dad, look, all I ever have is a bran muffin, and a touch of yogurt.
Martin: Ah, girlie food. Besides, I already fixed your breakfast. Now, I made you “Eggs in a Nest.”
Frasier: Ah yes, the Crane family specialty. Fried eggs swimming in fat, served in a delightfully hollowed-out piece of white bread. I can almost hear my left ventricle slamming shut as I speak.
Martin: You want cheese on that?
Frasier: No. I’d like to leave some blood flow for the clot to go swiftly to my brain.
[to himself] Can’t have my coffee, can’t have my breakfast, [sees Martin’s chair] Oh dear god, it wasn’t a dream. I’ll get him for this. [to Eddie] And his little dog, too. [opens front door] Where’s my paper? Who’s stolen my paper? Mrs. Everly, you old bat, I know it’s you!
Daphne: Yoo-hoo? It’s right here, we brought it in for you.
Frasier: [to outside world] Sorry, sorry. [closes door and examines paper] Oh, wait a minute, this… where’s the rubber band? This paper has been read.
Daphne: Well don’t worry, we won’t tell you what’s in it.
Frasier: That is not the point. Dad, dad? Come and sit down please, would you?
Daphne: You’re going to give a speech, aren’t you?
Frasier: Oh, that’s right, I forgot, you’re psychic.
Daphne: Yes, but I think anyone could feel this one coming on.
Frasier: Let us get something clear. I am not a morning person. I have to ease into my day slowly. First I have my coffee – sans eggshells or anything else one tends to pick out of the garbage.
Then I have a low-fat, high-fiber breakfast. Finally, I sit down and read a crisp, new newspaper. If I am robbed of the richness of my morning routine, I cannot function. My radio show suffers, and like ripples in a pond, so do the many listeners that rely on my advice, to help them through their troubled lives. I’m sorry if this may sound priggish, but I have grown comfortable with this part of myself. It is the magic that is me.
Martin: [to Daphne, while exiting to the kitchen] Get used to it.
- Here is a short vocabulary test for you to check how you know your new vocabulary:
- Watch the video again. This time pause it after each sentence and repeat it out loud after the speaker copying his sounds and intonation. Practice!
- Record yourself reading the final Frasier’s speech. Act it out!
- Post the link to your recording in the comments below. Let me enjoy them. 😉