I’ve watched “Frasier” like a dozen times and am only just noticing this.
There’s nothing like a good callback or long-running gag in a TV show.
I especially like the ones that are subtle or unexpected. (I had personally never noticed that Hopper’s daughter’s blue hair tie had appeared in every season.)
It got me thinking about some other TV callbacks and running gags that took seasons to pay off, including:
The Beetlejuice joke in Community
The random child who appears in both the Superstore series premiere and finale
The Schrute family’s wedding tradition in The Office
Saul Goodman’s cross-series career goals
And this Nathan Fillion one in Castle
George and Jerry’s identical conversation in Seinfeld
The Art (Vandelay) of a good running gag in Seinfeld
The foreshadowing of Buster Bluth’s missing hand in Arrested Development
Penny’s shirt in The Big Bang Theory
And, similarly, Kitty’s outfit in That ’70s Show
The libraries of Parks and Recreation
The familiar mover in Frasier
Xander Harris’ betrayal in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Slap Bet in How I Met Your Mother
The Tom Hanks news in Veep
What are some callbacks and running gags that you’ve noticed in your favorite shows? Sound off in the comments!