Frasier, “The Show Must Go Off”
Season 8, Episode 12
In his first appearance on American TV, Sir Derek Jacobi plays Jackson Hedley, a Shakespearian actor who became iconic (and type-cast) as a famous science-fiction android. (No subtle Star Wars references here, folks!) Having seen Hedley perform as children, Frasier and Niles vow to rescue the man who gave them “the gift of Shakespeare,” and mount his one-man show. But both the Bard and the brothers’ egos take a beating when it turns out that Hedley is actually a terrible
actor—and about to perform for a theater full of their friends. In spite of the Cranes’ best efforts, neither fire, nor water, nor bodily injury cannot keep Jackson Hedley away from his stage, and Frasier and Niles are left to fight over a pair of earplugs.
"Shield yourself, Niles! For the rain, it raineth every day!" [Fraiser sets off the sprinklers… which then sputter out.]