Frasier’s ‘Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs’ Explained, Finally

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And the Internet solves yet another pressing Nineties Pop-Culture Mystery: Former Frasier writer Ken Levine tracked down Bruce Miller, the composer of the sitcom's theme song, and asked him to explain those puzzling, possibly salacious lyrics "tossed salads and scrambled eggs." Levine came through! His response: "I was told ... to avoid any direct references to specific subject matter. So it was necessary to stay away from words about psychiatry, radio shows, the name 'Frasier,' and anything else directly indicating aspects of the show … I called my friend Darryl Phinnesse who is really talented and really smart. I gave him the idea of the show and he called back with the idea of 'Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs.' At first I was a bit baffled myself until he explained that these were things that were 'mixed up' … like Frasier Crane's patients." Vulture would have gone with a Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler reference instead, but no matter. Case weirdly closed!