Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 3 -> Episode 3.16
Look Before You Leap
Written by: Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano
Directed by: James Burrows
Original US airdate: 27th February 1996
Original UK airdate: 25th October 1996
It's February the 29th, and an unseasonally lovely day, so Frasier decides that this "free day" should be used for everyone to take a leap and do something that they wouldn't normally do. He manages to convince Daphne she should have a new hair-do, and his father to visit an old police buddy in Montana - especially as Martin points out that his birthday only comes around once every four years. At the studio, Roz is lamenting that she may have missed her chance with a man she met on the bus called Gary after she got off to let people out, and then the bus drove off without her giving him her number, but despite being initially reluctant, Frasier finally manages to persuade her to appeal for Gary to call in. Frasier's own leap is to sing an aria from Verde's Rigoletto instead of his usual 'Buttons & Bows' in his slot on the PBS Pledge Drive. Meanwhile, Maris has called Niles wanting them to "get together" which means sex in her book! Frasier sees this as no way to re-build a marriage and so has to try and keep a sexually frustrated Niles from being tempted by this offer.
Disaster, however, befits everyone as Roz's mystery man Gary turns up
at the station only to announce he is married, Martin's plane to Montana
suffers engine failure after a flock of geese fly into it causing the
plane to do an emergency landing, while Daphne's new hair-do turns out
to be a catastrophe. All of this causes Niles to forget Frasier's advice
and have sex with Maris. At the PBS Pledge Drive, however, Frasier backs
out of singing the aria after seeing everyone else's misfortune and switches
back to 'Buttons & Bows' at the last minute. There is one
small problem, however - he seems to have forgotten the words......
|Episode Title Cards|
- Frasier returns home with Eddie in tow:
Martin: What the hell are you doing with him?
Frasier: We went for a walk.
Martin: I'm talking to Eddie!
- Frasier is celebrating what a glorious day it
Frasier: It defies you not to take a moment and acknowledge the power that created it.
Martin: Thank you Global Warming (!)
- Maris has called Niles and wants them to have
Niles: She's cleared her schedule from 7.00 to 7.30 - that means foreplay and cuddling!
- Frasier tries to dissuade Niles from having sx
Frasier: Just don't think about sex.
Daphne: Would you like me to butter your buns for you, Dr Crane?
- Roz says on air she thought Gary was cute:
Roz: Oh my God! How could I say "I really liked you and I thought you were cute". What am I - Marcia Brady?!!
- Niles says a cold shower has failed to put him
off having sex with Maris:
Frasier: Stands to reason - being showered with coldness would only bring Maris more to mind.
- Martin and Daphne join in his rendition of 'Buttons
and Bows' as they watch tape of him at the PBS Pledge
Frasier: Hippity Bippity Boppity Bow, Something and something and buttons and bows!!!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A hugely funny and enjoyable episode that is stuffed full of brilliant lines and laugh out-loud moments. Once again, this episode shows that people taking Frasier's advice are often better off without it. The disasters that befall Roz, Martin and especially Daphne (her entrance with a catastrophic hair-do and mascara running down her cheeks is hilarious) are all very funny, as was Niles' quest to be put off sex only to be defeated at every turn. The funniest moment is reserved for the end when Frasier gives us his can't-remember-the-words version of 'Buttons & Bows' , made all the more funny by Daphne and Martin thoroughly enjoying his performance in the next scene. This episode is quite simply of the funniest and best episodes in Season 3.
|Latest Viewer Episode Review|
Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 12
Good, but not THAT good!, Aug 19, 2012
Reviewer: Tid from SW England
I suppose the humour in this episode depends entirely on how funny
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