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The Last Time I Saw Maris
Episode Details

Written by: Ian Gurvitz

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 28th November 1995

Original UK airdate: 23rd August 1996

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
Marta .... Irene Olga Lopez
Guest Cast Guest Callers
Vinnie .... Paul Mazursky

Episode Synopsis

Maris has gone missing, and Niles is frantic. Everyone is at Niles' while Martin uses his police contacts to see if he can find out anything. It turns out she was in New York doing some shopping, but while everyone is rejoicing, Frasier says this is another example of Maris' selfish nature and that Niles should stand up to her. He duly does - and she throws him out and says she wants a divorce. Niles goes round to collect his stuff when Marta informs him that Maris says if he says it's all his fault, he can stay. Niles is in two minds - Maris has been a part of his life for so long after all, so what will he decide........?

Episode Title Cards
  • Thank God Gucci Was Closed
  • What Light Breaks From Yonder Window
  • Denial Ain't Just A River

Episode Highlights

- After Frasier is rude to a caller coming on air to see if he can get his pinkie ring back
Caller: Just shoot me why don't you.
Frasier: I'd be delighted (!).

- Frasier is asked to sign Noel Shempsky's petition to the producers of Star Trek to create a new character:
Frasier: 'The all powerful space vixen Rozalinda, the four breasted queen of the planet Rozniak.' I'll sign that.

- After Frasier learns Maris has been missing for 3 days:
Niles: Well, the last two nights I knocked on Maris' door and was met with a chilly silence, so naturally I assumed everything was status quo.

- After Niles begins to smash ornaments to vent his anger:
Niles: Marta, this is wonderful - you must try it. [Marta does so] ... I meant at your house.

- Frasier's meeting with Maris.

- Frasier gives a speech about what Niles should say to Maris about his treatment, that ends with:
Frasier: I will not let you treat me like this, Lilith.......Maris.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A superior episode of 'Frasier' that sees Niles having to deal with the fallout of Maris asking for a divorce after he stood up to her, something that the episode, and David Hyde Pierce in particular, deal with very well. There's a wonderfully emotional scene where Niles goes round the items in his lounge, recalling memories from his marriage, and we also get to see the unforgettable sight of Niles in a pair of jeans. Both funny and moving, this is another great addition to the Season 3 cannon.


84 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 92.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

And so it begins..., Dec 04, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

What an episode. "The Last Time I Saw Maris" is not the funniest
episode this series ever did, nor is it the most unified. But placing
Niles at the centre of a genuine emotional drama deepens David
Hyde Pierce's complex portrayal of Niles even further. The writers
could easily have made Maris a one-dimensional villain, allowing
Niles to leave with only a single episode of drama. Or, they could
have taken the easy way out, and kept the pair together for
years to come. Instead, not only did they challenge themselves to
progress the story, but they showed their respect for fans and
actors alike by giving us this episode, and the subsequent plot arc
which would last for many years.

Hyde Pierce is simply incredible as Niles in this episode. If we
weren't sure before, there's no doubt how much he loves Maris,
and the fact that their ten years together have - as you'd expect -
created a much deeper bond than he'd realise on an average day.
For all his jokes, Niles depends on Maris (and, for that matter, on
her money and position). Finding himself cut off, and having to
face the choice between unfairly grovelling back to her or making
a stand, is a powerful move for the character - not just in terms of
his relationship with Maris, but overall.

Kelsey Grammer and John Mahoney get some wonderful business
as well, with Frasier and Martin having to navigate the murky
waters of supporting Niles and wanting what's best for him, but
without making the choice for him. And, to top it all off, the
episode is consistently funny! A lovely and momentous step.

Rating: 91%


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