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Three Days Of The Condo
Episode Details

Written by: Michael B. Kaplan

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 21st January 1997

Original UK airdate: 19th September 1997


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
Sherry Dempsey .... Marsha Mason
   
   
Guest Cast
Ms Langer .... Dana Ivey
Molly .... Christopher Templeton
Dr Dorfman .... Austin Pendleton
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

While Martin and Sherry struggle to get a few moments alone, Frasier and Niles arrive back from 'antiquing' and Frasier is especially proud of his latest purchase - a Japansese door knocker. However, almost as soon as he has put it on his front door, he receives a 'no-no note' from Ms Langer, the head of the condo board, telling him it is in violation of the building code and has 24 hours to remove it. Frasier feels she is being a bit harsh, so he goes along to the condo board meeting that evening to plead his case and hopes to convince Ms Langer to change her mind. Despite a rousing speech, the board rejects his appeal leaving Frasier feeling very angry towards Ms Langer, who seems to relish the power she wields over the complex.

The day after the meeting, Frasier is approached in the car park by a shadowy figure who wants to remain anonymous (but whose identity is unfortunately given away by his licence plates), informs Frasier of a group of residents who can't stand Ms Langer either and want Frasier to run against her in the elections for condo board president. Frasier is sorely tempted to put an end to Ms Langer's reign of terror over the building but wonders what his life will be like if he loses to Ms Langer. Frasier's mind though is made up when first Daphne, then Martin get 'no-no notes' from Ms Langer. Martin's was for taking Eddie in the main elevator instead of the freight elevator. On the day of the election meeting, Frasier is struggling with his opening sentence but another 'no-no note' for Martin gives Frasier all the ammunition he needs. He believes it to be for taking Eddie in the lift again, but in fact it was for being naked in the jacuzzi, leading to some of Frasier's comments not quite having the effect he intended........

Episode Title Cards
  • Deep Ear, Nose And Throat
  • What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is showing off his new Japanese door knocker:
Sherry: I haven't seen any decent oriental knockers since Empress Chow's Shaghai revue!
Martin: Isn't she great - she's as funny as she is classy!
Niles: No argument there (!)

- Sherry wants to give Frasier a lamp made of two frogs kissing:
Sherry: When would you like me to bring it over?
Niles: Preferably when I'm here (!)

- Martin says goodbye to Sherry at the lift:
Martin: Oh his Mrs Langer:
Ms Langer: Ms!
Martin: Oh right. Ms....[Lift door closes]... serable old cow!

- Niles is telling Frasier what happened when he saw a dreadful production of "La Traviata":
Niles: The soprano couldn't hit the high E flat to save her left. So I stormed out, drove home, entered my apartment and when I saw what Dad and Sherry were doing, I hit the note myself!

- Frasier tries to get elected by complaining about the "no-no note" Martin received for taking Eddie in the elevator, but everyone else knows it was for being naked in the jacuzzi:
Frasier: So he had his little friend out where he shouldn't have. So what? He's been doing it for years!

Frasier Online Episode Review

A slick episode that is initially quite promising but somehow does not quite fulfill it's potential. I didn't think that the shadowy Dr Dormfan character who appeared accompanied by sinister X-Files music really quite worked, but the final scene, where Frasier tries to get elected as condo board president, that is full of double entendres does. On the whole though, the good laughs are few and far between once the opening scene with Sherry is over, leaving an episode that has it's good moments but is nothing special.

Rating

73 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 74.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


Ho hum, Sep 09, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England


Limited in set, limited in situation, limited in laughs - a very average
episode in what has so far been a good season. The innuendo of
Frasier's speech to the condo board at the end relies entirely on
anticipation (i.e. something WE know, that Frasier doesn't). However,
when you watch a second time, you realise that each innuendo is a
contrived set-up - how many times does Martin ever refer to Eddie as
"his little guy"?

All in all, although by no means a humour-free excursion, it doesn't
linger in memory.


Rating: 65%

 

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