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Room Service
Episode Details

Written by: Ken Levine & David Isaacs

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 3rd March 1998

Original UK airdate: 17th April 1998


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
Lilith Sternin .... Bebe Neuwirth
   
   
Guest Cast
Waiter .... John Ducey
Guest Callers
Betsy .... Halle Berry

Episode Synopsis

Lilith makes a surprise visit to Seattle, and visits a surprised Frasier at KACL. She initially tells Frasier she is in Seattle for a conference, but she soon breaks down and tells Frasier that her husband has left her - for another man! Seeing how upset she is, Frasier invites her to join him and Niles at the Union Club that night. Joining his brother later in Cafe Nervosa, Frasier learns that Niles is suffering from bouts of narcolepsy, brought on by the stress of his divorce. Frasier also admits that he and Lilith have a destructive pattern that sees him fall for her whenever she is in need and they end up sleeping together.

At Frasier's apartment, Niles offers to help Frasier as soon as feels he is starting to weaken over Lilith - not helped by her wearing a rather revealing dress. Cut to a hotel room the next morning where we see Lilith in bed - with Niles! As the pair of them struggle to come to terms with the fact they just slept together, they are interrupted by Room Service, who has their breakfast. After he leaves, however, Frasier is knocking on their door ready to give himself up to Lilith......

Episode Title Cards
  • The Ice Woman Cometh
  • Strange Interlude
  • Long Night's Journey Into Day

Episode Highlights

- Lilith bumps into a rather pregnant Roz at KACL:
Roz: Lilith, it's me - Roz Doyle.
Lilith: Oh yes, Frasier's fun loving producer - who apparently has been having a bit too much fun loving (!)

- Lilith breaks down in tears and tells Frasier her husband has left her:
Lilith: Brian was looking for someone a bit more feminine - and he found him!!

- Frasier breaks Lilith's news to Niles:
Frasier: Her husband has left her, and get this - for a man.
Niles: Damn - I owe Dad $5!

- Lilith arrives at Frasier's apartment, and greets Niles:
Lilith: Niles, sorry to hear your marriage ended in a shambles
Niles: Ditto (!!)

- Lilith and Niles try to come to terms with the fact they just slept together:
Niles: These things happen. They happen every day. Every day in Arkansas!!

- Niles has ordered Eggs Benedict for breakfast, which he only has when he makes love:
Lilith: Eggs Benedict - that's very rich
Niles: I only have it once a year.

- Lilith comes out of the bathroom to be greeted by the sight of a near naked Frasier:
Lilith: My God!
Frasier: My Goddess!!

- After having seen Lilith and Niles earlier, the room service waiter is surprised to see Frasier there especially when he says they are reconnecting:
Frasier: Who knows - it may work out this time.
Waiter: Okay (!!!)

- After all three of them have analysed why Niles and Lilith ended up sleeping together:
Niles: We're an odd little family aren't we (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith makes a welcome re-appearance in this episode which sees Lilith and Niles ending up sleeping together after Lilith's husband has left her. The opening scene at KACL was great, especially Frasier's reaction to seeing Lilith sitting in Roz's chair! I also loved Daphne and Martin's reaction to Lilith arriving at Frasier's - running off as quick as they could. The scene set in the hotel room, however, was terrific with some brilliant comic moments - Lilith and Niles' initial reaction as they awake in the morning and Lilith trying to keep Frasier from finding Niles in the room are just some of them. What lifts this scene greatly is a very funny performance by John Ducey as the room service waiter who first sees Lilith and Niles together, then Lilith and Frasier then Niles and Frasier! His delivery of the work "Okay" just got funnier every time he said it as he tries to comprehend what he was seeing. Some have criticised the main plot as a sign of the show being a bit short on ideas, but I felt the episode transcended these criticisms and becomes yet another brilliantly funny Season 5 episode.

Rating

86 %

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Season 5 highlight, May 09, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


After the classic farce of "The Ski Lodge", it would've been easy for "Room Service" to simply repeat the trick. It goes one further, partly because of the endless delights of Bebe Neuwirth but by pairing her with David Hyde Pierce. Revelling in the comedy of the mixed bed-partners, the episode is just effortless in its portrayal of the three central characters, feeling like something from a Neil Simon play. It's what makes "Frasier" special, encapsulated here: punchlines, zingers, farce and intelligent humour, but deepened by the psyches of the beautifully realised characters.


Rating: 100%

 

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