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The Three Faces Of Frasier
Episode Details

Written by: Jon Sherman

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 4th May 2000

Original UK airdate: 26th May 2000

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
Kenny Daly .... Tom McGowan
Guest Cast
Stefano .... Robert Loggia
Mama .... Lilyan Chauvin
Maitre d' .... Gene Lythgow
Girl In Line .... Natassia Schmiedt
Girl With Drawing .... Skye McCole Bartusiak
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier arrives home in jubilant mood, despite being told by the doctor his cholesterol level has not budged, for today is an exciting day - he is taking Martin, Daphne, Roz and Niles to a restaurant for a surprise event. He won't let on what the event is, but when all of them arrive at the Italian restaurant 'Stefanos' (except Niles - he had an incident there in his childhood which ended with him vomitting over Stefano's shoes, and makes some excuse), Frasier finally lets the secret out. For a long time, Seattle's famous faces have had their caricature done and put up upon the wall, and today is the day that Frasier's caricature is going up on the wall! However, when it is finally unveiled, the artist has exaggerated his forehead to enormous proportions. Of course, Frasier begins obsessing about this and uses the dinner he and Niles are going on that night to return to 'Stefanos' and try to get his picture changed. Niles is of course horrified at the thought of trying to sit through a meal in the place that has terrified him since childhood, especially when Stefano spends the entire evening trying to remember where he remembers Niles from.

Frasier manages to convince Stefano that his picture would be better if the forehead wasn't exaggerated as much, and luckily for Frasier the artist is available so a new caricature of Frasier is drawn up - which sadly looks nothing like him, leaving Frasier even more angry. When Stefano decides to sit down with Niles and try and remember where he recalls seeing him before, Frasier uses the opportunity to visit's Alice's birthday party as she has hired a cartoonist and hopes to get some good caricatures of himself done which he hopes he can use to replace the one on 'Stefanos' walls. However, on his return to the restaurant, Stefano's mother spies the pictures and Frasier admits to Stefano that he doesn't like his picture, calling the artist an overpriced hack. This sends Stefano into a rage as it's his mother who is the artist and throws Frasier out while keeping Niles back to sort out finally where he knows him from. This leaves the Crane family banned from Stefano's, including Niles as he vomitted again after Stefano shook him too well during a bear hug.

Episode Title Cards
  • He Often Topples Over While Tying His Shoes
  • Face On/Off/On...

Episode Highlights

- Frasier comes off the phone:
Frasier: Remember that promising new relationship on the horizon?
Roz: Yeah.
Frasier: It got married in Vegas last night.

- The clan are at a table in Stefanos:
Stefano: We have some special dishes tonight. For you, Dr Crane, porcini - fresh from Napoli.
Roz: And for me?
Stefano: Giorgio - fresh from Sicily!

- Daphne tells Niles that Frasier's picture features a forehead that's a touch exaggerated:
Frasier: A touch! I look like a fugitive from Easter Island!

- Frasier introduces Niles to Stefano:
Frasier: This is my brother, Niles.
Stefano: Of course - you have the family forehead.

- Frasier shows Niles his caricature:
Frasier: There it is - Frasier Cranium (!)

- Frasier suggests he'll replace the second caricature with the one from the cartoonist:
Niles: We'll put these away, pay the bill and find a nice bed to strap you into (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode is another one that looks at Frasier obsessing about one particular thing in his life, and not being able to leave it alone until he is completely satisfied. The fact that none of the pictures that Stefano has done of Frasier are completely to his liking makes for rather good comedy, especially his attempts to replace them with ones he he has done himself. The script is pretty amusing almost all the way through, and Niles's attempts at overcoming his fear of Stefanos and stop himself from vomiting at the same time is also enjoyable too. There is also a winning little scene at the end when Daphne returns from an 8 hour hunt across America in search of Frasier's oatbran cereal. However, this episode lacks a bit of sparkle making for another enjoyable, if not overtly memorable, Season 7 episode.


77 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 77.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 3

I have problem follicles, May 18, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"The Three Faces of Frasier" is another over-stuffed season 7 episode, trying to factor in a stand-alone comedic plot with little sideplots for literally all of the main characters.

There's a gem of an idea here, with Frasier just unable to accept a caricature even though being ON the wall of caricatures is something he aspires to. His obsessive personality perfectly suits this silly episode, and his bickering with Niles after asking for some genuine criticisms is good fun. I also like the interplay between Niles and Stefano very much.

There's perhaps a little something missing here. Because the episode is also focusing on preparations for the season end, Frasier's obsession actually doesn't go as over-the-top as we'd expect. His trip to the children's sketch artist makes me giggle ("something manly, go easy on the forehead, and leave the kid out"), but then things just fall apart conveniently quickly. (And I'm not sure I believe Frasier had time to go to Roz's home and back like that.)

The last scene is a good one though, with Martin satisfied at figuring out Frasier's issue, and then overly concerned about his own figure ("the sands of time don't exactly flow up the hourglass!"). But really the structure of the episode - like last week's episode - is all wrong. At the end of the day, it feels as if the Stefano script has been tackled by the need for a story arc. Don't get me wrong, the last moments where the future Mrs. Donny Douglas returns from Portland with oatbran cereal and has a near meltdown... they're some strong foreboding of what is to come. But it does mean that the episode is serving two masters, which is perhaps why I wasn't overwhelmed by it

Rating: 70%


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