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Can't Tell A Crook By It's Cover
Episode Details

Written by: David Lloyd

Directed by: Andy Ackerman

Original US airdate: 27th January 1994

Original UK airdate: 12th August 1994

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
Frank .... Ron Dean
Guest Cast
Linda .... Katherine McGrath
Jimmy .... Tony Abatemarco
Rocco .... Robert Miano
Bartender .... Ivory Ocean
Leo .... Marco Rodriguez
Waiter .... Dean Erickson
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

As Martin is being shown around KACL by Frasier, they meet Roz in her booth who tells them of her story where she lent $10 to someone wanting to get to the Australian consulate - only to be told by Martin that there isn't one in Seattle and so Roz learns she has been scammed. Frasier says that you can always tell if someone is a criminal, so Martin asks him to put it to the test. He's having three buddies round for poker - Frank, Linda and Jimmy - 2 are cops, one did time in prison.

The evening comes and Frasier starts to put new twists on everything people say as he tries to figure out who the ex-criminal among them is. Frasier picks Frank - wrong, then Linda - wrong again. As we find out Jimmy was the ex-con, Daphne does too who has agreed to go out with him to the Topaz Room. Martin says she shouldn't go, Frasier thinks she should, Daphne meanwhile will make her own mind up. As Frasier relates this to Niles the next day, he is obviously upset that anyone is going out with Daphne, let alone a criminal. So he and Frasier rush down there to find themselves rather out of place, and when they bump into a man who has $200 riding on a shot they caused him to miss, rather unwelcome. Daphne sees them and says if she can sink 5 balls in one shot, they should let them go, if not he can have the $400 she has won. The man ups it to 6 - 5 go in, 1 misses and Daphne screams "run for it" as all three run with their lives.

Episode Title Cards
  • Pick A Con, Any Con
  • Oddball In The Corner Pocket

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is showing his father round KACL:
: This is what is called in the radio game "the booth". It is where I sit day after day and dispense the advice that helps the mentally disturbed through their troubled lives.
Martin [tapping glass]: I suppose this stuff's bullet proof.

- Eddie runs off when Martin spells out bath.
Frasier: He may smell like swamp gas but his spellings improving.

- Daphne is preparing the snacks for Martin's poker game:
: I've made meatball sandwiches, pepperoni pizzas and little sausage rolls. Will you be needing anything else?
Frasier: Yes - the number of the nearest gasterenterologist.

Frank: Daphne - that's a pretty name. Do people call you Daffy for short?
Daphne: Not twice.

- Frasier can't believe Martin is so judgemental about Jimmy being an ex-con:
: Dad, don't you believe in second chances?
Martin: I did - then we had Niles.

- Niles reaction when Frasier tells him Jimmy is going out with Daphne.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A strange episode that starts off with Frasier seeing if he is able to spot a criminal among 3 of Martin's poker buddies, and ends with Daphne in a pool hall trying to pot 6 balls to save Frasier and Niles from getting beaten up. Despite this rather odd structure, it is a rather good episode with it's fair share of funny lines and moments - Frasier and Niles looking wonderfully out of place at the Topaz Room is just one of the highlights - marking this out as another enjoyable Season 1 episode.


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Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 79.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Unusual but successful, Jul 09, 2009

Reviewer: Sammy J from Canberra, Australia

What an odd little episode this is. One of the show's strengths is
that it had so many "typical" comedic formulas in one show
(workplace, family, odd couple, fighting brothers, romance) and yet
also managed to use them in challenging ways, and ways that
complemented each other. This episode's structure feels a little bit
forced as the show tries to fit in all of the above, but it's nice to see
how the flow-on effect from Roz's gullibility to Frasier's cockiness to
Niles' love for Daphne, leads to some great fish-out-of-water scenes
for the Brothers Crane.

In spite of the structure of the episode, I think it works very well,
and provides all the cast with some great moments.

Rating: 90%


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