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A Midwinter Night's Dream
Episode Details

Written by: Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 10th February 1994

Original UK airdate: 19th 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
Guest Cast
Eric .... Dean Erickson
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Daphne bumps into Frasier and Niles in Cafe Nervosa while buying some coffee beans, and becomes charmed by the waiter Eric. He asks her out on a date, making Niles rather jealous. This prompts Frasier to question with Niles his continuing infatuation with Daphne and asks whether there is anything wrong at home. Niles admits his marriage is in a bit of a rut, and after consulting Roz, suggests some fantasy sexual roleplaying to spice it up. That night Niles turns up at Frasier's having been kicked out by Maris. The reason? He had dressed as a pirate wearing only an eye patch covering his modesty and left clues to find him in the closet. Unfortunately, he was discovered by the maid and then Maris misread the situation.

After staying the night, Daphne suggests cooking her a romantic meal and offers to help. The weather turns stormy, and Maris is unable to fly back from her favourite spa. This leaves a soaked through Daphne and a lonely Niles to themselves. When Frasier finds out the two of them will be alone together, he and Martin rush off to stop him doing anything stupid. Will Niles let his passions get the better of him as Daphne changes in to a thin negligee and admits to breaking up with Eric...?

Episode Title Cards
  • Ahoy Matey
  • It Was A Dark And Stormy Night. No Really.

Episode Highlights

- After Daphne agrees to go out with Eric:
Niles: How could she like him - the man has community college written all over him.

- Frasier consults Roz for some sex advice:
: What do you do when the romance goes out of a relationship?
Roz: I get dressed and go home.

- Niles dressed as a pirate, and his wonderful story of getting kicked out by Maris, followed by:

Martin: Did I tell you about the time I was locked outside in my underwear.
Niles: Only every Thanksgiving(!)
Martin: Don't worry - I won't be telling that story this year!

- After reeling off a list of ingredients Maris is allergic to:
Niles: Did I mention nuts?
Frasier: Oh I think that's implied!

- Niles reaction on the piano as he sees Daphne dressed in a negligee.

- Frasier appearing at the window just as Niles and Daphne share a friendship kiss.

Frasier Online Episode Review

The first show where the Niles/Daphne situation comes to the fore and a wonderfully written episode it is too, combining both comedy and drama. I loved the ending where Niles realises he does love his wife, and kisses Daphne just as Frasier appears at the window screaming stop. So overall, a very enjoyable episode with a wonderful performance by David Hyde Pierce as he battles with his emotions.


83 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 96.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 12

Grand Guignol, as Frasier and Niles might say!, Jul 02, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England

Most other reviews have expressed the delights of this fantastic yet
hilarious episode. It's over the top, operatic, and just beautifully
played. All I can do is to share my own laugh-out-loud moments :

Niles' reaction when Daphne exclaims "Why, Dr Crane, your
glockenspiel has sprung to life!"

Eddie listening attentively to the answerphone.

Niles putting his finger to his mouth in subtle mock-puzzlement as
the lights go out in the storm and Daphne asks "The lights have gone
out - what are we going to do now?"

After Niles gives Daphne a long list of things that Maris can't eat, he
then adds "Oh, did I say nuts?" Frasier looks up from his breakfast
and says drily "I think that's implied!"

After Frasier suggests some psychological counselling for Niles and
Maris, Martin says "Oh, just give her some flowers and fix her a nice
romantic dinner. That'll make any woman forgive you". Niles: "Do you
really that would work?" Martin: "If it didn't, you wouldn't be here!"

Niles: "I wasn't wearing anything except an eye patch. Though,
technically, is it still an eye patch if you're wearing it on your -"
Frasier: "STOP!"

Roz: "My boyfriend got so into it [role play] that one night he went
home with another woman" Frasier: "Oh, I'm so sorry". Roz: "Hell,
she was gorgeous - one more drink and I'D have gone home with

Roz, discussing the use of role play: "Personally, I think you'd make a
very sexy gladiator". Frasier: "Roz, this is not for me - it's for my
brother Niles". Roz: "Oh in that case, make it a gladiola".

Frasier: "What do you do when the romance goes out of a
relationship?" Roz: "I get dressed and go home."

Wonderful episode.

Rating: 96%


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