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Dinner At Eight
Episode Details

Written by: Anne Flett & Chuck Ranberg

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 30th September 1993

Original UK airdate: 4th May 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
Hostess .... Eve Brent
Waitress .... Laurie Walton
Guest Callers
Pam .... Patti LuPone

Episode Synopsis

After Martin buys a new sharkskin suit, Niles and Frasier decide to try and show their father more of the high class lifestyle they are used to by booking reservations at the hottest new restaurant in Seattle - Le Cigare Volone. Unfortunately, the night arrives and they find the restaurant has lost their reservations. Martin then suggests they go to one of his favourite restaurants - The Timber Mill. After getting their ties cut off, Niles and Frasier proceed to insult the place and in doing so insult Martin who storms out. The two sons then resolve to finish their meal out of respect for their father.

Episode Title Cards
  • Shh, They're Here
  • How Many Sharks Died...?
  • Honey, Don't
  • Dinner At Eight
  • Tim-berrr!

Episode Highlights

- Niles and Daphne meeting for the first time
Niles: I guess my brother and father don't spend a lot of time talking about me when I'm not around.
Daphne: Oh I wouldn't say that.

Frasier: Remember when you thought the 1812 Overture was a great piece of classical music.
Niles: Was I ever that young?

At the Timber Mill:

Waitress: Can I get you anything to drink?
Frasier: Dear God yes.

-On seeing the beef trolley
Frasier: How much extra would I have to pay to have one from the refrigerator?

- The Crane's start eating their meal:
Martin: Sometimes there's nothing like a good steak.
Frasier: How I wish this was one of those times.

-Niles attempt to call his father back after storming out.
Niles: Dad, wait, the mud pie's coming.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A great episode that really brings Frasier and Niles down to Earth with some good lines, and also the start of the longest running storyline of 'Frasier' - Niles' infatuation with Daphne - the look on his face as he meets her for the first time is terrific. The scenes at 'The Timber Mill' are equally as brilliant as they show Frasier and Niles a slice of their father's way of life, which coupled with some great writing makes for a terrific episode.


84 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 88.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 11

A True Classic, Apr 29, 2013

Reviewer: Orion from Pennsylvania

Upon first viewing, this episode had me nearly crying with laughter. I
was into Frasier before, but Dinner at Eight made me REALLY get into
the show.

The back and forth between Frasier and Niles at The Timber Mill is
absolutely hilarious and I love how Martin really puts his two snobby
sons in their place.

Overall, one of my favorite Frasier episodes.

Rating: 100%


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