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We Two Kings
Episode Details

Written by: Patricia Breen

Directed by: Jerry Zaks

Original US airdate: 10th December 2002

Original UK airdate: 3rd March 2003


Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Crane .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
   
   
Guest Cast
Rick .... Dean Cain
Waiter .... James Oliver
Twinkle .... Kaileigh Martin
Supervisor .... Rick Fitts
Margie .... Hanna Watanabe
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is preparing for Christmas at his apartment which includes ordering a ten-pound Hungarian goose, but his plans are thwarted somewhat when Daphne announces that she and Niles want to have the traditional Crane Christmas at the Montana as it's their first Christmas as a couple. Frasier is appalled as it's traditional to have it at his apartment, but Niles wants to start a new tradition - however neither of them can come up with a solution to their problem, so they leave it up to their father to decide who says he wants a few days to think about it. However, when Frasier sees Niles giving his father a thermos of coffee he accuses his brother of trying to bribe his father which Niles counters by saying that Frasier has a cheek to buy a replacement Dancing Santa when it was he that threw it off the roof! That is the final straw for Martin - he says he can't stand their fighting any more and has decided to work on Christmas Day!

Frasier and Niles then go to apologise to their father at work, which he accepts, and as they are heading out of the building they spy the Christmas tree in the lobby and hit upon a brilliant idea - they remove the fake presents under the trees and replace them with their real presents, so that come Christmas Day they come down and surprise their father before magically finding all their presents under the Christmas tree. Putting their plan into action, Daphne keeps Martin occupied while Niles and Frasier swap the real for fake presents (which doesn't go smoothly as Niles takes out the fake presents and puts them by the elevator doors while Frasier thinks those are the real presents are starts bringing them in again!), but eventually everything is set for Christmas morning - when Martin appears from the bedroom and says his boss has given him the day off........ Meanwhile, Roz is volunteering as an elf at the mall and has a crush on the guy playing Santa, but Daphne thinks that she has a crush on Santa Claus himself.

Episode Title Cards
  • Merry Christmas, Steve!

Episode Highlights

- Roz tells Frasier visiting Santa Claus at a mall is one of her favourite childhood memories:
Frasier: I always found him terrifying...... and inquistory!

- Frasier argues Christmas should be at his place as he has bought a ten-pound goose:
Niles: Which you are more than welcome to bring over to our place
Frasier: It's not a date - it's dinner!

- Martin tells his sons he wants a beer, so both of them run to the kitchen to fetch one:
Martin: Little trick their Mom taught me!

- Niles wonders why Frasier bought his father a Dancing Santa:
Niles: A surprising gift since you threw the last one off the roof!

- Niles is tired of fighting with Frasier over Christmas:
Niles: Why do you have to make everything so difficult?
Frasier: Niles, I've got news for you - Copernicus called and you are not the centre of the universe!

- Niles is excited about their plan for Christmas Day:
Niles: I'm getting excited
Frasier: Oh no Niles, that's your pine rash - you're standing too close to the tree!

- Niles, Daphne and Frasier are about to leave to surprise Martin at work:
Daphne: I'can't wait to see the look on your father's face when we go over there and surprise him.
[Martin comes into the living room]
Martin: Merry Christmas

Frasier Online Episode Review

Any episode that sees the Crane boys rivalry rear it's head again is always welcome in my book, and this episode written by first-time scribe Patricia Breen makes good use of this in a pretty amusing storyline. The section where Niles and Frasier and taking the presents in and out goes on a bit too long, but the surprise twist at the end made me both laugh and feel somewhat sorry for the Crane boys. However, the Roz storyline was just awful (in love with Santa Claus indeed! ) - just another example of the writers inability to find her a decent storyline, and a waste of a good cameo by Dean Cain too! Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this episode and is yet another memorable Christmas-themed episode for the show.

Rating

78 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 76.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


It's not my date, it's dinner!, May 25, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


An amusing episode that benefits greatly from the flawless camaraderie of the main cast. To list a few highlights:
Frasier's ludicrous Christmas itinerary; Martin's genuine despair at the (previously witnessed) assault on Dancing Santa; "The Thanksgiving Accord of 2002"; Niles' pine rash; "He could be an assassin in those slippers"; "Blame it on the nog!"; and the kicker, Roz drily stating, "When I'm at the North Pole, my name is Snowflake."

Roz's subplot is, unfortunately, uneventful, particularly as it conjures up images of one of my favourite scenes - her breakdown dressed as Mrs. Claus in "Perspectives on Christmas". The adorable Dean Cain is wasted in the role of Rick. While I seem to be alone in enjoying Daphne's rattling-off of Christmas insults, I feel as if the notion of Roz having a fetish for Santa Claus should've been the start of a plot rather than the climax. Also, I believe this is the debut script of this writer (in fact, if I'm not mistaken, Patricia Breen is the very last writer to debut a script on "Frasier"?), so I guess I'll forgive the fact that Roz casually mentions how hot she finds the name Rick - surely this should draw up memories of Alice's father, also named Rick.

Still, the main plot brings us some great teamwork from the rest of the cast. Niles and Frasier bickering over Christmas villages is unsurprisingly funny, and the imagery of the brothers hesitantly rotating Christmas gifts is delightful, but it's their teaming with Daphne that really makes things zing. This almost feels like a warm-up for the spectacular "Daphne Does Dinner" in a few weeks. There's one surprisingly poignant moment when Martin recalls Hester that surprised me in an otherwise light-hearted script. John Mahoney makes the moment play, and it ties in to the character very well, but I was still surprised by that touch of humanity amongst the squalor. It's just a little touch that either bodes well or poorly for this particular writer. (On an unrelated note, I'm growing fond of James Oliver, who plays the currently recurring waiter at Nervosa.)

A fun concept and a light-hearted script keep this one motoring along.


Rating: 84%

 

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