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Daphne Does Dinner
Written by: Heide Perlman
Directed by: Katy Garretson
Original US airdate: 11th February 2003
Original UK airdate: 31st March 2003
The episode opens at the end of another disastrous dinner party thrown by Frasier and Niles with all of the guests and the chef storming out, leaving the Crane brothers wondering why they can't throw a successful party for once in their lives. The next day at Niles apartment, workmen are installing a beautiful new chandelier and Niles arrives home to tell Daphne his plan for a party to celebrate his purchase of a painting by the renowned artist Mike Shaw. Of course, Niles wants to throw it with Frasier but Daphne says that perhaps it is time to throw a party without his brother and instead suggests she and Niles co-host the party with Daphne handling all the food. Niles eventually agrees, but Frasier doesn't take too kindly to the news that he is going to be 'just' a guest at Niles' party and refuses to come, although he does offer Daphne his help with the food if she needs it.
Come the day of the party, Daphne seems to have things under control
as she begins cooking the hens for dinner, but disaster soon strikes when
she discovers Alice has scribbled her name on her own drawings AND the
picture by Mike Shaw! Daphne tries to keep calm and sends Roz and Alice
off with the painting to an art restorer Niles always uses, before placing
a drape over one of Alice's paintings to hide the mess from her husband
and his guests. All this has led to the hens getting burnt, forcing Daphne
to call Frasier and ask for his help. He agrees - bringing his own batch
of hens and the ingredients for his signature sauce, but once he is at
Niles' apartment he tells Daphne that his brother cannot see him there
so he is forced to hide in a cupboard every time Niles enters the kitchen.
Daphne's mother also arrives home and declares she is going to spend the
evening watching a boxing match upstairs with just a few bottles of alcohol.
Daphne has a hard time keeping her husband out from the kitchen, and when
guests start arriving, from wanting to see Mike Shaw's painting. However,
the arrival of Mike Shaw (unbeknownst to Niles as Mrs Moon grabs him when
he arrives and takes him upstairs) leaves Niles thinking they have mistaken
him for Martin as they describe him as being old, white hair, a cane and
flannel shirt - and the appearance of his father in the kitchen just confirms
it but Martin is forced to stay and pretend to be the famous artist. Events
start to unwind on Daphne, however, as Niles discovers Frasier, the guests
uncover the 'painting', and Mrs Moon and Mike Shaw come through the ceiling
on her bed!! Frasier comforts Daphne after the guests leave as a disastrous
dinner party means she is now officially a Crane.
|Episode Title Cards|
- Martin says Niles and Frasier's parties go wrong because they always
make it so complicated:
Frasier: This was barebones - simplicity itself!
Daphne: One of your goats just threw up in the kitchen!
- Frasier worries that Daphne is going to serve one of her worst dishes:
Niles: It's called Piccadilly beef - and I talked her out of it, thank God!
- Frasier tells Daphne he hopes his non-appearance won't upset her
Daphne: It's going to be a buffet.
[Frasier looks aghast]
Frasier: Buffet (!!)
- Roz tells her daughter only to write her name on her own drawings:
Alice: Cos mine is prettier?
[Roz looks at Mike Shaw's painting]
- Mrs Moon wants Daphne's help ordering the boxing match:
Gertrude Moon: I'm having trouble ordering the boxing match. I don't understand, this doesn't normally happen with the nudie programmes!
- Niles comes into the kitchen to find his father there:
Niles: Dad, you're not supposed to be here!
[Daphne rushes into the kitchen]
Daphne: Niles, you're not supposed to be here!
- Martin (as Mike Shaw) is asked for his opinions of art by Niles'
Jeremy: What do you think of Warhol?
- Mike Shaw and Mrs Moon on her bed coming through the ceiling!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
This is another of the series' farce based episodes but thankfully this one has a twist in it - it is Daphne who is beset by a mounting pile of problems to keep under wraps as opposed to Frasier or Niles. This gives a freshness to an episode that features lots of Frasier rushing to hide in a cupboard and Daphne trying to hide all her problems from her husband and his guests. There are quite a lot of funny moments in the episode - Frasier's response to being left out of the party, Martin pretending to be Mike Shaw and the ending when Mrs Moon and Mike Shaw come through the ceiling are just some of them - but I found the bits in between to be a little bit tiresome (Frasier continually having to hide in the cupboard being the main problem). Not as good as some of the series' other farce based episodes, but this is still an enjoyable and above average 'Frasier' episode.
|Latest Viewer Episode Review|
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Total Number of Reviews: 9
Lord Mayor of PartyTown, May 25, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
While I enjoy every season of the show, and I try to offer redemptive readings of episodes where possible, I can still concede that the later seasons don't have anything on the classic years. So I'm pleased to say how much I enjoy "Daphne Does Dinner", a neat little episode that plays into a lengthy tradition of disastrous dinner parties, but does so with a knowing smile. Like the scene in season 8 in which Daphne and Niles reveal the things they dislike about one another, "Daphne Does Dinner" snaps one of the series' narrative threads by having the eponymous character shut down any notion Niles may have that he is a successful event planner. It's a bit delicious. And to have this follow on from the brilliant opening in which the series parodies its own history with a farcical dinner party? Divine.
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