Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 10 -> Episode 10.18
Roe To Perdition
Written by: Jon Sherman
Directed by: Jerry Zaks
Original US airdate: 18th March 2003
Original UK airdate: 28th April 2003
Frasier and Niles are shopping at "Robert's Gourmet Goodies" for their upcoming dinner party and spy some caviar which they both believe will make the party a runaway success - until they spot the price that Robert is charging: $100 an ounce! Just then, a stranger sidles up to them and tells them his name is Petyr and that the price of caviar is being controlled by the Russian mafia but that he has some for sale and signals to meet him outside if they want to learn more. The Crane brothers do indeed follow him and learn that Petyr has newly arrived on his cousins boat with a cargo of superb quality caviar which Frasier and Niles agree is of excellent quality after they have sampled it and are even more happy when Petyr sells them some for $40 an ounce! Roz is dispatched to pick up the caviar as Frasier didn't want Petyr to know where he lives, but when she arrives she wants to know what all the fuss about caviar is about. Roz then samples it and becomes hooked on it, but Frasier won't let her stay for his party. The guests of his party are in agreement with Roz about the caviar and start offering Frasier and Niles gifts in return for some of their superb caviar. The Crane brothers are over the moon at this sudden upturn in their social standing, but instead of dishing out what remains of the caviar they decide to take orders from their guests and place another order with Petyr.
However, Frasier and Niles are to be disappointed when Petyr arrives
with only a fraction of what they had asked for as he tells them that
Customs are closing in on the ship and it is getting too risky to sell
the caviar on the open market. The Crane brothers decide to take matters
into their own hands by visiting the boat that Petyr gets the caviar from
but it seems he wasn't wrong about US Customs not being too far behind........
Meanwhile, Martin gets $40 more than he asked for at an ATM which Daphne
persuades him to return as it will be bad karma if he doesn't. However,
Martin discovers that returning the $40 is a lot harder than he thought.
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- Frasier suggests serving the same dish they ususally
do at their parties which Niles dismisses out of hand:
Frasier: For your information, people happen to like it.
Niles: Yes, people like animated musicals (!)
- Frasier tells Roz that it matters where she first sampled
Frasier: Where did you have it?
Roz: On a mini bagel at the Tucson Doubletree!
- One of Frasier's guests asks him if all of his parties
go this well:
Frasier: Oh not really - something's usually on fire by now!
- Niles wonders how they will sleep after going to all
the events people have offered them in exchange for caviar:
Frasier: Sleep is for people without social lives!
- Niles tells Petyr that bad things will happen if the
people they've promised caviar too don't get it:
Petyr: They will break legs, cut off thumbs?
Niles: Worse - there'll be gossip!
- Frasier tries to think up a way to get their hands
on some caviar:
Frasier: What was the name of the boat.....
Niles: HMS Bounty!!
Frasier: ... This isn't Trivial Pursuit - let me finish!
- Martin and Daphne are talking to the bank president
after a security guard pulled a gun on Martin trying to return the $40:
Bank President: It isn't our policy to draw firearms in customers trying to make a deposit
Martin [wearily]: It wasn't a deposit.
- Frasier and Niles speedily eating the caviar
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A classy episode from start to finish that sees Frasier and Niles involved in a highly amusing plot line that sees them increase their social status, and have a successful dinner party to boot - and all thanks to some cheap but exquisite caviar! Peri Gilpin was finally given a decent part to get her teeth into and it was hilarious to see her cravings for caviar, in particular her counting down the hours till caviar during Frasier's show. Martin and Daphne's storyline was great too and Martin's attempts to give money back to a bank should strike a chord with anyone who has had run-ins with big business, and also features a great pay off line too from Daphne. This is a great episode all round with plenty of laughs from all the cast, plus it was nice to see Francois Giroday make only his second appearance (the first was in 'The Perfect Guy') as the wonderfully snooty Robert.
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Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 8
The Russian Bear hunts by night, May 26, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"Roe to Perdition" is my favourite episode of season 10 and indeed probably my favourite episode in several seasons. It takes on the concerns of an earlier season 10 episode, "Door Jam", in the ways the brothers' ambition and many similarities lead them down a dark path. (It's funny still to think that - like "Seinfeld" - the network was worried during pre-production of the series that two similar main characters would be uninteresting. Instead, the brothers' similarities have consistently been a source of humour.)
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