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Proxy Prexy
Episode Details

Written by: Chris Marcil

Directed by: Cynthia J. Popp

Original US airdate: 8th October 2002

Original UK airdate: 13th January 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
Albert .... Conrad Janis
Paul .... Mark Vann
Mrs Richman .... Brooks Almy
Jerry .... John Wesley
Swinger .... Don Tiffany
Cecilia .... Marilyn Tokuda
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

It's condo board president re-election time in Frasier's building and having failed 5 years running, is desperate to succeed this time - he even has his own slogan: The People's Elixir. Martin points out that he has managed to alienate almost everyone on the condo board, leading to Daphne to suggest Martin give Frasier lessons in how to be a normal person. This leads Frasier to suggest that Martin should run for condo board president, but with Frasier really pulling the strings and making all the decisions- a puppet candidate, in other words. Martin is very reluctant at first, but the promise of wider parking spaces, he agrees. Frasier decides not to drop out of the race so as not to arose suspicion, but is seems Frasier was right to select Martin as he beats Frasier in the final vote by 15 votes to 2. He also becomes one of the most successful presidents - thanks largely to Frasier's ideas, but when it becomes to clear to Martin that Frasier has 5 years worth of ideas to implement before he even gets round to wider parking spaces, he decides to make some decisions of his own.

At the next board meeting, Martin is going through Frasier's well prepared list of items of discussion, but when he reaches the last item, he changes it from a ventilation system to wider parking spaces - something the rest of people at the meeting think is a brilliant idea and vote for it to go ahead. This prompts Frasier into action - he is going to expose Martin at the next board meeting, but it seems he may not need to as the rest of the building at angry at the wider parking spaces scheme with residents complaining of getting tickets and getting towed after having to park on the streets. Frasier comes to his rescue by saying Martin is in discussions with the next building about sharing their spaces, but Martin decides the time is right to let everyone know that all 'his' great ideas are in fact Frasier's. The residents react angrily at having been misled, prompting Martin to resign, but with the rules stating the runner-up takes the presidency, will Frasier take his chance to become condo board president....... Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne tease Roz over her thinking Niles offering her a 'melange' (a fruit salad) meant they were up for a threesome.

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Episode Highlights

- Frasier announces he is running for condo-board president with the slogan: The People's Elixir:
Martin: You may be the best person for the job but a friendly smile and hello in the hallway goes a lot of further than being 'The People's Laxative'.
Frasier: Elixir!

- Daphne is studying American history for her citizenship test:
Daphne: It's about time I became like every other American
Frasier: If you were like everyone else, you wouldn't know any history!

- It is announced that the incumbent board president is leaving to fulfill his dream of teaching English as a second language:
Frasier: Dream? Or court ordered community service!

- Roz gives back Daphne's 'Never Fails' purse after her date was a disaster:
Daphne: How did you tell you're date wasn't meant to be?
Roz: He had the same purse.

- Martin is getting impatient waiting to start getting wider parking spaces:
Frasier: I have 5 years of ideas to implement first.
Martin: 5 years! By the time I get my parking space, I'll be driving a 3-wheeled scooter with an oxygen tank on the back!

- Martin believes he can succeed as president without Frasier's help:
Frasier: Well, well, well - the puppet thinks he's a real boy (!)

- Daphne and Niles argue over whether the English or American Civil War is better, so ask Frasier to settle it:
Niles: Which Civil war was more interesting?
Frasier: Spanish - but I haven't got time to prove it.

- A man applauds Niles and Daphne's non-traditional approach to sex after Roz broadcasts it in Cafe Nervosa:
Swinger: If you wanna just tape your wife with another dude, that's cool

Frasier Online Episode Review

A winning little episode that benefits hugely from great interaction between Frasier and Martin, in particular as Martin begins to take over leaving Frasier plotting his downfall. It was also great to see some of the other residents again, like Conrad Janis who plays Albert, as we hadn't seen most of them for quite some time. I still thought that Frasier would have accepted the presidency at the end of the episode, as he has longed to be president almost as long as he has lived there, but this is a minor quibble in a very well storylined episode. Niles and Daphne's story, on the other hand, was a one note joke that was stretched out far too long and got less funny as time went on, although I liked the ending as a swinger ended up inviting them to 'non traditional' sex parties. Thankfully, their's is a minor plot which leaves a very enjoyable episode that demonstrates just how great Grammer and Mahoney can be when paired up together.

Rating

83 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 78.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


Dream? Or court-ordered community service?, May 24, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"Proxy Prexy" brings us around to another plot so classically "Frasier", it's a wonder it took them 10 years to stage it. Pairing Frasier and Martin in a game of thrones is a smart idea, particularly by this point when life in the condo has been relatively well shaded-in over the course of the series. The general bureaucracy and way the crowd turn for and against our heroes is played with considerable vigour by the ensemble, yet the script manages to find a clever balance between the outward political scenes and the personal rivalry between the two men. It's always fun to see Kelsey Grammer seethe, and John Mahoney gets a kick out of Martin becoming the dominant one. Frasier's comical inability to be a Machievelli is much appreciated too! Thing escalate quite nicely, although I'm not sure the script ever finds exactly the final punch line it needs.

Over at the Montana, I'm afraid I can't dislike the "melange" subplot as much as some. Since Niles and Daphne got together, Peri Gilpin's Roz has done a nice sideline in being their "single gal" friend, and the trio interact very well together. While again the notion of the mix-up is contrived, I don't find the humour "beneath" "Frasier", as some others seem to. Roz, after all, has probably been propositioned for a threesome before! The way Niles and Daphne crack up is an impressive display of how far they've come (and how well the series and actors have managed to make them a funny pairing after the awkwardness of season 8). Truthfully, the subplot never progresses past that joke - but then again, where else could it go? All in all, while it's not Grade A "Frasier", it's another solid installment which suggests the series hasn't run out of classic ideas just yet.


Rating: 83%

 

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