Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 10 -> Episode 10.09
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (3)
Written by: Bob Daily
Directed by: Jerry Zaks
Original US airdate: 26th November 2002
Original UK airdate: 24th February 2003
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Frasier is throwing a celebration at his apartment in honour of Niles getting out of hospital. When his brother arrives it seems he has a new outlook on life: he is so happy after surviving his brush with death, that he even says that Daphne's mother is a pleasure to have around (something that Daphne is none to happy about), and also got hooked on daytime soaps while he was recovering. The following day at Cafe Nervosa, Frasier joins Roz having bought a new opera CD that he is excited about, but when Niles and Daphne arrive, Niles says that the CD is awful - to which Frasier, somewhat weirdly, accepts his opinion. Roz picks up on this, saying they would usually fight about it for 2 hours, so Frasier explains that just before Niles went into surgery he made a prayer to God that if he came through it he wouldn't argue with his brother again. Daphne wants to restart physical relations with her husband, but he says they should be careful, and wait until the results of his stress test in a few weeks.
However, even after he has his stress test during which the doctor says
he can eat normal food again and go back to work, Niles still sticks to
his diet and doesn't want to have sex with his wife. He is also beginning
to grate on Frasier as he starts calling in to his show and giving his
own advice to callers, but when when drops in to visit Niles he sees Daphne
packing up food for the poor and learns that Daphne made her own pact
with God before Frasier made his. Sensing a way out of his pact he heads
home, where Niles and Martin have been hanging out and Martin has been
trying to talk some sens into him by making him see that he is scared
of returning to his normal life - which Niles finally accepts. He bumps
into Frasier about to let fly at his brother but says that their father
has beaten him to it - and rushes home to make love to his wife......
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- Mrs Moon has been watching the soaps with Niles:
Gertrude Moon: Now do you see why I need my own TV?
Daphne: You have your own TV in Manchester (!)
- Frasier has put out some fat free products for Niles'
Martin: What about the bacon?
- Martin tells Roz he went round telling everyone how
much he loved them after he got shot:
Roz: How long did that last?
Martin: Till they started calling me Martina!
- Niles tells everyone his outlook on life has changed
since his operation:
Niles: The sky is so much bluer.
Frasier: Niles, it's rained every day this week!
- Niles is on hand to give his own advice to Frasier's
radio show callers:
Frasier: I'm sure you all remember my brother Dr Niles Crane...... from our last segment (!)
- Daphne asks her mother for advice on how to seduce
Gertrude Moon: Use your feminine wiles. That's how your brother Billy landed Kevin.
Daphne: Well - sharing a cell helped!
- Niles believes his brush with death was worse than
Martin: Oh really. Well let's see - I got shot by a gun while you ate a bunch of cheese !!
- Niles inadvertertently jumps into bed with Daphne's
mother after they switched rooms:
Daphne: No wonder she screamed.
Niles: That wasn't her!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
An entertaining conclusion to this 3-episode arc that sees Frasier admit he made a pact with God not to argue with his brother if he got through the surgery. I had no problem with this - even non-believers often pray to God in times of real crises, and the ensuing events where Niles trampled all over his life were rather fun. I also enjoyed the scene where Martin finally sets Niles straight before Frasier got home. The episode is topped and tailed by 2 excellent scenes (the final one featuring an unexpected glimpse of Daphne dressed as Nurse Naughty), this is well written and performed episode that thankfully marks the end of this storyline concerning Niles and his heart.
|Latest Viewer Episode Review|
Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 3
I got shot by a gun, and you ate a bunch of cheese, May 25, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
A neat little episode that rounds off an unusual arc for the series. Niles' health problems leapt out of nowhere and destabilised the very ground the series is based in, delivering us a couple of episodes that are almost "bottle" shows: focusing exclusively on the core cast. While they retain the autumnal feel of season 9 (which I think has otherwise dissipated throughout season 10), they've allowed the writers to explore new facets of the characters. I honestly think part of this grew out of a desire to avoid the creative fatigue that set in in the latter third of seasons 8 and 9 (and even occasionally season 7). For the writers, it was another challenge, while it was also a chance to reward the actors who, I believe, had just signed on for this season and two more years (that wouldn't actually eventuate). This was also a season filmed very much out of order, which admittedly was partly due to issues with some episodes (like the upcoming "Door Jam") and partly due to casting requirements for recurring cast members like Bebe Neuwirth, Millicent Martin, and (soon) Felicity Huffman. Still, I think it was partly because the network was pondering ways to keep the series vital, and playing around with the airing order much more than they had usually done. (Not that "Frasier" generally requires strict attention to production codes, but it's still an indicator of the network's nosy interest in how the series was doing in the ratings.)
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