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Episode Details

Written by: Jeffrey Richman

Directed by: Katy Garretson

Original US airdate: 2nd March 2004

Original UK airdate: 5th May 2004

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
Ronee Lawrence .... Wendie Malick
Guest Cast
Mimi .... Stephanie Faracy
Nurse .... Lorraine Toussaint
Doctor .... Gerald Downey
Man In Hospital .... Gregory Wagrowski
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is in his apartment doing a spot of air conducting to classical music when Martin and Ronee arrive back and enter the apartment without Frasier hearing them. Martin then creeps up behind his son and shouts "Boo!" causing Frasier to emit a high pitched shriek that both Ronee, and a soon arriving Niles, think sounds just like a woman shrieking - all of which Martin thinks is hilarious, while Frasier is less than impressed. Spotting a book about clown phobia on the coffee table, Frasier tells his brother he is treating a woman with that very condition - a dislike that Martin shares as well.

After being spooked again by his father, Frasier decides to get his own back, and takes advantage of the fact Martin doesn't like clowns by dressing up in the clown suit he was using to treat his patient and tricking his father into the living room and confronting him with a meat cleaver! The shock of this causes Martin to collapse on to the floor, with what we later learn was a mild "cardiac event". Niles and Roz are none too happy when they learn exactly how Martin ended up in the hospital, but he's allowed home a day later. Martin is adamant he isn't going to tell Ronee about what happened as he fears she'll start treating him differently, but things take a dramatic turn when Ronee returns home early from visiting her mother. Frasier and Niles try and make their father realise he can't hide what happened to him from Ronee - how will he explain that he can't have sex for 2 weeks for example - and when Martin can only indulge in small talk with Ronee, she guesses something's up.

Martin tells her he had a "mild cardiac event" but Ronee is distinctly non-plussed about it - they didn't use the paddles and Martin was home the next day. She thought it was going to be somthing like Martin proposing to her - which in his own way, he does and she says yes! Martin and Ronee then go and break the news to Frasier and Niles about who their new mom is!!!

Episode Title Cards
  • Send In The Clown

  • De-Fibbing

Episode Highlights

- After Martin has scared Frasier, Niles arrives at the apartment:
Niles: Frasier, you may want to call security. As I stepped offf the elevator, I heard a woman screaming hysterically.
Frasier: That was me!

- Frasier is trying to treat a clown phobic patient with a little jack in the box - only it keeps popping out:
Frasier: Little fella really is full of mischief.
Mimi: You mean you're not controlling it?!

- The sight of Frasier dressed as a clown.

- The nurse at the hospital has to confirm the paramedic report with Frasier (and the rest of the waiting room):
Nurse: Then you dressed up as a clown and lured your father into the living room where you leapt out waving a meat cleaver causing him to collapse!

- Martin arrives back from the hospital with Frasier and Niles in tow:
Martin [to Eddie]: Daddy's home from his little vacation your brother Frasier sent me on!

- There's a knock on the door at Frasier's:
Niles: That'll be Daphne.
Martin: She's not cooking, is she - I just got out of the hospital!

- Niles wants his father to be involved in his son's life:
Niles: Who else is going to teach him to catch a football-ball?

- Martin and Ronee break the news to Frasier and Niles that they're getting married:
Ronee: Well, come on boys - give your old mom a kiss!!

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode prompted mixed reactions from viewers, but I found it a delightful little episode that has more than it's fair share of laugh out loud moments, and ends on quite a touching note. For me, Frasier's shriek when Martin scared him was just hilarious, as was Frasier dressed up as a clown, and just when you think the episode isn't going anywhere, along comes the final scenes with Martin and Ronee leading to the two of them agreeing to get married - wonderfully summarised by Martin's 'what the hell just happened' face at the end of it - and the Frasier and Niles scene in Martin's bedroom with Frasier admitting he's not ready to lose him yet. Lovely, touching stuff, which coupled with the highly amusing rest of the episode makes this a rather good Season 11 episode.


83 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 95.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 8

Send in the clown, May 30, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Boo!" is another very enjoyable episode in a sterling season of "Frasier". The script is adept at tracing both the comic byplay and the real concerns of the characters, just being consistently funny. Frasier's scene with his patient Mimi is exquisite and the family's discussion of fears is also some beautiful ensemble writing (which is, cleverly, exposition in disguise). The hospital scene is perhaps my favourite, with everyone turning against Frasier (David Hyde Pierce by this point is so talented he manages to make Niles' reaction a completely natural "my father is hurt" while also being snide and one-upping his brother), and then completes with the great physical comedy of Mimi in the elevator. It's interesting that "Boo!" makes no direct reference to Niles' experience of having heart problems just one year earlier, but it's also affirming of this series' longevity in our (no pun intended) hearts: it could tackle a serious, earthbound piece like "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" while also providing, on the same subject matter, something as much fun as this.

It is, of course, rather contrived. The coincidence of Martin and the clown patient is very sitcom-y in setup, and Frasier's insanely professional clown makeup may be a legitimate comment on how seriously Frasier would take "a role" but also seems a bit overdone! (Although Kelsey looks divine in that outfit.) And one could say that the structure of the episode would dismay the teacher of a Creative Writing class; the clown subplot is wrapped up in that elevator, while the exposition about Ronee's mother is set-up for a future episode even though it suggests to the first time viewer that this will be the direction "Boo!" takes us in. And the lovely scene in which Frasier and Niles potter about in Martin's room could perhaps have been longer; the series has devoted surprisingly little time to the boys musing what life will be like once their father passes. Still, those are more helpful suggestions than appropriate critical review. "Boo!" is so much fun.

(Okay, one further quibble. Several of the episodes in this section of the show were aired out of production order. This was partly deliberate due to schedules, but truthfully this episode coming after "Freudian Sleep" is annoying. The actors play "Freudian Sleep" as if they're engaged, and Martin's Fred Astaire reference in this episode ties nicely into that one. Reversed, they feel all misshapen.)

So, finally "Boo!" throws a serious surprise into the mix by getting Ronee and Martin engaged. It's a gem of a comic idea, and John Mahoney and Wendie Malick are able to pull it off. Another great half-hour.

Rating: 93%


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