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Look Before You Leap
Episode Details

Written by: Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 27th February 1996

Original UK airdate: 25th October 1996

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Guest Cast
Pete .... Murphy Dunne
Gary .... Justin M. Gorence
Stage Manager .... Benjamin Brown
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

It's February the 29th, and an unseasonally lovely day, so Frasier decides that this "free day" should be used for everyone to take a leap and do something that they wouldn't normally do. He manages to convince Daphne she should have a new hair-do, and his father to visit an old police buddy in Montana - especially as Martin points out that his birthday only comes around once every four years. At the studio, Roz is lamenting that she may have missed her chance with a man she met on the bus called Gary after she got off to let people out, and then the bus drove off without her giving him her number, but despite being initially reluctant, Frasier finally manages to persuade her to appeal for Gary to call in. Frasier's own leap is to sing an aria from Verde's Rigoletto instead of his usual 'Buttons & Bows' in his slot on the PBS Pledge Drive. Meanwhile, Maris has called Niles wanting them to "get together" which means sex in her book! Frasier sees this as no way to re-build a marriage and so has to try and keep a sexually frustrated Niles from being tempted by this offer.

Disaster, however, befits everyone as Roz's mystery man Gary turns up at the station only to announce he is married, Martin's plane to Montana suffers engine failure after a flock of geese fly into it causing the plane to do an emergency landing, while Daphne's new hair-do turns out to be a catastrophe. All of this causes Niles to forget Frasier's advice and have sex with Maris. At the PBS Pledge Drive, however, Frasier backs out of singing the aria after seeing everyone else's misfortune and switches back to 'Buttons & Bows' at the last minute. There is one small problem, however - he seems to have forgotten the words......

Episode Title Cards
  • No, But I Hear Olag Cassini Takes That Bus
  • Huh?

Episode Highlights

- Frasier returns home with Eddie in tow:
Martin: What the hell are you doing with him?
Frasier: We went for a walk.
Martin: I'm talking to Eddie!

- Frasier is celebrating what a glorious day it is:
Frasier: It defies you not to take a moment and acknowledge the power that created it.
Martin: Thank you Global Warming (!)

- Maris has called Niles and wants them to have sex:
Niles: She's cleared her schedule from 7.00 to 7.30 - that means foreplay and cuddling!

- Frasier tries to dissuade Niles from having sx with Maris:
Frasier: Just don't think about sex.
Daphne: Would you like me to butter your buns for you, Dr Crane?

- Roz says on air she thought Gary was cute:
Roz: Oh my God! How could I say "I really liked you and I thought you were cute". What am I - Marcia Brady?!!

- Niles says a cold shower has failed to put him off having sex with Maris:
Frasier: Stands to reason - being showered with coldness would only bring Maris more to mind.

- Martin and Daphne join in his rendition of 'Buttons and Bows' as they watch tape of him at the PBS Pledge Drive
Frasier: Hippity Bippity Boppity Bow, Something and something and buttons and bows!!!


Frasier Online Episode Review

A hugely funny and enjoyable episode that is stuffed full of brilliant lines and laugh out-loud moments. Once again, this episode shows that people taking Frasier's advice are often better off without it. The disasters that befall Roz, Martin and especially Daphne (her entrance with a catastrophic hair-do and mascara running down her cheeks is hilarious) are all very funny, as was Niles' quest to be put off sex only to be defeated at every turn. The funniest moment is reserved for the end when Frasier gives us his can't-remember-the-words version of 'Buttons & Bows' , made all the more funny by Daphne and Martin thoroughly enjoying his performance in the next scene. This episode is quite simply of the funniest and best episodes in Season 3.


87 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 95.4%
Total Number of Reviews: 12

Good, but not THAT good!, Aug 19, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England

I suppose the humour in this episode depends entirely on how funny
you find someone singing who can't remember most of the words of a
song. Don't get me wrong - there's a lot to like about this one, especially
Niles' sexual frustration, but I just don't rate the 'Buttons and Bows'
scene as highly as the other reviewers seem to. This show wouldn't be
in my Top 20.

Rating: 80%


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