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Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Episode Details

Written by: Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 7th November 1995

Original UK airdate: 2nd August 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
Joe DeCarlo .... Tony Carreiro
Guest Cast
Painter .... Kevin Weisman
Electrician .... Kev O'Neil
Bruce .... Peter Siragusa
Guest Callers
Marilyn .... Brooke Adams

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is angling to become the maitre de chez of his wine club, so is holding a special wine tasting session in his apartment to try and win them over. Naturally, this means that Martin's barcalounger will have to be moved, but as Niles and Frasier attempt to move it into Martin's room, Niles drops his end which scratches a small dent in Frasier's wooden floor. Frasier is aghast as the wine club members will pick up on any little detail, even though Martin can't even see it, but Niles tells him he will bring along his miracle working handyman Joe DeCarlo tomorrow to fix it. When Joe arrives, Frasier is anxious that the work be done by 5pm as that's when his guests arrive so is relieved when Joe tells him he'll be done by midday. Daphne, on the other hand, develops an instant attraction to Joe and him to her - something that concerns Niles so tells Daphne that he known as 'love-him-and-leave-him' Joe with a string of affairs behind him.

When Frasier returns home a few hours later he finds his apartment in a state of disarray with holes in his walls and workmen everywhere - Joe tells him that when he plugged in the sander, a fuse went and this has lead to faulty wiring being discovered. However, he assures Frasier, he'll be finished by 4pm - the news is not so good for Joe when he asks Daphne out, who turns him down flat. Martin wants to know why, and guesses it's something Niles has said as his nose his bleeding - something that only happens when he breaches his ethics. Frasier takes issue with this with his brother, and forces him to tell Daphne the truth, as well as persuading Niles to get Joe to ask Daphne out again. Frasier, though, is more concerned about his apartment especially as he arrives home at 4.30pm to find his apartment still unfinished - thankfully his father is on hand to get everything finished on time.

Episode Title Cards
  • Sip, Swish, Spit
  • The Clot Thickens

Episode Highlights

- Daphne wonders why Frasier can't tell the difference between some of her dishes:
Frasier: Seeing as you learned to cook in England, it's a wonder I can tell the difference between your pot roast and a braised tennis ball!

- Frasier asks his brother to help him move Martin's chair:
Niles: You know I don't lift.
Frasier: Yes - with that stick where it is, I'm surprised you can bend !!

- Niles wants to bring his miracle working handyman, Joe, over to fix the scratch in the floor:
Niles: We're talking about a man who satisfied Maris, something that regrettably is still on my 'To Do' list.

- Niles tells Frasier he needs to get something from his bowling bag:
Frasier: You have a bowling bag?
Niles: It was a gift from Maris. We've taken to giving each other gag gifts - I gave her a cook book!

- Frasier can't believe the mess he has got himself into with his apartment:
Frasier [to Niles]: If you were able to lift anything heavier than an emery board, we wouldn't be in this situation!

- Niles is distraught that Daphne finds Joe attractive:
Niles: She deserves a doctor, a lawyer - someone for whom a T-shirt is an undergarment.

- Frasier has tried to shave with no water and cut himself:
Frasier: I cut myself because I was shaving with no water, and why was there no water? Because I had to move your chair which gouged the floor which made me call for Joe who found bad pipes which called for Cecil who ate the cat who killed the rat that lived in the house that Frasier built !!!

Frasier Online Episode Review

A brilliant episode that in the course of 22 minutes manages to get Daphne a boyfriend (at last), sees the return of Niles' nose bleeding when he breaches his etchics and the systematic destruction (and rebuilding) of Frasier's apartment because of a small gouge in the floor. There are great lines for all, and great moments too including Daphne receiving a static shock from Joe which sees Niles trying to replicate it by shuffling up and down the carpet and poking Frasier - which antagonises him no end. In short, another great Season 3 episode and one of the best episodes in the course of the show.


87 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 92.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 6

"the house that Frasier built!, Feb 10, 2012 " Hi-lar-ious!, Mar 15, 2012

Reviewer: Cece from Brooklyn, NY

I agree with Joseph. Those last few lines were delivered so perfectly. Truly great television.

Rating: 95%


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