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The Two Mrs Cranes
Episode Details

Written by: Joe Keenan

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 17th September 1996

Original UK airdate: 11th July 1997

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
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Guest Cast
Clive .... Scott Atkinson
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Martin has received a letter from his old army pal, Bud Farrell, inviting him to a reunion of all the old gang up at Rattlesnake Ridge. Martin needs someone to drive him there but Daphne and Niles are busy that weekend. Frasier, however, really doesn't want to do it but is persuaded into doing it. Daphne also receives a call from Clive, who she reveals was her ex-fiancee! They were apparently engaged for years, but Daphne couldn't see a future in it and decided to break it off - but to let Clive down gently, Daphne said that if they both felt the same after 5 years, they could try again. And here, right on cue, is Clive. The night arrives when Clive is due to arrive, with Daphne dressed as dowdy as possible to say to Clive "no romantic signals", but Niles arrives with a thousand piece jigsaw, closely followed by Clive himself. Frasier tries to drag Niles off to dinner, but Daphne gets flustered when Clive declares his undying love for her, so on the spur of the moment she introduces Clive to Dr Niles Crane - her husband!!!

Niles is of course delighted by his sudden promotion, and plays the devoting husband to the hilt. Niles and Daphne go off to the kitchen, where Daphne apologises for putting Niles in such an awkward position. While they are in the kitchen, Frasier meets Clive but is surprised when he finds out what's been going on - especially when Niles says Frasier is staying at his apartment temporarily because he's separated from his wife Maris! Alone with Daphne in the kitchen, Frasier refuses to take part in the charade, until Daphne offers to take Martin to Rattlesnake Ridge. Things, though, get much more chaotic when Martin turns up and, upon finding out about the little charade, refuses to play along after Frasier and Niles insult his intelligence - so he tells Clive he used to be an astronaut. Roz arrives and becomes 'Maris', developing an instant attraction to Clive, but when Clive reveals he now runs his own chain of shops, Daphne changes her mind meaning Roz and Daphne try to out-bitch each other for Clive's attention.....

Episode Title Cards
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Episode Highlights

- Daphne reveals why she broke up with Clive:
Daphne: He was very sweet and had the most gorgeous eyes.
Niles: But..?
Daphne: Oh, yes that too.

- Frasier is demanding back his opera glasses which Roz has been using to ogle her neighbour with:
Frasier: I refuse to squint through 'Pagliacci' while you're trying to watch 'The Magic Flute' (!)

- Daphne introduces Niles to Clive:
Daphne: Clive, I'd like you to meet Dr Niles husband.

- Clive is wondering why Frasier is living with Niles and Daphne:
Niles: He's had a spat with his wife......Maris!
Clive [to Frasier]: Sorry to hear that.
Frasier: Yes, me too (!)

- Niles brings Martin up to speed on the situation:
Niles: Frasier's staying here temporarily because he's separated from Maris.
Martin [to Frasier]: You couldn't stand her either, huh!

- Clive wonders what Martin did as a career:
Martin: I'm retired.
Clive: What did you do?
Martin: I was an astronaut (!!!)

- Roz tries to deflect Daphne's attempts to win Clive over:
Roz: Now, now Daphne - you have to keep your strength up. You are eating for two, remember!

- After Clive is disgusted with everyone's behaviour:
Clive: I'll never understand how two men like you could have been spawn by that sweet, courageous old astronaut!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Kicking off Season 4, this hilarious episode is another classic written by Joe Keenan. Among the funniest moments are Niles delightfully playing the doting husband, grabbing every opportunity to kiss Daphne, and when Martin reveals to Clive he used to be an astronaut, proceeding to spend the rest of the evening regaling his stories from space inclusing his space missions with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. In fact, Martin trying to upset the applecart of this spur-of-the-minute charade, such as when Roz arrives at Frasier's only for Martin to introduce her as Maris, are perhaps the funniest thing in this episode. I also liked Roz and Daphne basically stabbing each other in the back as they try to win Clive's affections (Daphne saying Roz has blackouts, Roz saying Daphne is pregnant), although Clive's 'British' accent is pretty awful - he even says 'loverley' at one point. Essentially, then, this is one of those episodes that every 'Frasier' fan must see, as it is one of the funniest in the show's history.


93 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 91.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 31

Little to add to what's been said., Aug 23, 2012

Reviewer: Chris from Devon, England

Loved this farce, a great opener to Season 4! One of my favourite lines
was where Daphne turns to "husband" Niles and says pointedly how well
Clive is doing, and "still as handsome as ever". Niles says in a throwaway
manner "Well, send in the clowns", at the precise moment that Frasier
and Roz (playing Maris) appear from from the balcony. Whereupon Niles,
without missing a beat, adds "Don't bother, they're here"!!!

Rating: 96%


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