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Daphne Hates Sherry
Episode Details

Written by: Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 6th May 1997

Original UK airdate: 28th October 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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Sherry Dempsey .... Marsha Mason
Guest Cast
Coughing Man .... Roger Keller
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier has the flu and his mood is not helpd by the constant presence of Sherry in the apartment, something that is also beginning to annoy Daphne as well as Martin is now eating all the wrong foods and not doing his exercises. Neither Frasier nor Daphne find it a laughing matter when Sherry suggests the two of them should go out on a date together, but it seems that Sherry hasn't finished meddling in Daphne's love life yet. After Sherry complains that her lack of a sex life is making her irritable, Daphne receives a phone call from Jack - a man Sherry has given Daphne's number too, and gives him short shrift. Sherry hopes that Daphne won't be as rude to Kenny when he calls as he has his own boat, but for Daphne, that's the last straw, and she storms out....

Arriving at Niles' apartment seeking refuge, Niles is only too happy to let her in. The two of them discuss Sherry's argument that she needs a man in her life, something that Daphne is slowly coming round too. As the night wears on, and the humidity only gets more intense, Niles can see that Daphne is upset and offers to put her up for the night - the only problem being the humidity is very intense and there's only one fan. It is at that moment Daphne remembers she's left her thyroid pills behind, and convinces Niles to drive her over to Frasier's to retrieve them hoping not to bump into Sherry. She does however, and Niles, Daphne, Sherry and Martin all end up in an argument leaving Frasier, as usual, to resolve all their differences......

Episode Title Cards
  • Tennessee, Anyone?
  • Cat Fight On A Hot Tin Roof
  • Suddenly This Summer
  • The Night Of The I Wanna
  • The Bath Menagerie

Episode Highlights

- Martin annoys Frasier by constantly talking about hot it is:
Martin [reading paper]: Double homicide last night. Though with this heatwave, I'm not surprised. Wonder what started that?
Frasier: Perhaps someone wouldn't stop talking about the weather (!)

- Sherry tells Daphne men like to see a little oomph in women's walkaway:
Martin: You ought to see 'em smile when Sherry leaves the room
Daphne: I can imagine (!)

- Daphne is tired of Martin fobbing off her requests to do his exercises, so he can play cards with Sherry:
Daphne: I want you down on your back in two minutes, and no arguments!
Martin [to Sherry]: Sounds a lot better when you say it!

- Frasier is exasperated by all the petty squabbles he has to endure:
Frasier: Is Seattle experiencing a Prozac shortage ?!

- Daphne tells Niles about her fight with Sherry over her sex life:
Daphne: She says I'm too rigid
Niles: Nonsense!
Daphne: And that I'm too picky
Niles: Poppycock!
Daphne: And I'd be much happier if I just went out and had sex with someone.
Niles: [Pauses] Well, just to play Devil's Advocate.....

- Daphne wonders if Niles misses holding hands with Maris:
Niles: Maris never held hands - she had a slight webbing. It made her self-conscious

- Niles can't believe he let the chance to spend the night with Daphne slip through his hands:
Niles: We came back to fetch her damn thyroid pills.
Frasier: You're a doctor - why didn't you just use your prescription pad?
Niles: Oh my God !

Frasier Online Episode Review

This is an episode of 2 halves - the first half see lots of fabulously bitchy moments between Daphne and Sherry ( in particular Daphne's rant at Sherry about her 'bloody big biscuits') which sees an angry Daphne seeking refuge at Niles' apartment. I wanted to like this scene more, but despite it being fairly amusing I felt it fell a bit flat - all the innuendo between them has been done better in other episodes. Thankfully there is a fabulous conclusion to the episode which sees Frasier solve everyone's problems from his bubble bath, leaving us with yet another great Season 4 episode


81 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 91.4%
Total Number of Reviews: 8

Double entendre, May 10, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

It's interesting to look back at the pivotal episodes of the early seasons, like "Daphne Hates Sherry". Daphne's place in the Crane family has always been unusual, even by sitcom standards. It'll get stranger, of course, in the future, but it's already clear that Daphne doesn't need to live with the family - and why, after all, has she also assumed the role of maid and housekeeper? In my opinion, Daphne after season 5 gets the most unfairly treated by the writers, and it's great to see an episode centering around Jane Leeves' talents. Daphne's fight with Sherry builds out of perfectly understandable motives on both sides, played for truth yet still filled with comedy.

The central sequence - Niles and Daphne at the former's apartment - is the first real indication, following on from last season's "Moon Dance", of the possibility of romantic and sexual interaction between the two. By justifying things ultimately with Daphne's fear of losing control over Martin, the series is able to sidestep fall-out from this episode, but the blatant double entendres are hysterical - not because of what they are, but because they build from the frustration pent up inside the two characters. (In many ways, this scene reminds me of the first true "Frasier" classic, "A Midwinter Night's Dream").

And - as someone who has just been rewatching season 8 - it's joyous to see how smoothly season 4 runs. The home sequences run like a steam train, and the opening moments of Bulldog and Roz fighting at KACL are also great fun.

Just an all-round classic, culminating in a fitting sequence with Sherry perched on Frasier's bathtub. What more can I ask?

Rating: 94%


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