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The Impossible Dream
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Greenberg

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 15th October 1996

Original UK airdate: 25th 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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Elizabeth .... Bette Rae
Guest Cast
Dr Sigmund Freud .... Byrne Piven
Dream Girl .... Lisa Melilli
Rebecca .... Pauley P
Guest Callers
Jimmy .... Kieran Culkin
Rudy .... Christopher Durang

Episode Synopsis

Frasier has a recurring erotic dream in which he wakes up in bed, hears the shower running and is shocked when the person who emerges is the radio station's food critic Gil Chesterton. Frasier is slightly appalled and becomes obsessed with the meaning of this dream, and so turns to his brother for help and advice. At first he believes it has some connection with food, then some connection with his mother, before even considering that his subconscious is tryuing to tell him something about his sexuality. Discussing this very notion with his father leaves Martin very uncomfortable, so Frasier is grateful when he eventually works out what the dream means.

Episode Title Cards
  • Why Gil? Why Now?
  • Psychiatrist....Crane....Frasier....Niles....Idiots
  • Thank God He Was Wrong About That "Mother" Thing

Episode Highlights

- After Frasier finds out Roz has spread the word about his dream:
Frasier: Just exactly when did you have time to spread the news?
Roz: You don't think I was listening to your show, do you?

- Niles is relating an episode from that day:
Niles: I hardly need to tell you how the story ends?
Frasier: Just tell me when the story ends

- Niles suggest free association to solve Frasier's dream:
Niles: Crescent...Moon...Daphne Moon...French maids outfit...
Frasier: Will you stop - this is my dream.
Niles: I was showing you the proces.
Frasier: You were 3 words away from a cigarette!

- Niles getting excited over Daphne's story of a dream she had with another girl in a gymnasium.

- Daphne has her own theory on Frasier's dream:
Daphne: Who was in the shower? Gil. What is a shower? Water. What are found in water? Fish. What do fish have? Gils. Do you see where I'm going with this?
Frasier: Insane (?)

- Frasier tells his father the truth about his dream:
Frasier: The dream is about me and a male co-worker, Gil Chesterton.
Martin: You don't care if I ever sleep again, do you?

Frasier Online Episode Review

An odd episode, both in content and in tone, with Frasier wondering if he is gay at the age of 43. It is a relatively enjoyable episode, nevertheless, more so for the odd moments like Daphne and Martin pretending to be criminals in the lift and Daphne's fish association, but with the episode rounded off by an appearance by Sigmund Freud, the mix as a whole doesn't quite gel.


74 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 88.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Most interesting, Dec 06, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

One of the earliest episodes I remember seeing during the original
run (I must have been 9, I suppose), "The Impossible Dream" gets
great mileage out of Frasier and Niles' profession. It presents a
problem - Frasier's recurring dream of a night of passion with Gil -
and allows the brothers to try and figure it out, while mining plenty
of comedy along the way. I love the scene where Frasier tries to tell
Martin the truth about it, and Daphne's unique interpretation. (Such
a shame that after about this point, the series begins to forget that
she's "a bit psychic".) Also, Gil is always a welcome face, and his
slightly sadistic glee at learning about the dream is exquisite.

Things certainly aren't as tight as they could be, but this is another
great romp, and the scenes between Martin and Daphne in the
elevator are so much fun. I keep meaning to do that in my own
apartment elevator!

Rating: 88%


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