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Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Hanning

Directed by: Jeff Melman

Original US airdate: 6th January 1998

Original UK airdate: 13th March 1998


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
Duke .... John La Motta
Leo .... Bill Gratton
Frank .... Ron Dean
   
   
Guest Cast
Young Frasier .... Andrew Dorsett
Young Niles .... Michael Welch
Clare .... Gabrielle Fitzpatrick
Terrance .... David Manis
Winston .... Mark Ryan
Jimmy .... Al Fann
Steven .... Laurence Lau
Freddy .... Adrian Neil
Waiter .... Paul Cusimano
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is feeling empty and bored with his regular routine and decides to try new activities. After failing to enjoy a game of poker with Martin and his buddies,. Daphne invites Frasier to her favourite British pub. At first Frasier doesn't fit in with the other British ex-patriates, but soon is playing pool, singing songs, and throwing back pints of beer with all the other patrons. When Frasier starts going to the pub every night, Daphne feels that Frasier is invading her turf, and Niles feels neglected. Daphne confronts Frasier about it, and they agree to play a game of darts to determine who gets to keep the pub. Daphne loses the game but Frasier starts making fun of Brits, which the other patrons don't appreciate...Meanwhile we see flashbacks to Frasier and Niles in elementary school where we learn they haven't changed a bit.

Episode Title Cards
  • A Long Time Ago In A Prep School Far, Far Away
  • So Authentic There Isn't An Ice Cube In The Joint

Episode Highlights

- In a flashback to Frasier and Niles at school, the pair don't think much of the luch in the cafeteria:
Young Niles: This lunch is a culinary Hindenburg!

- Niles is on the phone to someone:
Niles: Bravo! Excellente! Bellissimo! You'll never guess who that was?
Frasier: The Three Tenors (!)

- Niles sees Frasier is restless with his usual routine, and searches for different things for them to do:
Niles: There's a wonderful lecture series on the history of Modern Lecture Series.

- Martin thinks Frasier fit in with his friends as he doesn't know any dirty jokes like Roz does:
Frasier: If that's the criteria, I'll bet I could tell a story or two that'll make you blush like a schoolgirl!
Martin: That's what I'm afraid of (!!)

- Frasier is very quick to dismiss Daphne's suggestion of meeting her friend Claire for a date:
Frasier: I think by now you would know my policy on fix-ups.
Daphne: She's pretty, she's lonely and she's an underwear model.
Frasier: So you do know my policy!

- Daphne is ill, and also tired of Frasier always being at her English pub:
Frasier: You've got yo be careful what you bring down to the pub with you.
Daphne: Tell me about it (!!)

- Niles' gift of an antique saddle for Maris was a disaster:
Niles: Apparently the oils in the saddle reacted badly with her cellulite cream, creating a poweful epoxy!

- Frasier is winning in his darts match against Daphne:
Frasier: I score again!
Daphne: That's not something we hear out of your mouth very often!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Bookended by 2 excellent scenes of young Frasier and Niles at school, showing they haven't changed a bit, this episode certainly packs a lot into it's 22 minutes and thankfully the result is a very enjoyable episode. It was great seeing Martin's friends again, as was seeing Frasier trying to fit in with them, while Niles' brilliant little subplot about buying an antique saddle for Maris results in some hilarious and unforseen consequences. The main plot of Frasier making himself too comfortable at Daphne's English pub was good fun too, and it was nicew to see Frasier indulging in singing round the piano and pool, and even if the anti-English insults that force Frasier to hand back the pub to Daphne are not the greatest way to end the episode (if undeniably amusing), which all told makes this yet another entertaining Season 5 episode

Rating

81 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 76.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


The hardest roll since Hamlet, May 12, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia



I've always had a soft spot for this episode, even if I'll admit that it's a reasonably by-the-numbers script.

The episode's plot - Frasier looking for a new element in life and ultimately ruining Daphne's local haunt for her - is pretty slight, and doesn't run as smoothly as the best of "Frasier" scripts. However, it's full of cute little scenes well played by the actors, particularly the cute scene where Niles seethes about Frasier wanting time alone. The scene where everyone's plans for their night get ruined by someone else is also quite amusing.

But for me, the reason I enjoy this episode is the little glimpse into the off-camera lives of our characters. Roz is a member of Martin and Duke's poker game, in a completely equal way with all these old men. She's able to hold her own in this environment, and the genuine sweet shift occurs after the revelation that Roz is pregnant. Meanwhile, the series gives us a rare glimpse into Daphne's extracurricular life. As with most of the first six seasons, the writers seem to delight in hinting at the scope of Daphne's life (case in point being, of course, the marvels found inside "Daphne's Room"). While the Frasier/Daphne storyline isn't mindblowing, it suitably passes a half-hour, ending with the very funny revelation that Daphne is actually new to the bar herself!

I don't expect every episode of a series to be a masterpiece. That is, of course, simply impossible: the demands and vagaries of a production-line medium overseen by networks and advertisers, not to mention real-world interruptions, simply wouldn't allow this. But for the cast and crew to be churning out enjoyable half-hours even in their off weeks... that's some impressive work.


Rating: 81%

 

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