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The Ski Lodge
Episode Details

Written by: Joe Keenan

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 24th February 1998

Original UK airdate: 10th April 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
   
   
Guest Cast
Guy .... James Patrick Stewart
Annie .... Cynthia Lamontagne
Connie .... Lisa Robinson
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Roz wins a free trip to a ski lodge - including lessons from a skiing instructor - but can't go because of her pregnancy, however she lets Frasier have her prize in return for a big screen TV. So Frasier decides to take the whole family to the ski lodge including Daphne and her friend Annie, a swimsuit model. Once there, they meet Guy, a gay ski instructor, who has an eye for Niles. After dinner, and much butter rum, a bedroom farce ensues, where Frasier chases after Annie, who chases after Niles, who pursues Daphne, who has fallen for Guy, who obviously thinks Niles is gay. Meanwhile Martin's ears are clogged and he misinterprets everything.......

Episode Title Cards
  • Could Guy's Name Be Feydeau?

Episode Highlights

- Maris is playing dirty in her pursuit of a divorce settlement:
Niles: When we were courting, I sent her a valentine that said "You're the girl my heart adores, everything I have is yours". Now they're calling is a pre-nup!!

- Frasier isn't happy about Daphne inviting her friend Annie along to the ski lodge:
Frasier: I'm going to tell Daphne no guests.
Daphne: I called Annie - she's all excited. Turns out she just bought some new ski's with the money she made off her new swimsuit calendar.
Frasier [to Niles]: I hope you're happy - we're stuck with her now (!)

- Martin has just arrived at the ski lodge:
Martin: Nothing like a change of scenery. [Looks around] Where'd you suppose the TV is?

- Niles is showing off his French to Guy:
Annie: All I know how to say is 'Oui'
Frasier: That should be enough to get you through the weekend (!)

- The gang are stuffed from the meal that Guy cooked for them:
Niles: I thought I was gonna burst out of my trousers!
Annie: Oh my!!
Daphne: Annie!

- Niles tries to tell Guy he is not interested in Annie:
Niles: Just between us, my interest lie elsewhere this weekend.
Guy [who can't believe his luck]: Really (?!!!!!)

- Guy tries to talk to Martin about Niles being 'gay', but Martin thinks he's talking about his attraction to Daphne:
Martin: Niles has had those feelings for years. Of course, I didn't encourage it during his so-called marraige but now that he's free, whatever makes him happy!!

- Annie thinks Daphne and Niles want her to join them:
Annie: So it's a threesome you're after - well, I don't do those anymore!!

- Frasier finds Guy waiting in Niles' bed for him to return:
Guy: You are not the Crane I want!
Frasier: You're not even the sex I want!!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Another 'Frasier' classic from the pen of Joe Keenan is another brilliantly written farce that sees the ski lodge awash with hormones as everyone seems to fancy someone else on the basis of misunderstandings and overheard conversations - it's quite a job for the viewer to try and keep track of just who thinks what about whom, but it makes for very entertaining viewing. Although Annie's voice has a tendency to grate, and the fairly stage-bound nature of the set with all the rushing from room to room are minor criticisms, they thankfully don't detract too much from another top-notch Season 5 episode, and while for me it doesn't quite top 'The Matchmaker' for sheer laugh out loud moments, it does demonstrate again just how brilliant a match 'Frasier' and Joe Keenan are when it comes to sitcom writing.

Rating

91 %

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