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Merry Christmas, Mrs Moskowitz
Episode Details

Written by: Jay Kogen

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 17th December 1998

Original UK airdate: 12th March 1999

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
Faye Moskowitz .... Amy Brenneman
Guest Cast
Helen Moskowitz .... Carole Shelley
Delivery Man .... Lombardo Boyar
Sales Clerk .... Jihad Harik
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Roz and Frasier are out Christmas shopping at a department store, and while Roz has disappeared to choose something, Frasier asks an assistant to bring a jumper he has selected in a different size - which he does just as Roz returns. Luckily for Frasier, another shopper has seen what happened and claims the jumper is for her daughter. Frasier is very grateful and eager to repay the lady who came to his rescue - Helen Moskowitz. She suggests going on a date with her daughter, Faye, to which Frasier agrees.

Meanwhile, Daphne is in charge of putting on a Christmas show in Frasier's building and asks Niles to become Musical Director, which of course he says yes to. Frasier and Faye's blind date goes well and both Faye and her mother are due to drop by before leaving for their Christmas reunion. However, after seeing his Christmas wreath, Faye informs Frasier that her mother asked him to go out with her because she thought Frasier was Jewish. This was because he was buying a Jewish candle holder for Frederick, but Frasier agrees to try and pretend to be Jewish. What follows is a farce where Frasier, Niles and Martin have to try and pretend to be Jewish - a fact not helped by the fact the Christmas tree is about to be delivered and Niles has to suddenly play the part of Jesus in the Christmas show. How will it all be resolved.......?

Episode Title Cards
  • Oy To The World

Episode Highlights

- Referring to Frederick's impending archaeology trip with Lilith:
Frasier: With the Crane boys genes and Lilith's contribution, I'm not sure the NFL is holding it's breath.

- After Daphne asks Niles to help with her show:
Niles: Is the show religious or secular in tone?
Daphne: We couldn't quite agree so it's quite a mixed bag. We open with the 'no room at the inn' scene, then a rousing version of Jingle Bell Rock, a brief medley from Jesus Christ Superstar then the first act ends with Santa's elves and the 3 wise men linking arms and singing "Frosty The Snowman".

- Niles practicing with Martin to be Jewish by ending every sentence with a question.

- The sight of Niles as Jesus.

- Frasier is wondering why Niles is dressed as Jesus:
Niles: The man who was playing Jesus slipped and fell in the shower - the man who could walk on water..
Frasier: Yes, it's dripping with irony (!)

- After everyone has seen Niles as Jesus:
Niles: I really have to go.
Helen: Yes, I understand this is your busy time (!)

- Frasier and Martin are having an emotional argument, as both are crying:
Martin: I love living here.
Frasier: Really?
Martin: No, but I thought it'd get us closer to the hug.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Combining elements of 'The Two Mrs Cranes', and the previous 'Frasier' Christmas episodes, this episode is not as good as any of them, despite some good performances and some funny moments, notably involving Niles as Jesus. I found that the farce wasn't fast and funny enough to be great, while the ending where Helen and Faye, then Frasier and Martin both argue then break down to resolve their anger was much too heavy handed to be truly funny.


75 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.4%
Total Number of Reviews: 14

Frequent Frasier miles, May 12, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Is this the "Matchmaker" of Jewish relations?

There's much fun to be had in this little gem, buoyed considerably by two charismatic guest performances. As Faye, Amy Brennemann just slots right in alongside the Crane men. There's no wonder they'd keep her around for the rest of the season. It's not just that Faye is straight-talking but that she's on Frasier's wavelength without sharing any of his crazy. And as Mrs. Moskowitz, Carole Shelley just storms the set with her presence.

Like the best of farces, the episode sets up all the playing pieces - Daphne's Christmas pageant, Freddie's menorah - without being overt about them, and then has fun reveling in the ridiculous imagery that ensues.

This is about the point in the series when the writers begin to reference themselves. The best gag of all is when Niles is informed of the situation, and limply assents. Nothing in him is surprised that he's suddenly being asked to play along in a grand deception. It's just another day at Chez Crane.

The climax of the episode, in which Mrs. Moskowitz learns the truth, is also a nice surprise, and - while the women's fight is a cliche - played very well, neatly shifting between drama and comedy. Unfortunately, Martin and Frasier's subsequent fight feels like a joke taken one step too far simply because the audience would enjoy the spectacle. No disrespect to the talents of Grammer and Mahoney, but it just feels overwrought. One could argue that this fight is a sign of how far the men have come in the last six years, but it strikes me that it was more an excuse for a laugh regardless of how ill-fitting it may seem. Still, notch a point or two off. That's all.

Rating: 86%


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