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Taps At The Montana
Episode Details

Written by: David Lloyd

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 25th March 1999

Original UK airdate: 7th May 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
Guest Cast
Carol Larkin .... Rosemary Murphy
Alfred Larkin .... Jack Sydow
Dr MacLowery .... Randy Doney
Mrs Latimer .... Mimi Hines
Mr Probst .... Bill Morey
Miss Finn .... Nina Mann
Mrs Hawkins .... Fiona Hale
Mr Hawkin .... Jack Donner
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Niles can now afford to get back his prestigious apartment in the Montana - unfortunately the tenant Frasier found to sublet to, Dr MacLowery, has a secret passion for tap-dancing and this has constantly annoyed the other tenants while Niles has been away on a tour of Africa (well, he couldn't tell them he was at the Shangri-La!) - so much so in fact, that the tenants board are having a meeting to decide whether or not to terminate his lease.

Frasier then suggests having a party for all the board members at which Niles can impress them with food and intelligent conversation, and hopefully show them what an asset he is to the building. Things begin well enough but when Niles's bird Baby suddenly dies, Daphne assumes it was the hors d'oeuvres that killed him - which Frasier has just served to the guests. However it turns out it was Daphne's loose earring. So while Daphne hurredly makes some more appetisers, Frasier gets everyone involved in a game of 'Murderer' which takes a decidely morbid twist when the murderer, Mr Probst, chooses that moment to die. Frasier then has to think on his feet so as not to let the other guests know something has happenned. Will he succeed and will Niles get his apartment back.......?

Episode Title Cards
  • Taps At The Montana
  • Polly Want A Stomach Pump?

Episode Highlights

- After Niles has a particularly trying meal out with Frasier:
Martin: Some days it's just not worth getting out of bed.
Niles: At the Shangri-La, it's the highlight of my day - so I can slam it right back into the wall!

- Frasier and Niles meet Dr MacLowery at the Montana:
Dr McCloud: I figured if I didn't dance, I'd go crazy.
[He launches into an over the top dance routine]
Niles: I'm not sure he caught it in time (!)

- At Niles's party:
Daphne: Lucky my earring didn't fall into the punch - someone could have choked.
Frasier: Yes - nothing says "Party" quite like a tracheotomy!

- After Roz reports one of the board members pinched her:
Niles: It's not working - people aren't mixing, people are pinching....
Frasier: Calm down!

- After Frasier starts clearing the appetisers into the bin:
Niles: Frasier, are there any hors d'oeuvres left?
Frasier: This intrepid little crab puff has survived - all I need now is a very sharp knife and 16 toothpicks (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

An episode that shares many similarities to Season 4's 'To Kill A Talking Bird' as it sees Niles return to his apartment at the Montana, only to find himself trying (again) to impress the tenants board this time to try and stop them rescinding his lease! Somewhat predictably, things don't go to plan but despite the fact that party sequence felt like it dragged in places, David Lloyd still manages to create an entertaining episode - I liked the way Martin tries to fend off the amorous affections of Mrs Latimer and Roz's reaction to discovering she's been lying next to a dead Mr Probst. Good all round fun, then, even if never tops the farcical brilliance of 'To Kill A Talking Bird'


79 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 78.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Daphne, smell her beak!, May 16, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Coming in a particularly awesome little run of episodes, "Taps at the Montana" takes its cue from "To Kill a Talking Bird". In fact, it's basically a sequel, killing off one recurring character from that episode, and bringing back others - the frumpy Larkin couple. It may seem a little odd for the series to do a sequel to that triumph only two years later, but this episode is so smooth and really showcases the impressive teamwork built up on the show by this point.

The episode has fun in devising little stories for all the characters - Martin escaping a flirtatious loon, Roz becoming increasingly the brunt of everyone else's joke - while keeping the main thrust of the story around Niles. The guest characters are good fun (I adore the seriousness of "You're a menace, Crane. You always have been") and it's particularly funny how Frasier's stalling of the party comes across to his audience as just typical Frasier postulating.

Perhaps unlike "To Kill a Talking Bird", by this point we're so used to the nature of a "Frasier" farce that the show smartly reworks some of its existing jokes. We know Mr. Probst has died, for instance, before the characters realise it. After all, we've watched TV before. The rest of the scene, then, is played with a kind of ironic knowledge as Frasier refuses to accept what happened and Roz gradually cottons on.

The character work of the earlier farce is perhaps not as prominent in this one, but this is still very entertaining.

Rating: 84%


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