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When A Man Loves Two Women
Episode Details

Written by: Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 6th May 1999

Original UK airdate: 28th 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
Faye Moskowitz .... Amy Brenneman
Cassandra Stone .... Virginia Madsen
   
   
Guest Cast Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier asked out Cassandra Stone, the woman from Frasier's segment of 'Three Valentines' where he couldn't work out whether it was a date or not, and she agreed. They are getting along fabulously when Faye Moskowitz, Frasier's girlfriend in 'Merry Christmas, Mrs Moskowitz' , walks back into his life while he and Roz are having coffee in Cafe Nervosa. Roz lets Faye take her seat so she and Frasier can get reacquainted, but Frasier is unsure - can he really date two women at the same time? Well, he gives it a go, leaving Daphne and Martin surprised when Faye joins them for breakfast when they were expecting Cassandra - who then unexpectedly turns up. Luckily Frasier is able to get both women out of the apartment without them seeing each other. Frasier says that both women appeal to different parts of his personalaity: Cassandra is fun, while Faye is cultured. Niles has a solution: to flip a coin. Just as he is about to reveal the result, he says "Admit it, you want me to say one name more than another." Frasier admits this is true - it's Cassandra.

Frasier tries to break it off with Faye, but they end up in bed together again because Frasier has realised it's Faye he really wants so he arranges to meet with Cassandra to break it off, but when he hears Cassandra has been seeing someone else, jealousy sets in. He says he wants the two of them to be exclusive but his mind then starts nit-picking and he ends breaking it off with Cassandra. He then goes to see Faye and says he wants the two of them to be exclusive. Although he then starts to nit pick, he realises he has made the right choice.

Episode Title Cards
  • Of All The Coffee Joints In All The Towns In All The World....

Episode Highlights

- Frasier asks Daphne and Martin if they remember Cassandra Stone:
Frasier: Well, I asked her out again and last night I got my answer.
Martin: [matter-of-factly] Oh, I'm sorry Frase.

- Daphne's impression of Cassandra.

- After Niles also assumes Frasier was turned down for a date.
Niles: How about that game of squash - I can't think of a better way to lift your spirits.
Cassandra [appearing from the kitchen]: Good morning
Frasier: Keep thinking.

- After Niles witnesses the scene where both Faye and Cassandra appear in Frasier's apartment:
Niles: Got any more hiding in the grotto, Hef (?!)

- Daphne says Frasier was wrong to want to break up with Faye:
Martin: Oh, Faye, Faye - if he wants some artsy-fartsy conversation, he's got Niles!

- Niles's calamitous coin toss
[then]
Martin: You got to wonder what goes on at that squash court (!)

- Frasier begins nit-picking at Cassandra:
Frasier: She uses the word cute a lot - I'm cute, this cafe's cute, now the bed's cute. Faye used the word "Jejune" last night.

Frasier Online Episode Review

The first half of this episode was probably the best and funniest 15 minutes I have seen of 'Frasier' in a long time - it felt like one of the episodes from past series's when 'Frasier' was always this good. Among my favourite scenes were Daphne and Martin's breakfast routine which is then ruined by the red bowl after Martin's usual bowl gets broken and the scene where both Cassandra and Faye end up in Frasier's apatment. Everything just worked so well, hence I was a little disappointed by the way the episode resolved itself by having Frasier's thoughts broadcast to us in a voiceover. Nevertheless, it remains a fun and above average episode.

Rating

81 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 85.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


The Choice, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Choosing between Virgina Madsen and Amy Brenneman is surely any man's dream, so of course it has to be Frasier's nightmare.

As with really all the previous seasons, the sixth comes to a climax on a plot-driven note. By making Faye and Cassandra quite different yet both believable paramours for Frasier, there's a real sense of conflict here. This is partly set-up for the rest of the season, and the ending chooses to sacrifice a natural relationship development, instead going with the (thematically fitting) gag of exposing the flaws still inherent in the relationship. (These won't really play into the remainder of the Faye arc, but they perfectly suit this episode solo... it's a tough call.)

Still, a good excuse for Grammer to hem and haw, and he does it with panache.


Rating: 80%

 

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