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Dial M For Martin
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Greenberg

Directed by: Ken Lamkin

Original US airdate: 8th October 1998

Original UK airdate: 22nd January 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
Rebecca Wendell .... Laura Harring
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier and Martin are really getting under each other's skin, so when Roz meets Martin in Cafe Nervosa, she suggests he should move in with Niles for a while. Niles at first hides his real feelings under the excuse of not being able to have dogs in the building, but when Martin subtly mentions that he'll have to find his own place big enough for him, Eddie and Daphne, Niles suddenly changes his mind - finally, living under the same roof as Daphne. However, when they inform Daphne of this, she says that Martin's hip has healed enough in the 5 years she has been helping him, and that perhaps she should look for another job. Martin, Eddie and Daphne (for the time being) move into Niles' place but things take a dramatic turn when Martin falls down the stairs after it appears that Niles just kicked his cane out in front of him. This starts Frasier thinking - is Niles so desperate for Daphne to stay, that his subconscious is making him do things that end up hurting his father without Niles realising it?.

After a series of events that could have hurt Martin, Daphne gets a job somewhere else, making Niles all the more desperate. Martin ups and leaves, rushing over to Frasier's, about to start a date with a lingerie model. He is followed by Daphne and then Niles who learns what Frasier had thought. He, of course, dismisses it. Just then, Martin has another accident outside Frasier's door and so has to stay once again at Frasier's. Luckily for Niles, Daphne cancels her job to look after Martin again.

Episode Title Cards
  • Home Alone
  • Dial M For Martin

Episode Highlights

- After Frasier gets a phone message from an hour ago:
Frasier: I was here an hour ago.
Martin: You were in the tub.
Frasier: That didn't stop you yesterday when you came in to ask me if a peach smelled funny.

- Seeing Roz and Martin together at Cafe Nervosa:
Niles: I'm not interrupting anything, am I?
Roz: Yes, we've just eloped (!) I'm your new mum!
Niles: Well, I'll be a son of a bitch (!)

- After Niles says he is taking in Martin because he is a bit jealous Frasier:
Frasier: I guess I hadn't been seeing it from your angle.
[Daphne walks in]
Niles: Hello Daphne!
Frasier: Quite a little angle it is too.

- Eddie running around the bowl of fruit on Niles' table.

- Frasier comes to visit everyone at Niles':
Frasier: Sorry to drop by unannounced - I know how annoying it is to drop by without calling first.
Niles: Don't worry - I used to do it all the time.
Frasier: That's how I know.

- After Niles learns Daphne's got a new job:
Niles: What a lovely sunset. Dad - come join me on the balcony.

- Seeing Martin injured outside Frasier's apartment:
Frasier: Oh my God!
Niles: Oh thank God .... we're here to help.

Frasier Online Episode Review

My original review of this episode was rather harsh to be honest - I think the first two episodes had affected how I reviewed this episode, but watching it again on DVD, I found it to be a delightful one. Quite dark in places, yet highly amusing, Rob Greenberg has crafted an episode that makes the most of a great premise - what if Martin moved in with Niles, giving Frasier his apartment back. The scene where Martin moves in with Niles is hilarious, and the scenes where Martin believes his son is deliberately trying to hurt him were great too - David Hyde Pierce's delivery of "Dad, come join me on the balcony" was terrific. I found the scenes back in Frasier's apartment where he enjoys his apartment alone a bit flat in comparison, but it's nicely resolved when Frasier has to give it all up again so quickly and let Martin and Daphne move back in.


82 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 93.4%
Total Number of Reviews: 13

New dynamic, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Dial M for Martin" is a very funny episode, even if I spent a bit of time worrying about Niles' sanity - having him attempt to kill Martin, even unconsciously, is a borderline step for any character, surely! Season 6 is one of my favourites for great character interaction, and it's really satisfying to see Daphne and Martin in a new environment. It would've been interesting for Daphne to have a story arc away from Frasier's apartment, but I guess with Frasier unemployed, they didn't want to put too much on their plate. It's a shame, because seeing Daphne grow outside of the Crane family is an important step in her development. Season 6 is the start of a slow move away from Daphne as a character, which is also a shame.

But for now, I can concede that this episode has more than its fair share of great lines and physical humour.

Rating: 86%


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