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How To Bury A Millionaire
Episode Details

Written by: Lori Kirkland

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 12th November 1998

Original UK airdate: 19th February 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
Frank .... Michael McShane
Mr Draper .... William Dennis Hunt
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Niles is in finacial straits due to his divorce so Frasier suggests moving out of his luxurious apartment in the Montana, and till he finds another one, he offers to put Niles up at his apartment. Of course, Niles brings with him some of the more fastidious elemts of his life like de-humidifiers, sounds of the rainforest and his deep breathing exercises that drive Frasier to distraction and cause him to be late for an important job interview. However after meeting with Roz, who says she saw Niles going into the cinema the day before, it transpires Niles has spent the two weeks at Frasier having a good time instead of apartment hunting.

Frasier says he will go with him to find something, and the last stop on their trip is the Shangri-La apartments, complete with the bed that folds in to the cupboard and a selection of clothes left by the previous owner who committed suicide. Niles just hates it but Frasier says that he has no choice. Back at home, Frasier feels guilty so he and Martin go and see him - to discover Niles in a luau shirt and about to play table tennis with his neighbour Jimbo. However when, Martin says this is his kind of place, Niles erupts and phones Maris to plead her to take him back, but realises he has moved on, and settles into his new life at the Shangri-La.

Episode Title Cards
  • Nuclear Family
  • The Late Show

Episode Highlights

- Frasier and Martin see Niles in a hatchback, who pulls in sharply when he spies one of his snobbish friends while on the phone to Frasier:
Niles: Dad, I need your help.
Martin: Oh my God! What is it?
Niles: I need you to get out and pretend this is your car.

- Frasier queries how Niles has hurt his shoulder:
Niles: I've been parallel parking all week without power steering.

- Frasier thinks Niles' rent is excessive:
Frasier: This apartment is a little large for one person.
Niles: I have a pet.
Frasier: Are you telling me your bird requires a study and a library.

- Niles has been reorganising Daphne's kitchen:
Daphne: Where's my jar of Bovril?
Niles: That brown meat paste? I threw it out - it smelt rancid.
Daphne: That's how it's supposed to smell - it's English!

- After Niles has turned on numerous humidifiers and machines to aid his sleep:
Niles: The sound of that rain's gonna keep me up all night.
Frasier: I'm surprised you can hear it over there in mission control (!).

- Frasier and Niles are looking at the Shangri-La, but Niles wants to go:
Frasier: We haven't seen the apartment yet, and Frank was kind enough to put some pants on and bring us up here.

- After Frasier frets about Niles being happy at the Shangri-La:
Martin: I'd be happy here - this is my kind of place.
Niles: Get me out of this hellhole !!

Frasier Online Episode Review

An enjoyable episode dealing with Niles' transistion to life free of Maris. Seeing Niles' night time rituals - such as his 'Sounds of the rainforest' tape was great, as was the scene where Martin gets lost in Niles' apartment (with its 3 floors!). The scenes at the Shangri-La were very funny too - Niles and Frasier's reactions to seeing the room, and the bed that pulls down from the wall were wonderful. All in all, a highly amusing episode that deals well with the continuing Niles and Maris storyline.

Rating

78 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 83.9%
Total Number of Reviews: 7


Mission Control, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"How to Bury a Millionaire" is a fun little episode that brings the brothers Crane back down to earth... well, a little bit.

It makes sense that life at the Montana has been stretching Niles to breaking point, and of course these guys could never admit that in their society. Niles coming to bunk with Frasier is good fun, and there are some enjoyable little moments for Martin and Roz. Do I really buy that the Shangri-La is the "only thing" Niles and Frasier can find in his price bracket? Not really. In fact, not at all. But the episode is able to allow Niles to keep his pride while also facing the reality of life without Maris.

To be honest, I don't have much to say about this one. Everyone is in fine form, and the episode finds a new way to explore the characters. A solid little episode.


Rating: 80%

 

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