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Something Borrowed, Someone Blue
Episode Details

Written by: Christopher Lloyd & Joe Keenan

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 18th May 2000

Original UK airdate: 9th June 2000

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
Donny Douglas .... Saul Rubinek
Dr Mel Karnofsky .... Jane Adams
Simon Moon .... Anthony LaPaglia
Gertrude Moon .... Millicent Martin
Guest Cast
Mrs Richman .... Brooks Almy
Miss Carney .... Teri Ralston
Tim Webb .... Tom Byrd
Nigel .... Cameron Dye
Bartender .... Rob Klingman
Waiter .... A.T. Montgomery
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier, Niles, Mel, Daphne and Martin return from the funeral of the building's doorman, Morrie, and his wife has given Martin an excedingly rare bottle of wine he had - much to the amazement of Frasier and Niles. Martin, however, gives it to Daphne as a wedding gift. Niles and Mel announce they are spending a few days before Daphne's wedding away at a cabin, but Niles is worried Mel will press for him to move in with her again so Frasier's advice is to not take baby steps in life. Frasier also notices that Daphne has been quite highly strung lately, and on confronting her Frasier learns that Daphne has known for some time about Niles' feelings for her. Not only that, but she may have feelings for Niles as well, leaving Daphne no choice but to talk to him when he gets back. Simon, Daphne's bad-seed brother, returns from California but as Frasier doesn't want him in the apartment, Martin offers to put him up in his Winnebago. After his sojourn away, Niles drops by Frasier's apartment with news he just can't contain - he and Mel have got married! Frasier learns this from Martin just after he has encouraged Daphne to speak to Niles about his feelings for her and manages to stop her in time. It transpires that Frasier's advice about not taking baby steps was ringing in Niles' ears when he accepted Mel's proposal, but when Daphne learns of this news, she hides her real feelings in a sea of smiles and congratulations.

Finally, Daphne's big day has arrived and all the guests are arriving at the country house she and Donny have hired for the occasion, including 16 members of the Moon family. When Daphne's mother arrives, everyone soon learns why Daphne holds her in such low regard, but it is Roz who faces the most problems what with being seated next to an ex-boyfriend and having to go to the wedding with Simon as she couldn't get anyone else. Frasier speaks to Daphne in private, and she now says that her feelings for Niles were just wedding jitters and she does love Donny. However, the way in which Niles and Daphne seeem to look at each other on the dancefloor after the rehearsal dinner prompts Frasier into taking Niles upstairs and telling him that Daphne knows, and has known for some time, about his feelings for her, and she may feel the same. Niles manages to get Daphne on her own and tells her that he loves her, and wants to know how she feels about him. However, this moment is spoiled by the arrival of Simon and the rest of the party, forcing Niles and Daphne on to the balcony. Niles waits anxiously for her answer, and surpries him as she passionately kisses Niles, but then says she can't cancel the wedding and points out they haven't been on a date, leaving Niles distraught.

A short time before the ceremony, Frasier and Martin find Niles holed up in the Winnebago and try to cheer him up by drinking Morrie's rare bottle of wine - a nice gesture, sadly soured by the fact that Morrie's wine rack was in the bolier room! Frasier and Martin then leave Niles in peace when there is a knock at the door - it's Daphne and she's ready to go on a date with Niles - and the two of them set off in the Winnebago together........

Episode Title Cards
  • Memento Morrie
  • Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fatter
  • The Rehearsal Dinner

Episode Highlights

- Roz is aghast when Frasier offers to accompany her to Daphne's wedding:
Roz: You can't go to a wedding with your boss - it's like going to the prom with your brother!
Frasier: Niles and I did not go to the prom together - our dates got sick and we both went stag!

- Frasier finds out Daphne knows about Niles' feelings for her:
Frasier: Someone blabbed didn't they! Why can't people mind their own business?! Who was the nattering gossip - Dad? Roz?
Daphne: You
Frasier: What?!

- Daphne has spent days snacking on party food:
Martin: You know when they put 'Party Size' on that cookie bag, they don't mean party for one!

- Roz is still looking for a date for the wedding:
Roz: I need a date - I'm desperate.
Simon: Well, well - someone is singing my favourite song (!)

- Roz is worried about going as Simon's date to the wedding:
Simon: If you're worried about my appearance, I know where I can get my hands on some nice Armani suits.
Martin: Or you can just borrow one of Frasier's.
Roz: What did you think he was talking about ?!

- Martin learns Niles has just got married to Mel:
Martin: Are you happy?
Niles: Happy? I'm delirious!
Martin: You'd have to be, wouldn't you (!)

- Roz had to travel to the wedding with 15 of Daphne's relatives:
Roz: Your Aunt Ida got a weekend off from the bakery. Judging by the size of her, it'll be the first Saturday they turn a profit!

- Niles and Daphne are confronting their feelings for each other:
Niles: I've often wondered what it would be like to hold your hands and ask the question I never dared ask....
Donny: What's the difference between a blister and a boil?!

- An anxious Niles waits for Daphne to tell him her feelings:
Daphne: Oh for heaven's sake, Dr Crane.
[They kiss passionately]
Niles: I think you can call me Niles now.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Well - where to begin? This is rollercoaster of an episode that takes you through the feelings of laughter, amazement, despair and hope all inside of 1 hour and somehow manages to produce a magnificent conclusion to the Niles/Daphne story. My biggest problem with the episode, however, was the fact that coming from the pen of 2 of the most talented 'Frasier' writers, it wasn't very funny. Some of the laughs felt weak, and the scene where Daphne and Niles are in a room with connecting doors and people keep coming out of them at the wrong time was straight out of a British West-End farce circa 1970. Where the episode did score strongly was in the way it handled Niles and Daphne finally confronting their feelings for each other. Jane Leeves and especially David Hyde Pierce excelled in this episode, leading to the moment that Frasier viewers have perhaps been waiting for since Niles first became infatuated with Daphne in Episode 3 (see Dinner At Eight): when Niles finally professed his undying love for Daphne. The pinnacle scene of the episode came where Niles and Daphne escaped to the balcony as Niles waited for Daphne's answer, leading to a breathtaking moment when Daphne unexpectedly starts passionately kissing Niles before telling him she can't call off the wedding.

This all leads to the final scene in the Winnebago and an ending that has lead to a huge amount of discussion. Daphne, it appears, has changed her mind and is now ready to take her chance with Niles, so the two of them set off together in the Winnebago. This was the happy ending many of the show's viewers have wanted and it feels right to at least give them a chance. This lovely scene brings to an end a superior episode of the show, that while not being particularly funny, did pack a powerful emotional punch and gives the show a fantastic place to start the next season from.

What about the series as a whole? Well, although I feel this season was a big improvement on Season 6, almost every episode seems a rewrite of a previous one and with almost no new characters, the chance for development seems small at the moment. For example, 'Cheers brought in Woody and Rebecca, while 'Frasier' has introduced only Donny and Mel recently. If the show is the rejuvenate itself even further in the future, it needs to stop feeling like a re-run of better episodes. Hopefully, with the talented team the show has behind it, it will leaving me awaiting Season 8 with anticiapation.


86 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 97.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 23

Our dates were sick and we went stag, May 19, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

A remarkably good episode that manages to close off (or at least, continue) the series' longest-running plotline while also providing lots of neat character moments. It's not the funniest script known to man, but it sure hits its fair share of home runs.

The first part of "Something Borrowed" is mostly set-up, but it feels earned after an entire season of exploring the outcome of Daphne's decision to marry Donny. What I really appreciate are the supporting cast, to be honest. Jane Adams and Saul Rubinek have created lovely characters in Mel and Donny that - even if we know the end must come - their relationships with our main cast feel solid. Niles and Daphne both face genuine conflicts in deciding to end their relationships, particularly after the shocking news that Niles and Mel eloped. (The way a post-coital Niles falls back into the hallway is adorable.) The key scene is, of course, in the second part where Niles talks with first Frasier and then Daphne about his feelings. Every dramatic scene in this episode is astounding. What a tough notion this is for Niles: he's finally found someone he can be in love with. Sure, she's more like Maris than he'd like to admit, but she shares his interests without challenging him. Daphne was there for so long but she's lost to him now. And then to have her - so close - but also aware that she's made commitments to a man she could share a life with. Is it worth throwing all of that away for some chance like this? For someone who took seven years to confess his feelings to her? It becomes increasingly clear how brilliant it was to have Daphne learn of Niles' feelings several months ago, to give her time to explore the possibilities.

I particularly like the opening scene and the atmosphere after Morrie's funeral. The costumes, the interactions - it's exactly the feeling one does get after a sombre group outing. The idea of living life to the full looms over the episode, leading to the sweet toast between the men in the Winnebago. Even knowing that Daphne was going to come leaping into the passenger seat, it's a testament to this series that I really believed it could continue even with Daphne married and Niles resolving to move on.

Other miscellaneous thoughts:
* Anthony LaPaglia continues to be great fun as Simon. I reiterate my comments that I'm glad he rarely returns after the eighth season premiere, because he's a character of diminishing returns, but he provides a great contrast to really all of our main characters.
* The return of Brooks Almy in the cameo role of Mrs. Richman makes for a very fun runner.
* I love when they have Jane Leeves say words like "Orangina" in her Manchester accent over and over. It's never played up to the audience (sometimes I don't actually think they get the joke) but it's fun for me. Incidentally, the joke about Daphne's party-size cookie bag is hilarious but unintentional foreshadowing. Leeves wouldn't even have been pregnant when they filmed this, but it's still worth noting.
* And finally, we have the introduction of Millicent Martin as Gertrude Moon. Martin is a star performer and it's interesting that Gertrude has such a small role here, particularly given that the series has had a running joke of Daphne portraying Frasier (with his consent) as a tyrant. Perhaps Gertrude was supposed to recur in season 8 but Leeves' pregnancy changed the plan? Obviously she'll be back eventually, and we'll have to deal with the pros and cons of that, but for this episode, she creates a believable mother figure - and that's no small feat given how much we've heard about her! Perhaps smartly, the writers choose to leave Mr. Moon offscreen, so that they can introduce him at a later date.

All in all, "Something Borrowed" has a decent amount of laughs, but it's primarily focused on the emotional resonance of the series. Regardless of anything that happens in the future, I couldn't be happier with the mature way this all plays out.

Rating: 95%


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