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And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon
Episode Details

Written by: David Angell & Peter Casey

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 24th October 2000

Original UK airdate: 5th January 2001

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
Guest Cast
Photographer .... Jeremiah Morris
Delivery Man .... Edward Rhoze
Party Guest .... Stephanie Nash
Adrianna Pettibone .... Karen Kondazian
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

We begin where we left off at the end of Season 7 - with Niles and Daphne escaping from her and Donny's wedding in the Winnebago. Both are excited at the prospect, but when they have to decide whether to head for Seattle or Canada, they realise the best thing to do would be to head back to the wedding and tell Donny and Mel their feelings for each other. This they do - with neither Donny nor Mel taking it well at all!! As Niles and Daphne begin their relationship properly, they decide that they should have their first proper date at a fancy restaurant to celebrate this new phase in their lives. Their happiness is shattered somewhat by the arrival of a bunch of flowers from Donny for Daphne - accompanied by a letter informing her that he is suing her for emotional distress!

Frasier goes down to talk to Donny, but all his persuasive talking just manages to get him added to the lawsuit for his part in getting Daphne to dump him for Niles! Frasier and Martin then join Niles at Cafe Nervosa as he prepares to meet Mel for the first time - she informs him that in return for a clean divorce, he will have to play the role of her husband at some social engagements before SHE files for divorce just to save face within her social circle. He agrees - something Daphne is none to happy about, especially when Niles tells her that the first social event is the night of their first date. What's worse is that the event is Mel and Niles wedding reception, organised by some of Mel's colleagues - throughout which Niles has to put on a smiley happy face all evening. Mel then drops a bombshell when she informs Niles that while he is 'playing' her husband, he cannot be seen in public with Daphne. All of this causes Niles and Daphne to have their first fight, which Frasier elegantly resolves by getting the two of them to have dinner together on the roof of the apartment block under the twinkling stars.....

Episode Title Cards
  • If They'd Given Cash He'd Be In Cabo By Now

  • Guess Who's Short,Wears A Tuxedo And Has Frosting All Over His Feet?

  • Mucking About With The Horsey Set

  • Actually A Goat Got Most Of The Hot Dog

Episode Highlights

- Niles and Daphne contemplate which way to go in the Winnebago: Seattle or Canada:
Daphne: What's left for us in Seattle - ex-wives and ex-fiancees. A tangled mess of bitterness and hurt feeling.
Niles: Yes, but an excellent symphony and world class dining.

- Roz is telling Daphne that Simon tried to hit on her, then Roz's babysitter:
Daphne: Mum claims he was dropped as a child - I think he was thrown.

- Niles and Daphne's first kiss in front of everyone.

- Roz tells Daphne that Simon is opening her wedding gifts:
Simon: Roz you little snitch! I'm having serious doubts about you being the future mother of my children!

- Donny discovers Frasier got Niles and Daphne together:
Donny: You did this on my wedding day?
Frasier: Oh no - it was the night before.

- Niles and Martin are at Cafe Nervosa awaiting Mel's arrival:
Niles: Where is Mel - she's punctual to a fault.
Martin: She's only five minutes late.
Niles: Five! I thought it was two!!!

- Martin and Frasier see Mel giving Niles a watch:
Frasier: Isn't this all too typical. Niles leaves his wife for another woman and he gets a gift. I try to do the right thing and end up with Mr Chump and a lawsuit!!

- Frasier and Martin are attending Niles and Mel's 'wedding' reception:
Frasier: Look at Niles overacting. Have you ever seen anything so pathetic?
Martin: How about you and Lilith?
Frasier: It was a rhetorical question!

- Martin wants Niles to see the pigeon coot on the apartment block roof:
Niles: Pigeons - I don't like like pigeons. They have no respect for public art!

Frasier Online Episode Review

As the episode picks up where we left off at the end of Season 7, it seems only fitting the episode continues in the same vein as 'Something Borrowed, Someone Blue' by which I mean that plot and emotions feature highly, with comedy sadly coming off a distinct second. I felt that the episode was overlong and was sometimes a bit painful to watch, a bit disappointing seeing that the writers are two of the show's creators (and co-writers of the brilliant pilot episode 'The Good Son'). This was not helped by the recurring presence of Simon Moon, who has turned from being a nice antidote to the Crane's stuffiness to a rather dislikeable and annoying character. There were some good moments: Frasier's toast to Niles and the love of his life at Niles and Mel's wedding reception, and the rooftop dinner at the end of the episode, but the show could be in danger of losing sight of what made it successful in the first place by focusing on Niles and Daphne too much. Nevertheless, a memorable episode and the writers have worked through nicely the ramifications of Niles and Daphne wanting to be together - I just hope the rest of the series sees a return to the familiar 'Frasier' comedy we have grown to love.


78 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 13

Bit of a drag?, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

After the climax of season 7, perhaps nothing would suffice, and indeed I'm not overwhelmed by the 8th season's premiere. I don't want to be churlish; after all, this episode had a lot of plot to sort out, and an entirely new template to devise for the series. Everyone does great work here, from Hyde Pierce and Leeves anchoring the hour to Jane Adams, continuing to be a cruel delight as Mel and - I'm gonna be controversial here - Anthony LaPaglia as Simon. Look, Simon is an annoying character, and I'm grateful that he'll move on after this little arc, but he provides a nice foil to Frasier in an already hectic environment.

Perhaps for me it's that the tension overwhelms the comedy without working in harmony with it. Some scenes, like Donny's "Mr. Chump" breakdown, earn mostly a nervous audience response, rather than being fully effective. Credit for giving Donny the full weight of the reaction, admittedly.

Things resolve in a sweet manner, which I think is necessary. As my future reviews will point out, I do wish that Niles and Daphne had had a bumpier ride to love - although production elements had an impact on that too - but I can't use the future to analyse this one episode; it seems fitting that the season premiere end on a hopeful note. Given that - at least for the casual fans, if not us hardcore ones - Niles/Daphne was a huge selling point, it would have seemed a wise choice to centre a major season premiere around them. After eight years, we don't need any further proof that Niles cares for Daphne. What we need - and get - is evidence that he can successfully woo her beyond just the hullabaloo of the wedding day.

Season 8 certainly has its share of lovely episodes, and I can't fault any of the individual performers here. At an hour long, this episode doesn't really earn its running time but perhaps that's because no subplot would be very effective when weighed against the dramatic arc that has been building since the show's second episode. A competent work, but not much more.

Rating: 75%


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