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It Takes Two To Tangle
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Hanning

Directed by: Will Shriner

Original US airdate: 27th March 2001

Original UK airdate: 27th April 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
Guest Cast
Penelope Janvier .... Barbara Babcock
William .... John Michael Higgins
Reggie .... Michael Canavan
Estelle .... Damara Reilly
Waiter .... James Oliver
Spencer .... Charles Janasz
Party Server .... Candace Edwards
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier brings Niles some distressing Niles - their high school Bryce Academy is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the fundraising commitee has failed to raise enough to save it. Niles then suggests that their circle of friends contains enough rich people who would be glad to contribute to any worthy cause. So the Crane brothers organise an elegant soiree at Frasier's apartment, but their hopes of raising money seem to disappear when they realise almost all of their guests have money troubles themselves. However, there may be a silver lining after all when Penelope Janvier, who has her own charitable foundation, arrives. Frasier and Niles disappear into the kitchen to get their pitch just right, but soon rush out again when they see Penelope talking to their father, just in time to see Penelope leaving. Frasier and Niles can't believe they've missed their chance, but are even more taken back when Martin tells them that Penelope has asked him out.

On the night of Martin's date, Frasier and Niles await his return hoping he has kept her on side and not ruined their chance to ask her for money, and are relieved when they hear Martin returning with a woman - but it's not Penelope, it's Estelle - a waitress from a cafe Martin dropped into after dropping off Penelope. Martin thinks he can juggle both women - he's even programmed different ring tones into his mobile for both women. Frasier and Niles are desperate for money, though, and so when Penelope invites Martin to a cocktail party, Frasier manages to invite himself and Niles.They just have to get their pitch right before Penelope's son William finds out they are hawking for money and Penelope finds out about Estelle.......

Episode Title Cards
  • The Silver Fox

  • Check, Please

Episode Highlights

- Frasier and Niles are reminiscing about their time at Bryce Academy:
Niles: No more Nurses Office - I spent many a happy gym class there!

- Frasier can't believe Penelope leaving had nothing to do with Martin talking to her:
Frasier: What was it Dad? A bawdy joke? Nose whistling ?!!

- Frasier and Niles worry about Martin trying to date 2 women at once:
Martin: Don't worry, I've watched you juggle. I've got a pretty good idea what not to do!

- Martin has turned into a horny devil trying to date Penelope and Estelle:
Frasier: Dear God - what do we do now?
Niles: I guess we could have him neutered.

- Penelope admits to Frasier she is aware of Bryce Academy:
Frasier: Then you must be familiar with their excellent standards.
Penelope: Yes I am - they wouldn't let in William!

- Niles fainting into William's arms to distract him.

Frasier Online Episode Review

I found this episode an underwhelming re-run of 'When A Man Loves Two Women', this time with Martin juggling 2 women which features the rather unpleasant experience of Martin trying to be hip and cool. The plot didn't throw up many laughs, and neither did Niles and Frasier trying to save Bryce Academy with Penelope's help. The episode as a whole seemed underpowered as a whole, enlivened only by Penelope's son William who spends her party trying to stop everyone from fleecing his mother from more money.


70 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 67.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Another episode, May 18, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

This is an intriguing outing for Martin Crane, with a reasonably serious relationship prospect in Barbara Babcock's Penelope. I don't have any problem with the idea of Martin juggling women - he's been dating for so many years now, and it's not as if he really sets out to manipulate the women. The poignant ending to the relationship justifies it in my opinion.

While Babcock and Michael Hitchcock are charismatic guests, the episode's structure and dialogue are not particularly invigorating. It feels as if it's all been done before and the first five minutes - in which Frasier and Niles try and miserably fail to earn money for Bryce Academy - are far more satisfactory than what follows. (Jane Leeves is sorely missed, but I adored Peri Gilpin's few scenes "making" baked goods for Alice's event.)

Perhaps I'm overvaluing. By season 8 standards, this is strong. By any previous season, it's quite a lily-livered script. There's nothing wrong with the basic concept, nor with any of the performances. There's just very little to leap off the page.

Rating: 69%


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