Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 9 -> Episode 9.02
The First Temptation Of Daphne
Written by: Gayle Abrams
Directed by: Kelsey Grammer
Original US airdate: 2nd October 2001
Original UK airdate: 11th January 2002
When Niles asks Daphne to retrieve a recipe from his briefcase, she accidentally takes out the wrong folder and on reading it finds it to be the session notes of one of Niles' patients. Daphne asks who Heather Murphy is, and if it's true that she has a crush on Niles, with Niles replying that it's quite common for patients to think they're falling in love with their therapists, called transferenece, but it's really just a superficial reaction to a deeper problem. He also refuses to talk any more about it as it would break client confidentiality. Daphne is still a bit worried, and so asks Frasier about transference who admits he suffered from the problem at times and it's sometimes hard to resist - after all therapists are only human! Roz is sitting at he same table as Daphne and Frasier, and immediately guesses one of Niles' patients is in love with him, and says that if someone else was interested in her guy she'd want to know everything about him. That night, when Niles is called away by Heather on short notice, Daphne gives in to temptation and reads all of Niles' file on her.
After finding out where she works, Roz and Daphne head over to her place of work, with Roz managing to bluster her way into Heather's office so they can have a snoop around, but Heather returns unexpectedly causing both of them to flee. Daphne then has to tell Niles all that she did....... Meanwhile, Martin has brought an unwelcome guest back from his hunting trip with Duke - a cricket, and it's constant chirping is driving Frasier nuts. Frasier fails in his attempts to catch it, so Martin asks the vet who suggests using a lizard to catch the cricket. That night. Frasier and Martin sit in the kitchen with a gecko harnessed by some dental floss, and await the catching of the cricket.....
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- Martin is disappointed he sat there and nothing was biting on his
Martin: It's like when Frasier took me to Nicholas Nickelby. Thank God this time I had a gun!
- Martin suggests that Eddie can catch the cricket:
Martin: Terriers are born hunters - go get him boy!
- Eddie chases his own tail.
- Roz challenges every moan of Frasier's about the cricket with one
Frasier: Gee, I wish I had a 3 year old so I can win every argument!
- Roz says Daphne should find out everything about Heather:
Roz: What if she's a sex addict?
Daphne: You can be treated for that?
Roz: .... So they say (!)
- The cricket's chirping is driving Frasier nuts:
Frasier: Dear God, can't you make him shut up!
Martin: That prayer doesn't get answered around here (!)
- Frasier is aghast at Martin's plan to catch the cricket:
Frasier: So we set a lizard loose to catch the cricket. Then what - we get an owl to eat the gecko, and then get a tiger to eat the owl. What eat's a tiger, huh?
Martin: An alligator for one, smart guy!
- The lizard catches the cricket:
Martin: Nice work buddy.
Frasier: Thanks Dad.
Martin: I meant the gecko!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A definite improvement over the first episode, with 2 plotlines both of which are enjoyable. Personally, I preferred Frasier and Martin's quest to catch a chirping cricket as it combined a deep vein of humour found in Frasier's obsession with trying to get rid of the cricket, and some lovely offbeat humour such as when Martin takes up Frasier's jokey suggestion of using his dental floss for a lizard harness. Roz and Daphne's plotline was enjoyable as we rarely see the two of them having a storyline all to themselves, but the final scene between Daphne and Niles seemed rushed. On the whole, though, I very much enjoyed this episode.
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Total Number of Reviews: 8
Brown... but don't tell anyone I know that, May 20, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"The First Temptation of Daphne" is already better than two-thirds of season 8, at the very least in how it returns us to the characters as we know them.
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