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The First Temptation Of Daphne
Episode Details

Written by: Gayle Abrams

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 2nd October 2001

Original UK airdate: 11th January 2002

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
TV Presenter .... Mary Hart
Heather Murphy .... Michelle Stafford
Assistant .... Vic Chao
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

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.....

Episode Title Cards
  • Recipe For Disaster

  • Clash Of The Titans

  • Which Floor Is The "Other Woman" Department?

Episode Highlights

- Martin is disappointed he sat there and nothing was biting on his fishing trip:
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 about Alice:
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.


78 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 75.5%
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.

Frasier and Martin pursue a cricket throughout the apartment in a very classic "Frasier" subplot. There's certainly nothing groundbreaking in it for a post-"Seinfeld" TV episode but Kelsey Grammer and John Mahoney play their characters' increasingly close bond very well. (Martin's "the most dangerous part of a gecko is its mind" competes with Frasier's "it taunts me!" as best line reading.) While this episode still isn't jam-packed with laughs, it's the closest to a season 5 or season 6 episode that we've had in a long while. I appreciate the series' evolution more than some, but it's nice to know that they can still craft a comic story.

Meanwhile, Daphne and Roz get a rare outing together as they investigate the mysterious Heather (Roz bristles at the very name) who has been receiving treatment from Niles but also falling for him. Peri Gilpin has so much fun here, and it's great to see Roz used so well in a family-based plot. Her aggressive attitude at Heather's office is very enjoyable. The writers have certainly mellowed most of Daphne's quirkiness (although it will be back in full force in "Room Full of Heroes") which is definitely a shame, as Jane Leeves has to play a slightly more "ordinary" character nowadays... but perhaps this is just her equivalent of everyone else's evolution? (I have to say though, I am surprised that the series hasn't really yet dealt with the oddity of Daphne still working for Frasier even when she's in a committed relationship with Niles.)

Ultimately, the story does all that I can ask. It builds from what must be a legitimate fear for partners of therapists, and gives Leeves a mixed palette of emotions to play with, from her confusion at the office to her manic/calm questioning of Niles about his day. The sweet ending showcases just how legitimate Daph's concerns are. While I hope the series can move on from these troubles and find more ways to make Daphne and Niles a comic duo, this is another reliable sign of why "Frasier" is elevated above so many sitcoms of its era: a caring, mature approach to its characters.

Rating: 81%


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