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Episode reviews for Episode 6.07 - How To Bury A Millionaire

Avg. Viewer Review: 83.9%
Number of Reviews: 7

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Mission Control, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"How to Bury a Millionaire" is a fun little episode that brings the brothers Crane back down to earth... well, a little bit.

It makes sense that life at the Montana has been stretching Niles to breaking point, and of course these guys could never admit that in their society. Niles coming to bunk with Frasier is good fun, and there are some enjoyable little moments for Martin and Roz. Do I really buy that the Shangri-La is the "only thing" Niles and Frasier can find in his price bracket? Not really. In fact, not at all. But the episode is able to allow Niles to keep his pride while also facing the reality of life without Maris.

To be honest, I don't have much to say about this one. Everyone is in fine form, and the episode finds a new way to explore the characters. A solid little episode.


Rating: 80%

 

How To Bury A Millionaire, Jun 16, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA


Nonsensically titled (Maris is the millionaire and she hasn't been killed??) ep which sees Niles forced to give up his Shangri-La at The Montana for an apartment aptly called...The Shangri-La. Of course, this is one of those "whimsically" monikered buildings, where inside, it's nothing more than a dive. Prior to Niles arrival there we get some sitcom standbys from The Guest Who Wouldn't Leave 101 as he seeks refuge in Frasier's bedroom. But as usual, the writers --- and this cast --- make tired stuff work, and Grammer's patented aggrevation plays great. The Shangri-La bits have been seen before, too, but Pierce's consternation is nicely done, and his line of "Can I get you some toast?" had me rolling. So, though recycled from sitcoms past, this one still works. And even manages some of that stellar "Frasier"-type emotion at the end, which the show used to weave in so deftly.


Rating: 85%

 

Nightmare On Elm Street, May 27, 2010

Reviewer: David Sim from Skelmersdale, Lancashire


Mercifully, the Frasier out of work storyline takes a backseat here to the far more welcome Niles/Maris plotline, which took a major turning point in the last episode. After Niles refused to take Maris back, she's really decided to turn the thumbscrews on him by freezing all his accounts. Things have gotten so bad for Niles he's even had to start driving a Hatchback!

It sets up a splendid opening when Frasier and Martin spy Niles driving such a wretched vehicle, or as Niles refers to it, "a buggy derailed from a carnival ride without the safety features!"

Even worse is poor Niles can't keep up with the rent at the Montana. The episode skilfully alludes to that when Martin goes to get Niles some aspirin, and it becomes like an epic quest through the maze of Niles' apartment. It includes a study, a library, and a gift wrapping room! He even has a third floor and a secret passageway! Frasier offers to put him up until he can find something cheaper.

But having Niles as a roommate is not what the doctor ordered. Probably the funniest scene is watching Frasier and Niles sharing a room. Niles' sleep routine is bizarre to say the least. He likes to have all the sounds of the Brazilian rainforest around him. That explains something about Niles and Maris' marriage. Why they could never sleep in the same room. Much less the same bed.

Frasier may have Niles over as a permanent houseguest unless he can help him find a place. After just one day of hunting, Niles gave up. Now he spends his days going to the movies (with his own seat cushion!). They finally find something in Niles' price range. The Shangri-La. The look of horror on they're faces says more than words ever could.

I love all of Niles' nitterly complaints. A bed that folds up into the wall. He calls the ironing board the guest room. And he has his own toaster. But Niles has to grit and bear it. When we next see Niles, he's a changed man. And he's got an Hawaiian shirt to prove it. It looks like he's fit in to life at the Shangri-La. But much like Frasier in Good Grief, he's just feigning enthusiasm. Immersing himself in denial so he doesn't have to deal with the pain of his current predicament.

In fact he's so depressed he very nearly crawls back to Maris. But comes to his senses when he realises living at the Shangri-La is a far better prospect than living a suffocating life with Maris.

A good episode that handles the ongoing Niles/Maris divorce with a good smattering of laughs, and some true poignancy for Niles. Far more involving then the truly joyless story Frasier's been lumbered with of late.


Rating: 85%

 

And the season picks up..., Nov 26, 2008

Reviewer: Tom M from Cumbria, England


A good episode here, a lot better than the previous one and my second favourite from this season (so far) after "Dial M For Martin". Some hilarious scenes involving Niles in his new apartment, especially the sight of him in that beach shirt!


Rating: 83%

 

One of my top 5., May 05, 2007

Reviewer: Aloysius Fairbanks from Kent, UK


A brilliant episode featuring one of my favourite characters.


Rating: 93%

 

A Niles laugh-a-thon, Jan 13, 2007

Reviewer: Me123 from Scotland, UK


For the first time in a while, Niles hets an episode devoted to him and his problems with Maris.

The car chase is brilliant, and the way Niles and Frasier argue so pathetically over the carphones is hilarious, with great one-liners such as:

Frasier: That is ridiculous, I can hear my own horn through the
phone!

It then descends into logistical humour, when Martin is lost in Niles's apartment. It is amazing to see how big the Montana actually is; it even has a gift-wrapping room!

Another great scene here is the nighttime scene, with Niles and Frasier bunking together. Niles has a 20 minute bathroom routine and a set of rainforest tapes which are absolutely hilarious (this makes Frasier unable to sleep, resulting in him missing a job interview).

After Roz noticing Niles at the theatre:

Roz: Frasier, I know Niles when I see him. How people go to
the movies with their own seat cushion?

the humour in this episode based upon Niles's strange...being is pretty much complete. This is what makes it a hit/miss episode: whilst some love this type of humour, others loathe it and probably hate this episode as it is centred around this humour.

The shangri-la is an absolutely hilarious scene, and the look on Niles and Frasier's faces as soon as they see such features as the fold-away bed and ironing board. For me, this is the funniest scene in the episode, as the previous gags, whilst funny, were a little surreal.

As the episode moves to a more refletive tone, showing such touching scenes as the brotherly love (Frasier giving Niles the pen) and Niles calling Maris to plead with her, but eventually letting her know his new address, make this a memorable episode, and not one that should be overlooked. Whilst it is a love it/hate it episode in many ways, it works for me and that's why I shall give it such a high rating, in relation to previous reviews.

The main point about this episode is that it shows the change from separated Niles to batchelor Niles, a move that has been imminent for some time now, and the last 5 minutes or so of the episode show purely progressional material that heas been handles very well indeed.


Rating: 83%

 

'How To Bury A Millionaire' review, Jul 16, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


Quite a sad episode for Niles as the expense of his divorce to Maris forces him to move out of his luxurious apartment at the Montana and into the somewhat less desirable confines of the 'Shangri-La'. In between he is put up by Frasier who, in perhaps the funniest sequence here, has to endure his brother's bizarre and irritating bedtime rituals - I particularly like the tape of screeching whalesong he plays in order to relax. The Shangri-La itself is suitably depressing and when Frasier and Martin pop round to visit they find Niles in an alarmingly garish shirt and with a forced enthusiasm for his new residence which is suddenly quashed when he hears his father claim that this is his kind of place! A good episode which, while not full of big laughs, handles this particular storyline effectively.


Rating: 78%