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Episode reviews for Episode 6.14 - Three Valentines

Avg. Viewer Review: 96.8%
Number of Reviews: 41

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Not just Niles, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Three Valentines" is an undisputed "Frasier" classic, but there's much more to it than David Hyde Pierce's one-man (and a dog) tour-de-force.

The first act is, of course, great fun. Hyde Pierce gives it his all, preparing for a date that goes disastrously wrong before the second person even arrives! Eddie's reaction shots are gorgeous, too, and I think enough has been said about this act by many other commentators.

The second act is perhaps the most forgettable, but it's still so much fun. We meet Cassandra, ably played by the beautiful Virginia Madsen (season 6 is a very good year for Frasier dates). She's much more flirtatious here than in her later appearances... or is she? Frasier's inability to read Cassandra's constantly mixed signals makes for a riotous 7 minutes that impresses me just as much as Niles' little show. I've been in this situation myself, and the frantic way Kelsey Grammer's face rises and falls is just spot-on. Roz gets a great little cameo from her bedroom. On Frasier and Cassandra: "even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while."

After the series analysed its characters' futures in "Our Parents, Ourselves", a Valentine's Day episode makes perfect sense, and the Daphne/Martin sequence that ends the episode is a true highlight for the characters. What starts out as a sympathy dinner on both ends becomes a moment of reflection as the two start sharing compliments against their will, but genuinely expose the warm feelings that have developed over six years of shared captivity at Chez Crane. These two have always had a mutual respect, sometimes more grudging than others, and the dinner reflects their own insecurities. What's more, the heartfelt moment when Daphne calls Martin her pet is particularly touching: some part of him was hoping she'd say something more. It's not that he actually has feelings for Daph, but at the same time this happens to many of us when we spend so long with someone of the right gender: the possibility lingers. Moments of loneliness and uncertainty about the future rise up. It's a well-modulated scene that really gets to the heart of the two characters.

All in all, a gem.

Rating: 100%


Simply the best, Jul 18, 2012

Reviewer: Paul Carr from Suffolk, England

so clever, so hilarious and so well acted.
Faultless genius

Rating: 100%


Niles rules, Dec 22, 2011

Reviewer: Kate McKellar from Scotland

This along with the ''nightmare inn" actine of several accents is probably some of the funniest viewing I have ever seen. I have watched both episodes over and over again and still bust up laughing. I even have my two kids glued to it now. Keep going Niles, you cheer up even the glumest of day's. :)

Rating: 100%


Niles' shines.., May 22, 2011

Reviewer: Dan from Albuquerque, NM USA

The first segment of Three Valentines may very well be the funniest thing I've ever seen on television - Pierce ranks up there with the all-time comics; his rendition of an 'everything going wrong' medley is perfectly choreographed to the music, top-shelf funny!!

I watched it (for the first time) about 6:30am one morning and almost spewed my coffee.. Kudos to the writers, a classic!

Rating: 100%


My pet, Feb 23, 2011

Reviewer: Dean from Lindon

I absolutely love this episode and the final scene with Daphne and Martin is brilliant

Rating: 100%


Will probably never tire of watching, Feb 10, 2011

Reviewer: Graham Sharp from Southport England

The cleverest , funniest , best scripted , best acted "sitcom" that I have ever seen . It betters even the best of Fawlty Towers and Blackadder as it includes many different types of comedy.
Knowing the characters so well adds to the laughter but Niles' performance stands up as a classic piece of slapstick even to people who have never seen the show before.
Frasier stands out as the best comedy to come out of America ever.Whoever did the casting was a genius.

Rating: 100%


Niles' reactions, Dec 25, 2010

Reviewer: John Hopkins from Kamakura, Japan and Wailea, Maui, HI

The way Niles collapses with whipcrack suddenness at the sight of a drop of his own blood is perfectly timed and hysterically funny.
Thank-you, DHP and cast!

Rating: 100%


Pure magic, Dec 05, 2010

Reviewer: Paul from Yorkshire, UK

This episode is just pure magic and the laughs are none stop. The Niles valentine is one of the funniest things ever shown on TV. David pulls this off in the classic tradition of some of the all time greats of comedy. Full marks to the writters and cast. The other valentines are close behind and acted out with comic timing to match anyone's.

Rating: 100%


niles fainting, Nov 09, 2010

Reviewer: Rachel Macfie from St Annes England

ive never saw anything so funny in my life, niles bar far steals the show! frazier would be nothing without niles hes the funniest person on the show. I only switch on to watch him.

Rating: 100%


Three Valentines, Jul 13, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

Where did this come from?? After 13 episodes of marginal mediocrity, the writers pull this out of their hat! Sure, the Niles piece gets all the praise, but the Frasier/Cassandra stuff always wins out for me. Madsen plays it perfectly coy up against Grammer's usual perplexed confusion. Unusually witty stuff for this point of the season, but we'll take it. Even the Daphne/Martin portion works, and for one huge reason: they kept it short. Their banter was about to approach grating when they ended it, especially with Leeves pitchy squawks of insecurity. But major kudos to Pierce for his Charlie Chaplin clinic of errors and the writers for stepping up, unexpectedly. It's almost so good it reeks of something that had been sitting around for a couple seasons with no place for it (being a Valentine's ep and all).

Rating: 93%



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