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Episode reviews for Episode 9.14 - The Proposal

Avg. Viewer Review: 81.7%
Number of Reviews: 7

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The perfect moment, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

A neatly constructed episode that continues the series' great track record of smartly playing the crucial moments in the characters' lives.

Rather than building up to a surprise proposal, the episode instead takes the opposite tack: from the title and the opening five seconds, we know exactly what's going on. Niles has, of course, been planning this for weeks. Perhaps basking in the satisfaction of this moment, the episode saunters through a few little tales to get there. The Crane boys sitting up and testing wine is a particularly well-written scene, with Frasier using the name Wojadubakowski as a drunk-test for Martin, and the revelation that Hester told Niles about Frasier's near-illegitimacy to cheer him up as a child. It's some solid family writing from Rob Hanning's final script for the series.

The only bum note is the scene between Martin and Gertrude which seems included mainly because the writers realised that her presence at the Montana was a stumbling block to the plan. I know Gertrude is going through a bunch of things but her intense rise and fall of emotions feels overdone and Peg's appearance feels like a holdover from this season's long-form format.

(One fun little oddity: note how the audience reacts when Niles takes the engagement ring. They've seen TV before, so they know something's up, but I think the assumption is that he will get the ring stuck on his own finger... not that Fraiser will end up proposing to him!)

Still, by and large the episode does great service to the most crucial moment since season 7's finale. Climaxing at the Montana, where a silly Wolfgang Puck cameo (perhaps more memorably parodied in "The Seal Who Came to Dinner") is only the start of a typically overdone Frasier moment. The comedic value of so many people dashing out of the apartment is worth repeat viewing (I love how the last guy is too scared to go on in a kind of action movie parody way). The proposal itself is incredibly sweet. Leeves and Hyde Pierce really sell the moment. While the Daphne/Niles courtship over the last year and a half has not gone exactly as I would have predicted or hoped, the unusual structure of this season has created them as a fully-realised couple, and it's so touching to see them together like this.

Rating: 89%


Hilarious!, Mar 15, 2013

Reviewer: AJA from Wisconsin

I'm with the previous reviewer on this one, the end scene brings me to tears with laughter.
And just watching Niles and the way he is, writing that ridiculous proposal, planning that
ridiculous night with angles and trumpeters. This one is in my top ten.

Rating: 90%


The best!, Jun 25, 2008

Reviewer: Chris from Seattle, WA

I can honestly say this is the funniest episode ive seen of fraiser...

when he got all those people out of the house, i was in tears

good day
and good mental health


Rating: 100%


The Proposal...finally, Jun 01, 2007

Reviewer: Anonymous from Anytown, AT 55555

A very touching, heartwarming episode which has Niles doing something he's probably been daydreaming about for the past 9 years...proposing to Daphne.

Frasier taking out the trumpeter was hilarious!

Rating: 89%


The Proposal, Sep 06, 2006

Reviewer: David Jones from North Wales, Great Britain

A good episode (albiet with an awful subplot involving Martin and Mrs Moon), which has many facical elements. I particularly like the dive Frasier did just before the closing credits rolled.

Rating: 45%


Review of 'The Proposal', Jul 28, 2006

Reviewer: Beer Necessity from York, England

The episode in which Niles finally proposes to Daphne contains all the farce and humour for which the show is best known. The final scene, in which Frasier has to clear Niles’ apartment of an assortment of over-the-top romantic gestures, is possibly the funniest this season. Only a plodding first half prevents this from being a classic.

Rating: 79%


'The Proposal' review, Sep 18, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London

Perhaps the highlight of Season 9, this well-constructed episode shows the events leading up to Niles asking Daphne to marry him. There are some fine scenes throughout here, from the opening with Frasier and Niles choosing the ring leading everyone in the shop to thinking that they are a couple to Niles trying not to cry while preparing his speech to the amusing sequence where Frasier and Niles attempt to get Martin drunk in order to get him to agree to take Mrs. Moon out, which also contains the revelation that Hester was pregnant with Frasier when she and Martin married - I particularly liked Frasier's relief that he wasn't a year older! The scene with Martin and Gertrude slows things down a little but I found his way of brushing off her advances quite amusing while the best scene comes at the end with a nice guest appearance from Wolfgang Puck and Niles' various attempts to pop the question hampered by Daphne coming down with a cold as well as Frasier's attempts to hide away the bizarre array of guests from view. Rob Hanning had earlier written a fine Niles and Daphne episode with Season 5's 'First Date' so it's somehow apt that his last script for the series should be the pivotal episode where the pair decide to get married - and a nicely handled one it is too.

Rating: 80%