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Episode reviews for Episode 7.22 - The Dark Side Of The Moon

Avg. Viewer Review: 96.2%
Number of Reviews: 5

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Moon Dancing, May 19, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


What a bravura episode this is! I've always maintained that Daphne is the hardest character to write introspectively for, only because we see comparatively little of her personal life. Of course, Jane Leeves has always been a standout, and season 7 has done a good job of exploring the psychology of her connection to both Donny and Niles. But I was still blown away by this episode.

S. Epatha Merkerson provides (unsurprisingly) a sympathetic yet complex (particularly for a 22 minute episode) portrayal as Daphne's therapist, as they explore the house of cards that built up around Daphne in the week before her wedding. Her disastrous night is built up very smartly with the Cranes, Roz, Donny, and the arrival of Simon Moon all conspiring against her. Few of the tropes in this episode are unique but they're built around a really interesting dilemma that keeps us hooked.

I enjoy how the series acknowledged the importance of the Niles/Daphne climax, and contracted all the recurring cast accordingly. Mel makes some small appearances, notably as the officious umpire at Daphne's surprise hen's night, which is a clever way to pit them against each other. (At the same time, it's a natural fit for her character and it's nice that she's doing her best to get involved in the family's life.) As Simon, Anthony LaPaglia is effortlessly disgusting and proves a perfect foil to both Frasier and Roz. Like the imminent Gertrude Moon, Simon is a bit of a one-note character, but he is used comparatively sparingly. The contrast between Frasier's slow-burn approach to flirting and Simon's instant move is quite funny. I'm not sure I'm convinced that Roz would be this attracted to Frasier, but we have seen recently (and will see again in season 8) that Roz is feeling less attractive and wanted since she had Alice, so perhaps that explains it. (And of course she's a sucker for an accent.)

Still, the episode pivots around Daphne, and places the final piece in the Daphne/Niles puzzle. This is actually a very clever move, since it means the season finale is not so much "will Daphne realise how she feels?" as about a tougher question: "now that Daphne knows how she feels, will she act on it despite the hurt she will cause?" The final revelation is the most heartbreakingly sweet: that Daphne had hoped for something more on the night she went to Niles' apartment. Now she's come to realise that he's truly moved on from her. Is there any way he can find his way back?

Beautiful.


Rating: 97%

 

At last she realises, Jan 14, 2010

Reviewer: D. Wigg from Lowestoft, United Kingdom


Brillant episode. Daphne turns up at niles to teach him how to make sticky toffee pudding on a saturday night, which he has asked her to. She knows thats not why he asked her there, but she thinks shes going to spend the night with him, as she is wearing one of her favourite dresses to make it more special. He has really asked her there as her fiance has decided to surprise her with a party and bring her brother along, Simon, the one who she says sits around the house and drinks all day. Martin says thats alot of people, Daphne says yes but your retired. Roz thinks Daphne's brothers wonderful, wow he talks just like a prince. Simon while he's there steals a woman meant for Frasier, introduces Martin to the sport of rugby, and even wears Frasiers boxer shorts, ones that he had been wearing, but put out to be washed. The fantastic actor who plays Simon would be put in future episodes, thankfully. The brillant part where Daphne thinks she's getting an evening to herself, so you she her with her hair up, something on her upper lip to take any hairs off, and in a dressing gown and slippers. She's upset with someone from another flat that did something to her dress when she was cleaning it so she goes into the kitchen, her fiance turns up with his parents as a surprise visit, Daphnes comes out of the kitchen pouring whats left of some scotch or whisky bottle into a glass whilst saying there thats the end of that bottle, making it seem to her fiance's parents that she drinks alot. Martin tries to make it seem as if its for him, but she says if you want it your have to fight me for it old man, which again doesn't make her look nice, before her fiance introduces her to his parents, which of course surprises her. You then see the person who did something to Daphne's laundry come to the flat as Daphne put her clothes in the wet puddles. Daphne then takes the clothes and puts them into the outside and they land on some cars, rather quickly if you ask me, which causes an accident, and Daphne has to see a shrink, sorry I don't know how to spell what Frasier and Niles are. Then Daphne realises how she feels for Niles. Brillant episode.


Rating: 100%

 

Nothing Wasted, Apr 14, 2007

Reviewer: Cal Wehdeking from Himeji, Japan


This episode is sharp, expertly plotted through flashbacks.

Anthony Lapaglia is pitch perfect as Simon, exposing all the faultlines in Daphne's troubled background. He's a wrecking ball to everyone's idea of correct behavior, and his bonding with Martin adds to the hilarity.

On a series that has so much fun at the expense of psychiatry, it's interesting to see an episode that actually makes a case for the effectiveness of it. The session helps Daphne uncover the roots of her own repressed rage and her denial of her feelings for Niles.

Nothing is wasted, even the psychiatrist, whose role could have been played straight, is given witty lines. Daphne asks about her family history, and she answers that she would still have family woes....if she were still talking to them -- a perfect commentary on the muddle that psychiatrists' own lives can be. Then, the "I'm sorry, our time is up" line is a wicked coup de grace.

This show is as good as it gets.


Rating: 100%

 

The Dark Side Of The Moon, Jan 08, 2006

Reviewer: roz11 from London


This episode should come with a warning: you will fall off your seat with laughter. In my opinion this episode is underrated and is my favourite episode of all time (with the exception of Ham Radio). Jane Leeves is the centre of attention with her telling what happened at her wedding shower. Daphne's brother has come to town but Daphne is less than pleased to see him. This is one of the last Frasier classics for a long time and is really one of the most enjoyable Frasier episodes ever made.


Rating: 100%

 

'Dark Side Of The Moon' review, Aug 10, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


A cleverly structured curtain-raiser to the monumental events of the season finale which is told in flashback by Daphne to her therapist, following a judge's decision that she should seek a course of anger management after her bad-tempered behaviour causes a four car pile-up. The flashbacks begin at the Montana where Daphne is thrown a surprise party by Donny, only to be horrified to discover that her fiance has invited her oafish brother Simon. Anthony LaPaglia has received much criticism for his bizarre adoption of a cockney accent for what is supposed to be a Mancunian character but nevertheless he throws himself into the role with considerable gusto and the various scenes where he manages to get on the wrong side of Frasier such as stealing his date and sleeping in his bed are among the episode's comic highpoints. Ultimately though this is Jane Leeves' show and she positively sparkles throughout, never more so than in the sequence where Donny's parents pay a visit to the apartment much earlier than expected, only to find her looking a complete mess after which they witness her bad-tempered behaviour when she throws a neighbour's laundry over the balcony, which is what causes the aforementioned pile-up. The ending is also very well done as we see Daphne turning up at the Montana expecting to see Niles alone, only for this to be revealed as the start of the surprise party - thus bringing the episode full circle and leaving Daphne at the therapist's realising her true feelings for Niles after which her question about what she should do next goes unanswered when the therapist informs her 'I'm sorry but our time is up' - an exquisitely cruel tease both for Daphne and the 'Frasier' viewers which leaves this wonderfully written episode hanging in the air as the season drives towards it's awesome climax.


Rating: 84%