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Episode reviews for Episode 4.20 - Daphne Hates Sherry

Avg. Viewer Review: 91.4%
Number of Reviews: 8

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Double entendre, May 10, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


It's interesting to look back at the pivotal episodes of the early seasons, like "Daphne Hates Sherry". Daphne's place in the Crane family has always been unusual, even by sitcom standards. It'll get stranger, of course, in the future, but it's already clear that Daphne doesn't need to live with the family - and why, after all, has she also assumed the role of maid and housekeeper? In my opinion, Daphne after season 5 gets the most unfairly treated by the writers, and it's great to see an episode centering around Jane Leeves' talents. Daphne's fight with Sherry builds out of perfectly understandable motives on both sides, played for truth yet still filled with comedy.

The central sequence - Niles and Daphne at the former's apartment - is the first real indication, following on from last season's "Moon Dance", of the possibility of romantic and sexual interaction between the two. By justifying things ultimately with Daphne's fear of losing control over Martin, the series is able to sidestep fall-out from this episode, but the blatant double entendres are hysterical - not because of what they are, but because they build from the frustration pent up inside the two characters. (In many ways, this scene reminds me of the first true "Frasier" classic, "A Midwinter Night's Dream").

And - as someone who has just been rewatching season 8 - it's joyous to see how smoothly season 4 runs. The home sequences run like a steam train, and the opening moments of Bulldog and Roz fighting at KACL are also great fun.

Just an all-round classic, culminating in a fitting sequence with Sherry perched on Frasier's bathtub. What more can I ask?


Rating: 94%

 

Very funny, but.., Sep 18, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England


Yes, this is a hilarious episode, and one I enjoyed immensely. It's just
that.. well, the scene between Daphne and Niles at his apartment is
just SO overloaded with double-entendres, it's almost too much! I
think this was one case where "less is more", and if they had omitted a
third of the most obvious jokes, it would have worked better.


Rating: 85%

 

Daphne Hates Sherry, May 06, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA


And now, for what we've all been waiting for!...said the Frasier ringmasters. After one-sided Niles and Daphne eps where he nearly reveals his secret to her usual obliviousness, we are, for once, treated to a situation where she may actually be feeling the same. Following a blow-out with Sherry, Daph finds refuge at Niles' after attempts to reach her girlfriends prove unsuccessful. Just their (and our) luck, the air conditioning has broken down in Niles' swank building, leaving the two to sweat and writhe amid numerous arid-related innuendos. The title is a bit of a misnomer, as the meat is in the middle passage dealing with this encounter; the Sherry stuff is barely glimpsed. No matter, this one finally pushes the N & D realm above the tired, drooling throwaways that the scripters usually saddle Pierce with.


Rating: 92%

 

Daphne Hates Sherry, Dec 29, 2008

Reviewer: Linda Strachan from Scotland


One of my favourites.

The way Niles gets all hot + bothered while Daphne gets all hot + bothered is excellent. Everytime I watch it I pray for Daphne's wee alarm not to work and for her to stay at Niles' apartment.

I laugh out loud each time the champagne cork pops at the appropriate time.

A fandabbydozy episode.


Rating: 97%

 

Daphne Hates Sherry, Jan 05, 2006

Reviewer: Tom from Cumbria, England


''Daphne Hates Sherry" is a fabulous episode that really pushes the Niles & Daphne saga. It really is excellent. When Sherry sets Daphne up on a date she storms out of the house and ends up at Niles' apartment. She asks if she can stay the night, a shocked Niles faints!! When he comes around he finds Daphne sitting over him. As Seattle is in the middle of a heatwave she asks if she can take a nice, cold bath. Niles, excited, pops open champagne as he sees Daphne's robe fling open due to his fan! They decide that they will have to sleep in the same room that night as there is only the one fan. It is all going perfectly for Niles until Daphne forgets some medicane she has to take. They have to go back to Frasier's. Back there (much to Niles' dismay) the matter is resolved... in the bathroom with... a naked Frasier! Daphne will not be spending the night at Niles'.

The funniest part in this episode is right at the end when Frasier tells Niles that as he is a doctor he could just use his prescription pad to get Daphne her tablets. Added to that there is an all-night pharmacy just across the street from Niles' building!!

An hilarious episode!!


Rating: 93%

 

Daphne Hates Sherry, Jan 03, 2006

Reviewer: Amz from Wiltshire, UK


Another favourite episode in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire scene with Niles and Daphne, I couldn't stop laughing when Daphne said "I'd really love to get out of these sweaty clothes" and the CD thing pops out with the look of wonder on Niles' face. And the scene where Frasier ended up solving everyone's problems from his bathtub! Another must see episode.


Rating: 97%

 

'Daphne Hates Sherry' review, Jun 16, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


The final Ranberg/Flett-Giordano script is largely reminiscent of their Season 1 episode 'A Midwinter Night's Dream' as, following an explosive row with Sherry, Daphne seeks refuge at Niles' place intending to stay the night - once again leading to the two of them becoming caught up in an intimate situation. The sequence with them trying to cool off with the aid of ice and an oscillating fan is literally fuelled with sexual suggestion and as ever both Hyde Pierce and Leeves excel. The funniest part of the episode however comes right at the end as, having left her thyroid pills back at Frasier's place, Daphne returns to collect them along with an ever anxious Niles and in a brilliant scene they, along with Martin and Sherry, end up in the bathroom where Frasier - who's simply trying to take a bubble bath in peace - finds himself having to solve everybody's problems. The conclusion with Niles realising that he could have simply prescribed Daphne another dose of pills is hilarious, as he exits the bathroom leaving his brother to sink below the bubbles.


Rating: 84%

 

DAPHNE HATES SHERRY, Jun 10, 2005

Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK


This episode marks the bowing out of writers Anne Flett-Gordiano and Chuck Ramberg who had written some of the very best episodes from the first four seasons. It seemed only right therefore that their last episode should be one to remember them by, something witty, funny and clever, and it seems we got just that. ‘Daphne Hates Sherry’ makes for both a superb swansong for the sadly departing writers as well as a great episode all round. It contains some great physical comedy by David Hyde Pierce; Kelsey Grammer fighting off a bad case of flew, as well as a fight breaking out between Sherry and Daphne.

I enjoyed the opening sequence, which saw an irritable and ever increasingly sick Frasier desperately trying to have a peaceful breakfast. This scene is memorable for ‘Momma’s Big Biscuits’, and shows the increasing tension mounting between Daphne and Sherry. Marsha Mason once again excels are the lurid, loud and lewd Sherry Dempsey, and along with some nice sarcastic lines from Martin and Frasier this makes a rather good beginning sequence. I wasn’t as keen on the next scene, which was basically a fight between Roz and Bulldog at KACL, which was resolved by a fairly predictable outcome. However this remains my only gripe with this episode.

The argument between Sherry and Daphne is somewhat exhilarating, and of course the viewer instantly takes Daphne’s side, as Sherry tries to spice up Daphne’s sex life by recommending her to boyfriends of hers. Just as tempers are becoming as hot as the weather (this episode takes place during a heat wave), Frasier enters with the classic line:
FRASIER: Is Seattle experiencing a Prozac shortage?

This next scene proves to be a masterpiece, and shows the chemistry between Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce at its best. After her row, Daphne seeks solace at Niles apartment, and it seems (Niles faints) that all his dreams are going to come true. His facial expressions are hilarious, as they share passion fruit and champagne. The misunderstandings and comparisons between sex and fruit are very funny (DAPHNE: I’d love some!) as well as Niles’ ice melting.
After proposing that she and Niles spend the night together, in the same room (because of the heat wave) Niles and Daphne go back to the apartment to get her pills:
NILES: I’ll go, if you and Sherry get in the same room again you two might make up… more reasons to fight with each other!

The last scene in the apartment is excellent, with an ill Frasier clad in Batman-like facemask taking a bubble bath. I loved how Niles kept trying to get Daphne to come back with him ‘a night without your services will have them singing a different tune’ and ‘obviously these two wildcats can’t come to an agreement).
Another funny moment from this scene would be:
MARTIN: Frasier?
FRASIER: I’m taking a bath! (Martin enters) What part of ‘I’m taking a bath’ did you take to mean come on in?

After solving everyone’s problems and reuniting Sherry and Daphne, Frasier sinks ‘hippopotamus like beneath the bubbles’ making for a satisfying conclusion to yet another classic episode from the unsurpassable Season 4. I’ll end with my favourite quote:

DAPHNE (regarding her love life): I’m feeling a little bit like the good china
NILES: (wistfully) Somebody should be eating off you everyday


Rating: 89%