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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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Lonely Hearts, Dec 16, 2009

Reviewer: David Sim from Skelmersdale, Lancashire


Three Valentines has an exalted place at Frasier Online. An astronomical rating (second only to The Matchmaker). And reviewers all over sing its praises. All extraordinary things. And all for an episode that doesn't deserve any of it.

I may be alone in this opinion, but Three Valentines is a case of great first act, shame about the rest. Taking a casual glance at the reviews prior to writing my own, I've noticed the majority talk of Niles' segment, and not a thing about the other two. Which only shows how boring they must have found them. Many say Three Valentines is a highlight of the season, but I found it no different from many S6 episodes. Fitfully funny but not totally satisfying.

The premise is good. Frasier, Niles, Martin and Daphne each have an adventure on Valentines Day. But Niles' is the only one worth watching. His segment is the reason to see it. Without it, Three Valentines would sink without trace.

I can certainly understand why people speak highly of the first seven minutes. Because its one of the funniest things this season. Niles is preparing for a dinner date. He tries to iron out a crease in his pants, and sets Frasier's apartment on fire in the process. What's wonderful is its told in almost complete silence. Frasier's been doing silent comedy since the show's conception. Each end credits sequence is a miniature silent movie. But this is the first time the show's ever indulged a full fledged slient routine. And its a hugely funny, successful experiment.

To simply describe the scene takes some of the fun out of watching it. A cut finger, blood on the couch, flammable fluid, extinguishers that spray everything except the fire, ruined dinner, malicious smoke detectors, a hungry dog, and a man who faints at the sight of his own blood, all to the sound of Marriage of Figaro on the soundtrack combine into a merciless, blackly hysterical sequence.

What's funny about it is the way Rob Hanning and Kelsey Grammer compound the sequence with crueller and crueller twists. Both David Hyde Pierce and Moose rise to the occasion, what with Pierce's talent for physical comedy pushed to the limit while Eddie looks on at the chaos unfolding all around him, its a scene that leaves you well and truly worn out.

But the problem with Three Valentines is that the episode peaks too soon. Where it should have worked up to it, instead it shows the funniest one first, and then has nowhere to go after that. It sets the bar so high and so early into the piece, that the remaining stories can't help but look poor by comparison.

We then move on to Frasier, who's waiting at a restaurant for Cassandra Stone (the great Virginia Madsen), KACL's new marketing manager. Its just a one-joke affair where Frasier can't figure out whether they're on a date or at a business dinner. Even when it moves into the bedroom, Frasier still can't make any sense of Cassandra's mixed signals. Most of the amusement stems from Frasier on the phone to Roz every five minutes in need of advice:

(Cassandra's getting undressed for bed) Roz: What do you need? Runway lights on the mattress!

Virginia Madsen is one of the great, underrated American actresses. No matter what part she plays, she always brings a magnetic presence. And certainly she's the most enjoyable thing about the second story. Watching her lead Frasier up and down the garden path while he does flip flops trying to keep up. But its still not much of a story. An actress of Madsen's calibre deserved better material. Which she'd get towards the end of the season.

Finally, we come to Martin and Daphne, who are both single on Valentines Day, and have gone to a restaurant together. This is the most annoying one of the three. Daphne worries she'll always be alone (just before she meets Donny in the next ep), and Martin worries about his age. So they try to cheer each other up. But they keep badgering each other with questions like "Do you really think I'm pretty?" or "Why am I wonderful?" I don't know about anybody else but all of this just drove me up the wall. I didn't think it was funny at all. The only part that did make me laugh was when Daphne called Martin her pet!

But overall, Three Valentines is a disappointment. Niles' segment is the only one that really stands out. The other two are forgettable. Certainly the episode falls short of the lavish praise heaped upon it. If it hadn't been for the first story, one suspects the rating would be much lower. One of Frasier's most overrated episodes.


Rating: 55%

 

Three valentines, Aug 18, 2009

Reviewer: Louis Norman from London


Valentine 1: NILES! I have never been one for slapstick but I didn't mind when I saw this.,
Niles notices a crease in his pants so he takes them of to iron them having taken the iron he
notices in loose string, leaving the iron on the pants he gets the scissors when he comes back
he tries to cut the string but cuts himself and faints- when he recovers he sees a blood stain
and gets the cleaner, putting it next to a candle he sees its flammable and pulls it away and
pours a bit but it spills, he then smells smoke so checks in the kitchen but there is nothing so
the smoke alarm goes of and eddie starts to bark (niles is in frasiers apartment) he goes out
and sees the pants are on fire so he throws them on couch which has a flammable liquid on
it, the fire goes higher so niles takes the fire extinguisher but it is to strong for him and by
the time its under control has run out so he gets the pasta from the kitchen to put the fire
out, once on the couch the fire is out- niles starts pulling the door back and fourth to get the
smoke out but the plaster on his finger comes of and he faints-I say no more

Valentine 2: Frasier does not understand if his date is romantic or not- first she orders the
garlic chicken but then asks if he is in the mood for oysters. frasier keeps in contact with roz
so that she can tell him is he's on a date, they finnish and go back to the hotel- she invites
him in and tells him to get "comfortable" but only means put on slippers because frasier
stepped in a puddle- she tells frasier a way to warm up real quick but means "have a brandy".
they end up going to sleep together but frasier is confused!

Valentines 3: daphne and martin go to dinner but daphne is insecure and starts cry so martin
tries to cheer her up by telling her she is attractive but daphne keeps asking questions, a
waiter buts in and says "your father is right- you are attractive" which makes martin
insecure so daphne tells him he's a catch, this causes martin to question daphne about it so
they are both annoyed with each other.

I give Valentines 1 50%
I give valentines 2 19%
I give valentines 3 10%


Rating: 79%

 

Only a great actor could pull this off!, Jun 01, 2009

Reviewer: Debbie from San Antionio, Texas


The intro with Niles is one of the greatest episodes I've ever seen. You know an actor is a master when they can pull off a scene all by themself without a word spoken!

The first time I saw this episode was late one evening. I tried to be quiet so I wouldn't wake my kids. I ended up laughing so hard I cried. The whole "Three Valentines" episode is PRICELESS!



Rating: 100%

 

Silence is Golden, Mar 28, 2009

Reviewer: Mel K from Lancaster, CA


No talkie has been more hilarious than Niles and his pants. I have never bought anyone's season series---not even Seinfeld, but I will buy Frasier's #6, just for show #14.


Rating: 100%

 

Niles valentines Day, Feb 25, 2009

Reviewer: cheryl from florida


The starting of this episode is truly the funniest thing I have ever seen on TV. I love it!!! Now I am off to see if I can get a copy to show my kids!!!


Rating: 100%

 

Three Valentines, Feb 04, 2009

Reviewer: #1FraiserFan from USA


Oh my gosh! I love this episode! Niles is soooo funny! I have seen every single one of the Fraiser Episodes(I own all 12 seasons) and this is by far one of the funniest!


Rating: 100%

 

Piles of Niles, Sep 19, 2008

Reviewer: The Kjomars from Atwater, CA USA


We could watch David Hyde Pierce all day. Not many can pull off this level of comedy where no words are spoken, or needed. Brilliant! A very memorable and favored episode, as many of us here agree.

We've always enjoyed the sweet humor of Niles's infatuation with Daphne all those years too. Great "family" chemistry between all the cast members. And, obviously, some great writers as well.

Thanks to everyone involved, we had years of great television to look forward to each season, and beyond in reruns. Only a hand full of shows over the last 40 years, have had that all around greatness, in my opinion.

Thank you!


Rating: 100%

 

wonderful, Apr 11, 2008

Reviewer: Briana from New York


This episode was fantastic. The best part was the beginning...Niles calmly starting to iron, then chaos breaks loose. I love how Eddie sits there, staring at him. The way Niles runs back and forth with the fire is great. Best part is when he's waving the door to let out the smoke, and he sees his cut finger and faints. I love it!!


Rating: 99%

 

Sublime silent skill, Mar 16, 2008

Reviewer: Julia O'Connor-Beach from Gloucestershire, England


I saw this episode years ago, and have longed to see it again. I recall crying with laughter and being rendered utterly helpless as I watched Niles descend from almost perfect preparedness to complete chaos. The icing on the cake was Eddy's heartless but pragmatic opportunism, when he leapt onto Frasier's Chanel reproduction sofa and scoffed the pasta.

The concept and execution of this all too short masterclass of silent comedy is sheer perfection.

If accolades and awards did not rain down on the heads of all involved, this would constitute a grievous oversight and travesty of justice.


Rating: 100%

 

David Hyde-Sellers :-), Feb 27, 2008

Reviewer: Roland Oumard from Earth, Europe, Germany, Kassel


With his silent comedy opening DHP simply equals (or maybe tops) THE OTHER highlight, i.e. Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau destroying this hotel room with a vacuum cleaner. This scene alone makes him one of the best comedy actors (dead or alive :-) )!
And for me - maybe I do annoy the one or other Frasier fan (and I am one of the biggest) - the whole series comes in at an outstanding second place right behind "Fawlty Towers", meaning:
There´s "Fawlty Towers", then "Frasier" and then - for a long time -
...absolutely nothing!
What do you think?


Rating: 100%

 

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