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Death Becomes Him
Episode Details

Written by: Leslie Eberhard

Directed by: Andy Ackerman

Original US airdate: 2nd December 1993

Original UK airdate: 29th June 1994


Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
   
   
Guest Cast
Aunt Bobbie .... June Claman
Gail .... Maddie Gorman
Mrs Newman .... Stephanie Dunnam
Allen Freedman .... Murray Rubinstein
Woman At Shiva .... Shawn Huff
Patient .... Marion Dugan
Receptionist .... Amy Lloyd
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Following a discussion where Daphne tells Niles she prefers her men to be more on the macho side, which leads to Niles trying to prove this for the rest of the episode, Frasier informs everyone that Martin's doctor has been on the phone asking why he hasn't turned up for his physical. After Martin arrives, he eventually finds out his game has been rumbled and says he doesn't want to go to Dr Jennings anymore. Niles suggests another one and Frasier takes Martin this time. Once there, they discover that the doctor has died and this leads to Frasier worrying about his own death. After sorting out his affairs, Martin suggests he find out more about the person. So Frasier takes it upon himself to go to the doctor's shiva and find out about the truth.

Episode Title Cards
  • Well, I'm Lousy At Tennis
  • A Family Meeting
  • Kugel, Fras and Allen

Episode Highlights

- As Niles is making something out of a napkin:
Daphne: I suppose I like my gents more on the manly side. Was that a little swan you just made?
Niles: No, it was a B-52.

Frasier: Roz, why is it every time we try to have a serious conversation we end up talking about your sex life?
Roz: Because I have one.

Niles [to Daphne]: Yes, I can always pump iron later.
Frasier: Pump iron(!) Niles, you don't even pump your own gas.

- The way Frasier says 'Niles' after discovering one of his stickers on his robe.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Although Niles trying to be manly is very funny, this is one of my least favourite of the early 'Frasier' episodes. Obviously, an episode about death is never going to be a laugh riot but while there are some very amusing moments throughout the episode, such as Niles putting his name on all of Frasier's good stuff to get hold of them after his brother passes away, I didn't find the 'You're not Jewish, are you" punchline all that amusing and so while this remains an admirably dark episode for a first season, I still find it a tad depressing as a whole.

Rating

71 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 6


Light and dark, Jun 26, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England


This was in many ways a typical grade-B Frasier episode - serious in
intent, but with some highly amusing running gags.

The theme of death was never going to provide a barrel of laughs, and
indeed, Frasier's obsessive idea of how his own unexpected demise
should be handled was somewhat artificial, though it did set up one of
the gags. Better by far was the ending, where Frasier is called upon to
comfort the grieving widow and to his own surprise comes up with a
philosophical bon mot that is affecting and quite deep.

But my favourite things about this episode were the three running
gags - Niles trying but failing to appear more macho after hearing
Daphne say she prefers men that way; Frasier's post-mortem stickers
that Niles uses on a good bottle of wine, and a bath-robe; and the
"you're not Jewish, are you?" response made to most of Frasier's
remarks when he calls to pay his respects to the grieving family. Eddie
also has a few great cameos.

All in all, not the funniest, but still a nice little episode.


Rating: 84%

 

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