Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 10 -> Episode 10.22
Fathers And Sons
Written by: Jon Sherman
Directed by: Kelsey Grammer
Original US airdate: 6th May 2003
Original UK airdate: 26th May 2003
Leland Barton, Hester Crane's former research assistant, comes to Seattle
to pay Frasier and Niles a visit. Roz is at Frasier's aparment when he
arrives, which leads to Leland mistaking Roz for Niles, but then begins
to notice similarities between both Crane boys and Leland, such as both
having a penchant for fine wine and opera, not to mention a couple of
Niles' allergies - even Eddie begins to have trouble telling Frasier and
Leland apart. She accidentally mentions her concerns to Martin who was
joking when he said they might be related, but this sets Martin off thinking
that Leland might actually be Frasier and Niles' father as Hester had
an affair once, so whose to say she didn't have one with Leland. Martin's
mind is put at ease, however, when he learns something he didn't know
about Leland.... Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne struggle to come up with
a name for their as-yet-to-be-born child so they can put it down for an
exclusive pre-elementary school.
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- Niles isn't present when Leland meets the Crane clan but Roz is:
Leland: And you must be - I'm assuming you don't go by Niles anymore!
- Eddie staring at Leland just like he used to stare at Frasier
- Eddie staring at Frasier, then Leland, not being able to tell them apart
- Martin comments on the similarities between Frasier, Niles and Leland:
Martin: They're like 3 fancy peas in a pod!
- Martin takes a sip from a cup at Roz's table in Cafe Nervosa:
Martin: Eew! What the hell is this?!
Roz: I don't know - it was there when I sat down.
- Martin seeing Leland reading Frasier a story, then Niles taking his 'first steps' towards Leland.
- Niles suggests Desmond as a possible name for his and Daphne's child:
Daphne: "Desmond Crane, you are hereby sentenced to ...". No, I don't like it.
- Frasier, Niles and Leland are singing a song about the square of
the hypotenuse when Martin tries to join in:
Martin: ...... about the scary hippopotamus!
- Fast forwarding five years, we learn what name Roz chose for Niles
and Daphne's child:
Admissions Officer: Last name Crane, first name Ichabod!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A delightful episode that plays on the age-old 'Frasier' question: just how is Martin the father of Frasier and Niles. It benefits from a wittily written script and strong playing from all the leads, not to mention a healthy smattering of laugh-out-loud moments - it was also certainly nice to see Jon Sherman bringing back Eddie staring at Frasier again, and then using it brilliantly when Eddie is unable to tell Frasier and Leland apart. David Ogden Stiers, a frequent voice-over artist for Disney movies (including 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'), was a perfect foil for the plot which was entertainingly played out as was Daphne and Niles sub-plot about coming up wit a name for their 'child' which although goes on a bit too long, was brilliantly wrapped up when we find out what name Roz picked for them. 'Fathers and Sons' ranks as yet perhaps the best Season 10 episode
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Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 8
Many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse, May 26, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
A clever episode that manages to combine satisfying laughs with an emotionally resonant storyline, one that builds on ten years of the series' history. (It was also the final episode filmed for this season, although I believe that had more to do with the recurring cast members who were needed for the next two episodes.)
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