Episode Guide -> Season 2 -> Episode 2.01
Slow Tango In South Seattle
Written by: Martin Weiss
Directed by: James Burrows
Original US airdate:
20th September 1994
Original UK airdate: 30th June 1995
||David Hyde Pierce
|Thomas Jay Fallow
Frasier is outraged when he is introduced to an extremely popular book
that all the women, including Roz and Daphne, seem to be reading. It seems
that the book was written by a man who had been a patient of Frasier's.
In the course of the man's therapy, Frasier had told him a story drawn
from his own past, and the writer has used Frasier's story as the basis
for his book. Frasier feels betrayed and violated, especially since the
story of his sexual initiation when he was a sensitive 18-year old taking
piano lessons from a very attractive older (forty-ish) woman. Ultimately,
with Niles's help, Frasier realizes that he is troubled because he never
said goodbye to the woman. So he tracks he down and says all the things
he should have said so long ago without realizing he is talking to her
- Slow Tango In South Seattle
- He Was Not Yet A Man, Yet Oh So Much More Than A Boy
- The Tears It Takes A Summer Wind To Dry...
- I Feel Older Since His Shadow Left My Door
- With reference to the book:
Frasier: I spent most of my time helping him get over his writer's
block - next time I'll be careful to use my powers for good not evil.
- Looking at a picture of Niles and Maris, with Maris in a jockey's
Martin: Maris hasn't taken up horse backing has she?
Niles: No, she wanted to but her quadraceps are so tight she
can't straddle anything larger than a border collie.
- With reference to Frasier's experiences in the book:
Daphne: It's about his first time.
Frasier: Thank you Daphne (!)
Niles: Your first time doing what?
- Daphne is recalling some of the books finest moments:
Daphne: ... and how you used to call your chest hair your rug of
- After learning of Frasier's encounters in his piano lessons:
Martin: This wasn't going on during your lessons too, was it?
Niles: No, you'll be happy to know that while Frasier was getting
his Rachmaninov's, I was learning to play the piano.
Frasier: Look at you - you look incredible.
Clarisse: Well sure - compared to my mother (!)
Online Episode Review
Not a great episode of Frasier - much of the laughs seem half hearted.
The best bits are Daphne hitting Frasier when she has read a part she
didn't like, and right at the end when Frasier makes Clarisse's mother
believe they had an affair. However, overall, not a great season opener.
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