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Burying A Grudge
Episode Details

Written by: David Lloyd

Directed by: Andy Ackerman

Original US airdate: 29th November 1994

Original UK airdate: 18th August 1995


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
Artie Walsh .... Lincoln Kirkpatrick
Nurse .... Lynne Adams
Dr Sternstein .... Paul Kent
Guest Callers
Linda .... Betty Comden
Walter .... Adolph Green

Episode Synopsis

Maris is going into hospital to have her cosmetic surgery done, and asks Frasier and Martin to come along too for some moral support. They agree, and while they are there, Frasier bumps into Martin's old partner on the police force - Artie Walsh. Frasier and Niles know that they had a huge falling out years ago and have never spoken since, but have never find out the reason for their falling out. So when the boys mention that Artie is in the hospital to Martin, he is at first adamant he doesn't want to see him so it takes a bit of reverse psychology from Frasier to get him to change his mind. However, their meeting takes a wrong turn and end up fighting again at which point Martin storms off.

Frasier and Niles then turn their attention to trying to get Martin to reveal the reason for them falling out. He reveals it was because Artie spread a rumour that Martin cried at 'Brian's Song' which wasn't true - he just got some salt in his eye. However, the other police officers started making fun of him which then led to Martin making fun of Artie's 'man bosoms' and the size of Artie's wife Loretta. Frasier and Niles are amazed that childish squabbling ruined a great friendship and finally manage to get Martin to see Artie again. This time it is much more amicable and they part on good terms.

Episode Title Cards
  • Quick! Get Manila On The Phone
  • No Guts No Gravy
  • Albuquerque Is Approximately 136 Square Miles
  • Well, We've Come This Far Without A Bedpan Joke

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is sarcastic about Roz chasing a new, young engineer:
Roz: Why is it okay for older men to date younger women but not alright for older women to date younger men?
Frasier: I don't make the rules, Roz - I just enjoy them (!).

- Martin enquires about the cost of Maris' cosmetic surgery:
Niles: Somewhere in the region of $25,000.
Martin: Geez, for an extra 5 grand you could have had a whole new wife from the Phillipines!

- The Crane's are in the hospital waiting area:
Martin: You guys should try the cafeteria. They've got a great new chef - he's from Yemen!
Frasier: So many of the great ones are (!).

- Niles is talking to Maris in the hospital on his mobile:
Niles: No, I'm sure you can't gain weight from a glucose IV. No, no, my little worry wart - there's no such thing as a Nutrasweet drip.

- Martin is revealing an element of the source of his and Artie's antagonism:
Martin: He said "How's the wife?", and I said "At least she doesn't have an ass the size of Alberquerque."

- Frasier's reaction to seeing a photo of Artie's wife, Loretta.

Frasier Online Episode Review

I found this episode rather an odd one, with all of the best moments coming from Niles' subplot about Maris having cosmetic surgery such as him having to buy the nurses gifts to stop them going on strike. the main story of Martin making up with his formet police partner Artie Walsh has it's moments - loved how Frasier and Niles tried (and failed) to get Martin to reveal the real reason for his long standing feud - but it doesn't really develop in to anything particularly memorable. A nice episode all the same, just feels a buit underpowered compared to some of the other great episodes in this season.

Rating

74 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 84.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


Examining Martin, Nov 19, 2012

Reviewer: Matt from UK


Burying a Grudge is one of those little gems from the early seasons that
tends to be underrated. It is a winning exploration of Martin's
personality, without ever feeling the need to italicise and embolden its
themes (unlike the later, soapy seasons of Frasier).

Martin gets the complete work-over: we see his machismo, pride and
stubbornness, but also his courage, dignity and savvy. That sounds like a
lot, but all were covered with a deceptive ease. Perhaps my favourite
moment of the episode is when Daphne is attempting to manipulate
Martin into reversing his position on visiting his former partner, Artie; at
first she's getting somewhere, but the viewer is aware that Martin has
clocked her scheme when - ever so briefly - he pauses eating and darts
his eyes towards Daphne with a knowing smile. For me, that's the type
of nuance we see throughout a very well crafted episode.

Although this story is Martin's to carry, he is ably supported by a very
funny subplot involving Maris's surgery. While there is nothing earth-
shatteringly inventive about the episode, it remains a fine watch and
another of those essential episodes in the first two seasons that
developed and established the show's dynamic.


Rating: 85%

 

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