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Breaking The Ice
Episode Details

Written by: Steven Levitan

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 18th April 1995

Original UK airdate: 17th November 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
Ranger .... Rick Cramer
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Martin is preparing for his annual ice fishing trip with Duke when he suddenly cancels. After Daphne says she couldn't wait to pan fry the kippers her brothers brought home, Niles suddenly decides to go with his father. Frasier, meanwhile, is obsessing over the fact that Martin never says 'I love you' to him yet he hears him say it to Eddie and Duke. Daphne convinces him to go with his father and brother to see if he can get him to say it. Once they arrive, Frasier hates every second while Niles is getting into it, but after Niles drops the car keys through the hole in their cabin into the lake, nerves begin to fray. While Martin goes outside, Niles reveals that he came to try and get closer to Dad like Frasier has, while Frasier also reveals his true purpose for coming. Martin comes in as they are laughing about it and wants to know what they're laughing about. After they tell him, Martin does finally say 'I love you' to his sons (after a swig of Jim Beam!).

Episode Title Cards
  • Roz Doyle And The Temple Of Doom
  • I Only Have Ice For You
  • Proof That Hell Really Does Freeze Over

Episode Highlights

- Frasier tells Roz his father has never said " I love you" to him:
[to Frasier]: So your father never told you he loves you? God, that explains so much.

Martin: Now just cos I'm going out of town I don't want you boys throwing any wild parties.
Frasier: How can we if you're taking the pork rinds (!).

- Frasier is a bit taken aback when Martin says "I love you to Eddie":
: Did Dad just say 'I love you' to the dog.
Daphne: Oh that's nothing - I had an aunt who used to say 'Good evening Mr Vanderpump' to a hat rack.

- The sight of Niles in his fishing gear.
Frasier: You look like a skinny Elmer Fudd.

Martin: Quite an outfit, huh? The fish'll see him coming.
Daphne: Yes well, the salesmen certainly did (!)

- Martin informs the boys they'll be staying at 'The Bed and Bass':
Frasier: 'The Bed and Bass'! One of the finer fish themed hotels (!).

- Querying Niles' sudden interest in ice fishing:
Frasier: Niles, in 20 years I have never heard you comment on fish unless to say the sauce had separated.

Frasier: You know Maris loves you, but it's still nice to hear it.
Niles: I imagine it would be but let's stick to attainable goals.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A highly amusing episode that is a nice combination of family bonding and snobbery, with Niles really getting into ice fishing just to please his father particularly enjoyable to watch such as his constant telling of facts he has learned. The episode also ends nicely with Martin finally telling his sons he loves them in a way that is not too saccharine drenched as perhaps it would be in a lesser sitcom.


83 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 89.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 3

The Cranes together, Dec 04, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Frasier" vies for title of My Favourite Sitcom (alongside
"Seinfeld"). There are many reasons: the stellar cast, witty and
intelligent writing, refusal to bend to the lowest common
denominator, hysterical farce, and a lovely thread of continuity.
However, the most important aspect is how the series treats
emotion so honestly. Unlike, say, "Friends", the writers don't feel
the need to undercut every moment with a cheap joke, just so the
audience aren't terrified by sincerity. Instead - like a stage play -
humour and emotion can go hand in hand, emerging when
necessary, and complementing each other.

"Breaking the Ice" is one such episode, which utilises all the
typical "Frasier" hallmarks - Frasier's increased incredulity as
Martin keeps saying "I love you" to people and animals who aren't
him; the Crane boys' incompatibility with nature; the disconnect
between Martin and his sons, and the rivalry between the boys -
and turns them into powerful drama. All three of the actors are
more than up to the task, and "Breaking the Ice" is one of the
series' best examinations of the relationship between the three

I'm not going to call this a classic. It feels less character-based
than most episodes (i.e., this could be transported into many
family-based series with little alteration), and it's certainly not the
funniest of half-hours. But "Breaking the Ice" is a great example of
what makes this series stand out from the crowd.

Rating: 84%


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