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An Affair To Forget
Episode Details

Written by: Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 2nd May 1995

Original UK airdate: 24th 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
Marta .... Irene Olga Lopez
Guest Cast
Gunnar .... Brian Cousins
Guest Callers
Gretchen .... Glenne Headley

Episode Synopsis

Frasier receives a call on air about a woman who is convinced her husband, a German fencing instructor, is having an affair with a wealthy new client. Later, he learns from Niles that Maris has taken up fencing, with a German fencing instructor called Gunnar. Frasier is convinced that Maris is having an affair with Gunnar but Martin just says it's coincidence. However, when the caller rings back and says she has found letters describing the 'other woman' as 'not quite human woman', and reveals that her husbands name is Gunnar, Frasier is convinced. He goes to see Maris, in her sensory deprivation tank, saying she has to end the affair and then opens it up to confront her face to face - only to find Niles sitting there. Apparently, Marta has trouble with her pronouns and so Niles is Missy Crane. Niles is determined to stand up to Gunnar and challenges him to a duel. Let swordplay commence.....

Episode Title Cards
  • Bavarians At The Gate
  • In Case You're Wondering, It's A Sensory Deprivation Tank
  • Get Out Your Dictionaries

Episode Highlights

- After Roz gives the caller advice how on how to if her husband is cheating:
Frasier: You know Roz, when I hear advice like that, it makes me wish there was a law against two women standing round a watercooler.

- Niles is insisting on reading all the instructions on how to build his new model ship with Martin:
Daphne: Look at the size of that - you'll have fun building that.
Martin: Not as much fun as I'm having reading about it.

- Roz is trying to set up a blind date:
Frasier: I've had my fair share of pity dates.
Roz: Yes, but this time you wouldn't be the one being pitied.

- Frasier tries to calm Niles down after he learns about Maris and Gunnar:
Frasier: In the end I'm sure she'll choose the man whose caring and sensitive.
Niles: Oh, that was just something we used to tell ourselves in chess club.

- The fencing scene

Frasier Online Episode Review

A wonderful, Emmy award winning, episode with a brilliantly realised storyline. There are many memorable moments including the fencing scene (which includes the moment where Niles gets to swing from a chandelier) and the bit when Gunnar speaks in German, Marta translates to Spanish and Frasier translates into English for Niles and vice versa, a nice 'Frasier' touch. All in all, a superior episode, then.


86 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 94.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 8

Farce to remember , Jul 30, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England

Sometimes I feel Frasier descends too often into farce, with patchy
results. But this takes a beautifully built-up comedy scenario, and ends
in the most perfect bit of farce - Niles doing an "Errol Flynn" sword
fighting with Maris' fencing instructor, and all because a 3-way
translation from English to Spanish to German made Gunnar believe
Niles was accusing him of stealing his shoes! When the correct
translation turns "shoes" into "wife", he collapses tearfully into a chair
and confesses his unreciprocated feelings.

The by-play with Martin and Niles trying to build a model ship, and
Daphne walking into the room when conversations have reached the
point where a surreally outrageous statement is being made, is also

Rating: 95%


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