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The Innkeepers
Episode Details

Written by: David Lloyd

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 16th May 1995

Original UK airdate: 8th December 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
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Guest Cast
Owner .... Mike Nussbaum
Otto .... Nathan Davis
Maurice .... Jay Bell
Brad .... Diedrich Bader
Sous Chef .... Alan Shearman
Waiter .... Robert Lee Jacobs
Bartender .... Tom Hewitt
Customer .... Deborah Lacey
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier learns that Orcini's, a restaurant much frequented by the Crane's when they were younger, is closing down, so he decides to take Niles, Martin and Daphne there for one last meal. They find the place deserted - but Frasier and Niles believe that with their expertise in food, they could turn the fortunes of the restaurant around, and so decide to buy the place, renaming it Les Freres Heureux (The Happy Brothers). The first night is packed and everything is going smoothly until events begin to conspire against them, and soon Martin is having to serve drinks, Niles and Daphne are cooking and Roz is roped in to waitress. Just when things couldn't get any worse, they do when Gil Chesterton and a group of restaurant critics turn up to savour what turns out to be a memorable opening night for the Cranes.....

Episode Title Cards
  • Les Freres Heureux
  • No Eels Were Harmed During The Making Of This Episode

Episode Highlights

Roz: My typical date's idea of a gourmet meal is take out, make out, and home by Letterman.

Frasier: Niles, a thriving Seattle nightspot is closing it's doors.
Niles: Roz, you're moving?
- Roz licks Niles' precious book

- At Orcinis:
Frasier: I'd order Dad the crab cocktail, but I'm afraid the irony would be lost on him.

Frasier: You know, I've always wanted to own a 4-star restaurant.
Niles: What growing boy hasn't!

- Trying to think of a name for the restaurant:
Niles: What's the word for lighthearted in French?
Frasier: There isn't one.

- As Daphne and Niles complain about Roz accepting customers changing their orders:
Roz: I have trouble saying no.
Niles: So the guidebooks tell us.

- The final escalation of calamity

Martin [on phone]: Table for 2 - no problem. Smoke damaged or non smoke damaged?
Frasier [to Niles]: We could always tell people he died in the explosion.

Frasier Online Episode Review

To be a completely successful episode of 'Frasier' there has to be a successful mix of smart, funny lines mixed in with some physical comedy if necessary, but in this episode, it seems that everything is a build up to the final scene where everything that could go wrong does (and more beside). This is undoutable fun to watch as Frasier and Niles struggle to keep a lid on what's happening behind the scenes, with a wonderful highlight of Daphne killing an eel, but this is never going to be a classic episode as for me it was too farce based to be entirely brilliant, which means that while it is a brilliant watch first time around, once you know what's going to happen, it makes future viewings less rewarding.


82 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 91.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 25

A lower point in the season, Oct 20, 2012

Reviewer: Dominic from Chicago, IL USA

I'm surprised to see the number of high ratings for this episode. I personally find the premise to be lazy with the writing seemingly revolving around a network note. The story about the Crane brothers just suddenly deciding to buy a restaurant where everything just falls into place with there being very little mention of how to get a staff, food supply, etc. is just so lazy and terribly unrealistic. There are some funny moments, but the whole thing just reeks of low farce.
Most of it resorts to cliched physical humor although the bit with Daphne killing the eel was less predictable and one of the better moments of the episode. When Roz walks into the kitchen looking like Wile E Coyote after a mishap, it's probably one of the lowest points in the series. This is actually one of the better seasons of Frasier, but this episode is just bad. This is Frasier, not Three's Company.

Rating: 45%


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