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Adventures In Paradise Part 1
Episode Details

Written by: Ken Levine & David Isaacs

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 15th November 1994

Original UK airdate: 25th 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
Lilith Sternin .... Bebe Neuwirth
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Guest Cast
Madeline .... JoBeth Williams
Ettienne .... Pierre Epstein
Mother .... Kirsten Devere
Yvette .... Jessica Pennington
Busboy .... Rich Schatz
Guest Callers
Chester .... Art Garfunkel

Episode Synopsis

In the series's first two-part episode, Frasier encounters his ideal woman - sportswear designer Madeline Marshall who appears in Seattle Magazine's top 100 hottest people, and invites her for dinner at a charming French restaurant. After 2 fantastic weeks, Frasier admits this may be the woman he spends the rest of his life with, but after Madeline suggests they go away together for a short vacation and Frasier suggests Bora-Bora, he then begins to be worried that things are moving too fast and they don't know each other well enough. Luckily, his family convince him otherwise and Frasier and Madeline arrive in the delightful island resort of Bora-Bora. His ex-wife, however, has the last word....

Episode Title Cards
  • Busman's Holiday
  • Let's Get Away From It All
  • People Who Live In Glass Houses

Episode Highlights

- Reading about Madeline in 'Seattle Magazine'
Frasier: Patron of the arts, MBA from Stanford...well, if you have to go to school on the west side.

- As Martin starts smoking Cuban cigars he got through a friend on the force:
Martin: When are people gonna learn - rules are only rules when they apply to everyone.

- Daphne' story about her uncle who smoked, ending with a delightfully deadpan:
Daphne: You can't buy memories like that.

- In the restaurant, the owner finds his daughter is pregnant by a waiter:
Mon. Degas [to the waiter] : You?! You cannot even get water in a glass! How can you do this?

- As Daphne blows smoke rings:
Martin: Now there's a talent.
Niles: I'll say.

- Daphne teaching Niles to blow smoke rings with their tongues almost touching, then Frasier walks in:
Frasier: Niles, what are you doing?
Niles: I'm learning how to blow smoke.
Frasier: Where? (!)

- Niles' speech about being trapped in a marriage and not being able to pursue someone who comes along after, ending with the wonderful line:
Niles: ... trapped in a stale, comfortable Maris......Marriage.

- The brilliant ending.

Frasier Online Episode Review

The first of a 2 part episode is a wonderfully well written episode, with some great moments and some nice performances from all involved especially Jo-Beth Williams who plays Madeline Marshall, the love interest for this story. A well above average episode, made even more so by the surprise ending and the words 'To Be Continued'. Oh, and my favourite part had to be Daphne teaching Niles how to blow smoke rings.


85 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 88.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 3

A character-based little jaunt, Nov 28, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Adventures in Paradise" is a very enjoyable two-parter, although I
prefer the second half, as it has many more laugh-out-loud
moments. But the first half is sold by three things:
a) Daphne's ability to blow smoke rings;
b) A solid guest turn from JoBeth Williams;
and c) The fact that the humour and insight comes from character.
Frasier's exploits, as he relentlessly pursues a beautiful woman and
then finds his stock rising, are consistently amusing. But more so,
they're all the more enjoyable for those of us who know the
characters. The best episodes of this show (and there are many of
them) are brilliant not just because of the comedy, but because
every action really does stem from the characters. This two-parter
somewhat short-changes the rest of the ensemble, but it's made up
for by the tightness of Frasier's plot

Rating: 83%


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