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Come Lie With Me
Episode Details

Written by: Stevan Levitan

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 30th January 1996

Original UK airdate: 27th September 1996

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
Joe DeCarlo .... Tony Carreiro
Guest Cast
Dirk .... Tim Choate
Henry .... Scott MacDonald
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Daphne awakes to a beautiful morning, but then to her horror, she discovers Joe still in her bed next to her. Knowing that Frasier won't like it, she tries to get him out as quickly as possible but is caught when Eddie carries in Joe's underpants and drops them at Frasier's feet. He is very uncomfortable with the idea that Daphne is having sex under his roof, fearing that every noise coming from her room will make him picture them. He resolves to talk to Daphne about it, but after laying down his house rules on guests, she informs him that the best solution then would be for her to move out and find her own apartment, returning to Frasier's during the day. Frasier is at first resistant to the idea, but when Daphne suggests he could turn her room back into a study, Frasier is suddenly persuaded by the idea.

When Daphne and Joe go away that wekend, however, Frasier and Martin have to fend for themselvs. They are soon at each other's throats with Martin irritated becuase Frasier keeps moving his chair and leaving lights on around the house, while Frasier is annoyed by Martin leaving papers all over the place and not squeezing out the sponge by the sink. Daphne returns, solving all their problems in one swoop, as she adjusts Martin's chair, tidy's up the papers, turns off the lights and finally squeezes out thr sponge. Both Martin and Frasier then realise that Daphne is really the glue that keeps them together and so Frasier goes to talk to Daphne again. She manages to get Frasier past his uncomfortableness by explaining about Joe's 'war injury' which means they can't have sex. Apparently, he was holidaying in the Falkland Islands when a spooked sheep kicked him (!)......Meanwhile, Martin is in denial about being overweight, and Niles is in danger of being struck of the A-list social circle after not receiving his inviation to the Hoedown to the Homeless.

Episode Title Cards
  • They're Playing Do-Si-Do, But Not For Me
  • He Cried With His Boots On

Episode Highlights

-Martin complains that his $15 pants have shrunk in the wash:
Martin: When you spend $15 on a good pair of pants, you expect them to be shrink resistant.
Frasier: No Dad, when you pay that sort of money, what you're really paying for is the name (!)

- Niles worries about being left out of the social circle:
Niles: I'll be relegated to B-list events: grubby little theatre companies and last year's diseases!

- Frasier is discussing with Roz his situation with Daphne:
Frasier: I'm going to ask Daphne not to have sex with Joe in the house any more. Is that too....
Roz: Amish (?!)

- A builder arrives to measure Daphne's room for his new study:
Martin: Why didn't you use Joe?
Frasier: I think Joe's done enough work in that room, thank you (!)

- Niles wants to call the host of his next social event:
Niles: Where's the phone?
Martin: Oh - it's in my bedroom.
Frasier: Of course - where else could it be? Oh, and Dad's shaver is in the kitchen. All our appliances are on an adventure weekend (!)

- Frasier explains to Martin why Daphne and Joe can't have sex:
Frasier: Turns out Joe can't have sex because of an injury he suffered after a spooked sheep kicked him while he was vacationing in the Falkland Islands during the war.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Denial, denial, denial - this is what lies at the heart of this enjoyable and very clever episode as it shows how all 3 Crane men deal with it - Martin believes he isn't overweight, all his clothes have shrunk, Niles believes the social event organiser when he says his invitation got lost in the post, while best of all is Frasier who, despite believing denial is not the way to handle problems in your life, does just that when Daphne informs him of Joe's 'war injury'. This is quite possibly the funniest thing in this episode, but coming very close is the scene where Frasier and Martin are continually at each other's throats: I loved the bit where Frasier is annoyed that Martin hasn't wrung out the sponge despite being asked to, saying: "Maybe you could explain this?", to which Martin tartly replies "A grown man's obsession with a sponge - no, I can't!". With some hilarious moments and great lines for all involved, this is another of this season's tip top episiodes.


87 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 88.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 2

A lovely exercise in character, Dec 06, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Come Lie with Me" is a wonderful exploration of my favourite
dynamic on the series: that of the three residents of Elliott Bay
Towers #1901. Daphne, Martin, and Frasier have become basically
symbiotic by now, and it's nice that the series acknowledges and
examines this, which is kickstarted when Frasier becomes aware
that Daphne and Joe are sleeping together under his roof.

I must admit I'm a little surprised by Frasier's severe attitude
toward this. It's not quite out-of-character, but it certainly seems
unusual that he would so disadvantage Daphne, particularly when
it isn't a string of men, but one consistent relationship. Still, it's a
small quibble in an otherwise lovely episode. The awkward
moment when Eddie finds Joe's underwear; the gut-busting
argument that develops between Frasier and Martin during
Daphne's absence (it's a little "Grey Gardens", if only one of the
Edies was a neat freak); and finally Daphne and Frasier's
extended lie about Joe's inability to make love: brilliant.

Some of the denial-related jokes are a little on the nose,
particularly the final moment between the three Cranes, but
"Come Lie with Me" is a consistently funny installment.

Rating: 94%


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