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Moon Dance
Episode Details

Written by: Joe Keenan, Christopher Lloyd, Rob Greenberg, Jack Burditt, Chuck Ranberg, Anne Flett Giordano, Linda Morris & Vic Rauseo

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 6th February 1996

Original UK airdate: 4th October 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
Guest Cast
Waitress .... Luck Hari
Lacey Lloyd .... Christine McGraw
Andrew Lloyd .... Hank Stratton
Conductor .... Michael G. Hawkins
Claire Barnes .... Nancy Stafford
Guest Callers
Marlene .... Jodie Foster

Episode Synopsis

Niles is scanning the society page when he sees a picture of Maris with another man. Although Niles is annoyed at first, Martin tries to convince him that he should try and get out a bit as well. This he does in the form of arranging to take Marjorie Nash, the Fruit-At-The-Bottom yoghurt heiress to one of Niles' society events, the Snow Ball. He then realises that he can't dance but Daphne then offers to teach Niles everything he needs to know. Just as soon as Niles is getting into the swing of things, Marjorie calls to say that she can't make it - something that he doesn't want to tell Daphne. Having already seen the way Niles looks at Daphne, Martin says that he might end up saying something you'll regret and tells him to inform Daphne of the truth, which Niles does. Daphne then suggests she go with Niles to the Ball instead, an invitation that Niles just can't say no to.....

Episode Title Cards
  • He Was A Band Leader Married To Charo
  • Where Else Would Coroners Get Together?

Episode Highlights

- Eddie with a towel over his head.

- Martin comments that Maris always like to have a male companion at social events:
: She never liked going anywhere alone - except bed.

- After Eddie is in the elevator and the door shuts.
Daphne: Now he's thinking 'Which one's the emergency button?'

- Daphne is trying to teach Niles a dance step:
Niles: This is boring yet difficult.

- Martin worries what Niles' infatuatiomn with Daphne will lead to:
: You don't think I see the way you look at Daphne. You're sticking a fork in a toaster here.
Niles: Well my muffin's stuck.

- The doorbell rings, Daphne says "That's my date" and Niles is at the door. The look on Frasier's face is great, as he has just come back from holiday as he knows nothing.

- The timing as Daphne and Niles take to the floor for their first dance as the band stops is terrific.

Daphne: Did you ever see something and say 'I've just got to have it'.
[Niles is speechless].

Frasier Online Episode Review

A wonderful episode - humane, warm and very funny. With a script by 8 writers and directed by Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammar, the show is a great chance for David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves to shine, who do so magnificently. The scene where it seems that Daphne reciprocates Niles interest in her (before she reveals it was to fool all Niles' snobby friends) is superbly done. In short a must-see episode for all 'Frasier' fans


93 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 92.6%
Total Number of Reviews: 23

Breathtaking, Dec 06, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Moon Dance" is unequivocally one of the greatest episodes
"Frasier" ever produced. The Niles/Daphne infatuation had already
created some of the most enjoyable moments on the series, but this
eclipses anything from before. It combines the sincerity of "The Last
Time I Saw Maris" with the utter comedic delight that is David Hyde
Pierce any time Niles becomes that excitable, slightly-creepily-
obsessed person.

The set-up of the episode is so simple, yet filled with great moments,
from the very idea of a "Fruit at the Bottom yogurt heiress" to
Daphne and Niles hustling to the dance floor just as a song ends.
Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce bristle with chemistry, and the
dancing is just lovely too! The ending is everything you could ever
ask for (well, except for Daphne and Niles getting together), and
cements this episode as a very honest and very funny event.

Rating: 100%


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