Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 3 -> Episode 3.14
The Show Where Diane Comes Back
Written by: Christopher Lloyd
Directed by: James Burrows
Original US airdate: 13th February 1996
Original UK airdate: 11th October 1996
Diane Chambers, the woman who once left Frasier at the altar, is in Seattle
to oversee production of a play she has written. When she turns up at
the station, Frasier rushes over to see Niles who suggests trying to achieve
closure. Frasier, however, is determined to rub his success in her face
at the dinner she invited Diane to. When she arrives, it seems that she
is leading a charmed life, but then the truth comes out. She's lost her
job writing on Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, her relationship, and her house.
Now she's reaching out to the same man who helped her pull herself together
many years ago, by asking Frasier to invest in her play after the main
backer pulled out. This starts stirring up repressed feelings - could
Frasier possibly be falling for her again?
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- The wonderful opening scene, where Diane appears at the window of the studio.
- After Diane realises she may have said something wrong about
Niles and Maris:
Diane: You and she didn't get married and live happily ever after, did you?
Niles: No, can't say as we did.
- The pip spitting bit.
- Diane's twitch.
- The scene where Frasier and Niles 'talk' where Frasier does all the talking, and ends up moving to another table because of Niles being rude.
- When Martin is worried Frasier is falling in love with Diane
Frasier: I'm not the old Frasier anymore.
Martin: I suppose you're right. Take me for instance. The old Martin would have said "You're out of your mind. I'd rather see you go gay and shack up with the punk who shot me than go off with her. I'd rather see you sewn up inside the body of a dead horse". But the new Martin says "Vive a l'amour".
Frasier: The new Frasier resists the temptation to correct your French.
- After saying the world doesn't revolve around herself, the play is set in the 'Cheers' bar and is entirely based around that theme.
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Shelley Long reprises her role as Diane in 'Cheers' in this amusing episode that to be honest, does require some knowledge of the show to get the most out of it - the play at the end in particular (with Sam = Stan, and Darla = Carla etc). Still, even for non-Cheers viewers, there's still plenty to enjoy including Frasier's reaction to seeing Diane again, and Frasier having to explain to Daphne the part Diane played in his life. A suitable emotional parting of the ways between Frasier and Diane after her play wraps up this enjoyable episode.
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