Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 4 -> Episode 4.22
Ask Me No Questions
Written by: Dan Cohen & F.J. Pratt
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Original US airdate: 20th May 1997
Original UK airdate: 12th December 1997
Frasier is thrown into a state of confusion when Niles asks him whether
or not he and Maris are meant for each other. Not knowing whether to answer
truthfully or to lie politely, Frasier launches his own crazed fact finding
mission to find out if Maris has changed for the better. After seeking
advice from Maris' housekeeper, Marta, Frasier becomes obsessed with deciphering
everyone's hidden motives, including his own. Frasier's strange behaviour
ruins his blind date, and forces him to walk the midnight streets, a la
Film Noir, in search of the answer. At midnight he arrives at Niles' doorstep
to deliever his decision. Meanwhile, Daphne gives Martin a gift for no
reason which causes Martin to anguish whether or not he needs to return
|Episode Title Cards|
- Martin's a bit annoyed that Daphne has given him
a gift for no apparent reason:
Frasier: Didn't you ever give Mom something with no warning?
Martin: Yeah - you!
- Frasier doesn't want to play 'God':
Niles: If you were ruler of heaven and earth, who would you do?
Frasier: [Looking at Eddie] For starters, I'd recall someof my lesser species (!)
- After Daphne buys Martin a gift, he's bought one
Daphne: Is this for me?
Martin: You know anyone else around here who uses eucalyptus bubble bath?
Daphne: Well, your son occassionally does.
- The scene where we think Frasier meets Maris, but meets Marta instead.
- After Frasier has agonised over his answer, he
tells his brother he has an answer to his question:
Niles: What question?
- Frasier realises Maris in in Niles' bedroom:
Frasier: How could you do something like this without waiting for my opinion?
Niles: Someone certainly has a high opinion of their opinion!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
This is a peculiarly frustrating episode as it contains some typical brilliant 'Frasier' touches such as when both Martin and Daphne leave Frasier talking to himself and then re-join the conversation without him realising they've been anywhere, as well as the visual metaphors we see as Frasier goes on his night-time walk as he tries to come up with an answer. Tricking into thinking we had seen Maris was also great, as was the minor sub-plot of gift giving between Martin and Daphne, but the central story of Frasier agonising over what to tell his brother in answer to his question just isn't strong enough to sustain an entire episode.
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Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 7
Saxophone solo, May 12, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
You know, reviewing this series on a retrospective rewatch is quite different to the first time through. An episode like "Ask Me No Questions", containing a bunch of funny scenes filtered through a reasonably low-key main structure, might not earn a week-long build-up between episodes on network television. It also might not stand out to a casual viewer flipping channels. But to someone watching this as 1/264th of a longer series, and with each episode a chance to further analyse the depth of these characters, I perhaps come across as too much of an optimist. Still, I have to say I enjoyed this episode immensely.
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