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Odd Man Out
Episode Details

Written by: Suzanne Martin

Directed by: Jeff Melman

Original US airdate: 20th May 1997

Original UK airdate: 19th December 1997


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
Laura .... Linda Hamilton
Woman At Airport .... Lisa Coles
Johnny .... Miles Marsico
Ethan .... Joshua Greene
Maitre D' .... Carl Reggiardo
Waiter .... Tom Astor
Amanda .... Kris Edlund
Woman With Chair .... Dulcy Rogers
Husband .... Layne Beamer
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

It's Roz's birthday and he has booked a table for them at an Italian restaurant, but she can't go as she has a date. She suggests doing something spontaneous and go out and find a date, but Frasier tells her that spontaneity isn't really his thing. He heads home to his apartment to find Niles attached to Daphne - quite literally as his tie is caught in the zip of her dress! Determined not to let his reservation go to waste, he invites Niles, Daphne and Martin to dinner but all 3 of them have other plans. Frasier then notices an answerphone message and discovers it's from a woman named Laura who's at the airport and has accidentally dialled the wrong number.

Frasier descides to head down to the Italian restuarant and dine alone, but he is seemingly surrounded by people happy in relationships, making Frasier feel even more lonely. Further humiliation happens when red wine is spilled down his shirt and he ends up eating with a family he's never met before. Back at his apartment, Frasier notices another answerphone message - it's Laura again, who's expecting her friend Molly to pick her up. Spurred on by Martin and Daphne, Frasier decides to take a chance and meet Molly at the airport as it seems they may have a lot in common. She is thankful that Frasier took the time to meet her at the airport, and the pair have a drink together, where Laura breaks the news gently to Frasier that she's already married. A little crestfallen, Frasier's new found drive for spontaneity is taken to new heights when he decides to board a plane to Acapulco just because he is attracted to one of the female passengers........

Episode Title Cards
  • On The Plus Side She Did Lose Two Pounds
  • Love Among The Ruins

Episode Highlights

- Frasier arriving home to be confronted with the sight of Niles and his tie caught in Daphne's dress.

- Niles recalls borrowing Martin's car for his and Maris' first date:
Niles: I'll never forget the look of wonder on her face at touching vinyl for the first time!

- Frasier finishes listening to a message on his answerphone by Laura:
Frasier: Good news - Laura's in town.
Niles: Who's Laura?
Frasier: Stranger who called my machine by mistake!

- Martin has brought home some of Sherry's cooking for Frasier:
Martin: I brought you some of Sherry's mock apple pie. It's called 'mock' because they use crackers instead of apples!
Frasier: Good - nothing spoils an apple pie like apples (!)

- Martin is recalling what Frasier would have been called if he was a girl:
Martin: Your mother wanted Priscilla but I never cared for the nickname 'Prissy'
Niles: He never cared much for it either (!)

- Frasier is beginning to find meeting Laura quite an attractive proposition:
Frasier: She's called me twice today - that's already the best relationship I've had this year!

- Laura is surprised to find Frasier meeting her at the airport:
Laura: Molly sent a driver?
Frasier: I'm not a driver, I'm a psychiatrist - I'm here to help you.

- Frasier and Laura are discussing their love lifes:
Laura: The anticiaption, the exitement, the hope - marriage is the death of all that!

Frasier Online Episode Review

The end of another season - and a quite brilliant one, at that - is marked by a rather good episode that explores Frasier's inability to be impulsive. There are some terrific moments for everyone along the way, but I think Niles just about steals all the best lines including a terrific "I was once told - imagine the impertinence - that I was uptight!" - beautifully delievered by David Hyde Pierce. The episode builds towards a great ending as Frasier really believes Laura may be the woman he's been looking for, before learning that she's married, and ends on a brilliant cliffhanger as Frasier jumps on a plane to Acapulco on a moment of impulsion. A great end to a series that features a number of classic episodes ("The Two Mrs Cranes", "Mixed Doubles") and the brilliant one-hour "Three Dates and a Breakup" - hopefully, the standard will be as high in Season 5.

Rating

84 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 6


We thought they were dancing!, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


A melancholy and somewhat patchy episode, but one that provides geneorus amounts of character, and some decent laughs particularly from David Hyde Pierce.

The highlights, though, are those that capture the comedic sadness of Frasier's predicament. His lengthy "dining alone" sequence is a very funny example of comic escalation.

The final sequence at the airport is more warming than funny, but Frasier's conversation with the cellist is beautifully done. He pursued a dream and ultimately lost, but through this he is reminded to keep on perservering. At the four-year point, this is a mature approach to the character that will pay off in future years.


Rating: 79%

 

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