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Episode Details

Written by: Suzanne Martin

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 28th October 1997

Original UK airdate: 23rd January 1998

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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Guest Cast
Eve .... Camille Donatacci Grammer
Dracula .... Joey Zimmerman
Dr Krovitz .... Mark Monuz
Man At Party .... Jonathan Fraser
Guest Callers
Dorothy .... Cindy Crawford

Episode Synopsis

It's Halloween and Niles is throwing a Halloween Ball where everyone must dress as characters from literature (Niles is going as Cyrano de Bergerac), and he has arrived at Frasier's apartment with Martin's costume, Lord Peter Whimsy - only problem is Martin wanted to go as Sherlock Holmes and refuses to go until he gets one! Niles promises he'll get one, and then learns that Frasier and Daphne will be going as characters from 'Canterbury Tales' - complete with olde worlde language too. Later, during Frasier's show at KACL, Roz seems very distracted and can't seem to pull herself together, leading to Frasier demanding an explanation for her behavious - she tells him she might be pregnant! She's waiting for the results of her test from the doctor but swears Frasier to secrecy until she finds out for sure. To help keep her mind off of it, Frasier persuades her into coming to Niles' party, which she does dressed as 'O' from 'The Story of 'O'.

During the party, Roz keeps going to check her answerphone machine messages, and during a conversation with Daphne, Roz says she's had a little accident, which Daphne interprets as a minor car accident and mentions this to Frasier, who mistakenly thinks Daphne now knows about the pregnancy leading to Daphne finding out about the pregnancy too! The pair of them go into the kitchen to talk about it, where Daphne's false eyelashes are giving her grief, but when an increasingly drunk Niles overhears them talking about pregnancy, he jumps to the conclusion that Daphne must be pregnant and Frasier's the father! His surprise turns to indigantion when Frasier starts flirting with an attractive female party guest, and Daphne can't stop crying. Confiding in Martin (who learnt about Roz's pregnancy from Frasier), Niles says he is going to do the honourable thing and marry the single mother (obviously believing it to be Daphne). Finally, things come to a head when Niles proposes to Daphne and challenges his brother to a duel at which moment Frasier reveals to the whole party it's not Daphne who's pregnant, it's Roz!

Episode Title Cards
  • Whimsy
  • Panache

Episode Highlights

- Martin doesn't think much of the character Niles has chosen for him - Lord Peter Whimsy:
Martin: Well, I'm not going anywhere where I have to tell people my name's Whimsy!

- Frasier and Daphne have been keeping in character talking in olde worlde language:
Martin: It's been ye olde laugh riot round here (!)

- Roz seems to be having a bad day during Frasier's KACL show:
Roz: On line 4 we have Ted who's feeling a little disconnected.
Frasier: Go ahead Ted.
[Sound of dial tone]

- Roz can't believe she might be pregnant as she's always so careful about birth control, but:
Roz: Even the best protection is only effective 99 times out of a 100 - I can't beat those odds.

- Martin wonders what character Gil has come as to Niles' party:
Gil: Chingachgook - I'm the last of the Mohicans.
Martin: Oh - another mystery solved (!)

- Niles is looking for Frasier and Daphne:
Niles: Did you happen to see where Frasier went?
Martin: No idea.
Niles: What about Daphne?
Martin: Haven't a clue.
Niles: Holmes, you astound me (!)

- Roz can't believe that Frasier has let slip to Martin about her potential pregnancy:
Frasier: I'm sorry Roz, but he is the master of deductions - he would have worked it out anyway!

- Niles can't believe Frasier's callous attitude towards what he believes is a pregnant Daphne:
Frasier: I am sorry about your condition Daphne, but it's your own fault. You should have read the directions on the pack before you used it!

Frasier Online Episode Review

A sublime episode, really, that sees a non-stop stream of misunderstandings and overheard conversations at Niles' literary themed Halloween ball, as Roz waits to find out if she's pregnant. The episode just gets funnier and funnier the more it goes on until we reach then end when Niles proposes to Daphne only for Frasier to reveal to everyone it's Roz who's pregnant, and there are some brilliant one liners along the way - I particularly liked Martin's 'Another mystery solved' line when Gil reveals he's Chingachgook. It's good to see the whole cast involved in this episode - there's even room for Bulldog as Waldo from 'Where's Waldo' (or Where's Wally in the UK) - and the combination of the excellent cast and a brilliant script that just works from the word go makes this a classic episode of 'Frasier'.


91 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 94.6%
Total Number of Reviews: 10

Oooooh, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Another great episode shows just why this series came back up in the Nielsen ratings this year. The conceit of the episode is nothing new, but the little details all add up. Martin forcibly dressed as Peter Whimsy, Roz as O, Niles as Cyrano, Bulldog as Waldo ("He's in like ten books!"), and amusing little gags like Martin solving the mystery of "Last of the Mohicans", or the silly gag with the small doctor and the other child. "I don't know her!"

The main cast has a ball interacting both with each other and as themselves. David Hyde Pierce in particular has fun as a drunken, Cyrano-inspired Niles, while Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, and John Mahoney have endless fun rebounding off each other as the farce develops. (And the fact that the devil goes home with Eve is a great visual tag.)

Episodes about major plot developments can often be plot-over-comedy on this series (not necessarily to its detriment, though). Instead, while Roz's sudden life change is treated seriously, each character and moment - peaking with Frasier's inability to keep a secret - is perfectly in tune.

When the "To be continued" title appears, "Halloween" proves that it has earned the moment. The look on Roz's face shows us that this is going to be taken completely seriously, with all the respect due to these characters. Fine stuff.

Rating: 100%


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