Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 6 -> Episode 6.12
Our Parents, Ourselves
Written by: Janis Hirsch
Directed by: Pamela Fryman
Original US airdate: 21st January 1999
Original UK airdate: 26th March 1999
Roz's mother is in town and driving her up the wall, so Frasier suggests going on a date with Martin, to which Roz agrees. So Joanna and Roz 'bump into' Niles, Frasier and Martin at McGinty's and join them for dinner, after which Martin takes Joanna to the jazz club she was meant to be going to with Roz, who has 'forgotten' about some work she had to do with Frasier. Arriving back at the apartment some time later, the two seem to have hit it off. However, once Joanna has left, Martin says it was the dullest night of his life - she just drones on and on, but then Roz tells Frasier her mother had the best time and can't wait to see him again.
Frasier tries to fob Roz off with events that Martin is doing, like his
poker night, before she leaves on Sunday. However, Roz somehow manages
to get Frasier to agree to her mother coming round on Sunday when the
SuperBowl is on, but Frasier decides to leave telling his father till
the last minute in case he doesn't turn up. Sunday arrives, and just as
there's a knock at the door, Frasier finally reveals Joanna is coming
round. However, Martin has invited Bonnie from McGinty's as the first
step towards a date. Frasier manages to keep Martin's dislike for Joanna
under wraps until he and Bonnie go to see baby Alice in the bedroom and
the truth comes out over the baby monitor. How will it all be resolved.......?
|Episode Title Cards|
- Roz miming the answer to a football question set
by a caller to Frasier, a move called a Hail Mary
Roz: I'm impressed you're so good at charades.
Frasier: I'm impressed you can mime a virgin!
- At McGinty's, Bonnie doesn't recognise Niles:
Martin: Come on! I told you about my other son.
Bonnie: Of course! What was I thinking - nice to meet you Eddie.
- Martin is regaling his date with Joanna:
Martin: Do you know how many metric tons of eggs Wisconsin produces every year?
Martin: Well I do!
- After Roz and Joanna get 'invited' to Martin's to watch the
Roz [to Niles]: I'll see you Sunday at your SuperBowl party.
Niles [after Roz leaves, to Frasier]: I see you told Roz the truth and she went insane (!)
- Frasier ponders when the right time to tell him about Joanna
coming over is:
Frasier: Dad is first and foremost a gentleman.
[Martin comes into the Cafe]
Martin: I saw Roz and hid in case she had that gasbag of a mother with her. I guess not - everyone's still awake.
- At the SuperBowl party, in the kitchen.
Frasier: No private conversations - your dates are waiting.
Martin: They're not our dates!
Niles: We hate them!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
An above average script makes this episode an enjoyable one. I particularly liked the twist at the party where Martin has invited Bonnie and Frasier has to try and keep everyone happy by saying he invited her as a date for Niles. Other good bits include learning how Niles received his nickname - 'The Coyote' - living at the Shangri-La, and Niles' reaction to discovering that Bonnie is his 'date'. It's a pity then that the episode is rather down at the end in the way Joanna learns how Martin really feels about her over the baby monitor, and a rather dull final conversation between Frasier and Roz, but for the most part I rather liked this episode.
|Latest Viewer Episode Review|
Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 5
I'm impressed you can mime a virgin, May 19, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
Readers of my reviews could argue (justifiably?) that I overanalyse the series and its characters. Sure, perhaps this show is just an example of five well-constructed characters being pitted against each other with a series of gags that range from opera jokes to dog humour. Yet, I'd argue there's more to it, and I think "Our Parents, Ourselves" - coming at the exact midpoint of the series - is a key episode. Which may seem like an odd claim given this is a competent but not particularly memorable little outing.
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