Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 6 -> Episode 6.15
To Tell The Truth
Written by: Rob Hanning
Directed by: David Lee
Original US airdate: 18th February 1999
Original UK airdate: 16th April 1999
Niles is at his wits end - Maris' lawyers have moved to postpone their divorce proceedings by several months, which Niles just cannot afford. Prompted by Frasier, Roz suggests one of her ex-boyfriends Donny Douglas. Niles is initially aghast at his laid back approach to his job by appearing in sports clothes and changing in front of him, but hires him as soon as he gets the proceedings set up for a few weeks time. However, after Frasier is subpaeoned to appear in court, things take a dramatic turn as Maris' lawyers are claiming that Niles was in love with another woman while he was still married - that woman being Daphne. She is quite taken aback, but Frasier's ethics rears it's ugly head as he doesn't want to hurt his brother yet cannot bring himself to lie about Niles' affections for Daphne.
Frasier battles with his ethics while Niles has resorted to an old childhood anxiety relief method - sitting under the piano to calm himself down as he prepares for the moment when Daphne finally finds out his true feelings for her. Fortunately for all involved, Donny comes up with a terrific bargaining chip - the real source of Maris's money. It is not, as Niles has been led to believe, from timber but from urinal cakes! Obviously desperate to keep it under wraps, Maris agrees to a generous settlement, and Niles feels like a new man again - until he sees Donny and Daphne together on a date and kissing in the cafe....
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- Frasier is appalled at the baloney sandwich and
fruit cocktail for Niles's lunch:
Frasier: Do you realise what your lawyers are having for lunch?
Niles: They don't itemise - they just bill me for the total!
- Niles and Frasier are looking at Donny's degree certificates:
Niles: University of Las Vegas (!) No problem finding tassles for those mortarboards (!).
- After Donny swaps his tracksuit bottoms and underwear for a
towel, Niles is afraid of humiliation:
Frasier: This is exactly what you need - a man who's not afraid to show some moxie.
Niles: He's an inch away from showing us the full moxie.
- Niles is recalling some of Maris's extravagances:
Niles: Do you recall what she did when one of her dogs needed a shampoo?
Frasier: She'd fill the bath with Evian!
Niles: Half the time she'd get a new dog!
- After Donny informs Daphne that she is apparently the object
of Niles's affections:
Daphne [to Frasier] : That's absurd - have you ever heard anything so ridiculous ?!
Frasier: Not to the best of my recollection (!!!!!).
- After Niles learns the truth about Maris's income:
Niles: She's managed to have her urinal cake and eat it too!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A highly enjoyable, well written episode that brings the whole Niles/Daphne situation one step forward with Daphne having to deal with the suggestion that Niles is in love with her and almost finding out the truth. The character of Donny Douglas - well played by Saul Rubinek - was introduced in a highly amusing manner, while Frasier struggling between not hurting his brother's feelings and not violating his ethics was well written too.. Overall, the episode with a desperately sad ending for Niles, is definitely one of the better Season 6 episodes.
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Total Number of Reviews: 8
Baby eczema, May 13, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"To Tell the Truth" is the (very) beginning of the Niles/Daphne endgame, as evidenced by how fast and loose the writers (and characters) are now with his feelings.
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