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First, Do No Harm
Episode Details

Written by: Jordan Hawley & William Schifrin

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 29th October 1998

Original UK airdate: 5th February 1999


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
Marie .... Teri Hatcher
Customer .... Randy Pelish
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Martin sets up a blind date for Frasier with his buddy Duke's daughter, Marie. They get on like a house on fire, but this sets Frasier wondering what exactly makes Marie attracted to him. Niles suggests that perhaps it is his psychiatric ability after Frasier says he is helping her sort through the problems she has with her mother and trying to resolve a recurring dream. Frasier dismisses this out of hand, but while they are getting intimate AND talking about the dream, Frasier says he doesn't want to talk about it now, and Marie abruptly stops and says she has to go home - until Frasier brings up the dream again, and she stays. Frasier promptly breaks up with her, but then admits perhaps he was wrong and they get back together. However, after Frasier admits they are talking about the dream again, Niles rationalises that Frasier is staying with Marie to flex his analytical muscles, which Frasier realises is ultimately true, so he finally breaks it off with Marie.

Episode Title Cards
  • Bonsoir
  • Is That Pork On Your Cuff Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

Episode Highlights

- After Roz looks a mess after looking after her baby:
Martin: Hi Roz. Is that the newest thing - wearing 2 different shoes?

- After Martin says he's come to cheer Frasier up:
Martin: You haven't had a date in I don't know how long.
Frasier: Yes, well, I do know how long, and this isn't the way to cheer me up!

- After Niles suggests Marie is going out with Frasier for free psychiatric advice:
Frasier: You're just jealous! I'm having hot, sweaty, jungle sex! What are you having?
Niles: [to the waitress] I'm having a latte.

- After Frasier realises Niles was right, and Marie is massaging his shoulders:
Marie: Oh, you are are tense. Is it just your neck or is it all over?
Frasier [crying]: It's all over....

- Roz back on caffeine after she finishes breastfeeding

- Frasier says he's going to apologise to Marie:
Frasier: Sometimes the best apology is the truth.
Niles: You mean you're going to tell her that she was prostituting herself for therapy, but now that's OK?
Frasier: Well, not that truth, some other truth!

- After Niles says Frasier is staying with Marie to flex his analytical muscles:
Frasier: Marie is a stunning woman with a body to die for, and you think all I'm interested in is her mind - how shallow do you think I am?!

- The sight of Eddie attached to Frasier's leg, with Frasier dragging him around.

- After Frasier seems to be about to break up with Marie again:
Marie: Am I crazy or are you breaking up with me again?
Frasier: Well, the two are not unrelated.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A mildly diverting episode that, in a worrying trend for the early part of this season, doesn't make for a particularly satisfying episode. There are flashes of wit and amusing moments peppered throughout the episode - Eddie refusing to let go of Frasier's trouser leg is very funny - and while Martin and Daphne's sub plot about Martin fixing Daphne up with someone has it's own fair share of laughs, the episode as a whole didn't really seem to take flight.

Rating

70 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 73.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 7


Frasier and Marie, May 12, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Hmmm. "First, Do No Harm" is slightly lacklustre, in many ways echoing the general change of pace in season 6. On the downside, Roz is often reduced to baby-joke cameos and Daphne seems to be very quickly losing her quirkiness and commanding presence in the household. On top of this (in neutral-if-not-positive changes to the season) we're focused a little bit more on how the sitcom scenarios reflect our main characters. It's a shift toward self-exploration that will embody much of the remainder of the series' run.

So this week, with the women laying low and Niles and Martin largely reduced to a Greek chorus, we're looking at Frasier's usual self-doubts. This time, it's because his girlfriend - Duke's daughter Marie - seems to be using him for psychological advice.

This episode isn't heavy on laughs, but I think the conceit of the plot works well. The flip toward realising it might be Frasier who's using his relationship is a nice touch, and keeps this 22 minutes from feeling like it's bogged down in a single plot, as a few of the single-character scripts can start to. More to the point, I really like that Teri Hatcher is allowed to be very funny as Marie - and of course, we're more than usually desirous for this relationship to succeed, just so that Martin can get his tickets!

A neat little story.


Rating: 84%

 

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