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Secret Admirer
Episode Details

Written by: Lori Kirkland

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 5th November 1998

Original UK airdate: 12th 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
Nancy .... Grace Phillips
Madeline .... Cynthia K. Ambuehl
Waitress .... Rosa Blasi
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is on a date with an ex-KACL employee, Nancy, at Cafe Nervosa when Niles arrives with a financial settlement for his divorce - he and Maris only have to sign it, and he is free of her forever. Frasier, meanwhile, invites Nancy to dinner on Friday night. However when Frasier and Niles return from a squash game, Frasier finds a box containing Cartier cufflinks in them and a note saying 'I was wrong to let you go. Hope you believe in second chances', and it's unsigned. This gets Frasier thinking about who his secret admirer is, but enrages Niles who says that he risking the chance of a great relationship with Nancy to persue other women. Frasier dismisses him, and starts going through his little black book and making a few well placed phone calls to ex's.

In Cafe Nervosa a few days later, Frasier gets another present - a watch. He also notes that one of his ex's is present in the cafe as the gift is delivered. However as Frasier goes to talk to her, Niles discovers another note: 'I hope you can forgive me, my darling Niles'. It seems that Maris sent the gifts, hoping to win back Niles' affection after Shenkmen dumped her. Niles is angry that Maris thinks she can just buy back his affections and storms off to confront her, despite Frasier trying to stop him. During Frasier's date with Nancy, the ex's that he phoned start calling back, so Nancy storms off, and Frasier goes off to Niles', who receives another present - a nickel - and a note 'Roses are red, your heart is fickle. When I'm through with you, all you'll have left is this nickel'. The nickel is surrounded by a shredded finacial settlement, causing Frasier and Niles to start crying and Martin offers to go get them ice cream, like he did when they were children.

Episode Title Cards
  • Love Me Two Times
  • The Ego Has Landed

Episode Highlights

- After Roz interrupts Frasier and Nancy's date, offering Nancy her cousin:
Roz: I didn't realise - when my muffin comes, could you send it over?
Frasier: You won't even see it coming (!)

- Martin does a Hi-5 to Niles, who turns it into a handshake

- After Frasier discovers the cufflinks:
Frasier: I don't remember anyone touching our bags except the valet, and Hymie the squash porter.
Martin: Gee, you boys sure work up a sweat down there!

- Everyone's discussing who the 'admirer' could be:
Martin: Maybe it's that Sonia woman he was going out with.
Daphne: Wasn't there a sister too?
Martin: And a niece.
Niles: Yes, he went through that family like a recessive gene.

- Frasier talking to Roz in the cafe:
Frasier: It'll be our 'third' date. You know, like one of your 'first' dates.

- After Roz finds out Frasier has an admirer:
Roz: You've got 2 women, and they're sending you jewellry?
Frasier: Is that so hard to believe?
Roz: I guess since they cloned that sheep, anythings possible!

- The ex-girlfriends phoning back during the date.

- After Maris sends Niles the third gift:
Niles: What is wrong with that woman?
Martin: You start, Frase - I'll jump in when you get hoarse.

Frasier Online Episode Review

An enjoyable episode that sees Frasier think he has a secret admirer until we learn the gifts were for Niles - and are from Maris! Some godd laughs are mined from Frasier's trawl through his previous relationships in search of the mystery woman, plus there's a brilliant bit where Martin is telling Niles about Eddie's love of playing with bubble wrap. The final scene wraps things up nicely, with the revelation that Maris has shredded their financial settlement after Niles refused to get back with her quite a shock, which opens the next chapter in the ongoing Niles/Maris saga and ends a rather good debut episode from Lori Kirkland.

Rating

79 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 81.6%
Total Number of Reviews: 8


Season 6 sleeper, May 12, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


This episode isn't one of my favourites, although it's consistently well-written. All of the cast get fun moments in a plot that centres squarely on a typical Frasier situation, and ends with him inadvertently ruining a date (surprised?) in a series of misunderstandings. The three Crane men particularly have some hilarious interactions.

The first episodes of season 6, though, aren't really up to the standard of the rest of the season. I guess it's nice to know that Maris hasn't been completely forgotten (and the season will continue to focus on the end of the divorce proceedings) but I don't think her presence really helps much here besides being a catalyst for the Frasier plot.

Good, but not great.


Rating: 74%

 

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