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To Thine Old Self Be True
Episode Details

Written by: Dan O'Shannon

Directed by: Robert Egan

Original US airdate: 27th April 2000

Original UK airdate: 19th May 2000


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
Dr Mel Karnofsky .... Jane Adams
Donny Douglas .... Saul Rubinek
Regan .... Gigi Rice
   
   
Guest Cast
Dinah .... Rachel York
Doorman .... Greg Zerkle
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is impatiently waiting for the delivery of his new, hand-tailored blazer when he bumps into Regan outside the elevator. She tells him that she is no longer seeing her boyfriend Scott, so Frasier is tempted to ask her out again but is worried as everyone he does, he ends up looking ridiculous. Donny also has problems - his best man can't arrange his bachelor party for him, so Frasier offers to help out. Donny doesn't want Frasier's help because he fears Frasier won't deliver the right kind of party. Frasier is relating this to Roz later at Cafe Nervosa, who agrees that Frasier does come over as a bit fussy, so to try and prove Roz wrong, he phones up Donny and convinces him that he will be able to put together a great party complete with strippers!. Just then, Niles comes in and asks them to look at a rotund woman who keeps going back into a donut shop for more. Frasier and Roz are appalled that they Niles is making them watch until he reveals the woman in question is Maris! Apparently, she has been hit hard by the news that Mel and Niles are together - even spreading a rumour that it was the neck tuck she had by Mel that caused her to become obese.

Frasier begins his quest for a stripper by purchasing a 'smut rag' from one of those street newspaper dispensers, but manages to get his blazer caught in the door - just as Regan appears from the shop next door, causing Frasier much embarrassment. Back at his apartment, Daphne is about to go out for the afternoon with Donny, and tells Frasier she is pleased he is putting together the bachelor party as it'll be a quiet affair. Just then, a police officer appears at his door to question Frasier about the vandalism of a newspaper dispenser - but it turns out to be a stripper that Martin has hired so Frasier can judge the best for Donny. Daphne then arrives back unexpectedly with a splitting headache forcing Frasier to pretend the 'policewoman' is being interviewed for the position of housekeeper and takes her to his bedroom. Niles and Mel then arrive, and Niles manages to convince Daphne to give Mel a massage. Martin tells Niles that Frasier is in his bedroom with a stripper, but Frasier then appears in the living room handcuffed to the stripper (thanks to Frasier trying to show her an appropriate encore). Maris then makes an unexpected appearance and Frasier, Niles and Martin have to hide Frasier from Daphne, Mel, Maris AND Regan who Frasier meets at the elevator. Wil Frasier manage to get away with it .....?

Episode Title Cards
  • She's Saving The Rest Of The Bear For Later
  • My Kingdom For Two Quarters

Episode Highlights

- Niles persuades Frasier and Roz to look at a rotund woman coming out of the donut shop:
Roz: So she has a problem with junk food. You don't need to point it out - it's rude.
Frasier: It's childish!
Niles: It's Maris!!

- Frasier is worried about the success of his bachelor party, as Martin reads the 'smut rag':
Martin: Don't worry - everything'll work itself ass.

- Frasier being stripped for by the 'policewoman'.

- Mel arrives worried that Maris' rumour will destroy her:
Mel: Daphne, get me a cup of tea.
Daphne: Actually, I have a bit of a headache.
Mel: Oh, you could be coming down with something. Wash your hands first.

- After Frasier has taken the stripper to his bedroom:
Martin: Hey Niles, guess what your brother's doing.
Niles: Pressing his new blazer?
Martin: Yeah - against a stripper!

- Frasier comes into the lounge handcuffed to the stripper:
Martin: How did that happen?
Stripper: Lord of the Dance here decided I needed an encore (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode sees the return of something we haven't seen for some time - a fast-paced farce as Frasier tries to hide the fact he is handcuffed to a stripper from Mel, Daphne, Maris and Regan. This makes for an enjoyable second half as the show demonstrates how well it can do it. The first half wasn't quite as good but features some great jokes about a now obese Maris - there's a great moment when she suddenly turns up at Frasier's apartment, forcing Niles to offer her comfort food. The ending was typical 'Frasier'- Frasier laments he will never find a woman and the stripper offers to go on a date with him, to which he accepts and enjoys himself - which is unexpected and yet satisfying. Overall, this is another good episode to add to the Season 7 cannon, even if Roz and Daphne are somewhat sidelined here.

Rating

79 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 88.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


Nice meeting you, Officer Nasty, May 18, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"To Thine Old Self Be True" has a lot going on in its first half, perhaps too much, which I suppose reflects the unusually (uniquely?) plot-heavy state that the series was in at this point.

The episode catches us up with numerous plotlines: Frasier and Regan (last "seen" earlier this season when Frasier resolved to surprise her with an impromptu date), Niles and Mel, Daphne's growing confusion, the preparations for the wedding, and - more surprisingly - Maris!

The first half is quite scattered, to be honest. Niles' shock at seeing a weighty Maris is rather amusing, as is Frasier's attempt to be "one of the guys" (he starts out by calling strippers "red hot mamas". Ha!) In fact, things reach the point where I really wasn't sure what we were supposed to be focusing on. (The same dilemma hits the closing episodes of season 8, which almost want to become something more like a serialised story told through a bunch of unconnected gags.)

Thankfully, the second half pulls everything together into a fun - if unusually structured - little jokefest. By the end of things, we have oodles of characters - ranging from Mel and Maris to Regan and Daphne - rebounding on each other throughout the apartment. The decision to limit the second half of the episode to this one set really does wonders and allows the cast to have good fun. I particularly enjoy Daphne letting out her frustrations on Mel, Frasier not being able to pick up Regan's groceries, and of course Frasier giving Officer Nasty a lesson in stripping. Perhaps my favourite gag is that of Daphne being so easily hoodwinked into thinking the stripper is really a cop. Her "Officer Nasty!" is impeccable.

Overall, this is an enjoyable episode, but I feel as if it was ultimately too cluttered. The Maris story doesn't really reach a resolution, it's just... there. (In fact, is this the last we "see" of Maris until season 11?) My suspicion is that the writers needed to get the Daphne/Mel plot into the mix, so they contrived a way to make Mel part of the farce. It's completely unnecessary, but the actors play the hectic atmosphere of the room so well, I'm not going to stress my complaints. An odd little beast that sadly removes Gigi Rice's Regan from the mix but paves the way for the build-up of plot tensions for the rest of this season.


Rating: 75%

 

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