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Three Blind Dates
Episode Details

Written by: Gayle Abrams

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 5th March 2002

Original UK airdate: 19th April 2002


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
Susanna .... Allison Janney
Kris .... Bridgette Sampras
Lisa .... Bellamy Young
Estelle .... Damara Reilly
Dry Cleaner Guy .... Kiran Rad
Jason .... Michael Powers
Graham .... Craig Nigh
Clint .... Nick Kiriazis
Harry .... Michael Medico
Bartender .... Matt Huhn
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is going to the symphony alone again, leading Roz, Niles, Daphne and Martin to take pity on him. Daphne suggests setting him up on a blind date but everyone has their own idea of the perfect woman for Frasier. Daphne goes through all the names in her little black book, but comes up blank but Niles knows someone who he thinks would be perfect - a bookshop owner with a lot of the same interests as Frasier. Niles is hesitant as she is a former patient, but Daphne says jsut let them meet naturally by taking Frasier to the bookshop. He agrees, but every attempt to get Frasier to talk to the woman in question is thwarted by something. Eventually, Niles flees with Frasier after he demands to see the manager after Frasier questions their book discount scheme. So Blind date 1 was a failure.

Roz is the next to try by bringing over a friend of hers. Susanna, who is an artist. Roz has a tendency to oversell Susanna, but she and Frasier seem to be getting along well at first with Frasier especially interested in her artwork. But when Frasier suggests her work is inspired by another artist, Susanna jumps on the defensive until Frasier shows her one of his latest pieces leading Susanna to accuse him of ripping her work off. Frasier says that since Susanna's work is displayed in a bowling alley, it's impossible but Susanna is so angry she storms out! So Blind date number 2 bites the dust.

Finally Martin sets Frasier up with a trendy young girl from his office, Kris, who takes him to her local bar before they go to dinner. Frasier is happy to be dating such a pretty woman, but the impression she gets from all her friends in the bar is that she knows the men a little too well. Kris then proceeds to play pool with her friends, leaving Frasier a bit put out. Eventually, Kris asks Frasier to get some change from the dry cleaners and it seems that the hand of fate is about to intervene......

Episode Title Cards
  • Bachelorette No.2

Episode Highlights

- Daphne suggets setting Frasier up on a blind date:
Daphne: I have this friend at yoga he might like.
Roz: No, she sounds flaky

- Roz thinks the men Frasier set her up with on blind dates weren't that good:
Roz: Whenever you set me up on dates, I knew they were losers from the second I saw them. Turned out they were bad in bed too!

- Frasier always thought Niles believed he was the most knowledgeable about Shakespeare:
Niles: Well, at first but you're the expert.
Frasier: Been waiting since third grade to hear you say that.

- Frasier asks an assistant with help locating a book:
Frasier: Do you have a book on the Plantagenets?
Assistant: That's like a banana, right ?

- Susanna believes another artist has ripped off her work, someone whose work Frasier has bought:
Susanna: The guy steals from lesser known artists and markets himself to suckers with more money than taste!

-Martin phones Frasier during his date with Kris:
Frasier: She is pretty and nice - perhaps a bit too nice (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

Another episode highlighting the void in Frasier's love life that features not one but two guest appearances. Bridgitte Sampras appearance as Kris was so minimal that it was hardly worth appearing, leaving 'The West Wing's Allison Janney to make it up by showing how good an actress she is in just a few short minutes as the slightly deranged Susanna, though this segment was dragged down somewhat by Roz's cringeworthy attempts at getting Frasier to like Susanna ("Tell us something about wine, Frasier" indeed!). The episode as a whole, though, fell a bit short as the individual dates didn't really add up to much, if still quite amusing, but I did like the way 'fate' conspired to get Frasier to meet someone at the dry cleaners, which in the end results in a lively and bouncy episode.

Rating

72 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 80.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


Let's start calling babes!, May 21, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


The amped-up pace of season 9 continues with a thoroughly enjoyable episode. I like it when the Daphne/Niles/Roz trio start scheming, and their plan here to get Frasier on a series of blind dates pays off in spades.

The first of the triptych is really just a funny excuse to have David Hyde Pierce get increasingly agitated while Kelsey Grammer rants and roars, but it's a lot of fun. The highlight is of course Niles reading "Heroes of NASCAR" (seriously, has to be one the best line readings of the entire series) and the fun physical comedy at the bookstore that climaxes with Frasier refusing to identify "an alphabetical misfile". Season 9 might not be as strong as the earlier years, but it's rediscovered that sense of character that went wandering sometime during season 7.

The second date gives a few funny moments to Peri Gilpin as an overly zealous Roz, but it's really an excuse for some thrilling badinage between Frasier and Allison Janney's artist character, Susanna. The entire segment nicely utilises that comedically thin line between self-awareness and absence of such, and the way the date falls apart suggests to us that Frasier and Susanna might have made a good couple. It's a very smartly written little piece, although I find it slightly unbelievable that Martin was at home and hadn't been told about (and/or kicked out because of) the blind date!

The final segment isn't quite as lively as the previous two, but it's not exactly a bust. Martin's choice of date, Kris (Bridgette Sampras), places Frasier in an unenviable position that I could easily relate to. The idea of dating someone incredibly attractive and popular can be tough at the best of times, particularly for someone with Frasier's childhood doubts. Seeing him gradually surrounded by uncaring, younger, more attractive men is a very funny little moment, even if the pile-on of issues never quite reaches a climactic climax. Still, the final kismet connection is very sweet and also nice how it incorporates all three dates in one. (And Frasier fixes the alphabetical misfile in the tag, which is also rather cute.)

Good fun.


Rating: 88%

 

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