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Episode reviews for Episode 3.05 - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

Avg. Viewer Review: 92.0%
Number of Reviews: 6

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"the house that Frasier built!, Feb 10, 2012 " Hi-lar-ious!, Mar 15, 2012

Reviewer: Cece from Brooklyn, NY

I agree with Joseph. Those last few lines were delivered so perfectly. Truly great television.

Rating: 95%


the house that Frasier built!, Feb 10, 2012

Reviewer: Joseph from Minneapolis, MN

This epsisode had many great moments, and is a very re-watchable episode. The ethical conflict that Niles had regarding interferring with Daphne and Joe seemed almost real--as well as comical. I enjoy it when they have a mixture like that. Near the end, Kelsey delivers possibly my favorite Frasier line ever, that ends "... who ate the cat who killed the rat that lived in the house that Frasier built !" His delivery was absolutely amazing.

Rating: 95%


A delightful conceit, Dec 04, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Frasier" has done some truly grand 'real-time' episodes - such as
"My Coffee with Niles" and my beloved "Dinner Party" - but I also
enjoy the episodes that don't expose the conceit. You only
realise, as time goes on, that the events are taking place over the
course of one afternoon, or one evening, and creating a real
sense of atmosphere.

The destruction of Frasier's apartment over one increasingly
frantic afternoon allows Grammer to do his best frustrated Frasier
shtick, and the episode can incorporate farcical elements with
some great romantic comedy for Daphne and Niles. Whereas his
affection for Daphne was mostly comic relief in the first two
seasons, the third season will begin the exploration of Niles'
feelings in earnest. The introduction of Joe - who remains around,
unseen, for several episodes - is well-handled, and it's nice to see
Daphne's development into such an attractive being.

So, to recap: this episode combines some enjoyable comedy-of-
errors, increasing farce, and some emotion-based humour for all
of the characters. That's a winner in my book.

Rating: 94%


one of the very best, Jun 29, 2008

Reviewer: Peter Blackstock from Poulsbo, WA

Somewhat surprised to see this one not rated higher, as it's always struck me as first-class
Frasier comedy. It helps that the plot partly plays into the star-crossed Niles/Daphne
storyline, which was always the most exciting part of the series (thus why the show
struggled, if honorably so, to keep pace in its final four seasons).

Two classic bits of comedy here that were among the series' very best moments:

1) Niles shuffling his feet on the carpet and repeatedly touching Frasier to try to prove to
Daphne that the "spark" she had with Joe was just static electricity, until a supremely
annoyed Frasier finally yells, "STOP POKING ME!" -- there's just something about Niles'
movements in this scene that makes it rank up there with the best of his many great actions
of physical comedy during the series' long run.

2) Possibly the funniest Frasier line in the entirety of the eleven years: "I cut myself because
I was shaving with no water, and why was there no water? Because I had to move your chair
which gouged the floor which made me call for Joe who found bad pipes which called for Cecil
who ate the cat who killed the rat that lived in the house that Frasier built !!!" -- as
hilarious as the scripting was, Kelsey Grammer's delivery really puts it over the top into all-
time-great-comedy-line territory.

This one deserves to be ranked at least in the top-20 all-time episodes of the series...

Rating: 94%


'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' review, Jun 02, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Anne Flett-Giordano proves she can still deliver a superb episode without the aid of her usual writing partner Chuck Ranberg as a catalogue of escalating disasters hits Frasier as he is about to host a wine tasting but has to call up the services of a contractor to remove a tiny scratch out of the floor. There are great moments throughout such as Martin sarcastically suggesting that orange cones should be placed around the scratch while the moment where, having watched Daphne receiving a spark of electricity from Joe, Niles continuously pokes an increasingly irritated Frasier is joyous. That said, Niles' character hits something of low with his selfish behaviour towards Daphne when he lies about Joe sleeping around. Although indefensible, he does eventually do the right thing - at least following the inevitable guilt-induced nosebleed. This episode also contains one of the funniest lines in any show with Kelsey Grammer's brilliantly delivered 'house that Frasier built' speech while Martin's clever way of getting the workmen to speedily the finish the job ties things up nicely.

Rating: 87%



Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK

This episode marks a solo performance by writer Anne Flett-Gordiano, without her long term writing partner Chuck Ramberg. I have just re-watched this episode for the purpose of compiling this review, and due to the fact that I hadn't seen it for a lenghty period of time, I had forgotten how enjoyable it was.

Despite the fact that Niles came across at one point as totally calous and selfish, when he tried to manipulate Daphne into not going out with Joe, the builder Frasier has hired to fix a scratch on the floor because he's hosting a wine club meeting. Niles admits: 'She deserves someone who wears a T-shirt as an undergarmet!'. This episode was pretty complex, with things going from bad to worse. There were some nice recurring themes like the nose-bleeds and the static electricity sparks from the carpet. The highlights for me were Frasier's spitting and estimations of the wine, as well as Niles (in the end) persuading Joe and Daphne to hook up, which was bittersweet. There were some lovely Maris anecdotes, most noticeably when Niles refers to his bowling bag. Frasier seems incredulous and Niles explains:
'We've given to giving each other goof gifts, I gave her a cookbook!'
Another excellent Maris reference is when Niles finds Joe (the builder) because Maris recommended him:
'He managed to satisfy Maris, something which is still on my to-do list...'

I remember not being too impressed with this episode on initial viewing, but on second viewing it seemed fresh, funny and a catalogue of mishaps. It was funny how Daphne 'honey bun' and Joe 'sugar' kept misunderstanding each other. On the whole a wonderfully maintained episode and a welcome break from the Kate Costas saga. I'll conclude this review with my favourite quote, which had me in stitches.

Frasier: I cut myself because I was shaving without water. And why was there no water? Because I had to move your chair, which gouged the floor, which made me call for Joe, who found bad pipes, who called for Cecil, who ate the cat that killed the rat that lived in the house that Frasier built!

Rating: 87%