Diane and Sam are given a bleak prognosis from a noted marriage counselor.



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Frasier's colleague from his Rhodes scholar days, Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, is a world renowned marriage counselor and is in Boston to accept an honorary degree. Despite Sam not wanting to do it, Diane asks Finch-Royce to provide a counseling session for her and Sam, to which the doctor agrees with Frasier funding the session as his wedding gift. After the Q&A session with Sam and Diane, Finch-Royce pronounces that Sam and Diane are the most ill-matched couple ever and that they should never see each other again let alone get married; he then leaves the bar to return to his hotel, as he wants a quiet evening of calling his wife in England, eating a quiet dinner, having a soothing shower and going to sleep early. But his evening doesn't go as planned as Diane, incensed with the Finch-Royce's assessment, is determined to prove the good doctor wrong for the sake of her and Sam's future. The one person who is glad that Finch-Royce's evening does not go according to plan is Frasier, who has ... Written by Huggo

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5 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Sam Malone: You know, it was your stupid idea to come here in the first place. All of a sudden he says something you don't like, and now you don't believe him anymore?
Diane: [sounding desperate] Well he's wrong! He doesn't know what he's talking about! Don't you think he's capable of making a mistake?
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: That's highly unlikely, although, I did let the two of you in.
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A very entertaining roller-coaster ride, and John Cleese is screaming along (on the inside)
12 January 2012 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

When Frasier Crane's friend (acclaimed marriage counselor Simon Finch-Royce) stops by Cheers to visit him, Diane requests that Simon analyze her and Sam. However, after a few questions, Simon tells the couple that their chances for a happy marriage are close to nil. What follows are several well-placed comedy scenarios that would just be giving away too much if I said any more.

John Cleese won a Golden Globe award for his guest-spot as Frasier Crane's friend Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, and watching him in "Simon Says," it soon becomes pretty easy to see why. Cleese's portrayal of Simon has him acting a bit snooty, but pretty 'mild' if his acting in Monty Python springs to mind. The humor in his role comes more from asides than all-out sight-gags.

In a way, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers is probably the most 'excitable' role in the entire piece, and she plays Diane's over-analytical nature here so well, that you can't help but look at Sam Malone's face and say, "I understand, man. I understand." A format very similar to this episode's was later reused (a tad) in an episode of "Frasier" entitled, "A Lilith Thanksgiving." I won't say anymore, but if you see both that episode and "Simon Says," you will most likely draw the same conclusion that I did and feel someone possibly looked to this episode for 'inspiration.'

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