Frasier: Season 5, Episode 16

Beware of Greeks (17 Mar. 1998)

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Frasier's cousin, Nikos, is getting married. His mother Zora, Frasier's aunt-by-marriage, has blacklisted the Crane family since Frasier advised Nikos to follow his heart in choosing his ... See full summary »

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Frasier's cousin, Nikos, is getting married. His mother Zora, Frasier's aunt-by-marriage, has blacklisted the Crane family since Frasier advised Nikos to follow his heart in choosing his career (which meant dropping out of medical school to be a street juggler). Knowing that Martin misses his brother, Walt, Frasier begs Zora for forgiveness, and she joyfully invites them to the wedding. Niles is less than thrilled, knowing that it means seeing their man-hungry Cousin Yvonne again. At the rehearsal dinner, Frasier is troubled. To him it is obvious that Nikos misses his old girlfriend, and that his wealthy fiancée is only aiming a barb at her snobbish parents. He is hesitant to speak out, knowing that Zora will dismember him if he does. Written by crouchbk

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The common expression Beware of Greeks bearing gifts; refers to ruse used during the Trojan Wars. In that war the Greek's in an effort to avoid a long siege built a large wheeled wooden horse and left it outside the Trojan gates as they appeared to sail away. The horse was hollow and contained a few soldiers who came out at night after the Trojans had spent a night celebrating. They killed the guards and since the Greek's had secretly returned they entered the city and killed all the Trojans. Out of this came the saying Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. See more »

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In this episode Martin Crane is revealed to have a brother, but in a show in the first season ("Author, Author"), Martin -- while telling a story to his sons -- says he never had a brother. See more »

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Aunt Zora Crane: You know, I am so glad you are coming to the wedding. There is nothing sadder than a divided family, am I right?
Dr. Frasier Crane: Quite right.
Dr. Niles Crane: Absolutely, absolutely. When Frasier told me we weren't invited to the wedding, I was...
Cousin Yvonne: There you are, Niles!
Dr. Niles Crane: Just kill me now.
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When the title "Frasier" (in yellow letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, an animated elevator rises up inside the Space Needle. See more »

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Broadway legend steals the show!
14 January 2010 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Broadway's Patti Lupone received a well-deserved Emmy nomination for her turn as Frasier's volatile Aunt Zora in this hilarious episode from 1998. The Crane boys and Martin are attending a family gathering at Zora's restaurant where her son has recently gotten engaged to a prominent "yuppie", an engagement heavily favored by the aunt. There is an estranged relationship between Frasier and his aunt due to an intervention years ago by the good doctor that really rattled her nerves. Thus, she "warns" him - with a meat cleaver in her hand - not to get involved in the couple's lives.

However, in the best tradition of "Frasier" things go awry with perfectly executed comic timing and Lupone plays the role to the hilt, demonstrating why she is one of the greats of the Broadway stage.


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