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 title is from the saying "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts". In "The Aeneid", the epic poem by Virgil, the Greeks have sailed out of sight of Troy and left the wooden "Trojan horse" outside the gates. The Trojans are unaware that soldiers concealed inside it, and they discuss what to do with it. Laocoon, a priest, warns the Trojans, saying in the poem "timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", which correctly translated means "I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts." The saying is a slight modification of this. See more »

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During the wedding scene when Martin asks Eddie where the camera is, the boom mic shadow is visible, lowering behind Eddie over the kitchen. See more »

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[after Martin and Daphne have dissed Zora and Walt, Ed reveals that he hid his video camera nearby, pointing at them]
Ed: I wanted to capture the whole family, naturally, just as they are.
Martin Crane: Well... we were really boring! I mean, why don't you just rewind that a few minutes and then start over?
Ed: Funny, Mrs. Pappas said the same thing.
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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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