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Look Before You Leap 

In honor of February 29th, Frasier encourages the people around him to "take a leap" and do something outside their comfort zone. Unfortunately, their attempts result in failures and make him have doubts about his own leap.



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On February 29th, Frasier advises all of his friends and family to "take a leap" in the spirit of leap year, and do something daring and spontaneous. Martin decides to fly to Montana for a buddy's party, Daphne tries an experimental haircut, Roz sends out an on-air call to a handsome stranger she met on the bus. All the leaps go disastrously wrong, and Frasier has doubts about his own resolve to sing a challenging aria at the PBS pledge drive instead of the usual "Buttons and Bows." Maris summons Niles for a sexual tryst, but Frasier advises him to resist the temptation. Written by crouchbk

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27 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


"Buttons and Bows" was originally sung by Bob Hope in The Paleface (1948). See more »


In the opening scene, Frasier is on the balcony praising the rare 80 degree weather while proclaiming "...the middle of February!" Yet, the episode takes place on Leap Day, the last day of February. See more »


Niles: She's cleared her schedule from 7:00 'til 7:30 - that means foreplay *and* cuddling.
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, an animated elevator rises up inside the Space Needle. See more »


References The Paleface (1948) See more »


'Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime' from Rigoletto
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Among the Funniest!
18 January 2011 | by (Bellingham, WA) – See all my reviews

This hilarious episode spotlights each main character at his or her best. Nothing is so funny as tragedy in a fine comedian's hands, and this episode proves it.

Each event extends the theme personality of the character to the point of disaster; each terrible outcome is tailored to their specific hopes and dreams. Roz is humiliated in her eternal quest for love; Daphne for self improvement; Martin, for adventure outside his chair and remote control; Niles in his quest to rekindle Maris; and Frasier, in his always bumbling desire to be shown superior through his advice to loved ones.

The combined fury of the recipients of his conceit finally place Frasier on center stage in the spotlight's glare, dancing and mumbling ad libbing lyrics to "Buttons and Bows"; a perfect tune for live broadcast humiliation.

I think the outbursts of laughter from Daphne and Martin as they watch Frasier's fiasco must have been genuine; tears were running down my face as well. They were probably filmed actually seeing this performance for the first time.

This episode is a perfect jewel of writing, and acting.

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