Frasier: Season 5, Episode 13

The Maris Counselor (3 Feb. 1998)

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Niles is optimistic about his progress with Maris under their new marriage counselor, Dr. Schenkman. Deciding to surprise Maris with a nooner at her house, he is devastated to find ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Schenkman
Roger (voice)
Bill (voice)
Bess Myerson ...
Mary (voice)


Niles is optimistic about his progress with Maris under their new marriage counselor, Dr. Schenkman. Deciding to surprise Maris with a nooner at her house, he is devastated to find Schenkman already waiting in her bed. He tells Niles they plan to get married. Niles finally decides to end his marriage. Martin looks forward to a date with an attractive neighbor, but it turns out his date is with her 86-year-old mother. Written by crouchbk

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While Frasier, Niles, and Martin are toasting their troubled love lives, after three toasts Niles over fills Martins glass, but while they are talking it can be noted that at first the glass is full, then for a short period it's only half full, then just as they complete the toast and drink their drinks the level is back up again. See more »


Dr. Niles Crane: You know, I said I wanted closure, but I won't have it until I do one more thing...
[He takes off his wedding ring and goes to the balcony]
Dr. Frasier Crane: Oh, be careful, Niles, from this height that could hurt somebody.
Dr. Niles Crane: No, all clear.
[throws the ring and shouts]
Dr. Niles Crane: Goodbye, Maris! You've hurt me for the last time!
Martin: Uh, Niles, is that your Mercedes parked down there?
[Niles looks down]
Martin: Whoa! Oh, well, a good body shop will be able to pound that out.
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When the title "Frasier" (in yellow letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, several lights are being lit in the "windows" of the buildings. See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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23 January 2007 | by (OK, US) – See all my reviews

I admit that I consider Frasier to be one of the best shows ever to appear on television. I'm glad to know that because it spent 11 years on the air, I was not the only one who felt this way.

That being said, this particular episode contains much of what makes Frasier remarkable. It contains the last straw of Niles and his marriage with Maris, and although his interaction with Dr. Schenkman is rather unbelievable, it is still a bit clever and fairly amusing, mostly because of David Hyde Pierce.

Martin has a supposed date for the first time in a while, yet it ends up being with the particular woman's mother. Martin's explanation of the "date" is one of his best-delivered sequences. The ending of the episode is what makes Frasier a special show. It contains a sly bit of humor as well as a rather somber ending allowing the audience to soak it all up, so to eat.

Among the best episodes, although a bit early in the best Frasier years.

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