Frasier: Season 10, Episode 1

The Ring Cycle (24 Sep. 2002)

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Niles and Daphne elope in Reno. Realizing that their families will be hurt that they were not included, they stage a series of fake ceremonies.

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Niles and Daphne elope in Reno. Realizing that their families will be hurt that they were not included, they stage a series of fake ceremonies.

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[Roz, Alice, and Mrs. Moon arrive at the courthouse]
Mrs. Gertrude Moon: Well, in my day, people didn't drive so recklessly. Do you know why?
Alice May Doyle: Is it because you rode dinosaurs?
[Roz struggles to keep a straight face]
Mrs. Gertrude Moon: [in a huff] You should talk to your daughter.
[Mrs. Moon exits. Roz kneels down to face Alice]
Roz Doyle: When we get home... you're getting ice cream.
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When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, fireworks shoot to the sky. *Also*, the title "Frasier" is in silver letters and shines. See more »

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The selfishness and lying overwhelms the comedy
21 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that annoyed the heck out of me. I couldn't stand the lying and selfishness of the main characters.

We begin with Niles and Daphne exchanging wedding vows in a cheap Reno, Nevada wedding chapel. The end of the previous episode had Daphne surprise Niles with a late-night visit, declaring she wants to get married "right now." The next morning, they arrive back in Seattle at Frasier's and are about to tell their news. Before they tell about their quick trip, they reveal that the state of Washington requires you to wait three days. Right then, both Martin and Frasier express great joy because they would be devastated to think they weren't allowed to attend the wedding of this couple.

So Niles and Daphne quickly change course and tell them there'll be a wedding in three days. They trick Daphne's mother into thinking they are going to the courthouse just to get their license and surprise her with the news that they plan to have a judge marry them right then. Because she had in a previous episode, insisted they get married before a minister—a request they had no problem with—she was really stressed to learn they planned to ignore this request.

She storms out—even though she surely depended on one of the family for a ride home. They decide to do it the way she wants them to. But a minute later decide to again ignore her deep desire for a minister-officiated ceremony, and they get married (again) before this judge. Later, deciding again to please her, they decide to go through the motions a third time, with Mrs. Moon's blessing to not have a minister, as she suddenly changed her mind, thinking of the children, for once. This leads to another courtroom hallway scene, this time involving former fiancé Donny and his new fiancée.

There certainly were some laughs in this, but I couldn't get past the selfishness of Niles and Daphne. You elope because you have no friends or family members planning on attending a wedding, possibly because they disapprove. Or you do a quickie wedding with those close friends and family around, skipping the big ceremony and expensive reception. But with everyone already looking forward to their planned wedding, including Roz's daughter excited to be a flower girl, it was just too selfish for them to run off and do it right away. (Remember, of course, that the happy couple was freely having sex regularly.) It was like they had the minds of 5 year-olds, thinking only of themselves.

Somehow, despite waiting three days, nobody thought to bring a simple camera, so Daphne's big day would not have a single snapshot to help remember the occasion. In the real world, people getting married 60 years ago posed for pictures, even if they got married at someone's house.

I will conclude by noting the politically correct TV view of judges that we seem to get the past 25 years where despite the actual facts of a large percentage of them being white males, in TV-world, this just won't do. The two judges we see are a black male and an Asian female. No complaints about this except that if you list these demographics and keep track of all TV judges you see on shows made in the last 25 years you will notice that very few are white males. They have no interest in depicting the real world, only their P.C. world.


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