Frasier: Season 4, Episode 1

The Two Mrs. Cranes (17 Sep. 1996)

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Daphne's ex-fiancé, Clive, visits her in Seattle to declare his continuing love for her. Rather than tell him the truth, that she can't see a future for them, she pretends to be married to Niles.



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Daphne's old boyfriend calls her asking to see her. She then tells Frasier and Martin that she wasn't impressed with his lack of ambition but couldn't break up with him that she told him that if they were both not with anyone after a certain period of time, they'll be together. And when he shows up rather than tell him she doesn't want to be with him, she says she's married to Niles. And when Frasier mentions Maris, not knowing Daphne is claiming to be married to Niles. He says Maris is his wife and when Roz shows up she has to be Maris. Written by

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Daphne pretends to be married to Niles so she can avoid romantic entanglements with the layabout Clive. Later, she realizes that Clive has become a captain of industry, and curses her decision to spurn him. At this point, Niles says, "Send in the clowns," a reference to a song that mirrors the current situation. In that song, the singer realizes that someone who she had previously spurned was now an ideal match for her. Both in the song and in the episode, the desired match is unavailable, causing regret in the relationship seekers. See more »


Clive: There comes a time in a man's life when he's gotta look a woman straight in the eye and say...
Niles: Cheese nips?
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When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, fireworks shoot to the sky. See more »


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Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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The only Frasier I haven't liked
5 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have watched many, many Frasier episodes and most of them many times too, but this one is definitely the worst and only one I dislike, although as usual there were several good one-liners.

The plot was contrived and farcical, but what really ruined it completely was the accent of "Clive", Daphne's former boyfriend. What on earth was it, an Australian trying to sound English, like one of Daphne's brothers? Actually, it was difficult to believe it came from an earthling! Even worse than Dick Van Dyke's reviled "cockney" accent, the supreme accolade!

What is it with Daphne's family on the show? Her mother has a London accent, her father northern somewhere and goes to pubs that disappeared 50 years ago, one brother is Australian, one posh, and the other just speaks gibberish.

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