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.