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Daphne Does Dinner 

Daphne attempts to throw a dinner party, with a reclusive artist as the guest of honor, but fails to escape the Crane family curse which always shows up at such events.


Katy Garretson


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 6 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Millicent Martin ... Gertrude Moon
Harve Presnell ... Mike Shaw
Ann Cusack ... Antonia
Paul Schulze ... Alex
Scotch Ellis Loring ... Jeremy
Matthew Yang King ... Thad
Ashley Thomas Ashley Thomas ... Alice May Doyle
Christopher Lawford ... Bill
Nana Visitor ... Sharon
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Mr. Slobodkin


The Crane brothers have a history of holding disastrous dinner parties, and the episode opens with one such occasion, just as all the guests and caterers are walking out. Niles is donating a painting by artist Mike Shaw to a museum, and plans to hold a farewell dinner party for it, with some fellow art collectors in attendance. When Daphne learns of this, she persuades him to co-host the party with her, not his brother. Frasier is upset, but offers his services in case they are needed. Consequently, when Daphne's cooking starts to go wrong at the last minute, and the painting suffers after an encounter with Alice and her crayons, Frasier agrees to help, as long as Niles is unaware of his presence. The situation becomes more complicated by the minute as the guests arrive, particularly when the artist turns up unexpectedly (and Martin is misidentified as him) and Daphne's mother takes a shine to him.

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This is the last episode in which Daphne's name appears in the title. See more »


When Frasier removes the pan from the oven in his own apartment, the pan is clearly cold. He handles it with his bare hands without getting burned. See more »


[to keep a party afloat, Martin has been forced to impersonate Mike Shaw, a painter]
Jeremy: What impresses me the most is the way you reinvent identity while recording anonymity.
Martin Crane: Well, that took years to get down.
Alex: Sure. Sure.
Thad: Come on, tell us: What do you think of Warhol?
Martin Crane: [faux-contemplative pause] Crap.
Thad: Kienholz?
Martin Crane: Crap.
Antonia: It is so refreshing to have someone speak so candidly.
Martin Crane: And you have to believe me, because I'm a fancy-ass artist.
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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 Debbie Does Dallas (1978) See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Has Anyone Seen the Three Stooges?
2 November 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Frasier and Niles have had disastrous dinner parties. When Daphne suggest that she do the next one, Frasier will have nothing to do with it. But everything that could go wrong, seems to. This is classic slapstick, reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy or he aforementioned Larry, Moe, and Curly. Pure madness.

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11 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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