Frasier

Moon Dance

Season 3, Ep 13, Aired 2/6/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Daphne gives Niles ballroom dancing lessons, as he prepares for a the annual "Snow Ball." When his date falls ill, Niles takes Daphne to the ball, providing him with the night of his life.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kelsey Grammer

    Dr. Frasier Crane

  • Jane Leeves

    Daphne Moon Crane

  • David Hyde Pierce

    Dr. Niles Crane

  • Peri Gilpin

    Roz Doyle

  • John Mahoney

    Martin Crane

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Niles wants to go to dance in order to impress some of his old social circle,but needs dancing lessons which Daphne offers to give him.Daphne ends up being his date and it is key moment in Niles and Daphnes relationship.

    By drwoowoocl, Dec 09, 2006

  • One of my favorite episodes of Frasier; and, more importantly, one of my favorite episodes involving the developing relationship between Niles and Daphney.

    By prosen8966, Apr 18, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • (Martin is reading the paper in his armchair and gets an idea when Daphne comes in with the laundry) Martin: Hey Daphne, bring that laundry over here, will you? Daphne: What for? Martin: Well, I was just reading about an intelligence test you can give your dog. You throw a towel over its head and see how long it takes him to shake it off. (calling) Eddie! (Eddie scampers in. As Daphne watches with amusement, Martin takes a small dish towel and throws it over his head.) Daphne: Oh, and the faster he takes the towel off, the smarter he is? Martin: (sarcastic) No, the faster he folds it. All right, they ranked all the dogs and the smartest was a border collie; he did it in seven seconds. (starts timing) All right, come on boy, take it off. (Eddie doesn't move) Six... seven. OK, the next fastest one was a poodle, I know he's as smart as a poodle. (counts off on his watch) OK, so he's no poodle... he's not a beagle either... or a German shepherd... or a Labrador. Oh, for God's sake, Eddie! Daphne: Yes, well, if you ask me, he's refusing to do that trick because he knows if he does it right, you'll have him doing it every time we have company. Martin: Hey, I'll bet you're right! (takes the towel off and shakes a finger at Eddie) Nice going, Eddie!

    • Niles: (learning a box step) This is boring yet difficult.

    • Niles: I've taken Maris to hundreds of these events and she has not once wanted to dance. Of course, Maris hates public displays of rhythm.

    • Daphne: Oh Dr. Crane, it's beautiful. Niles: Just for tonight, could you call me Niles? Daphne: You know, when I was at school, I knew a boy named Niles and I called him Niley. Niles: Just for tonight, could you call me Niles?

    • Niles: Oh Daphne, I adore you! Daphne: I adore you too. Niles: What?!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode won the 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. The entire writing team on Frasier at the time took part in writing this episode, with small teams assigned to each scene. This makes the fact that this episode won an Emmy all the more special to the show's history.

    • Kelsey Grammer, who made his directorial debut with this episode, appears in only two brief scenes.

    Trivia (1)

    • Daphne mentions that she knew a boy named Niles and she called him "Niley." In a later episode Niley is one of the nicknames Niles is given by the gang at the Shangra La on the tortured naming path from Niles to "the Coyote" that he describes to Frasier.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: Moon Dance The episode title shares the same name as the 1995 film Moondance.

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    • brandonio Feb 25, 2015

      Does anyone know the music that begins to play softly just after Niles realises that Daphne thought he was acting the whole time? Cheers to anyone who can help identify it.