Frasier

Season 1 Episode 17

A Midwinter Night's Dream

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Aired Unknown Feb 10, 1994 on NBC
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Following Frasier's advice, Niles tries spice up his love life with Maris, but his efforts backfire. When he tries to smooth things over with a romantic dinner, he and Daphne end up alone together on a dark and stormy night.

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Niles: (relating to Daphne his first meeting with Maris) ...she was returning from the antique mart with a rare bell jar once owned by Sylvia Plath...

        Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas.

      • This episode ends with Martin outside in the rain, fervently knocking on the window for Frasier, Niles and Daphne to let him in, only they don't hear him over their piano playing and singing. When Frasier entered Niles' house earlier, he initially banged on the window to get Niles and Daphne's attention, but he then burst in through the side door, which must have been unlocked. Why didn't Martin simply enter the house through that same side door, rather than trying to get everyone's attention at the window?

      • In his "pirate" costume, Niles wears the "Puffy Shirt" from the Seinfeld episode of the same name.

      • The melody played by Niles' glockenspiel is Chopin's Polonaise in A-Flat Major.

      • The time on Niles' musical clock changes time suddenly and frequently between shots, once from 9:00 to 10:55 to 11:25 almost instantly.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Niles: Double Cappuccino, half-caf, non-fat milk, with just enough foam to be aesthetically pleasing but not so much that it leaves a moustache.
        Eric: Cinnamon or chocolate on that?
        Niles: (to Frasier) Oh, they make this so complicated. (to Eric) Cinnamon, please.

      • Eric: Most people find that blend too intense.
        Daphne: Not me. I like something that holds its body on my tongue. (Niles spills cream all over the table)

      • Daphne: Dr. Crane, your Glockenspiel has sprung to life!

      • Niles: Love is a funny thing, isn't it? Sometimes it's exciting and passionate, sometimes it's...something else. Something comfortable and familiar. That newly exfoliated little face staring up at you across the breakfast table, sharing a laugh together when you see someone wearing white after Labor Day.

    • NOTES (1)

      • This episode received 1994 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or Special.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Episode Title: A Midwinter Night's Dream

        The title is a reference to the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

      • Frasier: You've got a vulnerable woman and an unstable man in a gothic mansion on a rainy night! The only thing missing is someone shouting "Heathcliff!" across the moors!

        Frasier is making a reference to the Gothic romance novel Wuthering Heights.

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