Season 5 Episode 16

Beware of Greeks

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 1998 on NBC
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The Cranes are reunited with a branch of the family when Frasier's cousin, Nikos, is getting married. First, Frasier has to soothe old wounds with Martin's sister-in-law, incurred when Frasier urged Nikos to pursue a career in juggling rather than medicine.

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  • A mildly enjoyable, yet mostly mediocre mid-season episode.

    Season five was without a doubt one of the most bi-polar of the series, containing some of the most memorable episodes, while also containing some of the weakest, Beware of Greeks was sadly one of the latter. There are some highly enjoyable jokes though, including a running joke in which Niles tries to escape his large-chested cousin Yvonne, or Frasier doing bouzouki dancing. However, these amusing segments are marred by poor story decisions and cheap gags. The first would be the guest stars, who aside from Patti LuPone as Aunt Zora and Lori Harmon as cousin Yvonne, are all sub-par. The worst of the bunch being Joseph Will as Cousin Niko, who comes off as a total weeny and numskull who can't seem to realize that his mother the one causing all the problems. He's a character who, being so critical to the episode grates on your nerves with every viewing. However, the most puzzling and ludicrous part of the episode is the writers' decision to give Martin a brother, which seems completely useless, like it was only added to serve the episode, and then never used again for the rest of the series. This move just seems lazy and quickly takes you out of the moment, removing any of the charm left of the episode. Overall, a below average episode for such a great show.moreless
  • Frasier and Niles get involved in their Greek aunt's restaurant and their cousin's love life.

    I'm a a late-comer to Frasier--I started watching the reruns, but I have watched the episodes many times. There are a few episodes that I skip when they rerun them--mainly the ones where people from Cheers show up. However, the episode "Beware of Greeks" is a particularly unusual episode and really out of the continuity of the show. Perhaps it was created around the same time the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was popular. A Greek aunt of Frasier's is suddenly introduced out of the blue (as well as a brother of Martin's). These newly introduced relatives had never been mentioned before because Martin had a falling out with his brother and never talked to him. I feel that the episode was just thrown into the series for some unknown reason. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the series.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It seems odd there would be a phone on Frasier's desk at home only ten feet away from his cordless phone. No doubt it was just put there to speed up the joke when he calls his Aunt and she hangs up on him.

    • Martin's brother is present in this episode, but Martin previously stated he did not have a brother in "Author, Author".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Frasier: This is Nikos, my father's brother's son.
      Roz: Well, I would have never pegged you for a Crane.
      Frasier: Oh, well, he's half Greek. He gets his looks from his mom.
      Roz: (admiringly) I'll bet he gets looks from lots of women.

    • Martin: Can you imagine what it's like to live in the same city as your brother, and not see him for five years?
      Frasier: (Looking at Niles) No, but I'd like to give it a try.

    • Nikos: She's a juggler, too. You may have heard of her, Crystal Baker?
      Frasier: No... I don't get to street theatre as often as I should.

    • Frasier: How did you two meet?
      Nikos: A few months back, I performed at one of her parents garden parties. It sparked something in her. She asked me for a date right in front of them. That's how she is, she likes to play with her parents heads.
      Frasier: Yes, did Lizzie Borden.

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