Frasier

Season 2 Episode 20

Breaking the Ice

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Aired Unknown Apr 18, 1995 on NBC
9.1
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Frasier realizes that his father has never told Frasier that he loves him, so Frasier tags along with Niles and Martin on an ice-fishing trip to try to get closer to his father. Niles accidentally drops the car keys into the lake and they have to spend the night there. When Frasier, Niles and Martin are really drunk, Frasier tells his father about his true feelings, hoping that Martin tells Frasier and Niles that he loves them.moreless

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  • A great juxtaposition of serious and comic, showing the conflict at the core of the show.

    9.3
    Breaking The Ice is one of the minority of Fraiser episodes which takes place largely in a 'Martin' setting - somewhere the down-to-earth ex-cop feels more comfortable than his refined, snobbish sons. The complex emotional relationship between this cagey and aloof man and his sensitive sons comes to the fore - Frasier has a complex about Martin never saying "I love you" to him.



    The ice fishing setting brings out Frasier's grouchy side, while Niles' attempt to take an interest is comical - especially when he turns up on Frasier's doorstep in a lurid arrangement of fishing clothing, Martin quips that the fish will see him coming, and Daphne deadpans that the salesman certainly did (see him coming....). Plans to go to the Bed and Bass motel lead Frasier to sardonically describe it as "one of the finer fish-themed motels". The scene of them drinking together, making the best of a grotty situation, is hysterical.



    The ending is a little sentimental, and the Mountie's voice slightly hammy (foreign accents are a consistent weakness on Frasier...), but the overall quality of the episode makes up for it.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Frasier suggests the drinking song, Libiamo Brindisi from La Traviata. Niles disagrees, saying that it is from Rigoletto. Frasier was correct.

    • In the episode, Frasier hates ice fishing and doesn't know much about it, but in the Cheers episode "Fools and Their Money", Frasier goes ice fishing in Nova Scotia to calm his nerves about Diane--he even goes back!

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Niles: (walking into Frasier's place) What a peculiar combination of odors…it smells like a fish died, and all its fish friends sent flowers.

    • Martin: Now are you sure you're gonna be warm enough?
      Niles: No problem there, I dressed in layers. Polo, Eddie Bauer and Timberland.
      Frasier: You look like a skinny Elmer Fudd.

    • Frasier: So, what do we do? We make a hole in the ice with this little corkscrew-thingy and then just start fishing?
      Niles: It's called an "auger."
      Frasier: Well, imagine my embarrassment.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Niles: Call me Ishmael.

      It is referring to the book Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It is the narrator's introduction and the opening line, "Call me Ishmael."

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