Season 8 Episode 19

Daphne Returns

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 01, 2001 on NBC
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Daphne returns with a surprising explanation for her recent weight gain. Meanwhile, Roz writes a children's book based on a story her mother used to tell her.

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  • One of the most technically advanced episodes, and one of the absolutely funniest!

    This is in my opinion one of the very best episodes of Frasier, and also one of the episodes which shows it's unique style.

    Daphne returns from her fat camp and she and Niles wind up arguing. She claims he hasn't been able to see her for who she really is; all he sees is the image of the woman he's adored for seven years. Niles on the other hand thinks she is completely wrong and that it's her new psychiatrist that has put ideas into her head.

    Frasier comes to see Niles and takes us on a virtual tour down memory lane to make his point. In a masterful way season 8 Niles and season 8 Frasier appear as spectators in three previous episodes, commenting on the scenes and analyzing them.

    It is an absolutely brilliant episode which can be watched time and time again, and which brings both Niles and the viewers to the place where the Niles/Daphne romance can begin for real. An episode like this was needed after all these years of Niles pining.

  • The best episode of Frasier, I\\\'ve seen yet.

    I watched the episode one morning on Lifetime and its was great. It was entertaining as well as thought-provoking, which should be the criteria of a good sitcom in my book. I saw in the trivia that this episode won an Emmy for its Outstanding Editing and it should have, because that scene in which Niles and Frasier goes through Niles and Daphne's love life was amazing. It reminded me of the Charmed episodes "Cat House" (Season 5) and "Generation Hex" (Season 8) in which the characters of the current season are digitally edited to go in past season episodes.

    I'm still laughing about how Roz ended up writing "Heidi". That was pure genius. This episode was awesome and I can't wait to see what's in store for these "fine example" of characters on Frasier.

  • One of the best storylines

    Daphne is back from "Fat camp" and while Niles is planning on consummating their relationship, Daphne feels distant from him after her therapist told her that her weight gaining was a way for her to push Niles away because of her fear of disappointing him and not being able to fulfill his 7 year long fantasy about her. That angers Niles and gets them into an ugly argument. Frasier meddles, as always, and helps Niles realize that the fact he never noticed Daphne's weight is because he tries to avoid her flaws- fearing that the relationship might not work out and he would find that he'd been chasing an illusion for 7 years. After Niles realize he should see Daphne the way she really is and not put her on "goddess" status, they make up and finally make love for the 1st time.

    This is one of the best plots of the show. First of all- before watching this episode the whole Daphne's sudden addiction to food didn't make sense and seemed like an unconvincing way for the writers to cover up Jane's pregnancy and maternity leave. This episode explains everything, plus it makes both Daphne and Niles look so human and their relationship so realistic- not all fun and kisses but real issues. David, Jane and Kelsey give wonderful performances. Excellent episode. Plus nice editing work, effects that aren't usually seen on sitcomsmoreless
  • Daphne returns from her weight loss classes.

    Daphne returns, from her weight loss class, and realizes that Niles never knew she gained weight, because he only sees her as this perfect woman, from the last 7 years.

    So after Daphne asks Niles to leave, Frasier helps Niles to see why he couldn't see that Daphne had gained so much weight, by revisiting past memories of times that Niles and Daphne spent together.

    Niles and Daphne then have what to me are the funniest moments in the episode, of the insults flying back and forth from Niles insulting Daphne's cooking, To Daphne insulting Niles about being a clean freak, the insults get to be so much, that it builds up allot of sexual tension between the two, and the next time you see Niles he has a big smile on his face.

    Daphne must be something because Niles can't keep the grin off of his face while he is with a patient.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The vegetable chopping was either refilmed at a better angle to insert season 8 Frasier and Niles or it was a different take from the one aired in "First Date". The most obvious difference is that Niles' voice overwhelms Daphne's when they sing together, whereas Daphne's is dominant in "First Date". Also, Daphne stops chopping too early on.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Frasier: (incredulous, to Niles about Daphne) Nobody's going to believe you two haven't slept together.
      Niles: (affronted) Who's nobody?
      Frasier: (retreating) Nobody.

    • Daphne: You don't think I'm psychic?!
      Niles: Well no, not if you didn't know how I felt about your cooking!

    • Niles: You think I'm pretentious?
      Daphne: Huh! You'd eat a worm if I gave it a French name!

    • Niles: Oh, I know that, it's just that...I don't really care for your cooking.
      Daphne: What?
      Niles: Well, you're not the best cook in the world. In fact, you're not very good at cooking. At all. Bad, BAD cook!

    • Frasier: Dad, what do you say we head out for dinner at the steakhouse?
      Martin: The steakhouse? Really?
      Frasier: What the hell. The blood's been flyin' through my arteries lately.

    • Frasier: Niles, what the hell is wrong with you?
      Niles: Oh, Frasier, you would not believe the hack psychobabble this woman has filled Daphne's head with.
      Martin: Well still, that's no reason to be acting like an ass. So you just shape up and treat Daphne with respect!
      (There is the sound of the Refrigerator Pig from the kitchen. Then
      there are crunching noises and Daphne can be seen jumping up and down.
      She comes back in)

      Daphne: Apparently that pig of yours can dish it out but he can't take it. So, how 'bout that toast?
      Roz: Oh, good idea.
      Frasier: Right. To Daphne, your warmth and spirit have helped make this place a home. Your influence can be seen in a thousand different ways.
      Niles: Unless, of course, one's wearing his love goggles.
      Daphne: That's it. Niles, I think you should go.
      Niles: What?
      Daphne: I want you to leave. Right now.

    • Daphne: Yes. Gloria's very empathetic, because she had a similar weight problem. Only she didn't have anyone to help her deal with it. She had to battle it herself for years.
      Niles: She didn't have a boyfriend she could blame?
      Daphne: Is there something you want to say to me?
      Niles: No.
      Frasier: Well I've got something to say. I would like to propose a toast.
      Daphne: I was very lucky to have someone like Gloria at the spa.
      (Niles passes out the champagne)
      Niles: Yes, usually you have to go all the way to a hair salon for that kind of insight.

    • Martin: Great? You look fantastic. I don't know what they did to you there, but what a difference!
      Daphne: Yes. I was getting pretty big, wasn't I?
      Martin: Big? You were gi-normous.
      Frasier: Dad.
      Martin: I was just tellin' her how big she was.
      Daphne: Oh, come here old man.
      (She hugs him)

    • Martin: Well, you wanna make your dog happy, or do you wanna sell books? Now I was thinkin': Eddie joins the circus and he has all this clown makeup on and everything and juggles and stuff. And then you could do one where he invents this flying machine and has all these wacky adventures.
      Roz: That's kinda cute. He could join a flock of geese or he could become the world's first dog traffic reporter.
      (Martin gives her a "What?" look)
      Martin: Eddie would never do that. You really don't get Eddie, do you?

    • Daphne: Actually, I'm proud of myself. The staff therapist even complimented me on me willpower.
      Niles: Oh, so you did see a therapist?
      Daphne: It's all part of the program, to help you find the cause of your overeating.
      Niles: Uh-hmm. Well, if you ask me, it's a classic case of sublimation, using substituting food for sex. I recommend you see a certain doctor, I know very well. He can help you.
      Daphne: That's not what Gloria thinks.
      Niles: Gloria?
      Daphne: The therapist.
      Niles: Oh. My patients call me "Dr. Crane", but whatever... So, what does Gloria think?
      Daphne: She thinks I may have gained the weight as a way to create distance between us.
      Niles: Oh, and why would you want to do that?
      Daphne: Well, when you and I first came together, we agreed to wait a while before bringing the relationship into the bedroom. Then as time went on, you told me all these stories of how you pined for me for seven years. How I'd been your unattainable dream. How could anyone live up to that? Gloria thinks I was terrified of letting you down, of not being perfect, so I ate. And ate. And, apparently, ate.
      Niles: Daphne, you couldn't possibly let me down. And as for the weight, that didn't matter. I never noticed.
      Daphne: That's another thing, I gained sixty pounds. Don't you think it's strange you couldn't see it?
      Niles: No, it's not strange! I love you.
      Daphne: I love you too. You know what Gloria says?
      Niles: (tense) No.
      Daphne: She says you couldn't see the extra weight because you were seeing the perfect me you've carried in your head for seven years. She calls it "looking through love goggles".

    • Niles: Oh, nonsense. You're as svelte as you ever were.
      Daphne: You're sweet. And it was cute when I came out of the spa and you pretended you couldn't see me.
      Niles: Who said that? Who's in my car?
      (They laugh)

    • Frasier: Oh, I'm so happy for you, Niles.
      Niles: Thank you.
      Frasier: Gosh, nobody's gonna believe you two haven't slept together.
      Niles: Who's nobody?
      Frasier: Nobody.

    • Niles: Speaking of Daphne, I was hoping you could spare her this Friday. I'm planning on taking her for a weekend getaway, where I think we may be taking our relationship to the next level.
      Frasier: Oh, my God, Niles! You're going to propose?
      Niles: No, not that level, the level before that.
      Frasier: You're going to ask her to move in with you?
      Niles: One more level before that.
      Frasier: Well, you're already dating...
      Niles: No, that's two levels.
      (Niles makes vague motions to indicate moving on)
      Frasier: Oh, for heaven's sake, just tell me!
      Niles: Well, you know. We're going to... consummate our relationship.
      Frasier: What? Well, uh... Gosh, it's none of my business, I just thought you'd already reached that level.

    • Frasier: No. It was called "The Crane Boys Mysteries." We were two plucky lads who used their keen psychological insights to solve crimes brought home by their detective father.
      Roz: How many of these did you write?
      Frasier: Thirty-four. Let's see, there was "The Mystery of the One-Eared Monkey", "On Your Mark, Get Set, Die!"...

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