Season 1 Episode 3

Dinner at Eight

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 1993 on NBC

Episode Recap

Niles comes over to Frasier's place and meets Daphne for the first time. Niles is swept off his feet at the sight of Daphne, whom he expected would be a little more solid and dour, when told the new help was English. Niles and Frasier make plans to take their father out to a favorite restaurant. At the station, Roz cues Frasier on the jilted lovers making his call list for the day.

Niles arrives the next evening without Maris, ready for dinner. Because Maris is unable to join them, Niles suggests to Frasier that they take Daphne instead. Daphne, while shaking Niles' hand, "picks up" on some of his quirks, she says. Niles glances at Frasier, who says dryly, "She's psychic. We've decided to find it charming." Meanwhile, the boys discover that the restaurant they planned to attend has no available seating. Martin suggests a place called The Timber Mill. The boys are reluctant, but eventually concede.

The Timber Mill turns out to be everything that the Crane boys disdain: down-home rustic atmosphere, All-American grub, and a casual dress code. Martin loves it, but Frasier and Niles complain about or mock everything, until finally Martin leaves in disgust. Ashamed of themselves, the boys resolve to eat everything on their plates. This results in them staying until closing time, picking at the baked potato with "all the fixin's."