Season 2 Episode 5

Duke's, We Hardly Knew Ye

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 1994 on NBC

Episode Recap

Niles and Frasier have just learned that the corporation they've invested in is tearing down Martin's favorite bar, Duke's. They can't bring themselves to admit to their father that they're part of this unhappiness, so they don't tell him. Meanwhile, Daphne has a date with a guy named Derek, and bemoans the fact that Americans get physically intimate way too quickly.

Martin invites Frasier and Niles to have a beer with him at Duke's, and the two brothers psychoanalyze his motives, until a frustrated Daphne snaps them out of it. When they walk into Duke's the Crane boys realize how much their dad loves it, and how in his element Martin is at his neighborhood bar.

Ridden with guilt, they seek advice from Roz, who warns them to zip their lips. However, Frasier can't help himself, and spills the beans to Martin the night before Duke is set to be razed. Martin is upset, and wonders how his sons manage to wreck so much of what he holds dear. Frasier tells him that he truly didn't realize that their group intended to target Duke's, and also that he felt close to his dad for the first time in years. Martin suggests that they go down to Duke's for one last brew.

Grabbing a six-pack of Ballantine's, they head down in the dark and sit in the empty joint, reminiscing. Niles shows up, feverish with passion for protecting Duke's, vowing he'll not let anyone touch it. As he's declaring his cause, a wrecking ball swings into the side of the building, after which Niles runs out saying, "Who am I to stand in the way of progress?!"