Season 4 Episode 13

Four for the Seesaw

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A spontaneous gesture gets the Crane boys a weekend double date with two attractive women. Frasier tries to help Niles overcome the feeling that he's betraying Maris.

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  • Frasier and Niles spend the weekend with two attractive women.

    After sharing a table with two attractive women at Cafe Nervosa, Frasier and Niles use Martin's cabin weekend, and to their surprise the ladies agree to go with them.

    However Niles and Frasier begin to fear that the ladies might not have the same ideas as they do, not only that but Niles fears that he is betraying Maris by sleeping with another woman.

    The fears are laid to rest as the women go off to bed, and ask if the men are coming, but Niles fear of cheating on Maris, gets the better of him, and he ends up ruining Frasier's chances as well when Frasier gives a not so flattering speech, which both ladies hear and slam the door on them.

    Niles was funny as always through out this episode, I also thought that Frasier's reactions and speech was great as well.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The book that Martin is reading to Daphne whilst she is sick is none other than The Rose and the Rapier, first mentioned by its author (Deirdre Sauvage) in the Season Three episode "The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl (2)".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Frasier: I am going to say this just one last time. This weekend is not about thinking it's about doing. Doing something that the Crane boys haven't done for a very, very long time. For once in our miserable, sex-starved lives, can't we do something pleasurable without thinking it to death? (Laura emerges from the room behind Frasier and Niles)
      Don't think about today. Don't think about what's right. (Beth emerges from the other room behind them)
      Don't even think of them as Laura and Beth. For tonight, they are just two live, breathing, available female bodies who want us!
      Laura: Think again. (both Beth and Laura return to their rooms, slamming the doors behind them)

    • Frasier: Niles, when are you going to stop letting Maris be and anchor on your social life?
      Niles: Oh surely that is the most tortured metaphor you've ever come up with. Maris, an anchor?

    • Frasier: We could share a table. There's a couple of seats available there.
      Niles: Oh, good Lord. We can't sit with strange women.
      Frasier: Why not? We married strange women.

    • (Frasier and Niles have met two women and the foursome has ended up at Frasier's apartment for drinks)
      Niles: Well. In honor of what happened today, a toast to winging it. (glasses are raised) What greater thrill is there than, -than going down an unknown path, -not quite sure where it will lead; just enjoying the way that path wends ...and ...and what it looks like ...and where it goes off to ...uh...
      Frasier: Perhaps you should have left a trail of breadcrumbs before you started down that toast.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Episode Title: Four for the Seesaw

      The title is a parody of the 1962 film title, Two For The Seesaw starring Shirley MacLaine and Robert Mitchum, from the William Gibson play.

    • The second title in this episode is "Let's Vuitton with it". Louis Vuitton is a famous designer of leather goods including luggage. The title is entirely appropriate given the Cranes' designer sense and the fact that they are arriving at the cottage carrying luggage (it is also modeled on the common phrase "Let's get on with it", of course).