Season 8 Episode 17

It Takes Two to Tangle

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Frasier and Niles look for a wealthy patron to donate money to their closing prep school. When Martin begins to date a rich socialite, the brothers believe their dilemma is solved.

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  • Martin *really* does it his way....

    Not one of the best episodes of Frasier, "It Takes Two To Tangle" is a worthy watch. The MacGuffin is that Frasier and Niles' old school is going bankrupt and they need donation money to keep it afloat. Making the situation more urgent, their fundraising dinner party does not go as planned as none of their rich friends can afford a donation at that time. Then their father Martin begins to date the wealthy Penelope Janvier and a door is opened - until Martin begins dating another woman at the same time.

    "It Takes Two To Tangle" is not as funny as other Frasier episodes are - Martin dating two women at the same time does give a chuckle here and there but we already saw Frasier do it in season six (it was funnier there too) and the William character, Penelope's son played by John Michael Higgins, is not very funny. As almost lackluster as this episode is, Frasier does get in some fantastic quips and the episode does feature two amazingly funny Niles moments which automatically makes it a must-see Frasiersode.moreless
  • Martin dates two women at the same time.

    Niles and Frasier's old prep school is closing down, so they search for someone who can help them keep their school open, and to their surprise Martin starts dating a pretty rich woman.

    The boys however are mortified when they find out Martin is dating another woman named Estelle, but Martin assures them that he has everything under control.

    we see just how much Martin has it under control when they got to a party set up my Penelope, Martin's first girlfriend, and everything goes well, until Estelle calls, and Penelope answers his phone, in which Martin comes in, and says he was going to tell her, they end up leaving but she still gives Frasier and Niles a check, for 50 dollars.

    The whole ordeal with Martin and his two girlfriends was well done, and it goes to show even veterans like Martin can slip up from time to time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In one scene one of the servers at Frasier and Niles's wine party trips and sprains her ankle, and is helped to a seat to sit down. However, in the next scene of Frasier and Niles talking in the kitchen, she can clearly be seen in the background serving people.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Niles: Well done, Frasier!
      Frasier: Oh, Niles, I can't wait to see the expression on the headmaster's face when he sees this check for... (he looks at it) ...fifty dollars.
      Niles: What?!
      Frasier: Uh, well, I, I guess it's fifty dollars more than we had before.
      (Martin comes back in)
      Martin: Well, let's go fellas, grab my coat, will ya?
      Frasier: Right, Dad.
      (Frasier grabs the coat. But, when he turns around, the coat knocks
      a vase off a table. He and Niles look at it, panicked. Then Frasier
      puts the check down on the table and they slink out quickly)

    • Frasier: My, Penelope certainly has good taste.
      Niles: Well of course, she likes Dad, doesn't she?
      Martin: Oh, can it. I'm still mad at you guys for inviting yourselves. Now, remember, be careful what you say in front of Penelope. I've got a delicate balancing act going here, so don't mess it up.
      (Penelope walks up from behind)
      Penelope: Don't mess what up?
      Martin: Oh, ah, uh, your lovely living room, my boys really like to rough-house.
      (Frasier and Niles playfully shove at each other, Martin kisses Penelope hello)

    • Martin: Well, sure, I had to. You don't think I gave them both my home number, do you? Come on, Fras, that's amateur hour. See, I programmed the phone for different rings depending on who's calling, so that way I don't get caught off guard. Now, this is "William Tell", rhymes with "Estelle."

    • Niles: Dad is not going to let us ask his girlfriend for money.
      Frasier: I didn't say "honest," I said "direct." Try to keep up, for God's sake!

    • Waiter: I'm sorry, ma'am, we're out of lemon bars.
      Roz: Well, make some more. And give me a dirty pan. I need to put it in my sink.
      Waiter: I'm sorry, our baker doesn't come in 'til tomorrow. I can give you the recipe.
      Roz: What am I supposed to do with that?
      Waiter: Bake?
      Roz: Is that supposed to be funny?

    • Martin: Oh, all right, here's what happened. Penelope and I got along great, but after I dropped her off, I was still hungry. So I went to this little coffee shop near McGinty's for chili fries. Now, I know what you're wondering: doesn't McGinty's have chili fries? Yes, and they're very tasty, but...
      Frasier: Who the hell is Estelle?!
      Martin: She works in the coffee shop. We got to chattin' and the next thing you know, we're havin' a nightcap at McGinty's. Hey, when it rains, it pours.
      (He edges past them)
      Niles: Yes, Dad, but what about Penelope?
      Martin: Oh, I'm seein' her Tuesday.
      Niles: You just made a date with Estelle.
      Martin: Not for Tuesday.
      Niles: You're going to date both of them? Are you sure that's wise?
      Martin: It's just dating. I met 'em both at the same time, I like 'em both. Where's the harm in it?
      Niles: Well, don't you think that's a bit risky? What if one of them should find out?
      Frasier: Penelope for example.
      Niles: Yes, yes, you wouldn't want to alienate her permanently.
      Martin: Oh, don't worry. I've watched you juggle. I got a pretty good handle on what not to do.

    • Frasier: You know, Niles, hard to believe but Penelope Janvier could actually become Dad's girlfriend.
      (Nile pours two sherries)
      Niles: Well, that's not so preposterous. Mom was as cultured and intelligent as they come, and he certainly made her happy.

    • Niles: Oh, yes it is. Eleanor Lynch. I hear she got a huge settlement from the Mariners after that bat flew into the stands and...
      Frasier: No, no, no, the woman next to her. Isn't that Penelope Janvier?
      Niles: Of the Penelope Janvier Foundation? Yes, it is!

    • Niles: Now, we should probably talk strategy before the guests get here.
      Frasier: Yes, all right. We don't want to pounce. Let's let them get settled in, have a few cocktails, and when they're sufficiently relaxed comfortable, we'll shear them like Delilah!
      (They laugh and the doorbell rings)

    • Frasier: Well, Niles, it's official: our old high school is on the verge of bankruptcy.
      Niles: Well, what happened to the fundraising committee?
      Frasier: We disbanded it this morning.
      Niles: I don't believe it. Bryce Academy gone. No more third floor library. No more science lab.
      Frasier: Oh, gosh. I stole my first kiss in that science lab. Jill Solomon. She was pretty upset about it, but I was beaming all the way to the nurse's office.
      Niles: No more nurse's office! I spent many a happy gym class there. Frasier, we can't let this happen.

    • Niles: Actually, I just got back from visiting her at the spa. It wasn't easy, but she's already lost nine pounds and twelve ounces.
      Roz: Wow, good for her! It's all about willpower.
      (A waiter hands Roz a plate heaped with brownies)
      Roz: Oh, thanks.
      Niles: Um, I'm going back to the spa this coming weekend, if you need a ride...
      Roz: Oh, these aren't for me. Alice's school is having a picnic and I'm bringing the goodies.
      Niles: (looking at her cleavage) Yes, I see. Just don't get them sunburned. (off her look) I'm sorry, it's just... aren't you a little overdressed for a picnic?

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