Season 8 Episode 17

It Takes Two to Tangle

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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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