Season 3 Episode 16

Look Before You Leap

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 1996 on NBC

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  • At the top of its game.

    This episode from the third season is Frasier at its best. The oneliners come at an incredible speed, the simple basic plot offers opportunities for all major characters, and the humour comes in different forms: irony, wordplay, slapstick, ... The wonderful writing is supported by a great cast. David Hyde Pierce plays the sexual frustration of Niles without going overboard, funny but touching. Peri Gilpin is a very underrated actress, who can handle underplayed sarcasm as well as physical comedy. Perhaps the talent of John Mahoney has been more recognised, and this episode shows you why. His imitation of Daphne is spot on, not surprisingly as he spent his youth in Britain. (His Lancashire background is closer to Daphne Moon's Birmingham than that of Essex girl Jane Leeves.) I have always found it amazing that the star of the show, Kelsey Grammer, allowed these other actors to shine, rather than just use them as stooges. But then again, as is obvious from the last scene in this episode, he can get the biggest laughs on his own.
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