Season 11 Episode 7

Maris Returns (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on NBC
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Niles receives a phone call from a panicked Maris, who asks to meet him for lunch. She asks for advice on how to handle her violent, philandering lover. Niles recommends that she leave him immediately. Frasier and Martin warn Niles not to tell Daphne about the lunch, as she is experiencing severe mood swings due to her pregnancy. Niles wants to tell Daphne anyway, but changes his mind after she freaks out about a phone call from Maris. Niles ends up having to pile lie upon lie to keep the news from Daphne, and even has to throw her a baby shower at the last minute after she suspects that is the reason for his odd behavior and nervousness. Maris's lover, Esteban, shows up at the shower in search of Niles. He mistakenly punches out Frasier as he tries to retaliate for Niles' advice. Daphne is furious to learn that Niles lied to her, and storms out. She later returns, and Niles promises that Maris will never come between them again. Just then, a radio report announces that Maris has been arrested for Esteban's murder. Meanwhile, Frasier reconsiders his decision to return to private practice after his first day is marred by a series of disastrous (and short) sessions.


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  • Maris is back.

    Another one in the series of amazing season 11 episodes brings us the return of Maris, the woman that gave me so many laughs even though she was never actually on-screen. The entire premise with Niles lying to Daphne about meeting Maris was hilarious, and especially funny how Niles kept lying or twitching when a hormone-induced Daphne confronted him. The cliffhanger was quite intriguing, so we'll see what happens next.

    Meanwhile, Frasier's story was also laugh-out-loud amazing stuff. Opening his private practice was a great idea, and maybe it would have been great if Frasier went beyond 11 seasons. It would have been a great topic for many episodes. I couldn't stop laughing when Frasier kept telling his patients that sentence at the beginning of the meeting, and how his temporary assistant was confused by everything. Another amazing scene was with the woman that had troubles being seen as a sex object - Frasier was just amazingly funny.moreless
  • Maris returns with a favor to ask of Niles.

    Maris returns and asks for Niles' help about her lover, Esteban, she tells Niles what he is like and Niles tells her to leave him, well that doesn't sit to well with Esteban and he shows up at Niles apartment and punches out Frasier thinking he's Niles.

    The problems get bigger and bigger and Daphne storms off when she learns that Niles lied to her about meeting Maris, but later returns a bit calmed down.

    Frasier was so dramatic after being punched, he always mentioned it after somebody says something, which I thought was pretty funny, that and the way Niles would get every time he lied to Daphne.moreless

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