Season 3 Episode 13

Moon Dance

Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Daphne gives Niles ballroom dancing lessons, as he prepares for a the annual "Snow Ball." When his date falls ill, Niles takes Daphne to the ball, providing him with the night of his life.

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  • Niles wants to go to dance in order to impress some of his old social circle,but needs dancing lessons which Daphne offers to give him.Daphne ends up being his date and it is key moment in Niles and Daphnes relationship.moreless

    This is a pivitol episode in which Frasier only appears briefly.In fact,Kelsey Grammer directs this episode,which seems obviously intended as a showcase for David Hyde Pierce.At this point Niles had been admiring Daphne for 2 years,but only after being separated from Maris is he allowed the opportunity to spend time with Daphne.This is a chance to really see the charisma between Pierce and Jane Leeves.I love how sympathetic Niles is here,because sometimes he can be very stuffy,and with a lesser actor could come off as really unsympathetic.But I think thats what was so great about Pierces work,that he could make a potentially grating character into a likeable and even sometimes,sweet person.This episode still ranks among my all time favorites in the series.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes of Frasier; and, more importantly, one of my favorite episodes involving the developing relationship between Niles and Daphney.

    Throughout the eleven years that Frasier was on the air, I found two of the relationships between the characters to be most interesting: one was the interaction between the two brothers and the other was the slowly building romance between Niles and Daphney.

    This episode allowed both Niles' and Daphney's characters free reign as Daphney first taught Niles to dance, and then, when told (many days after the fact) that Niles' date had cancelled, Daphney innocently invites herself to the Snow Ball as "she would love an elegant evening out."

    Since 'Midwinter's Night Dream', Daphney and Niles have developed an easy-going friendship (notwithstanding Niles' desire for the 'friendship' to grow into something greater) and so Daphney simply thinks that it would be a blast to go to her first ball while, at the same time, saving Niles after he lost his date.

    It is only after they arrive and Daphney sees how Niles' acquaintances are treating him that she gets it into her head to make this snobby crowd see Niles having such a fabulous time at the ball that they stop gossiping about his supposedly lonely existance since his separation from Maris. This comes to a head when she leads a shy Niles out to the dance floor during a tango, which ultimately leads Niles to blurt out his true feelings for Daphney. He is shocked, yet elated, to hear Daphney parry back his sentiments, and the two conclude an amazing dance sequence with a kiss. (Indeed, their presence at the ball is so convincing that it is brought up 3 seasons later in 'To Tell the Truth' when Maris' attorneys cite this ball as evidence that Niles was in love and involved with another woman during his marriage.)

    David Hyde Pierce shows just how impressive his acting is during this episode -- every emotion that the audience knows he is feeling is clearly indicated not only through his hilarious dialogue but through his body language; at one point, seen merely through his facial expression alone. He is so good that not only he, but the audience itself, feels the euphoria and then the overwhelming sadness that follows when he and Jane Leeves are back at their table after the tango, and Daphney reveals her real rationale for saying what she did on the dance floor.

    Obviously, it will be a while before a greater romance builds between the two characters, but this is an amazing example of the chemistry between the two actors, and it is always a privilege to see David Hyde Pierce in action.moreless
Christine McGraw

Christine McGraw

Lacey Lloyd

Guest Star

Hank Stratton

Hank Stratton

Andrew Lloyd

Guest Star

Michael G. Hawkins

Michael G. Hawkins


Guest Star

Luck Hari

Luck Hari


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Daphne mentions that she knew a boy named Niles and she called him "Niley." In a later episode Niley is one of the nicknames Niles is given by the gang at the Shangra La on the tortured naming path from Niles to "the Coyote" that he describes to Frasier.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Martin is reading the paper in his armchair and gets an idea when Daphne comes in with the laundry)
      Martin: Hey Daphne, bring that laundry over here, will you?
      Daphne: What for?
      Martin: Well, I was just reading about an intelligence test you can give your dog. You throw a towel over its head and see how long it takes him to shake it off. (calling) Eddie! (Eddie scampers in. As Daphne watches with amusement, Martin takes a small dish towel and throws it over his head.)
      Daphne: Oh, and the faster he takes the towel off, the smarter he is?
      Martin: (sarcastic) No, the faster he folds it. All right, they ranked all the dogs and the smartest was a border collie; he did it in seven seconds. (starts timing) All right, come on boy, take it off. (Eddie doesn't move) Six... seven. OK, the next fastest one was a poodle, I know he's as smart as a poodle. (counts off on his watch) OK, so he's no poodle... he's not a beagle either... or a German shepherd... or a Labrador. Oh, for God's sake, Eddie!
      Daphne: Yes, well, if you ask me, he's refusing to do that trick because he knows if he does it right, you'll have him doing it every time we have company.
      Martin: Hey, I'll bet you're right! (takes the towel off and shakes a finger at Eddie) Nice going, Eddie!

    • Niles: (learning a box step) This is boring yet difficult.

    • Niles: I've taken Maris to hundreds of these events and she has not once wanted to dance. Of course, Maris hates public displays of rhythm.

    • Daphne: Oh Dr. Crane, it's beautiful.
      Niles: Just for tonight, could you call me Niles?
      Daphne: You know, when I was at school, I knew a boy named Niles and I called him Niley.
      Niles: Just for tonight, could you call me Niles?

    • Niles: Oh Daphne, I adore you!
      Daphne: I adore you too.
      Niles: What?!

    • Frasier: What the hell was that? (he asks after seeing Niles pick Daphne up for a date)
      Martin: Eddie, did you hear something? It can't be Frasier, he's still on vacation.

    • Martin: So this one night I invited her down to the corner bar.
      Niles: Coroner's have their own bar?
      Martin: No, corner Niles, the corner bar.

    • Daphne: Now start with your left foot.
      Niles: Which one?

    • Martin: Take my word for it. You're sticking a fork in the toaster here.
      Niles: Well, my muffin's stuck!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode won the 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. The entire writing team on Frasier at the time took part in writing this episode, with small teams assigned to each scene. This makes the fact that this episode won an Emmy all the more special to the show's history.

    • Kelsey Grammer, who made his directorial debut with this episode, appears in only two brief scenes.


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