Season 3 Episode 13

Moon Dance

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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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