Season 5 Episode 15

Room Service

Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Lilith comes to Seattle after her husband leaves her for a man, and throws herself at Frasier. Frasier uses all his willpower to resist, but Niles isn't as strong.

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  • Lilith returns, but this time it isn't Frasier who succumbs...

    This is one of my all-time favorite episodes of "Frasier." It boasts an appearance from the always-welcome Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith and also has one of the show's funniest moments when we learn that Niles and Lilith have slept together.

    The revelation the next morning allows David Hyde Pierce to do frantic hysteria as only he can and offers up some classic "Frasier" farce when Frasier arrives at their hotel room, and Niles attempts to hide. The revelation that Lilith's husband has left her for another man and Lilith's reaction to seeing Roz pregnant also elicit some biting remarks from all of the cast. Best is Neuwirth's exclamation, "Oh, it's Frasier's fun loving producer. Who has evidently had too much fun, loving."

    But, like all the best episodes of "Frasier," the episode balances the guffaws with some genuinely touching emotional moments. The final scene between Frasier and Niles, after Frasier has learned what has happened, makes me almost forget that they are actors, and not actual brothers. Niles' question to Frasier, "Are we alright?" and Frasier's response "We will be" is so wonderfully acted by Grammer and Pierce, it says so much more than the few words ever could.moreless
  • This episode was surprising with plot twists. Spoiler Alert, So Don't read this unless you've seen the episode!

    Caution: Spoiler Alert!

    I watched this episode tonight and at that moment where we see Lilth in bed, I thought "Oh, no, Frasier, what did you do??"

    but I was extremely shocked when I saw it was not Frasier, but Niles, my favorite character and fictional crush, there.

    It shocked me and I immeadiatly thought "Niles has had Maris and Daphne (Among others) Why are you in bed with Lilth?"

    Yes, my friends all say I'm obsessed with Niles just a little TOO much.

    But I thought that overall, this episode took a surprising turn and paired Lilth and Niles together unexpectedly.

    I think this is one of my top favorite episodes.

    (Of Season Five) :)moreless
Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Dr. Frasier Crane

Jane Leeves

Jane Leeves

Daphne Moon Crane

David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce

Dr. Niles Crane

Peri Gilpin

Peri Gilpin

Roz Doyle

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe (seasons 4 - 6, recurring otherwise)

John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Martin Crane

John Ducey

John Ducey


Guest Star

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Voice of Betsy

Guest Star

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr. Lilith Sternin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode shares several similarities with the 1st season episode "The Show Where Lilith Comes Back". These similarities include:
      - A Crane brother sleeping with Lilith.
      - Lilith ordering poached eggs from room service and having the order made incorrectly.
      - The respective Crane brother frantically listing all the reasons why sleeping with Lilith was a mistake after she said "It's a mistake" referring to her eggs
      - The respective Crane brother comforting Lilith in the mirror after her emotional breakdown. Both Frasier and Niles start off saying "Do you know what I see? I see a beautiful woman..."

    • Frasier's shoes appear and disappear from his feet while he his in the motel room. They appear when he sits on the chair, but are gone when he walks to the chair on the other side of the room. There you see his shoes on the floor, and he puts them on.

    • Seeing as Niles is a Jungian, it is unlikely that he would use Freud's ID and Super Ego to explain his sleeping with Lilith, however he may have been trying to play to Frasier's good side, as Frasier is a Freudian.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Frasier: Speaking of buns I could do without, Lilith is back!
      Niles: Oh, that explains why blood was pouring from all my faucets this morning.

    • Niles: Now I remember ordering this, it's the breakfast I always have after a night of passion.
      Lilith: Eggs Benedict? That's very rich.
      Niles: I only have it once a year.

    • (Lilith is wearing a revealing new cocktail dress that has more than attracted Frasier's attention)
      Lilith: It's from a new couture line called "encore".
      Frasier: Oh, well... bravo. I can almost feel the curtain rising.

    • Roz: Hey, that's rough, leaving you for another man. Did you have any idea?
      Lilith: No, none at all. Stan was a contractor we had hired to extend our master bedroom. It's ironic, isn't it? No sooner do I get the closet of my dreams than my husband comes out of it.

  • NOTES (1)