Season 8 Episode 13

Sliding Frasiers

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Two different scenarios of Frasier's Valentine's Day unfold: in the first he meets a beautiful artist; in the second he stays home alone. Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne either intend to fly to Cancun or to stay home because of Niles' allergies.

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  • "I wonder if I'll ever see another unmentionable" / "Tonight, I have a date with an angel!" ....

    An odd turn for Frasier, season eight episode "Sliding Frasiers" takes a look at alternate realities. Woah! Alternate realities? That's Star Trek fare! Well, maybe - but this unique episode in the Frasier series is very well written and absolutely hilarious, with themes regarding fate and how the smallest choices we make can have a great impact on our lives.

    The choice that Frasier has to make? Wearing a sweater or a suit to a speed-dating event. The sweater puts him on the fast track to a night speed-dating and depression while the suit gets him into a relationship with the clumsy but striking Monica (played by then-future NYPD regular Charlotte Ross).

    I'm biased towards Frasier because it is my all-time favorite TV show - but I find the vast majority of Frasier episodes laugh-out-loud hilarious. "Sliding Frasiers" is no exception; in fact it is one of the greatest Frasier episodes from season eight and one of the most memorable of the series. The jokes in "Sliding Frasiers" are as smart and clever as they usually are throughout the Frasier series but it also has a different style and cerebral element that is not always seen in the series.moreless
  • One of the more unique episodes in this series

    The idea behind alternate realities that are based on the little choices we make may be reminiscent of something like Back To The Future or Groundhog Day; both movies which are among my favourites. Sliding Frasiers is a finely written episode that looks at how Frasier and his world can diverge from one point, into two hilarious paths. It looks at the very extremes of Frasier's personality: happy, in-love Frasier & sad, solemn Frasier. The sub plot also mixed very well. Niles' plan of going away with Daphne goes awry in one path. What's worth mentioning here is the fact that Martin's world does not change at all; he is a creature of habit!

    Overall a very enjoyable episodemoreless
  • Valentine's Day.

    In this Valentine's Day episode we see Frasier's Valentine's Day from two different view points, one point he meets a beautiful woman, the other he stays at home, and the woman meets another guy. We also see two different versions of Daphne and Niles' Valentines one has everything going right and the other has everything going wrong.

    In the end everything works out for Niles and Daphne, but not so much with Frasier, as the woman he was dating ends up with the man that was in his other scenario.

    A personal favorite, and well done, I like the double scenario scenes, showing what Frasier would have done had he not asked out Monica.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Frasier: (to Martin) At this precise moment, she (Monica) should be receiving a Jeroboam of chilled champagne.

      A Jeroboam is a 3-litre bottle of champagne, twice the size of a Magnum. The largest bottle of champagne is a Nebuchadnezzar at 15 litres.

    • In the middle of the episode, while siting in Cafe Nervosa with Roz, Kelsey Grammer accidentally calls her "Niles."

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Martin: (on Frasier) It breaks my heart to see him like this. Fortunately, I can't see him from McGinty's.

    • Judy: Hey, have you heard about the new pirate movie? It's rated "Aarrhh!"
      Frasier: Yes, that's very droll.
      Judy: Get it? Aarrhh!
      Frasier: Yes, I do.
      Judy: That's sort of my test joke, you know, to see if a guy's cool or not? Can you believe it, you're the first guy here who laughed? I mean, can't you just see it, a pirate walks into a movie theater, he's got his eye patch and his peg leg and... (the bell rings) Boy, that did not feel like eight minutes.
      Frasier: Indeed it did not.

    • Roz: What's a speed date?
      Frasier: Well, apparently it's the latest thing. Twelve men and twelve women get together in a room. They spend eight minutes talking to one other and then move on to the next person after a bell rings. Basically, it's all the stress and humiliation of a blind date... times twelve.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Segment Title Overlay: Two Roads Diverged... and I Took them Both.

      This title is an allusion to the famous Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken, which begins with the phrase: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both."

    • Title: Sliding Frasiers
      The title and premise of this episode refer to the Gwyneth Paltrow film "Sliding Doors", in which two versions of the future unfold depending on whether or not she boards a subway train before the doors close.