Season 2 Episode 23

The Innkeepers

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 16, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary


When Frasier and Niles open their own restaurant, "Les Frères Heureux" (or "The Happy Brothers"), everything that can go wrong does.

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  • Funniest ever

    This is the best episode ever. The pretentious brothers buy an aging restaurant and hilarity in sues. One catastrophic event after another gets funnier as each character becomes involved. .I laugh until I cry.
  • When Frasier became my favorite show

    The "Innkeepers" episode is hands down the funniest episode in the great Frasier series and that is saying much. It is probably one of the funniest shows ever aired on television. From beginning to end, it never misses a beat or misses a chance to capitalize with great humor on the growing disaster the brothers find themselves in after buying a restaurant. From exploding cherries jubilee to Daphne killing an eel to Otto the ancient waiter who is way past his prime, the show is hysterical. David Lloyd wrote The Innkeepers (he also penned "Chuckles Bites The Dust" for the Mary Tyler Moore show) and it is brilliant. Frasier was always good at mixing high brow humor with slapstick and farce in a way no show before or since has been able to do. God bless the late David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee for creating such a wonderful show.moreless
  • Frasier: We're not being asked to do anything we haven't done in our own kitchen in our own homes. Now quick Niles, kill five eels! (May contain spoilers)

    This episode exemplifies the brilliant script-writing typical of the early years of Frasier, combining witty dialogue and slapstick/farce. Frasier and Niles decide to run a restaurant together, which they dub "Les Frères Heureux". But we know the brothers, so we know this isn't going to end happily.

    Like watching a slow motion train wreck we see how inevitably Frasier and Niles' joint egomania causes one thing after another to go wrong on their opening night. First they cause injury to the waiters. Then they antagonise the chef. Finally Niles scares away the remaining kitchen staff by name-dropping the head of the immigration department - as always in Frasier, social commentary lurking just beneath the surface.

    Left to run the restaurant alone, the not-so-happy brothers press-gang Martin, Daphne and Roz to help out. And of course at that moment Gil Chesterton the snooty food critic turns up to review the restaurant, demanding fresh eels. This is classically constructed comedy, brilliantly executed. One of those episodes that lives in the memory even a long time after watching.moreless
  • Frasier and Niles cannot run a restaurant.

    An old restaurant is going out of business so Frasier and Niles get a brilliant idea: Run their own restaurant! Like in "Ham Radio," the chef quits because Frasier and Niles keep bossing him around. The two brothers, Roz, Daphne, and Martin end up running the restaurant on their own and everything bad that can happen, does. Soon enough, the resaurant catches on fire and everyone leaves. Nice going Frasier and Niles! This is quite possibly the best episode of "Frasier." Nearly every line in this episode is meant to be really funny and they are. You must watch this episode to understand comedy.moreless
  • Niles and Frasier are enjoying the thought of being able to send away their enemies at the door of what will easily be a top-notch smooth running restaurant. No effort needed. Of course not!moreless

    This episode definitely makes my top three favourite episodes. After visiting their childhood memory filled restaurant Orsini, with hilarious waiter Otto, Frasier and Niles make the obvious decision to buy the restaurant. Martin as usual warns them about the difficult task of running a restaurant, but the thought of sending away their enemies at the door and being able to walk around as snooty as possible is just to much fun for Frasier and Niles. As in most of the episodes, disaster tends to ensue as soon as they cooperate. The end of the line is that the main cast ends up working in the restaurant, where Daphne and Niles make a loving cooking couple in the kitchen. Niles' face when Daphne hands him an eel that she just smashed against a kitchen counter is brilliant! The behind the kitchen scenes are the best part of the episode and possibly some of the best of the series. I nearly choked with laughter when Frasier is outside the kitchen dealing with customers and pronounces that the chef is in the process of preparing the eels and the electricity flashes, which follows a statement from Frasier to Niles saying he should throw in a toaster with the eels to kill them if need be. Needless to say, after the lovely delayed fire extinguisher service, flamed cherries and an additional drive through window, Les freres heureux is definitely closed for business. Too bad!moreless
Mike Nussbaum

Mike Nussbaum


Guest Star

Nathan Davis

Nathan Davis


Guest Star

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader


Guest Star

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe

Recurring Role

Edward Hibbert

Edward Hibbert

Gil Chesterton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Life at KACL: This episode marks the first time that Frasier's show is seen following Gil Chesterton's "Restaurant Beat." Frasier's time slot has been heretofore established as "drive time," probably 2-5 PM, so Gil's show would be a logical one to program during the lunch hour.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Frasier: One of Seattle's hottest night spots is closing its doors.
      Niles: Oh Roz your moving.

    • (The phone rings)
      Martin: Hello, Happy Brothers Restaurant. Table for two? Yeah, no problem. Smoke-damaged or non-smoke-damaged? (he laughs)
      Frasier: You know, we could tell people he died in the explosion.

    • Frasier: Niles, how are those eels coming?
      Niles: I'm just trimming them now. (hacks at the water with a cleaver)
      Frasier: Oh no, Niles! Take them out of the tank!
      Niles: Not until I'm sure they're dead! (keeps hacking)
      Daphne: Oh, for heaven's sakes! (grabs an eel and smashes it against the cook's table)

    • Roz: Okay, table four wants to make some changes: they want the sole beranica without the grapes. (Daphne begins flicking off the grapes) Spinach instead of broccoli and risotto instead of pasta. They also want the swordfish but hold the capers...
      Daphne: Oh, for heaven's sakes, can't you just tell them no substitutions?
      Roz: I have trouble saying no.
      Niles: So the guidebooks tell us.

    • Frasier: It's our chef's specialty. The man can do things with eels you just wouldn't believe!
      Martin: I arrested a guy for that once.

    • Martin: You see, that's what always gets you guys in trouble. You don't think about the hard work or the long hours. No, to you, owning a restaurant is just wearing fancy clothes, hobnobbing with your friends and turning your enemies away at the door.
      Niles: (excited) I hadn't even thought about that!

    • Daphne: Owning a restaurant is hard work. If you don't scald yourself or lop off a finger with a cleaver, you spend your whole time gagging at grease fires, killing rats and brawling with labor racketeers. (off their shocked expressions) My auntie had a little tea room.

    • Daphne: Why are Americans always in such an almighty rush to tear things down? At home, we treasure our antiquities, but you people just can't wait to bring in the bulldozers.
      Niles: You know, I'm inclined to agree with Daphne.
      Frasier: I'll try to contain my amazement.

    • Niles: The owner's going to have his hands full trying to find a buyer for this place.
      Frasier: Yes, alas. I'm afraid we've found one old relic whose time has come to be put out of his misery. (Otto has come back and looks worried at this) Oh no, Otto, I didn't mean you.

    • Martin: I'm goin' to the john. Order me a beer.
      Frasier: Oh gee, Dad, for a moment there, I thought you were going to surprise me and order a glass of wine.
      Martin: Oh yeah, for a moment there, I thought you were gonna surprise me and button your yap.

    • Frasier: What has happened to this place?
      Niles: I know. It's like running into a movie star you worshipped as a child, only time has left her hair brittle, her eyes sunken and dull, her skin waxy and sallow...
      Martin: Well, I got quite an appetite. How 'bout you, Daph?

    • Frasier: Thank you, Roz. Niles, tonight let's go to Orsini's for one glorious farewell dinner.
      Niles: Why not? I'll make the reservations. We'll take Dad and Daphne.
      Frasier: Great. Will Maris be joining us?
      Niles: Ohhh...sadly, no. She had a bad experience there one Christmas Eve. An Italian soccer team was sitting at the next table, Maris announced she was in the mood for a goose, and--perhaps inevitably--tragedy ensued.

    • Niles: Just enough time to show you the John Steinbeck first edition I bought at the rare book fair. Saint Katy the Virgin in like-new condition.
      Frasier: Yes, well, she'd have to be, wouldn't she?

    • Gil: And so, in the opinion of this critic, Mickey's Good Time Tavern is anything but. Dismal decor, perfunctory service, and cuisine which is only marginally preferable to hunger. (he waves to Frasier) And finally, on a sadder note, after fifty-three years in the same location, Orsini's is closing its doors. And so tonight, a sad adieu to the grande dame of Seattle restaurants.
      Roz: (aside to Frasier) I thought he was the grande dame of Seattle restaurants.

    • Customer: I want my car, now!
      Frasier: Yes, ma'am, right away. (He grabs the radio) Quick, Otto, bring car twenty-three right away.
      Otto: (voice over) Who is this?
      Frasier: It's the voice of God!

    • Martin: Don't stop there! You can hire guards to stand on the rooftop and shoot people as they try to come in.

    • Roz: Big blue flash. Cherries...everywhere!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Niles: (recalling his eighth birthday party at Orsini's, a restaurant that is now closing) Childhood memories are so vivid.
      Frasier: Mm-hmm.
      Niles: Wearing paper hats, singing "Happy Birthday", sending back the Veal Prince Orloff...

      Although Veal Prince Orloff is a classic French dish (a veal roast, sliced and layered with a combination of onion and mushrooms), most people will probably recognize it as the meal prepared by Sue Ann Nivens and served by Mary in "The Dinner Party", Season Four on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.