Season 2 Episode 23

The Innkeepers

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

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  • 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!

    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!