[6.21]When A Man Loves Two Women


When A Man Loves Two Women                    Written by Alex Gregory
                                              & Peter Huyck
                                              Directed by David Lee
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Production Code: 6.21.
Original Airdate on NBC: 6th May 1999. 
Original Airdate on CH4: 28th May 1999.
Synopsis written on 6th May 1999.
Transcript written on 24th June.


Faye & Cassandra Return {nick hartley}

This episode of "Frasier" is a sequel to two previous episodes of 
season six. Faye Moskowitz (Amy Brenneman) was introduced in "Merry 
Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" (Episode 130 - 6.10). In this festive 
episode, Frasier meets Faye's mother whilst out shopping for his 
son's Hannuka (Freddy's Jewish). Mrs. Moskowitz explains to Frasier 
how she wants him to go on a date with her daughter, Faye. They do 
until Faye realises Frasier is of Christian origin. However, after 
all the trauma, they don't break it off. Cassandra Stone (Virginia 
Madsen) was introduced in "Three Valentines" (Episode 134 - 6.14). 
She is Frasier's ad promotion adviser from KACL and they go on a date 
together - however Frasier is unsure whether it is a business date or 
a "date" date. In this episode everyone turns up on the doorstep:


References

- "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Michael Bolton.
      The title was based on this hit of his.

- "Three Valentines" Frasier episode.
      Where the Cassandra Stone character originated.

- "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" Frasier episode.
	Where the Faye Moskowitz character originated. 


Quotes And Scene Summary {nick hartley}

Act One

Scene 1 - Frasier's Apartment.
In the kitchen, Daphne and Martin enter early in the morning.

Martin: You know what I could go for? Some fried eggs and bacon.
Daphne: [handing him a bowl:] Here's your bran flakes.
Martin: Oh fine!

They then go through a morning regime. Daphne opens the fridge. As 
she takes something off the top shelf, Martin takes something off the 
bottom shelf then vice versa. Martin then picks up the toast as it 
pops out, exclaiming "Oh hot!" and slamming it down on a plate that 
Daphne is holding next to the toaster - their timing seems perfect. 
Daphne then walks into the room as Martin throws Eddie some toast.

Daphne: [calling:] Don't give him any toast!
Martin: I'm not!

Martin then walks in to the room and sits down at the table with 
Daphne. Throughout this next little bit, Martin and Daphne are 
spreading butter and adding sugar without even looking. Firstly, 
Martin gets the paper and splits it up.

Martin: [giving Daphne paper:] Lifestyle. [giving himself paper:] 
        Sports. [putting a huge chunk of paper on table:] And 
        recycling.

Eddie then jumps up on to a chair and stares at them with lead in 
mouth.

Daphne: Yes, we see you Eddie - 8:00 on the dot.
Martin: Well, he's a dog what do you expect? He's a creature of 
        habit.

Eddie runs off as Frasier enters from his room in a robe.

  Frasier: Good morning all. Say, dad. You remember that woman I went 
           out with on Valentines Day but I wasn't quite sure if it 
           was a romantice thing.
   Martin: Yeah, that new publicity woman at the station.
  Frasier: Yes, Cassandra Stone, well I asked her out again last 
           night and I got my answer.
   Martin: [concluded:] Oh I'm sorry Fras'
  Frasier: No, I'm not finished!
   Martin: That's the spirit. You hang in there.
   Daphne: You know Dr. Crane, someone once said that long periods of 
           abstinence can actually refresh the soul.
Cassandra: [enters in gown:] Good morning everyone.
  Frasier: Yes well, that someone was me and I was full of it! 
           Everyone, this is Cassandra.
Cassandra: [greeting Martin with a hug:] You must be Frasier's dad. 
           I've heard all about you. 
   Martin: Marty Crane.
Cassandra: Nice to meet you.
   Martin: [responding to hug:] Nice to meet you too!
Cassandra: You are so cute - now I see where Frasier got those 
           gorgous eyes.
  Frasier: Enough, this is Daphne Moon - my father's home health care 
           worker.
Cassandra: [quickly:] Hello. [quickly turns back to Frasier]
   Martin: Are you going to join us for breakfast Cassandra?
Cassandra: Oh I could go for an English muffin.
  Frasier: Well, [looking at Daphne:] perhaps our own English muffin 
           could fetch that for you.

Daphne just stares back at Frasier.

  Frasier: Or I could get it.
Cassandra: No, I'll get it myself.

Cassandra disappears to the kitchen as the doorbell sounds. 

Martin: Way to go Fras', I like her.
Daphne: Gee, I wonder why. [mimicking her:] "Now I see where Frasier 
        gets those gorgous eyes".

Frasier answers the door to Niles. He is dressed in his squash geer.

  Frasier: Niles.
    Niles: [entering:] Hurry up and get dressed Frasier, we'll lose 
           our court. I must warn you I may be unbeatable today.  Our 
           squash pro, Atabio, taught me a back hand slice that could 
           scrape the bristles of a kiwi fruit.
  Frasier: Niles, I'm afraid we may have reschedule today, you see I 
           had a date last night.
    Niles: [concluding:] Oh I'm sorry! Hey, but there's no sense 
           mopping around. A brisk game of squash would be the best 
           thing for you - I can't think of a better way to lift your 
           spirits.
Cassandra: [enters from kitchen:] Good morning.
  Frasier: [to Niles:] Keep thinking.

OF ALL THE COFFEE JOINTS IN ALL THE TOWNS IN ALL THE WORLD...
Scene Two - Café Nervosa. Later that day, Roz and Frasier are in the café chatting about last night. Frasier: I tell you Roz, the entire evening was pure magic. Roz: I'm happy for you. You have been in a dry spell haven't you. Frasier: Oh no Roz, that was just the calm before the storm. I assure you we are in the midst of a full blown love hurricane. [laughs] Roz: You were so much easier to be around when you were horny and pathetic. Frasier: Sorry Roz, I have been monopolising the conversation, so what's been going on with you? Roz: Well actually it has been a really exciting week. Of course Alice's first birthday party is the Sunday - we're having twelve of her little friends over. She loves bears - so the whole party's going to be this bear theme. Party favours, bear cake - I'm going to dress up as a bear I think and do a little bear dance. Frasier tries to laugh at this but Roz just gets embarrased. Roz: So, that's really great about you and Cassandra! Frasier: Yeah, we're really hitting it off I think. At that moment Faye passes their table and notices Frasier. Faye: Frasier. Frasier: Faye. Oh my God, wow. Hi, it's been a while. Gosh, Faye Moskowitz this is my producer, Roz Doyle. So what have you been up to? Faye: Well I just got back from Paris. Frasier: Really? I didn't even know you'd gone. Faye: You didn't get my message? Roz: Oh Frasier, before I forget: Faye called - she's going to France for a month. I'm sorry. Faye: Well it's great to see you. We should get together for coffee sometime. Frasier: I'd love to. Roz: [getting up:] Well I'm on my way out, why don't you take my seat? Faye: Um, thanks - [to Frasier:] If that's alright with you? Frasier: Of course. Faye: Great, well I'll put some money into my meter. Faye exits as Frasier takes Roz aside. Frasier: What are you doing?! I can't have coffee with her. Roz: Why not? Obviously she's still interested. Frasier: I'm seeing Cassandra for God's sakes. I can't date two people at once. Roz: It doesn't have to be on the same night. All though if you are good at faking a head ache and you don't mind getting changed in the car. Frasier: Roz! Roz: Well did you tell Cassandra you were going to be exclusive to her? Frasier: No. Roz: So, then you're just dating. Relax, it's supposed to be fun. Just see where it takes ya'. Frasier: Well that sort of lifestyle is alright for some people, but not for me. I'm a one woman man - if that! Roz: Okay, suit yourself - keep it plutonic. Frasier: Well that's easy for you to say. How can you tell someone that you're attracted to them but you just can't sleep with them. Roz: I guess you just say, you just say... [pauses] I'll ask around. Roz exits the café. Scene Three - Frasier's Apartment. It's the following morning when Daphne and Martin enter the kitchen again. Martin: You know what I feel like this morning? Some French toast and sausage patties. Daphne: Here's your bran flakes. Martin: Oh fine. Daphne and Martin go through the same regime as they did in scene one. Everything goes identically - even Martin feeding Eddie some toast to which Daphne shouts: Daphne: You're not giving him any toast are you? Martin: Of course not. Daphne and Martin enter the room to greet Frasier who is again dressed in his robe. Daphne: Morning. Martin: I didn't hear you come in last night? Have a date? Frasier goes to the kitchen and picks up two mugs. Daphne: Well I guess that answers that. Martin: Well, ease up a bit, Cassandra's a great gal - women like that don't come along every day. Faye: [enters] Morning. Daphne: No, they certainly don't! Frasier: Dad, Daphne, do you remember Faye? Faye: Hi Martin, good to see you again. Martin: Likewise. Faye: Daphne, you look gorgous. Did you get your hair cut since the last time I saw you? Daphne: [overwhelmed by compliments:] Oh, yes I did. Can I fix you some breakfast? Faye: I really have gotta run, I'm running late and I still have to call my friend at the museum to get tickets for that Sorrot exhibit. I just hope it's not sold out. Frasier: Well if it is: Que Sorrot, Sorrot. [laughs] Faye: That was funnier the first time! Faye heads off to Frasier's bedroom as the three chat. Martin: What happened to Cassandra? Daphne: Obviously he dumped her for someone better. Frasier: I haven't dumped anyone. Daphne: What, you mean you're dating both of them? Frasier: No, I didn't intend to. It's just that - well I ran into Faye yesterday and I was about to tell her about Cassandra. It's just that we were enjoying our coffee so much that coffee turned in to dinner and then dinner turned into drinks and then drinks turned in to well... coffee again! The doorbell sounds. Frasier: Damn! I completely forgot I rescheduled squash with Niles. [shouts through door:] Don't be angry at me for still being in my robe. However when he opens the door it's Cassandra who's popped in on her way to work. Cassandra: I won't, I wish I were in mine! Frasier: Cassandra. [worried:] What a surprise. Cassandra: I've brought some pastries. Frasier: Oh isn't that thoughtful of you. [takes them] Cassandra: [notices the other two] Hi Martin, Dixi. Frasier: I'd love it if you could stay it's just that I've got to go and pick up my brother for a game of squash. Niles: [enters:] Morning all. Frasier: Well isn't that a timesaver! Well, you know, I've still got to go and get dressed anyway so I'll see you back at the station. [he says hopefully] Cassandra: Okay, alright have a good day. [just then:] You know, I'll just use the powder room. [she shuts the powder room door behind her] Frasier: This is a disaster! Niles: What is? Faye: [entering from bedroom:] Hi Niles. Niles: Oh, I'm up to speed. Frasier: Morning. Faye: Well, I'll just be.. Frasier suddenly sushes her and begins whispering. Faye: What? Frasier: We just noticed that there's a nest of baby hummingbirds on the balcony. And we're just keeping our voices down. Faye: [skeptical:] Humming birds made it to the 19th floor? Frasier: Yes, well they're Himalayan mountain hummers - very rare. Bye bye. Faye: Okay, I'll see you later Frasier. [they kiss] Faye finally leaves through the front door. Frasier stands there in relief after the two women are kept apart. However at that moment, Cassandra opens the powder room door which slams right into Frasier. Cassandra: What are you doing? Frasier: [covering:] I was just standing guard. The door is.. lock's broken and sometimes dad just wonders in. Cassandra: Well, I know you've got your game so I'll just get out of your hair. Frasier: Right. Cassandra: Goodbye everyone. Cassandra about to leave but Frasier looks through the spy hole in t the door and sees Faye still waiting for the elevator. He gets Cassandra to stay: Frasier: Don't I get a hug first. Cassandra: Are you alright? Frasier: Oh yes, it's just so hard to say goodbye to you. Frasier basically pins her against the door as he takes another look through the spy hole. He sees Faye getting into the lift and the doors closing. Frasier releases Cassandra. Frasier: Well, time's a wasted, off you go - bye bye. Frasier shuts the door and leans back in relief. Niles: Got anymore hiding in the grotto, Heft? Frasier: Oh for God's sake, I'm just not up to this sort of thing - what made me thing I could juggle? Martin: I sure as hell don't know - you couldn't catch a balloon until you were ten. Frasier: Yes, thank you dad! You see my problem is: each of them appeals to different sides of my personality. Faye is artistic and serebral and cultured - Cassandra is passionate and fun and spontaeneous. Martin: My boat sure goes for Cassandra. Daphne: You would say that, any young woman who shows you any attention: you're ready to sign over your pension check! I think he should go for Faye. Martin: Oh Faye, Faye, if he wants some boring artsy fartsy conversation he's got Niles. Daphne nods in agreement with this sentance as Niles just stares at him until Frasier breaks the ice: Frasier: Yes well my point is that I'm really torn here, I feel as if I honestly cannot choose. Niles: I think I might be able to help you with this. Heads it's Faye, Tails: Cassandra. Daphne: [sarcastic:] Oh this is the sort of thing that makes a women feel really special! Frasier: Niles, you actually going to flip a coin? The decision cannot be made that simply. Martin: Well it's not going to be that simple: The chances of Niles catching that quarter are about the same as you.... Frasier: Enough dad! Niles: Just go with me on this Frasier. Heads it's Faye, tails: Cassandra. He is about to flip the coin when he notices Martin and Daphne looking at him waiting for him to drop it. Niles decides he can better them and takes the coin straight to the back of his hand. He is about to uncover the answer when he points at Frasier. Niles: And the winner is... Admit it. You want me to say one name more than the other. Frasier: Niles, you're right, I do. Cassandra. Simultaeneously: Martin: Yes. Daphne: Oh! Frasier than clarrifies it. Frasier: There you have it, thank you. Thank you Niles, wow, what a relief. You know my life was perfectly happy before Faye came back - yes, yes it's Cassandra - she's the one. Next time I see Faye I'll just have to tell her it's over. Oh gosh, I'm sorry Niles - I'm afraid we've lost our court again. Do you mind if we reschedule it just once more? Niles: That's fine. Martin: I've got to hand it to you Frasier. You had a tough decision to make, but you made it. Heck, I can't even decide whether to have the strawberry or the grape jelly. Niles: Well, dad I stil have my trusty quarter. Let's say heads: grape, tails: strawberry. Niles flips the coin and it smacks him right between the eyes. He then falls over in pain, taking half of Frasier's ornaments with him as he goes. Martin: [shaking his head:] You've got to wonder what goes on, on that squash court. Daphne nods to Martin in agreement of this. End Of Act One. (Time: 11:30) Act Two. Scene One - Frasier's Apartment. The following morning, identical to the first line of Act One, Martin and Daphne enter the kitchen. Martin: You know what I could go for this morning? A big old Spanish omlette. Daphne: Here's your branflakes. However, this time Martin just stares at it. He is upset because the bowl isn't his usual yellow one - it's red. Martin: What's that? Daphne: Your yellow bowl broke in the dishwasher. Martin: Well, don't you have another one? Daphne: Afraid not. Martin: Well, red - yellow, what difference does it make? Yet it does make a difference. When Daphne opens the fridge they both go to the top shelf at the same time and hurt their heads. They then do the same on the bottom shelf. Then when Daphne shuts the fridge door she is still rubbing her head when Martin throws the toast out of the toaster. Her timing is out and she doesn't get to the toast in time - which instead falls to the floor. Martin: I don't like this red bowl - it's thrown everything off! Daphne: You know, I think we do have another yellow bowl. Why don't you go and sit down and I'll fetch it for you. Martin: Okay. [leaves] Daphne: [takes Eddie's bowl:] Back off, I need this! As Daphne takes Eddie's bowl and begins to wash it, Martin enters the living room to find Frasier perched on the sofa arm. Frasier: Good morning dad. Martin: Everything go alright with Faye last night. She didn't take the break up to hard did she? Frasier: Not really. Martin: Well I'm sure she realises, pretty as she is, that she won't be alone for long. Faye: [entering in robe:] Morning Martin. Martin: [to Frasier:] What did I tell ya? [to Faye:] Hi, how you doing? Faye: I had an incredible time last night. Frasier: Me too. [kisses her] As they kiss, Niles walks in wearing his squash gear. However he walks straight out again with the words: Niles: Oh forget it! [exits] Scene Two - Café Nervosa. Later that day, Niles and Frasier are sitting down at the front table in the café. They are discussing the morning. Frasier: Niles. [sits down] Niles: Frasier. Frasier: Glad you're hear, look I'm so sorry about this morning. Niles: Oh not at all, I ended up playing an exhilarating game with Chip Emrey. Frasier: Oh. Niles: I won two out of three sets and if you recall - Chip was club champion four years running. Frasier: Yes and I also recall that record comes with an asterix. I believe his streak was interrupted by world war two. Niles: [pouring milk into his coffee:] It's Korean and you know it! Frasier: [to waiter:] Can I have my usual please? Niles: Why was Faye at your apartment this morning? Frasier: Well actually I had almost made a terrible mistake. Last night, when I was prepared to break things off with her - suddenly we fell into this marvellous conversation about architecture. As it turns out she detests the design of the Bill Bou art museum as much as I do. Niles: [understanding:] And you almost let her go? Frasier: Exactly! You know, Cassandra's a wonderful woman - but Faye and I have a deeper connection and to be fair, actually, she was the first to plant her flag on "Terra Frasier". Niles: I'm starting to think Napoleon had a Frasier complex. Frasier: [aceepts joke:] Yes, alright. [spotting Cassandra:] There's Cassandra, I asked her here for coffee - I'm going to tell her that we cannot see each other any longer. Niles: [getting up:] Good luck. [goes to the bar] As Niles orders another coffee, Frasier calls Cassandra over and they sit at the table. Frasier: Cassandra. Cassandra: Hi honey. Frasier: Hi. [kisses her] Cassandra: [to waiter:] Double Expresso please. [to Frasier:] I have great news. Frasier: Really? Cassandra: Those new promos are working wonders. I just got the numbers and you're really scoring with women between the ages of 25 and 49. Frasier: [breaking the ice:] Well that's not always a good thing. Cassandra: You alright? Frasier: Actually, I wanted to talk to you about our relationship. You see I... Cassandra: I know where we're going. A serious talk. Frasier: You see there comes a time in every relationship when you have to decide... Cassandra: I know, whether we are going to be exclusive or not. I've been wanting to talk to you about that too. Frasier: [happy:] You have? Cassandra: Yes, you see I thought you should know that I've been seeing someone else. Frasier: [confused:] Oh really?! Cassandra: Does that bother you? Frasier: No, no, no, no actually not at all. Cassandra: Good. Frasier: Anyway, what I wanted to say was.... [still worried:] Well how long you been seeing this other fellow? Cassandra: Not very long? You're not upset are you? Frasier: No, no, no, no, actually I was about to say... What does he do? Cassandra: He owns his own venture capital firm. All though, he spends most of his time racing sail boats and rebuilding trails for the Seattle club. Frasier: Oh really, seems a little unfocused doesn't he?! Frasier angrily reaches for a plastic stirrer, and like a madman swirls his sugar into his coffee. Cassandra picks up the signs. Cassandra: You are upset aren't you? Frasier: No, no, no, no. Cassandra: Really, there's no reason to be jealous of Sloan! Frasier: [licking his stirrer:] Believe me, I am not jealous of [exaggerates name:] Sloan! If anything, I pity the man who has to go through life with a pretensious name like that! Cassandra: Frasier! Frasier: You know what, let's just drop the whole thing - alright. Cassandra: Not about those new promos.... Frasier: Cassandra, I want us to be exclusive! Cassandra: What? Frasier: Yes well, I'm the kind of person who can make a decision and commit to it. And I was hoping, that you might be that sort of person too. Cassandra: Frasier, I'm so touched. If you only want us to be with each other - that's great. I was supposed to see Sloan tonight, but I'm going to call him and cancel. Frasier: Oh that's wonderful - that means we can spend the night together. Frasier and Cassandra kiss as she leaves to call Sloan. Niles comes over to the table to make his little quip. Niles: Looks like she took the news well -- are you insane? Frasier: Niles, I almost made a terrible mistake. Niles: What could possibly have happened in the past four minutes to make you change your mind again? Frasier: When Cassandra told me she was seeing somebody else, it awakened something in me. Niles: Petty jealousy? Frasier: No, the realisation that I couldn't bear to lose her. Niles: Yes, and the minute you see Faye, you'll reverse yourself again! Frasier: No, I won't. I'll prove it to you. Cassandra is the one! I'm sure of it. Frasier takes his mobile and phones Faye. Frasier: [to Niles:] Her machine. [into phone:] Yes, Faye - it's Frasier. Listen, I won't be able to join you for dinner tonight but perhaps you could call me later - we need to talk. [hangs up] There, I'm done. Nothing says "It's over between us" quite like the phrase "we need to talk". You see that was my problem actually, I kept leaving the door open. Niles: Well, I'm very proud of you Frasier. "An enlightened man is he who can learn from his mistakes". Squash tomorrow morning? Frasier: Nine AM, my place. Niles: See you then. Niles walks out of the café as Cassandra comes down after chatting with Sloan. Cassandra: Well I called him. [sits with Frasier] I probably should feel guilty but I'm just so glad it's just the two of us. I know a cute little bed and breakfast we can go to this weekend. Frasier: Oh really. Cassandra: [to waiter bringing her coffee:] Thankyou. As Cassandra begins chatting to Frasier, he begins mentally reviewing the situation: Frasier: [v.o:] What a relief this is. I've made my choice: look at her. I've found an angel. An angel who wears an awful lot of makeup, I've never noticed that before. Faye doesn't make her face up like that. Cassandra finishes her speech: Cassandra: And they have the cutest little four poster beds in each room. Frasier: That sounds lovely. She begins talking again, as Frasier goes back to his review: Frasier: [v.o:] My, she uses the word "cute" a lot. I'm cute, this café is cute, now the bed is cute. Faye used the word "Za Zoom" last night. Cassandra: Oh you know I meant to tell you, I really liked how you handeled that nasty caller yesterday. It was such a clever way... Frasier: [v.o:] God, all she talks about is work, work, work. And now I'll see her every morning before work, and at work, and after work. I feel trapped! Can't breath. Wait, what are you doing? It's just your fear talking. She's a wonderful woman - she's the one. She's perfect! He finishes his review as Cassandra finishes her speech. Cassandra: And then I ran into Roz after the show, and she told me the cutest little story that... Frasier: Cassandra, we need to talk. Scene Three - Faye's Apartment. That evening a doorbell sounds in the apartment. Faye, wearing a short t shirt, answers the door. Faye: Frasier. Frasier: Faye, hi. [enters] We really need to talk. Faye: Yes, I know, I got your message. I thought you couldn't see me tonight. Frasier: Yes, well I just had some unfinished business with the promotions department but that's all done now. Faye: I wish you would had called, I would have put something on. [she pulls down her small t shirt] Frasier: No, no. You look beautiful. Listen, Faye. I want us to be exclusive. Faye: [surprised:] What? Frasier: Yes, I want to take our relationship to the next level. I just want to be with you. Faye: Wow, I'm a little surprised. You said "we need to talk" on the machine and you know that usually means it's over. Frasier: [acting the innocent:] Really? I had no idea. Faye: Well, this is wonderful. Frasier: Oh, God so it's just you and me. God, this is exhilarating. Faye: This is turning out to be the best day ever. Because, well o okay Chris McKenner, the restaurant critic, he came over to the restaurant this morning and.... As Faye tells her little story, Frasier again reviews his situation. Frasier: [v.o:] What is she thinking with that ridiculous shirt? Tied on! Stop it Frasier, you can't do this to yourself. This is nothing more than the natural panic of finally making your choice. Faye: ...the printer had messed up and the menu said flab instead of flan. Frasier: [laughs:] That is so precious. [v.o:] And so is she, precious. My Faye, Faye, as in *Faye*vourite. This feels so much better now I've relaxed. I was about to doom this whole relationship with my neurotic nit picking. But it's clear sailing now. Faye: Well enough about me, how was your day? Frasier: Well, it certainly ended well. Although something funny did happen at the station, it was during the second hour of my show. Faye: [v.o:] My God, he really does like to talk about himself. Is that another new pair of shoes? He's got more shoes than I do. Faye then decides it's best not to nitpick and laughs at his joke as we fade out. Credits: Scene One - Frasier Apartment: In the kitchen, Eddie doesn't seem to be touching his water. It is in the red bowl that Martin couldn't use at the start of act two. So Daphne goes into the room to get Martin's yellow bowl, that originally was Eddies. As Martin eats his last bran flake, Daphne rushes into the kitchen with it and puts it under the sink - filling it with water. She then lays it down in front of Eddie who merrily drinks from it.

Quick Synopsis {kathy churay}


ACT ONE

Scene One - Frasier's Apartment - Morning

Martin and Daphne are in the kitchen, maneuvering around one another 
with the balletic grace and split-second timing of long practice.  
They've obviously got it down to a science, including the same old 
ritual complaints and Martin feeding the dog a forbidden piece of 
toast. 

They move to the living room with breakfast and Frasier emerges from 
his room in a cheerful mood.  He reveals that he has asked out 
Cassandra again, the same women he dated ambiguously in the 
Valentine's day episode.  Martin and Daphne jump to the obvious 
conclusion and start comforting him over his failed romance, only to 
be embarrassed when Cassandra herself emerges from the bedroom in a 
dressing gown.  She is full of flattery and compliments for Martin, 
who is thoroughly charmed, though she all but ignores Daphne.  
Frasier suggests Daphne make breakfast for Cassandra, but Daphne just 
glares and Cassandra goes off to the kitchen to make it herself as 
Daphne does a dead-on imitation of Cassandra's flattery, complete 
with American accent.

Niles comes to the door in his squash outfit, full of reproof for 
Frasier at not even being dressed for their game.  Frasier tells him 
they will have to reschedule because he had a date last night.  Niles 
too leaps to conclusions and starts comforting Frasier.  "A brisk 
game of squash will be the best thing for you.  I can't think of a 
better way to lift your spirits."  As Cassandra emerges from the 
kitchen, Frasier remarks dryly, "Keep thinking."


Of All The Coffee Joints In All The Towns In All The World...
Scene Two - Cafe Nervosa Frasier is having coffee with Roz and smugly recounting the latest chapter of his romance with Cassandra. Roz is a bit nauseated by him but tries gamely to stay interested. Finally Frasier asks about her life, and Roz excitedly tells him the plans for Alice's first birthday party the following Sunday. Frasier just looks at her blankly and Roz gives up trying to keep his attention, changing the subject back to Frasier and his love life. Just then Faye Moskowitz happens by. Frasier greets her with a big hug and Faye tells him she just got back from a month in France. She had left him a message but Roz forgot to deliver it. Roz sees which way the wind is blowing and gets up to leave, giving her seat to Faye. Faye happily accepts and goes outside to put money in her parking meter. Frasier panics and says he can't have coffee with Faye because he's dating Cassandra. Roz asks him whether he and and Cassandra have agreed to date each other exclusively, and Frasier has to admit they haven't. In that case, Roz advises, he's under no obligation not to see other women, although he could keep things platonic with Faye if that would make him feel better. He asks her how to tell Faye such a thing, but Roz has never had to do that and can't think of the words. Scene Three - Frasier's Apartment - The Next Morning Martin and Daphne are making breakfast again, doing their usual graceful ballet around one another. As they move to the breakfast table Frasier enters in his dressing gown, and Martin asks him if he had a date the night before. In answer Frasier holds up two coffee cups instead of his usual one, and Martin compliments him on his choice of women. "Women like Cassandra don't come along every day." Daphne is amused when the woman who comes out of the bedroom in one of Frasier's bathrobes is not Cassandra but Faye. Faye greets them and compliments Daphne on her new haircut. Daphne beams and offers to fix her breakfast, but Faye declines and heads for the bedroom to get dressed. Frasier is following her with the coffee when the doorbell rings, and it's Cassandra with a bag of pastry. Frasier nervously begs off and tells her that he has a squash game with Niles, so Cassandra starts to leave, only to make a side trip to the powder room. Frasier grimly admits Niles, who has shown up for the rescheduled squash game. Frasier: (sotto voce) "This is a disaster!" Niles: "What is?" Faye: (now fully dressed) "Hi, Niles." Niles: "Oh, I'm up to speed!" Frasier hustles Faye quickly out of the apartment just in time as Cassandra exits the bathroom and tries to leave. Frasier keeps hugging her and playing for time until he can see through the front door peephole that Faye has boarded the elevator and left Then he practically shoves Cassandra out the door. Niles teases him about his plethora of women and Frasier defends himself by saying that each of them appeals to a different side of his personality -- Cassandra to the passionate, earthy side and Faye to the cultural, arty side. Martin makes it clear he prefers Cassandra and Daphne gives him a hard time about his susceptibility to flattery. Niles attempts to help Frasier decide by offering to flip a coin, but stops at the last minute and forces Frasier to admit he wants one woman to be the winner of the coin toss. Frasier finally comes clean -- Cassandra is the one he prefers, to Martin's delight and Daphne's consternation. Martinc compliments Frasier on his ability to make a tough choice, saying that he himself can't decide between two kinds of jam. Niles offers to help Martin decide and flips the coin, hitting himself in the head and causing one of his patented disastrous Niles pratfalls. Martin and Daphne don't bat an eye. ACT TWO Scene One - Frasier's Apartment - The Next Morning Martin and Daphne are doing their morning ballet, only this time Martin's favorite yellow cereal bowl has broken in the dishwasher and he has to use a different one. This is enough to throw off his entire morning ritual, and he and Daphne keep bumping into one another till Daphne offers to find another yellow bowl somewhere around. She pushes Martin out of the kitchen and grabs Eddie's yellow water bowl to give it a quick wash. Martin asks Frasier how his breakup with Faye had gone the day before, but doesn't need to wonder for long as Faye once again appears in Frasier's bathrobe. Niles shows up at the front door ready for squash, but promptly turns around and leaves in disgust when he sees Faye. Scene Two - Cafe Nervosa - Later That Day Niles is having coffee as Frasier bustles in to apologize for missing the squash game for the third time. Niles is trying to understand Frasier's logic in spending the night with Faye, and Frasier explains that his conversation with Faye had just led him to understand that he and Faye had a deeper connection than with Cassandra. In fact, he has asked Cassandra to meet him at the cafe so that he can tell her goodbye. Just then she comes into the cafe, and Niles makes himself scarce. Cassandra sits down and Frasier begins the conversation tensely. Cassandra clearly thinks he's going to call things off and tells him not to feel bad -- she's been dating someone else. Frasier tries to complete his speech but is badly thrown by Cassandra's news. In fact, he's so overcome with jealousy that he ends up asking her to date him exclusively. Cassandra is pleased and begins to chatter on happily, as in voiceover we hear Frasier's doubts begin to surface about her every little flaw. She goes off to make a phone call to her other boyfriend and call off that evening's date, and Niles comes over to the table, having seen the whole thing from across the room. Niles gave Frasier a hard time about his sudden change of heart. Frasier, of course, insists that Cassandra is the only woman for him, and calls Faye his cell phone to break it off with her right then. She isn't home, so he leaves a message cancelling their dinner plans for that evening and telling her ominously, "We need to talk." But as soon as Cassandra returns to the table his doubts return, and he breaks things off with her. Scene Three - Faye's Apartment - That Evening Frasier comes to Faye's apartment and asks her to date him exclusively. Faye is surprised and happy and tells him that she will. They sit on the couch and Frasier's doubts begin running audibly through his mind again, only this time they were immediately followed by Faye's doubts about Frasier, which we can also hear. "Are those new shoes again? He has more shoes than I do..." Credits: Frasier's Apartment - Morning Daphne gives Eddie some water from the red bowl that Martin rejected the day before. Obviously it isn't Eddie's favorite because he won't drink from it. Daphne goes to the dining room and hovers over Martin until he finishes eating his breakfast cereal and hands the bowl over to her disgustedly. Daphne bolts to the kitchen and fills it with water for Eddie, who drinks happily.

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