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Beware of Greeks 

Frasier discovers that the Crane men are not invited to a family wedding because of a grudge Frasier's intense Greek aunt has held against him ever since he gave her son, Nikos, some advice she didn't like.


Jeff Melman


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 4 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Patti LuPone ... Aunt Zora Crane
Joseph Will ... Nikos Crane
John Mahon ... Uncle Walt Crane
Valerie Dillman ... Mary Ann
James Gleason ... Ed
Lori Harmon Lori Harmon ... Cousin Yvonne
Heide Karp Heide Karp ... Crystal the Juggler


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Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) discovers that the Crane men are not invited to a family wedding because of a grudge Frasier's intense Greek aunt (guest star Patti LuPone, 'Sunset Boulevard') has held against him ever since he gave her son, Nikos (guest star Joseph Will), some advice she didn't like. Feeling responsible for the reason that Martin (John Mahoney) hasn't been able to see his brother for five years, Frasier becomes determined to reunite the family.

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The title is from the saying "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts". In "The Aeneid", the epic poem by Virgil, the Greeks have sailed out of sight of Troy and left the wooden "Trojan horse" outside the gates. The Trojans are unaware that soldiers concealed inside it, and they discuss what to do with it. Laocoon, a priest, warns the Trojans, saying in the poem "timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", which correctly translated means "I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts." The saying is a slight modification of this. See more »


During the wedding scene when Martin asks Eddie where the camera is, the boom mic shadow is visible, lowering behind Eddie over the kitchen. See more »


Dr. Frasier Crane: [of their Aunt Zora] She can't avoid me if I go down and meet her face-to-face. I'm going to go to that restaurant.
Dr. Niles Crane: Do you have a death wish? She'll eat you alive!
Dr. Frasier Crane: Oh, I'm not afraid of her!
Dr. Niles Crane: Everyone is! Have you forgotten the family legend that when Hitler invaded Greece she joined the partisans just so she could strangle Nazis?
Dr. Frasier Crane: I have never believed that. She would have to have been five years old at the time!
Dr. Niles Crane: Well, that's why the legend says they were strangled with jump ropes.
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Broadway legend steals the show!
14 January 2010 | by garrardSee all my reviews

Broadway's Patti Lupone received a well-deserved Emmy nomination for her turn as Frasier's volatile Aunt Zora in this hilarious episode from 1998. The Crane boys and Martin are attending a family gathering at Zora's restaurant where her son has recently gotten engaged to a prominent "yuppie", an engagement heavily favored by the aunt. There is an estranged relationship between Frasier and his aunt due to an intervention years ago by the good doctor that really rattled her nerves. Thus, she "warns" him - with a meat cleaver in her hand - not to get involved in the couple's lives.

However, in the best tradition of "Frasier" things go awry with perfectly executed comic timing and Lupone plays the role to the hilt, demonstrating why she is one of the greats of the Broadway stage.

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17 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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