[5.23]Party, Party

Party, Party                              Written by David Llyod
                                          Directed by Jeff Melman
Production Code: 5.23
Original Airdate on NBC: 19th May 1998
Transcript written on 13th June 2000 
Transcript revised on 5th June 2001

Transcript {david langley}

Act 1

Scene 1 - Cafe Nervosa
Fade in.  A woman (Tricia) is waiting at a table.  Frasier comes 
rushing in.

Frasier: Tricia...I am so very sorry.  Have you been waiting long?
 Tricia: Well, let's see:  we were supposed to meet at noon and 
         it's now quarter to one.
Frasier: Well, I do apologize, it's just that the most extraordinary 
         thing happened.
 Tricia: Well, at least I'll get a colorful anecdote out of this.  
         What was it?
Frasier: My watch stopped.
 Tricia: [rising] I gotta go.
Frasier: No, no, no, no.  That really is extraordinary.  You see, 
         it's a very fine Swiss timepiece, it only loses a minute 
         per decade.
 Tricia: And you've had it for what?  Four hundred and fifty years?  
         I'm sorry Frasier, I have an appointment at one.
Frasier: No, no, no, please, please, let me have another chance.  
         I so enjoyed meeting you last night, I'd love to get to 
         know you better.
 Tricia: Well, I suppose even Swiss watches sometimes stop.
Frasier: You'd be amazed how much fondue gets overcooked that way.  
         [They laugh.] Listen, how about lunch tomorrow?  I know 
         the maitre d' over at the Le Petite Bistro, he'll give us 
         the best table in the house.  Please?
 Tricia: Well, OK.  I'll meet you there at one.  That's when the 
         little hand is on the one...
Frasier: Yes, yes, I know,  I know. [as she leaves] See you then.

Niles walks over with his coffee cup and dusts off the seat.

  Niles: Frasier.
Frasier: Oh, Niles.
  Niles: Thank god you have room.  I just spent ten stupefying 
         minutes sharing a table with a taxidermist.  I swear, 
         he doesn't have to stuff his trophies, he can just bore 
         them stiff.  Who was that woman?
Frasier: Actually, a young woman I met during intermission at the 
         opera last night.  I swear, Niles, it was remarkable.  
         Our hands touched, there was a spark.  After ten minutes 
         of conversation, I knew I had to know this young woman 
         better.  Ever experience that sort of thing?
  Niles: Actually, yes, I do know a thing or two about the spark 
         of attraction.
Frasier: [to waiter] Oh, excuse me, may I have non-fat cappuccino, 
         please?  Well, what am I to deduce, that you've recently 
         gotten lucky?
  Niles: Yes!  And here's the kicker: she lives in your building.  
         Five floors down, Allison Landis.
Frasier: Well, you little sneak.  I don't even know the woman.  
         How did you two meet?
  Niles: Well, we were just chatting on the elevator.  I walked 
         her to her car, where it turned out she'd locked her keys 
         inside.  My resourcefulness saved the day...
Frasier: What'd you do, fish them out with a coat hanger?
  Niles: No, I called the auto club.  Where would I find a coat 
         hanger?  Anyway, she invited me to join her for lunch, 
         we hit it off.  The next night, I took her to dinner, 
         one thing led to another, and soon, there was no need 
         for words.
Frasier: Except for your frantically babbled "Thank you's."
  Niles: Oh, well.  I'm seeing her again tonight, so you'll 
         understand if I'm a little bit drained during our  
         squash game.  My lovemaking can get slightly athletic.
Frasier: Which is more than can be said for your squash game.
  Niles: It's funny - I've been away from the seduction scene so 
         long I was worried I had started to lose my technique?  
         Were those fears ever groundless.  You know, it's like 
         French, you can go without speaking it for years, then 
         just a few hours on the old boulevarde d'amour and 
         you, ah... [Frasier rises.] Where are you going?
Frasier: To sit with the taxidermist.


Scene 2 - Frasier's Apartment
Fade in.  Frasier and Niles come in, wearing athletic clothes.

Frasier: I can't believe this has happened to me two days in a row!
  Niles: Frasier, you had car trouble, it can happen to anyone.
Frasier: I hope she's still sitting at Le Petite Bistro.
 Daphne: Oh, she isn't.
Frasier: What?
 Daphne: If you're talking about someone named Tricia, she called 
         To say she was leaving the restaurant.  She also said you 
         were right about the table: that it was a beautiful table 
         in a prime location, and that she wished you were laid 
         out dead on top of it.
Frasier: [dialing] Oh, God.  Ah, it's her machine.  Hello, Tricia, 
         it's Frasier.  Look, I'm, I'm terribly sorry but it's 
         just my car battery went dead at a light, and I didn't 
         have my cell phone with me.  By the time I got a jump I 
         realized I couldn't go directly to the restaurant because 
         I was wearing these ridiculous shorts, and I, I know how 
         this sounds, but it's the truth!  Here, just ask my 
         brother. [He holds the phone out to Niles.]
  Niles: He's right, they're ridiculous shorts.
Frasier: Anyway, please give me one more chance.  I'll go 
         anywhere, anytime, just, uh, give me a call.  Please. 
         [he disconnects]
  Niles: May I have the phone?
Frasier: [handing it over] Of course.  God, I had such high hopes 
         for this young woman, now I've gone and blown it twice.  
         Whom are you calling?
  Niles: [dialing] Allison.  It's been hours since we spoke.  
         [into the phone, in a risqué voice] Hello, there.  
         How ya feeling?  Uh-huh.  Me too. [holding his back] 
         Yeah, me too.
Frasier: [grabbing him] Oh for God's sake, take it in my bedroom!  
         You're makin' the dog twitch!

Martin enters.

 Martin: Frasier, you're gonna be so excited when you hear what I 
         got planned for your birthday!
Frasier: Oh, Dad, please, I thought I said I didn't want any fuss 
         this year.
 Martin: Well, get ready to change your mind, 'cause I scored 
         tickets, Friday night, to the best show in town. [He 
         takes two tickets out of his pocket and holds them up.]
Frasier: Chimps on Ice?  Oh, my.
 Martin: Yeah, now I know this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, 
         but trust me on this.  Duke saw this last week and he 
         busted a gut.
Frasier: Well, Dad...
 Martin: [grabbing his coat] And mind you, he even saw it with the 
Frasier: Dad, look, you know, I really don't feel like going out 
         on my birthday this year.
 Martin: Oh, are you sure?
Frasier: Yes, I actually had made plans already.  I was gonna stay 
         in and watch television.  The opera is mounting a new 
         production of "Cosi van Tutti."
 Martin: Oh, well no wonder then.  OK, but you're missing a real 
         treat.  Duke said in the finalé, the whole cast skates to 
         the top of this ramp, then Splat! right into a tank of 
         whipped cream.  Bet they don't do that at your opera.
Frasier: No.  And Mozart's still kicking himself.
 Martin: Come on, boy. [He leaves with Eddie.]
  Niles: [coming back] Frasier?  Are you familiar with the Safari 
Frasier: Of course I'm familiar with them.  Their yearly expeditions 
         are remarkable.
  Niles: They're more than remarkable!  They're the stuff of legend.  
         Last year, they made camp at the base of Mount Everest, 
         then had their servants climb it while they held a wine 
Frasier: So why are you telling me this?
  Niles: Because, Allison is a member.  This Friday night, they're 
         having a black tie reception at her place downstairs, and 
         we're invited!
Frasier: That's incredible!  Oh my goodness!
  Niles: Consider it your birthday present.
Frasier: Oh, thank you!  Thank you so much.  But wait, gee, I told 
         Dad I was gonna stay home that night.  You mustn't tell 
         him about this.
  Niles: Oh, don't worry.  He'll never suspect.  I told him 
         yesterday I was going to be away for the weekend.
Frasier: Great.  Perfect.  But wait a minute: you knew about this 
  Niles: Uh, no.  But I knew about Chimps on Ice.

He leaves.  Fade out.

Scene 3 - The Fourteenth Floor Hallway Fade in. Niles and Frasier exit the elevator in tuxedos. Niles: I am so looking forward to this. I understand one of the members is going to show an old film he made of the rare and endangered species found only in the rain forest. Maris would have loved it. [He rings the doorbell.] Frasier: Oh, why so? Niles: She had shoes made from almost all of them. The door opens and a woman in an evening gown comes out. Niles: Allison. [He hugs her.] Allison: Niles. And this must be Frasier. Frasier: Hello. Allison: Come in, both of you. There are lots of people I'd like you to meet. CUT TO: the interior of her apartment. A lavish banquet is set out. Allison: The bar is over there, and the hors d'oeuvres are over here. We have some fascinating delicacies actually bagged by our own members. This is ostrich, that's wildebeest, and that's springbok. Frasier: You know, I can never remember which... Is it "Fall ahead, Springbok" or vice versa? [They laugh, Frasier's cell phone starts ringing.] Oh, oh good heavens, I forgot I had this on me. Allison: Don't apologize. I do it myself. Even in the veldt, one must keep in touch with one's broker. Here, you can have privacy in the study. Frasier: [moving off] Thank you. Hello? Niles: You look ravishing. Allison: Thank you, but listen, I think you and I should be very discreet tonight. Niles: Oh, I'm a psychiatrist. If I can't be discreet, it don't rain in Tanganyika. [N.B. Modern-day Tanzania] Allison: Good. After all, if in the near future you should happen to be up for membership in our little club, I want to appear completely objective when I sing your praises. Niles: My ears are already burning. Frasier comes out of the study. Niles: Frasier! We're being considered for membership. Allison as much as said it. We must do everything in our power to show them how enthusiastic we are. Frasier: I have to leave. Niles: What?! Frasier: Niles, that was Tricia on the phone. She's going out of town tonight for a month. But if I swing by, pick her up at her place, pick her up, we can at least join each other for a drink. He moves to leave. Niles stops him. Niles: Are you insane? This is the Safari Club. These are the people who introduced badminton to Devil's Island. Frasier: I don't care! It was kismet when I met this young woman, I'm not giving up an opportunity to see her! Niles: But, to leave two minutes after you arrived, you're going to ruin both our chances! Frasier: All right, I'll make a proper excuse. Excuse me, Allison? I'm terribly sorry, it seems I'm coming down with a touch of something, I'm going to have to leave. Allison: You poor man. If you feel better, please do come back down. We'll be here all evening. Frasier: Thank you, but I, I don't really see that there's much hope. He leaves. CUT TO: the hallway outside Frasier's apartment. The elevator opens. Frasier: Yes, I'm just stopping by my place to pick up my keys, I will see you in ten minutes. And Tricia? I can't wait. OK, bye. He goes into the apartment, grabs his keys, and suddenly the lights come up on a crowd. Crowd: Surprise! Frasier is stunned. FADE OUT. End of Act 1 Act 2 Scene 1 - Frasier's Apartment Fade in on the same scene. Martin: You didn't think we were gonna let you stay home alone on your birthday, did ya? Look at his face! He can't believe it. Frasier: No, I certainly can't. Daphne: Well, why are you dressed like that? Frasier: Well, I, I dress like this sometimes when I watch the opera on television. Bulldog: Well, that's up there on the dork meter. Frasier: You know, since I'm not going to be watching the opera, perhaps I could run out and buy a brand new videotape so I can record it. Daphne: We're way ahead of you, Dr. Crane, your father has the VCR all set up. Bulldog: Let's get things started! Here you go, Doc. Happy birthday. [Hands him a brown bag.] Frasier: [opening it] Oh, well, thank you Bulldog, thank you all. Oh, well, "David Copperfield," Dickens's classic tale of a young man making his way in the world. Bulldog: I, uh, think we're talking about different movies, here, Doc. Frasier: [looking again] Mmm. "David Cop-a-Feel." Well... Bulldog: But you were right about the classy tail part. Hey, you need a brew? I'm headed that way. Frasier: No, no thanks. Roz: I'd love a cup of hot tea with lemon. Bulldog: Hey, I'm fetching, not cooking. Daphne: It's OK, Roz. There's a kettle of boiling water on the stove. [She gives a cup to Frasier] Here you are. Frasier: Yes, well, thank you, Daphne. Daphne: Now don't be mad with your father. He just wanted to do something nice for your birthday, after you turned thumbs down on the skating monkeys. Martin: Hey, great party huh? Just as long as we've got enough ice. You got four bags, right? Daphne: No, I got two. Martin: Two?! I told you to get four bags! Daphne: Oh, here we go. Martin: You never under-budget on the ice. You never know, you might get a lot more rocks drinkers than you expected. Or ice chewers. Frasier: Dad, I can go get some more ice! Daphne: We don't need more ice! We've got plenty. There's a whole tub of it. Frasier: Yes, well, then, excuse me. I need to make a call. He goes to the kitchen and dials his cell phone. Frasier: Tricia, Frasier. Look, I've been detained. Yes, I know you really don't want to know why. Say, you know what? I think I can find a way to get out of here. Yes, I'll see you in a few minutes. He pours the kettle out into the ice bowl, and calls out to the living room. Frasier: Dad. Bad news, seems your ice is melting awfully fast. Martin: What? Frasier: [heading for the door] No worries, I'll get some more. Roz: [racing ahead of him] No, Frasier, it's your party, I'll go. Frasier: No, Roz, I want to go. Roz: But you just got here. Frasier: Roz, it's my birthday, I can do whatever I want on my birthday, I want to go get some ice. Martin: [hollering from the kitchen] I knew it! I warned her! It's practically gone! Frasier: Don't worry, Dad! I'm on it! Roz: Listen, I'll be glad to go... Frasier: Roz, I want to go, I know what kind Dad likes! He throws her against the powder room door, and rushes out. FADE OUT Scene 2 - The Elevator Fade in. Frasier is watching the buttons. Frasier: No, no, don't stop on fourteen. Just don't stop on fourteen. No, no! The doors open on fourteen, Allison is there greeting a new guest. Allison: Frasier! I'm delighted you're feeling better. You're just in time, we're about to start the film. Wait 'til you see it. [She escorts him inside.] Just grab a chair before all the good seats are gone. Niles: What are you doing here? Frasier: Wishing I had taken the stairs. He bumps into a broad-shouldered, barrel-chested man (Karl). Karl: If I wanted this martini shaken, I'd have asked the bartender to do it. He stalks off, another guest (Nigel) approaches. Nigel: Mustn't mind old Rhino, always in a vile mood. Frasier: "Rhino?" Nigel: Karl Landis, Allison's husband. They call him "Rhino" because of his mean temper. Niles: [lightly] Husband? Allison's m-married? Nigel: Not surprised people don't know. Man's always on safari. Loves guns. Guns and women. No secret, notorious for it. Cheats on her constantly. Mark my words, one of these days she'll pay him back and then rub his bloodthirsty nose in it. He harumphs to himself and wanders off. Niles: Here's something interesting: I think I just swallowed my tongue. [starts hyperventilating] Frasier: Niles, Niles, just be calm, be calm. What's done is done. You didn't know, and now it's over. As long as you've both been discreet, there's no reason it should ever get back to Rhino. In another corner of the room: Karl: [as the whole room falls silent] I don't know what you're insinuating. Allison: Well, don't lie. Everyone knows what goes on in that pup tent. Well, I can play at that game too. In fact, I already have, and with somebody right here tonight. How do you like that? At the other corner: Niles: Frasier, I have to ask a small favor. I need you to create a distraction, while I have a sex change and move to Europe. Frasier: I'm sorry, Niles, I would love to stay and help, but I've got to get out of here myself. Allison: Well, we're ready for the movie. Mind helping me turn out the lights? Frasier: Splendid idea! You're going to want it nice and dark in here, aren't you? Niles: You should have told me you were married. I have to leave. Allison: Don't be a fool. If he sees someone sneaking out of here, that's the first person he'll suspect. Frasier: All set, and it's show time. The film starts, Frasier sneaks on his hands and knees behind everybody. Suddenly the projector stops. The lights come up. Niles: What happened? Allison: Did someone pull the plug out? Frasier: Yep. Here it is! All right, lights out. There you go. The film starts up again, the lights go out. Frasier sneaks out the door. At the sound of it closing, the movies stops and the lights come up again. Karl: What was that? Niles: Well, someone certainly snuck out of here in a hurry. Karl: I know what you're all thinking. Now that Allison has seen fit to air our dirty laundry in public, you assume that was her lover. But I know it wasn't. Niles: How? Karl: Because I can sense that he's still here. In the jungle, I learned to smell fear, and I smell it now. Niles takes a subtle sniff off of his jacket. Karl: So, let's see if the swine has the guts to stand up and admit it before I expose him. What about it, coward? Going to stand up? Niles looks nervous, then steels himself, puts his hand on the back of the chair, and starts to rise. Before he can, about half a dozen others of varying age stand up. Niles eases back down. Karl: That many? [to Allison] My God, woman, you're as bad as I am. Come on, ya bastards, join me in a drink. The all go off to another room as Niles laughs nervously and sips his drink. FADE TO: Scene 3 - the hallway. The elevator opens and Frasier gets on, there are a few people from the station on it, including Noel. Noel: Hi, Dr. Crane. We're all just on our way up to your place. Frasier: Noel. So you are. Hi Tom, Janet, Bill. You know what? I was just heading down, we're out of ice. Noel: Oh, not anymore. I brought a twenty-pound bag. Just call me Noel Shempsky, Party Saver. CUT TO: Frasier's apartment. Everyone is playing charades as Frasier and the others come in. Roz: Time! Frasier: Here's the ice! Here, Noel, put that in the kitchen, will you? Noel: Sure. Frasier: Come on in, everybody. You know, Dad, I've done the silliest thing. I went out without my wallet. They gave me the ice, but I have to go back and pay them. Roz: No, at least stay and play the last round of charades with us. Frasier: Actually, I should be getting back there... Daphne: You love [pronounced charhade:]charades. Martin: [pronounced as spelt] Charades. Daphne: Shut up. Anyway, it's not going to kill them, to wait a few minutes for their money. Bulldog: Come on, be on our team. We really suck at this game. Roz: Noel, you're on our team. The category is famous play titles. [She takes a slip.] Noel: I'm a bear at charades. Martin: Ready? All right, go! Daphne: Three words. Roz makes a vague gesture. Daphne: Morning. Noel: Morning Becomes Electra! Roz: Yes! Bulldog: What? Martin: Four seconds? Everyone on Roz's side of the room throws up their hands and does a victory dance. Frasier: Well, well done Roz! Nice playing with you, I'm out of here. Roz: Hey, wait a minute. You've got to take a turn. Frasier: What, really? Roz: You've got thirty seconds to prepare. Frasier: Oh, all right. Maybe I'll just...prepare in the kitchen! [He rushes to the kitchen and dials his cell phone.] Tricia! You know, you're going to laugh when you hear this. Hello? Tricia? Oh, fine. [He reads the slip of paper.] Ha, ha, "The Iceman Cometh"! CUT TO: the living room. Frasier: [coming out of the kitchen] All right. Roz: Ready? OK, go. [Frasier begins gesturing.] Martin: Three words. First word, small word, arm, in, of, to, be. Bulldog: It, it, I, you, me. Martin: They, them, us, we, he, she. Bulldog: Ok, forget about it. Second word, two syllables. First syllable cold, chilly, freezing, winter,. Martin: Snow, sleet hail, frost, frostbite, gangrene. Frasier: Gangrene?! Roz: No talking allowed. Bulldog: Second syllable. Shrink. Doctor. Dork. Martin: Person, guy, male, man. Bulldog: Let's see, icy cold man...iceman...got it! Frasier: Thank you! Bulldog: Frosty the Snowman! Frasier: No, you jackass! The Iceman Cometh! Roz: Disqualified. Frasier: You two are the worst charades players I've ever seen in my entire life! My God, those skating chimps could... Well, you did your best, we'll get it next time. Off I go... Roz: No, wait, wait, wait Frasier, we still have one little consolation prize for you. Daphne brings out the birthday cake and they all begin singing. All: Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Daphne: Look, he's crying! All: Happy birthday dear Frasier, happy birthday to you. Frasier, unable to get away, is almost sobbing. FADE OUT.
Scene 3 - In Front of Tricia's Apartment Fade in. Tricia is coming out of the door with her bag. Frasier pulls up in his car. Frasier: Made it! Tricia: Boy, are you wrong. Frasier: Oh, Tricia, please... Tricia: Save it, Frasier. I have a plane leaving for Spokane in An hour, my cab is on its way, so why don't you just be on your way, too? Frasier: Would it make any difference if I told you I had to sneak out of a birthday party being given for me by my own father just to be here with you? Tricia: Yeah, right. It's your birthday. Frasier: [pulling out his license] Look, if you don't believe me, here, just see for yourself. In fact, it's turning out to be the worst birthday party I've had since I was eight, when I pinned the tail on Sally Anunsiato. She shoved a cupcake down my shorts. Tricia: Wow, you really blew off your own birthday party just to come meet me. Frasier: I would have done almost anything to get to know you better. Tricia: Well, that's very sweet, Frasier, and I wish I had more time, but I have an 8 AM appointment in Spokane, and I can't miss my plane. Frasier: Well, I could drive you. Tricia: But it's only twenty minutes to the airport, it's hardly worth it. Frasier: I wasn't talking about the airport. Tricia: What? Frasier: I could have you in Spokane in six hours. That'll certainly give us enough time to get acquainted. Tricia: Oh, no, I can't ask you to do that. Frasier: But you didn't ask. I offered. Look, I want to do it, here. [He grabs her bag and puts it in his car.] Tricia: That's the most romantic thing I've ever heard. Frasier: [opening the door for her] Well, the way I see it, one of two things can happen. Either we'll discover that we've foolishly built each other up in our own imaginations because we've had so much trouble getting together; or, this could end up being a story we tell our grandchildren. Personally, I can't wait to find out which. Tricia: Me either. [She gets in.] Frasier: [running around to his side] Oh, boy! [He gets in.] Well, off we go. DISSOLVE TO: the interior of the car as they head down the road. Tricia turns on the radio. Tricia: I thought I'd find us a little background music. Frasier: Good idea. Looking for some more opera? Tricia: Heck, no. The one the other night was my first and last. I was dragged to it by one of my converts. [She stops on a country-western station.] There we go. Frasier: Converts, you say? Tricia: Mm-hmm. I'm one of the Truth bringers. I was ordained by Brother Carmichael himself, the evangelist? I go door to door, spreading his word. Listen, do you mind my asking something? Have you heard the Truth? Frasier: Something tells me I'm about to. CUT TO: the road, Frasier's car heading away to the strains of country music. FADE OUT. Credits: Niles is standing at the buffet with Karl. Karl points to something and shows Niles how to eat it. Niles tries, but as soon as Karl turns his back he pulls it out and puts it back on the tray. When Karl turns around again, Niles nods appreciatively, then pulls out his handkerchief and wipes his tongue off.

Guest Appearances

 Guest Starring
 PATRICK KERR as Noel Shempsky
 LISA WALTZ as Tricia

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