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Love Bites Dog
Episode Details

Written by: Suzanne Martin

Directed by: Jeff Melman

Original US airdate: 24th September 1996

Original UK airdate: 18th July 1997


Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
   
   
Guest Cast
Sharon .... Jen Campbell
Pete .... Michael Waley
Wino .... Kay E. Kuter
Guest Callers
Jerry .... Mary Albert
Mike .... Julius Erving
Jake .... Bob Costas

Episode Synopsis

Roz fixes up Frasier with a friend of hers who is a golf pro, but Frasier gets passed over when his date takes an interest in Bulldog. Bulldog isn't going to let Frasier forget this, but then she dumps him, too. Bulldog is so distraught that Frasier has to take over hosting the Sports Talks show. Meanwhile, after ruining Martin's favourite shoes, Daphne searches to replace the hard-to-find footwear. Also, Niles considers placing an ad in a local publication after realizing he needs to see more patients in order to make ends meet.

Episode Title Cards
  • Nothing Says "I Love You" Like Deep Flannel Linings
  • It's Hammer Time
  • Who Are You And What Have You Done With Bulldog?

Episode Highlights

- Roz tries to talk up her friend she wants Frasier to date:
Roz: She's a former pro golfer. She just hasn't found the right guy.
Frasier: A woman golfer - are we sure there is a right guy (?)

- Daphne's attempt to dry Martin's shoes in the microwave goes disastrously wrong when they go up in flames:
Frasier: English cooking strikes again (!)

- Frasier is rather comtemptuous after he reads iles' magazine ad:
Frasier: All you need now is a cartoon of you holding a shrunken head!
Niles: I'm sorry I didn't hear you - I was too distracted by your head going by on the side of a bus!!

- Frasier can't believe Bulldog stole his date from under his nose:
Bulldog: Hey, I have no sense of decency - that way my other senses are enhanced!

- Frasier recalls a moment from his childhood:
Frasier: I'd go home to Niles, we'd put on "The Brandenburg Concertos" and play air violin.

- Frasier takes a call while trying to fill in for Bulldog on his sports show:
Caller: What's your take on those Damn Yankees this season?
Frasier: Are you talking about the frothy musical adaptation of the Faustian myth, or the sports team I know nothing about?
Caller: What a weenie!!

- Frasier is still fired up from "being a man" after helping Bulldog when Niles stops by distraught after losing their dinner reservation:
Frasier: I say we go somewhere we don't even need a reservation!
[Niles slaps Frasier]
Frasier: Thank you Niles.

Frasier Online Episode Review

A rather odd episode that features 3 subplots, 2 of which are funny but pointless: Martin and Daphne looking for his shoes goes nowhere, while Niles' magazine ad story builds to a very amusing misprint - that's it. This leaves Frasier trying to console a distraught Bulldog after he gets dumped by tring to think "like a man" as opposed to thinking intellectually, which is pretty amusing especially when it leads to him telling Niles they should visit a restaurant that doesn't need a reservation (earning him a slap from his brother which brings him down to earth). All these plots give us some nice scenes and lines along the way - I particularly enjoyed Frasier struggling to fill in for Bulldog on his show - but I found the episode as a whole rather unfulfilling as all the plot strands struggle for screentime.

Rating

78 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 90.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 7


Decent episode, but the last minute was priceless!, May 30, 2012

Reviewer: David W. from Birmingham, MI USA


Overall, it was a bit of a strange episode, with multiple irrelevant plots
going on. However, the last bit with Frasier trying to talk like a regular
guy, only to be slapped out of it by Niles, was hilarious! After Niles slaps
him, Frasier suddenly stops acting like a tough guy, and says, "You
know, if we hasten, perhaps we can catch the first seating at Cigar
Volante." And then the two run out, literally PRANCING down the
hallway.

Kelsey Grammer acting like a gruff "man's man" to suddenly turning
into an effeminate snob was a perfect example of his brilliant comedic
talent. And of course, David Hyde Pierce played off of him perfectly.
While the episode was rather odd, the last scene was classic Frasier and
Niles.


Rating: 88%

 

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