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The Perfect Guy
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Greenberg

Directed by: Jeff Melman

Original US airdate: 24th March 1998

Original UK airdate: 1st May 1998

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
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Robert .... Francois Giroday
Guest Cast
Dr Clint Webber .... Bill Campbell
Sharon .... Lindsay Price
Clerk .... Doug Budin
Guest Callers
Marie .... Jill Clayburgh

Episode Synopsis

The radio station has taken on a new expert on health issues, Dr Clint Webber, who also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous. All the women, including Roz, swoon over him, and all the guys including Bulldog, Gil Chesterton and Niles are jealous. Frasier, however, insists that he is above jealousy and tries to downplay Clint's charms whenever he can. However, Frasier begins to develop an element of jealousy when it appears that Clint is his better in almost every regard - he's not only handsome but also has Placido Domingo as his godfather, is an Oxford graduate, and is a speaker of many languages.

So Frasier decides to throw a party in Clint's honour to prove to everyone that he is not jealous of Clint. Dr Webber is the life of the party, even creating his own cocktail, leading to Frasier being determined to find a chink in Clint's armour. So when Frasier learns that Clint is tone deaf, he decides to coax him into performing a song for everyone. Meanwhile Martin gets into a tiff with the snide owner of a gourmet delicatessen where Martin buy's Eddie's favourite dog food. When Martin refuses to set foot in the shop again, Eddie becomes depressed over his missing food forcing Martin to to find a sneaky way to continue buying Eddie's favourite food.

Episode Title Cards
  • Out And In
  • Bone Appetit

Episode Highlights

- Martin isn't impressed by the prices in the gourmet food shop:
Martin: $14 for a pound of goat's cheese ?! For that price, I oughta be able to get a whole goat!!

- Bulldog thinks he can take on anyone in a fight:
Bulldog: Take your best shot [Roz steps up]. Not you - one of those guys!

- Everyone is surprised when Gil says he didn't find Dr Webber all that attractive:
Gil: For your information, I happen to be a happily married man!
Frasier: You're married?
Bulldog: To a woman?!

- After Gil has seemingly dismissed everyone's perceived notion that he's gay:
Frasier: Well, that's time first time I've ever seen a man 'in' himself!

- Dr Webber tells Frasier he would have loved to have gone to Harvard after Frasier mentions he went there:
Frasier: I'm sure the school you went to was just as good.
Dr Webber: I went to Oxford
Frasier: Oh well, even better (!)

- Daphne thinks the gourmet food shop is over charging for a pack of English biscuits:
Robert: Well, I did have to fly them over.
Daphne: What did you do - buy them a seat on the Concorde ?!

- Frasier just can't belive he can't find one thing that he's Clint's superior at:
Frasier: In case the party starts to flag, I'm going to ask him to walk on water, liven things up a bit (!)

- After Frasier convinces Clint to sing at the party, and everyone hears his tone-deaf performance:
Frasier: Please, everybody - nobody's perfect (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

The high standard of Season 5 episodes is maintained with this highly amusing epiosde that sees a new doctor start at KACL - Dr Clint Webber - who soon has all the women swooning over him, and all the men jealous of his good looks. Frasier's quest to find just one flaw in a seemingly perfect Clint which, although a little hard to believe at times, is the springboard for some very amusing scenes - the scene where Gil 'in's himself is great, as is Roz's inability to speak only laugh when Clint's around. Equally as good, perhaps even a bit better, is the sub-plot involving Niles' gourmet food shops that features the first of only 2 appearances by Francois Giroday as Robert, which sees Martin and then Daphne banned from his store after they question how much he is charging for the items he sells. Great fun all round then makes this episode another Rob Greenberg scripted winner.


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Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 6

Shades of Cam?, May 09, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

It's fair to say that I don't see "Perfect Guy" as a season 5 highlight. Frasier's actions are too mean-spirited, and the joke of Clint being perfect wears fairly thin, even though the reactions of the KACL team are phenomenal. It's completely in keeping with Frasier's character to be jealous, even though it's possibly his most petty episode of them all (Cam Winston was Frasier's rival; this guy is completely unaware of the rivalry).

Yet, it's also fair to say that season 5 is such great TV that this doesn't matter. The writers, director and cast are working in perfect unison, and the episode ends up being enjoyable in spite of my reservations. The sideplot, in which Martin angers a gourmet grocer and puts Eddie out of joint, is great fun, allowing Martin to play in the world of gourmet for an episode.

Perhaps not a particularly memorable episode, but proof that the quality of the writing staff each season could churn out gems or stinkers almost on autopilot.

Rating: 81%


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