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The Show Where Woody Shows Up
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Greenberg

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 4th February 1999

Original UK airdate: 2nd April 1999


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
Recurring Cast
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
   
   
Guest Cast
Woody Boyd .... Woody Harrelson
Waiter .... Roger Fan
Guest Callers
Audrey .... Beverly D'Angelo

Episode Synopsis

Woody Boyd, the dim witted but kind-hearted bartender from 'Cheers', phones up Frasier's show and when he realises who it is, Frasier invites him over to his apartment for dinner. The two of them spend the evening having a great time reminiscing about their time together in Boston, together with Niles, Martin and Daphne. Indeed, they have so much fun, they arrange to have lunch the following day. However, while Woody seems to enjoy it, Frasier admits to Martin that he has nothing in common with Woody, and is forced to keep on laughing at variations of the same stories. Martin tells him that it's time to say goodbye, but Frasier can't quite bring himself to say it, and is forced into going with Woody to a karaoke bar.

Frasier is feeling desperate and tries to rope Niles, then Roz into coming but both escape leaving just Gil Chesterton and Noel Shempsky to accompany Frasier and Woody. Needless to say, Frasier finds the experience torturous and resolves to tell Woody the next time he sees him - which is fortunate because he turns up at that particular moment. However, Woody informs Frasier he is going back to Boston as his daughter has an ear infection and Frasier is overjoyed - not in his presence, obviously. Frasier celebrates his freedom by taking Niles to a restaurant where they chance upon Woody, who admits that while he enjoyed their first time together, the rest of their meetings weren't quite as enjoyable. So they both resolve to have one last drink together before going their separate ways.

Episode Title Cards
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Captain's Log, Stardate 3012.4. Mr Spock Iinforms Me There Is No Klingon Word For"Feel"

Episode Highlights

- After Frasier tells Niles he wants a raucous night out with Woody, Niles suggests Jerome Kerne night at the Mayflower Hotel:
Niles: Last time people were shouting out requests without even raising their hands first.

- As Frasier introduces Woody to Daphne:
Woody: I like your accent. You're from England, right?
Daphne: Manchester.
Woody: Darn! I'm usually pretty good at that.

- Frasier is telling Niles how he is beginning to tire of his and Woody's get-together's:
Frasier: Do you know how difficult it is to feign interest in a story over and over?
Niles: And you call yourself a psychiatrist? You wouldn't last five minutes in private practice!

- Frasier is describing what happened at the karaoke bar with himself, Woody, Gil and Noel:
Frasier: Then Gil and Noel sung a charming duet of "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better". They were both wrong (!).

- Frasier and Niles are dining at a new restaurant:
Niles: I like it already - NMB.
Frasier: NMB?
Niles: No Mariachi Band.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Another of the 'Cheers' reunion episodes, and sadly is not as good as either the one featuring Diane or Sam. Part of the problem is that the episode felt a bit underpowered in both script and plot departments, with many of the jokes coming across as little more than amusing. Overall, then, and despite a nice twist at the end where Woody felt exactly the same as Frasier did, the episode is sadly only an average 'Frasier' one. This is all the more disappointing considering this episode was written by Rob Greenberg, responsible for many great episodes over the past few seasons, and this last solo writing effort is in no way a true reflection of the brilliance he has displayed in previous episodes.

Rating

69 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 5


Euripides, Eumenides, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


I haven't seen much of "Cheers", but I really enjoy when the series attempts to paper over the cracks between that series' Frasier Crane, and this one. Unlike Niles, there has always been a side of Frasier who could hang out with - and get into scrapes with - a guy like Woody. As Niles (and Martin) witness this reunion, they're the perfect mirror through which to reflect the development of Frasier as a person (and character) over the years.

As an episode of "Frasier", this episode is unusual: while the concept is perfectly understandable - that friend who comes to visit but doesn't really merit the length of the stay - it focuses much more on the guest star than is usual. Still, this isn't just a continuation of "Cheers". The Sam episode was really a "Cheers" sequel, and even the Diane episode was very heavily buried in that lore, although it was perhaps more merited by having one of Frasier's great loves as the subject. Here, Woody is written so well - and acted perfectly by Harrelson - that the rise and fall of the Frasier/Woody friendship holds our attention for 22 minutes. In fact, by the end, it's really quite sweet. (Writing "Watch Cheers" on my to-do list even as we speak.)

Frasier's attempts to avoid Woody coincide with a bit of fun for the KACL gang. Frasier's haunted memories of karaoke with Noel and Gil are divine. Noel could often be a one-note character (even if some of the gags he's featured in featured hilarious outbursts from Peri Gilpin) and sadly, the writers gradually ran out of things to do with the phenomenal Edward Hibbert. Yet it's good to see these two characters get a bit of silly screentime. On what other '90s sitcom (Seinfeld excluded) would you find these two as recurring characters, during the peak of its most highly-rated year?


Rating: 89%

 

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