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Frasier's Curse
Episode Details

Written by: Jay Kogen

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 1st October 1998

Original UK airdate: 15th January 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
   
   
Guest Cast
Mr Rugly .... Scott Michael Campbell
Percy Williams .... Tim Monoson
Amanda .... Doreen Calderon
Teenager .... Erika Christensen
Man On Street .... Ken Daly
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier's reunion is that night but he believes he has a curse upon him because every time it comes around, it coincides with a downturn in his luck: the breakup of his marriage, for example, and right on cue he has been fired. After a disasterous job interview Frasier attributes to the curse, Frasier decides not to go to the reunion. However, while he is taking back some dog food in a shopping cart dressed in a tatty, dirty t-shirt and is chanced upon by another peron from his class - Percy Williams, who believes him to be homeless. Despairing that the curse has worked even though he wasn't going, he resolves now to go to the reunion with Roz as his pretend girlfriend, but Niles convinces him that it would be better not to go. Roz is understandably upset, but then Martin says his agent just called with a job offer - his own show on KPOV. Frasier just can't resist going now to gloat, but after Frasier has gone Martin reveals that it was a lie to cheer Frasier up. Daphne then informs them that the reunion co-ordinator and KPOV station manager is another of Frasier's classmates. How will Frasier cope at the reunion.......?

Episode Title Cards
  • Class Of '68
  • Best Hair
  • Cutest Couple
  • Most Likely To Succeed
  • Class Clown

Episode Highlights

- Frasier's job interview with Mr Rugly

- Niles and Martin are in the lift:
Niles: Have you chosen a restaurant for tonight?
Martin I got a better idea - my old precinct is having a seized property auction at the fairground.
Niles: Ooh - what's the better idea (!)

- After Niles finds Frasier with his head in the oven after the interview:
Frasier: I was cleaning it - it's electric. If I was going to kill myself, I think I'd choose something quicker than broiling (!)

- Frasier being mistaken as homeless

- In Frasier's apartment:
Niles: Are you so desperate to impress these people that you'll have Roz pretend to be some trophy girlfriend.
Frasier: Trophy duchess!

- After Roz has got ready twice for this reunion:
Frasier: Roz, you look beautiful .....
Roz: Why thank you.
Frasier: .... but we're not going.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Following on from the slightly underwhelming season opener, this episode sees Frasier believing he has a curse on his head every time his school reunion comes around. This gives rise to some amusing incidents like a former classmate believing Frasier is a homeless person who eats dog food, but the episode felt a bit dragged out at times and a bit weak in parts (the whole Mr Rugly/Ugly bit was pretty awful). It was a pity too that we only saw a bit of reunion itself too, leaving us with a rather uneven episode: amusing in parts but there just weren't enough of them.

Rating

72 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 72.4%
Total Number of Reviews: 8


Almost there, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Unlike the astonishing opening episodes of season 5, the sixth season starts with a couple of average ones. "Frasier's Curse" has a solid plot grounded in Frasier's understandable fears of not living up to his promise. It develops enjoyable, character-based reactions between all of the main characters, as Frasier's fear leads him to avoid a school reunion, ruin Roz's night (more than once!), and destroy his own reputation in the process.

At the same time, some of the farce is perhaps a little on the nose. Frasier literally appearing as a homeless man in one sequence is clever but feels more like a gag than a believable situation to mine humour. I almost suspect that the script would be stronger if it were more of an inside job (ala "Dinner Party") without the scenes outside and ultimately at the reunion.

Still, this is good fun and - like most "Frasier" episodes - manages to adequately convey its points about the characters.


Rating: 80%

 

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