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Roz, A Loan
Episode Details

Written by: Janis Hirsch

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 10th December 1998

Original UK airdate: 5th March 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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
   
   
Guest Cast
Colette .... Tricia O'Kelley
Jorge .... Marcelo Tubert
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

The ratings for the all-salsa KACL are out, and are so low, that the old crew are expecting to be re-hired. However it seems that will not be the case, prompting Roz to complain to Frasier about how expensive living and coping with a new baby is. Frasier is happy to lend Roz $1500, but when he sees her out shopping and going to spas and expensive lunches, he wants to say something to Roz, but is warned off by both Martin and Niles. However, just as Frasier is about to say something, Roz tells him that the station manager has reconsidered - and everyone has got their old jobs back at KACL!

Just before the start of their show, Roz says that she realised Frasier was trying to say something to her, and out comes the bone Frasier had to pick with Roz. She is insulted, so Frasier uses his opening speech to apologise to Roz. Meanwhile, Niles and Martin have a day together at the health spa with some unusual side effects for Martin.......

Episode Title Cards
  • Spa vs. Spa
  • A Moveable Face

Episode Highlights

- Bulldog spies a Cafe Nervosa waitress, Colette:
Bulldog: Any more like you at home?
Colette: No.
Bulldog: Good, we'll have some privacy!

- Niles is over at Frasier's:
Niles: Dad, have you seen Frasier's fritata pan?
Martin: Hi, Marty Crane - I don't believe we've met (!)

- After Daphne says she saw Roz at the spa:
Frasier: She must have gone straight from the cafe down to the spa - don't you find that odd?
Martin: Not when you stack it up against a man who uses neck cream.

- On the day of Niles and Martin's spa day:
Niles: I've got to get down to the spa before Dad. He may bridle when the desk clerk asks him if he prefers a man or a woman.

- Daphne complains at Frasier's hypocritical attitude towards Roz:
Daphne: "Good news! My personal shopper just found a dozen pudding plates". Who has 12 people over for pudding ?!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Perhaps realising that the 'Frasier out of work' scenario wasn't working as intended, or maybe it was all part of the plan for this season, this episode sees the talk-radio format being reinstated at KACL along with all the former staff, and it's great to see everyone back where they belong to be honest - the show has suffered this season from losing the contrasting workplace dynamic that the radio station provides. It's a pity then that the episode that all this occurs in isn't a particularly good one - the central plot of Frasier worried about Roz is spending the £1500 he loaned her plays out rather boringly, while new KACL waitress Colette (thankfully never seen again) is just plain irritating. A lowpoint of this season to be honest.

Rating

64 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 74.6%
Total Number of Reviews: 5


Who has 12 people over for pudding?, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"Roz, A Loan" is an odd beast: it is both funny and poignant, yet feels... incomplete. For an episode that returns the KACL staff to their jobs, it feels underwhelming. (Perhaps this was a bit of a "football" in the writers' room: the inevitable episode that kept getting kicked around until someone would take it.)

I actually like all of the episode's individual parts. Niles gets Martin to have a spa day, and Daphne has a great little explosion and subsequent comedown. Frasier's issue with Roz stems from not one but two likely character traits: his inability to stay out of other people's business, and his easily-hurt feelings. The base of the episode becomes more poignant than comedic, admittedly, because all the evidence stands in Frasier's favour, even if we agree with Martin that it's none of his business. And the fight that concludes the episode is very well done - proof of a great Frasier/Roz relationship which has been built to this point (although I'll be intrigued to see my thoughts on them down the line).

Top marks also for a couple of the little gags, like Colette the omniscient waitress calling Niles a cab in advance, and the gag where the KACL team reunites but Roz doesn't recognise some of the extras.

Still, the sum of these parts is somewhat malnourished. The return to KACL is largely swept under the rug (perhaps because, with Dan Butler leaving and Edward Hibbert appearing less frequently, there wasn't much of a KACL to return to?). The family subplot amounts to nothing more than a few scenes, and even the main plot lacks much confrontation until the final moment. Also, Colette as a character just kind of peters out. Perhaps it's because the actress has more presence than they realised, but she feels like she's designed to be a recurring character - and her lack of return makes us question the investment we've made. But even within this single episode, she seems like either a one-joke gag that got overused, or a subplot that was gradually pared away.

Very enjoyable, but a missed opportunity nonetheless.


Rating: 79%

 

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