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The Love You Fake
Episode Details

Written by: Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil

Directed by: Katy Garretson

Original US airdate: 9th April 2002

Original UK airdate: 10th May 2002


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
Cam Winston .... Brian Stokes Mitchell
Cora Winston .... Emily Yancy
   
   
Guest Cast Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier's war with Cam Winston has reignited after a leak in Frasier's apartment has been traced to Cam's washer dryer, leading Frasier to bribe the building's handyman to cut off Cam's water supply. Cam then comes down to complain and sees Eddie rather unwell - he suggests that his mother, a vet and who is staying with him, could have a look at him. Everyone gets along well with Cam's mother, except Frasier who sees it as consorting with the enemy. Cam is none too pleased either at his mother talking to someone from Frasier's apartment. Martin and Cam's mother decide the time has come for Frasier and Cam to reconcile, so they decide to pretend they are a couple. This causes Frasier and Cam to come to some agreement (via a treaty, of course).....Also, Niles is conducting an experiment with a new contraption - the Segway- while Daphne wants a washer/dryer in the apartment.

Episode Title Cards
  • Speaking Of Segways...

Episode Highlights

- Cam's opinion of a sick Eddie changes when he learns Frasier can't stand him:
Cam: Really? We've gotta get this little rascal back on his feet!

- Daphne is angry that there isn't a washer/dryer in the apartment:
Daphne: We have a hat museum!

- The look on Frasier's face as Martin and Mrs Winston hold hands

- Daphne is trying to get Frasier to buy a washer/dryer
Frasier: I will not be strong armed by threats against my laundry!

- Frasier is just thrilled to see Niles coming into Cafe Nervosa on his Segway:
Frasier: Here comes Niles on his fabulous showing up Frasier contraption!

- Daphne finally tricks Niles off of his Segway:
Daphne: So long sucker!

- Frasier and Cam finally reconcile:
Frasier: We are officially friends.
Cam: As defined by the treaty.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Frasier's long standing feud with Cam Winston is finally resolved in an episode that has 3 plot lines, all of which are reasonably amusing. Niles on his Segway was a very funny sight, as was Daphne's quest to persuade Frasier to buy a washer/dryer which includes threatening him with pink t-shirts when her doesn't have any. Martin and Cam's mother's 'affair' was well executed and the feud between them resolved in typical fashion for Frasier - via a treaty. This is, all told, an amusing episode that is only marred by some over-acting by Kelsey Grammer that seems some what out of character.

Rating

73 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 83.1%
Total Number of Reviews: 10


I'm at war!, May 21, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


A consistently enjoyable episode that isn't to my mind a masterpiece, but is certainly the last true delight of season 9. Brian Stokes Mitchell proved a worthy adversary to Frasier in "Mother Load" and he's back to taunt Frasier some more (this episode was filmed last in the season for reasons that I can only assume had to do with Mitchell's schedule). He's really just a great addition to the cast, and one of very few men who can still look imposing dripping wet in a bathrobe. I still think it's a pity that we didn't get more Frasier/Cam episodes since their rivalry is a rare case of one where Frasier is on equal footing but their back-and-forth and endless negotiations are very funny. Emily Yancy also puts in a solid turn as Cam's mischievous mother. Her chemistry with John Mahoney is effortless but I understand why these two easily-suited characters didn't become a long-standing item at this point in the series' run. Frasier's laundry obsession does expose the hammier side of Grammer's performance, to be sure, but I must admit I roared at his "EXPLANATION PLEASE!". Overacting seems appropriate in this episode given how much it relies on the snootier side of Frasier's personality. Sure, this has never vanished, but in seasons 8 and 9, Frasier has certainly mellowed somewhat as a character, so I can see that the series wanted to remind us of just how pedantic and petty he can be.

The subplot with Niles on the Segway isn't much but it provides us with some truly iconic images. From his entrance (already clearly besotted with the machine) to his final undoing, David Hyde Pierce really sells the character's obsession. His boisterous, boyish delight coupled with his tiny figure (and jaunty hat) are hilarious. The Nervosa scene is probably the highlight. Any episode that features a line such as "Greetings, foot people! How are things back in the twentieth century?" can't go too wrong.

Perhaps a few points off for the quite opening (during the first Martin/Cora scene, I was worried we were in for some of the languid character work that closed out season 8) and for not doing much more with Niles' Segway obsession than just giving us some physical comedy. Yet still, "The Love You Fake" is a very amiable half-hour.


Rating: 89%

 

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