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The Harassed
Episode Details

Written by: Chris Marcil

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 14th January 2003

Original UK airdate: 17th March 2003


Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Crane .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Julia Wilcox .... Felicity Huffman
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Kenny Daly .... Tom McGowan
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
   
   
Guest Cast
Van .... Mike Judge
Steve .... Paul F. Tompkins
Plumber .... Kendall Clement
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

KACL has hired Julia Wilcox, a financial analyst, to present a stock market update in the last 10 minutes of Frasier's show. She has previously had a show on CNBC, and had written a book called 'Daytrade Your Way Out Of Debt' which destroyed her career and credibility. She doesn't get off to the best of starts by treating Roz dismissively and cutting into Frasier's introduction to begin her slot, but later in Cafe Nervosa, Frasier and Roz tell Kenny he should get rid of her. He, however, says that he wants everyone to treat Julia with kid gloves as she sued her last station for wrongful termination. Frasier then says that he is starting to feel sorry for her, and goes over to Julia to offer her an olive branch - which she treats with contempt, and leaves Frasier disliking Julia even more. He gets even more angry when a fan tells Frasier at an art exhibition that he and Julia had chemistry. All this protesting leaves his family wondering whether his dislike of Julia is masking his real feelings for Julia, but Frasier doesn't even dignify that with an answer.

Down at the station, Frasier decides to have it out with Julia once and for all, which turns into a slanging match between the two of them at then end of which Frasier says to Julia "Are you as turned on by this as I am?". Julia screams no, and rushes out in disgust, while Kenny who had seen the whole thing happening rushes in and asks Frasier what the hell he was thinking. The legal department at KACL forces everyone to come in on a Saturday and attend a sexual harassment seminar - something none of them are happy about. There's nearly a fight between Bulldog and Noel over who gets to do a roleplay with Roz, but when Julia and Frasier roleplay what happened between them, she says that she won't be suing the station as it's too small. Kenny says if she puts that in writing everyone can go home, which she agrees, and after everyone's gone Frasier and Julia come to an understanding and decide to work slowly towards a friendship. Meanwhile Niles has to have his patient sessions at his house while his office is being remodelled.

Episode Title Cards
  • There's A Doctor In The House

Episode Highlights

- Roz wants to know why Julia's credibility has been destroyed:
Frasier: She wrote a book called 'Daytrade Your Way Out Of Debt'. Apparently some people lost money (!)

- Roz brings Julia the coffee she rudely asked for:
Julia: You call this coffee?
Roz: Most of it!

- Julia's book is available on audio tape for $1.50:
Frasier: It's read by Martha Stewart - how's that for a double whammy!

- The remodelling at Niles' office has caused his allergies to start playing up:
Niles: It's worse than the summer we added the breakfast nook to the treehouse!

- Martin can't believe Niles is having his patients over to their house for their sessions:
Martin: What if one of them starts shouting obscenities or running through the house naked?
Daphne: Mum already did that when England lost in the World Cup!

- Frasier can't believe the way Julia treats a work colleague like him:
Julia: We are hardly colleagues - I deliver the news and you are a Magic 8 ball with a Harvard degree!

- Daphne & Niles' answerphone message

- Julia tells the seminar group she and Frasier argued and then asked her if she was turned on:
Van: Where did Frasier go wrong? Bulldog.
Bulldog: People stopped saying turned on 20 years ago!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Julia Wilcox, played by Felicity Huffman, makes her first appearance in this episode and is a welcome addition to the cast as she makes for a good sparring partner for Frasier. There are also echoes of the argument between Frasier and Kate in 'Sleeping With The Enemy' in Frasier's argument with Julia while Frasier's 'Are you as turned on as I am?' is a reference to a similar argument between Sam and Diane in 'Cheers', but Huffman manages to make the character her own. The sexual harrassment seminar was also fun what with Noel and Bulldog almost coming to blows over roleplaying with Roz and Gil's speech about his wondering eye for the ladies (!). Niles' subplot was disappointingly weak, seemingly thrown in at the last minute, but overall this is yet another above-average episode for this season.

Rating

79 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 79.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


After today, I guess it's back to patootie!, May 25, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia



An odd episode that feels more like it's catering to the regular audience than any newcomers, but which finds a lot of fun in the KACL interactions. As Julia Wilcox, the station's new financial analyst (and yes, I think it's a bit of a stretch to assume that the housewives' psychology hour is the best time to add in stock quotes), Felicity Huffman makes a strong first impression. As others have remarked, her closest analogue is Kate Costas, Frasier's previous boss and lover, and it's a nice change that Julia is dismayed by Frasier's sudden sexual advance. But the interesting choice is that Julia isn't painted as having Kate's gentler side. She's a damaged soul, as Frasier diagnoses at episode's end, which makes it an altogether more challenging choice on the writers' part. While the rest of the Crane clan largely sit out the episode (there's a quietly funny scene with Niles hosting therapy at home, but again it seems like a necessary addition just so the rest of the cast get something to do), we're treated to some fun character work at the station. I find the early cafe sequence, with Roz and Kenny imitating each other's genders, a little befuddling, but the crew's negative reaction to Julia is great. Once we hit the sexual harassment seminar, it's a joy to see the entire recurring cast together for almost the last time (and the last time in an out-and-out comedic episode). Peri Gilpin has great fun throughout the seminar, as does Edward Hibbert who is, as always, a marvel. Gil's increasingly suspect sexuality earns some of the best confused looks from the KACL team. Some of the comic business here, such as Bulldog and Noel's little battle, would probably not be funny to newcomers to the series, but I guess that's not a real issue ten years on. Finally, they all turn against seminar leader Van, and the episode manages to get plenty of comic and psychological mileage out of the situation.

It would be tempting to knock off some points for how poorly integrated the family is into all of this. But then again, Roz and the KACL team have been completely divorced from so many family storylines that it seems only fair for the shoe to be on the other foot. The final moments make it clear that Julia is here to stay, setting us up for a slightly jarring atmosphere: this was a stand-alone episode until the last minute, and now it's clearly the start of something more. Although most of Huffman's episodes were filmed consecutively, it makes sense to scatter them throughout the season, as the sense that Julia is a mainstay at the station will ultimately prove fruitful. So for now, it's a fond farewell to the comic team at KACL.


Rating: 86%

 

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