Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 10 -> Episode 10.23
Written by: Saladin K. Patterson & Heide Perlman
Directed by: Katy Garretson
Original US airdate: 13th May 2003
Original UK airdate: 2nd June 2003
Julia is feeling depressed after she broke up with Avery because he couldn't break it off with his wife, which is then followed by Avery trying to deny her credit for a software program that they both worked on but she did most of the work for. She decides to go down to his office and take back her program, dragging Frasier along with her for moral support. Julia finds her program before deleting the contents of Avery's hard drive. The sound of someone at the door forces Frasier and Julia to hide in the closet, where Frasier tries to convince Julia to do the right thing. It turns out to be the cleaning woman but Frasier is surprised when Julia unxexpectedly kisses him before trashing Avery's office. Julia says she kissed him to shut him up, but Frasier believes there's more to it than that. Although she avoids Frasier for the next few days, she finally admits it was because he has so much character and would actually like to go on a date with Frasier.
Meanwhile, a rival station - KPXY - has headhunted Roz for the position
of programme director, but believes that the Woody Wizwell who will be
interviewing her was the person she slept with some years ago. However,
it transpires that it was actually the interviewer's father that Roz slept
with! Despite this, she still gets the job leaving Frasier with mixed
feelings about seeing her go. Niles, on the other hand, is persuaded to
join his father at a shooting range and surprises himself by being quite
good at it, and also makes some new friends - some "regular guys"
he enjoys hanging out with until he learns a disturbing secret about them.....
|Episode Title Cards|
- Frasier tries to reach out to Julia after she brekas
up with Avery:
Julia: I'm not one of your code 3 wackadoos!
Frasier: Only trying to help - and there's no need to insult my listeners.
Roz: Foil helmet guy and his dog say they need to talk to you.
- Niles shooting a handgun for the first time
- Julia kisses Frasier while they are hiding in a cupboard:
Frasier: You kissed me.
Julia: I was trying to shut you up
Frasier: Oh no, I've been kissed to shut up before - this was not that!
- Roz has some apprehensions about her upcoming job interview:
Roz: Turns out the guy who's interviewing me is someone I've slept with.
Frasier: What are the odds (!)
- Frasier expresses disbelief when Niles says he is going
to a gun show:
Frasier: A gun show? What next - square dancing ?!
- Daphne is appalled when Niles says he is thinking about
getting a gun:
Niles: Don't worry, I would never have a gun in the same house as your mother!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
This episode (the last one that Saladin K. Patterson helped to write before he left the show) develops the relationship between Frasier and Julia one step further, but I found the episode left me wanting. For starters, the script seemed strangely underdeveloped, as if it was one draft short of it's final version - leaving scenes to come and go without a punchline. I also found the burgeoning relationship between Frasier and Julia to be somewhat contrived - it's as if the writers are striving for the same kind of relationship that developed between Frasier and former KACL boss, Kate Costas, but while there is undeniable chemistry between Kelsey Grammer and Felicity Huffman I was never convinced by their coming together. Thankfully, there are some compensations in the rest of the episode from Niles' excursion into "real men" territory as he develops an interest in handguns (the little actions he performs as he shoots the gun is brilliant) and in how the storyline is wrapped up. I was also certainly pleased to see Peri Gilpin given a more meaty storyline that off late - it's just a pity that it could see her leave KACL altogether, and her interview where she believed she had slept with her interviewer some years ago was great fun. In all, this was - for me - a rather disappointing episode, despite the great title.
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Total Number of Reviews: 3
Foil Helmet guy says his dog needs to speak with you, May 26, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"Analyzed Kiss" picks up the story where "Farewell Nervosa" left off, and it has that episode's same scattered quality. Like that episode, it feels like an array of individual bits that are supposed to form an episode, but instead form a slice of an arc. I have no objection to long-form storytelling, but this episode feels like the servant of two (three? four?) masters, and being pulled every which way doesn't help it one bit.
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