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Rooms With A View (2)
Episode Details

Written by: Dan O'Shannon, Lori Kirkland & Bob Daily

Directed by: Kelsey Grammer

Original US airdate: 19th November 2002

Original UK airdate: 17th February 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
Guest Cast
Dr Shafer .... Daniel Davis
Colleen .... Judith Scott
Dr Ling .... Denise Ikefani
Surgical Nurse .... Alice Dodd
Orderly No.1 .... Steve Kehela
Orderly No.2 .... Brandon Johnson
Doctor .... Greg Callanhan
Young Frasier .... Kendall Schmidt
Young Niles .... Murphy Giller
Toddler Frasier .... Michael Kropeck
Nurse .... Kelli Kirkland
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Niles is in hospital preparing to undergo heart surgery, and the rest of the Crane clan and Roz are there as well to help him through it. Frasier has come prepared - he has researched the procedure thoroughly and made booklets for everyone so that they too can understand what Niles will go through. Martin is dealing with it the same way he always does when one of his sons is in hospital - pretend there's nothing wrong while Daphne is obviously concerned about her husband but is being strong for him. Frasier then gets into an argument with the surgeon who is about to operate on Niles when he thinks that there is a better procedure than the one he is explaining to Niles. Finally, Niles is ready to go into surgery, high on painkillers, and wonders whether hospitals have memories as we are born and are sick in hospitals.

This sets everyone thinking and we are treated to memories of everyone's experiences in hospitals - Niles and Frasier in hospital, Maris after surgery, the day Martin is told his wife may be dying - while they are waiting to hear about Niles. Martin then wants a Chunky bar from the candy machine and after finally getting some change, the bar gets stuck. Daphne then takes a fire extinguisher and smashes the glass to get Martin his chocolate bar, and breaks down crying, explaining she is scared out of her mind. Thankfully, the doctor comes round and explains that the surgery went very well and Niles will be fine. We finish with Daphne seeing her husband after surgery and walking out of the hospital, accompanied by Daphne and Niles after she has given birth to their children.

Episode Title Cards
  • The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Episode Highlights

- Roz visits Niles in the hospital:
Roz: [whispers to Daphne] Whe is he so pale?
Niles: [whispers to Roz] He's always this pale!

- Maris phones Niles in hospital:
Niles: Dr Ling - give me drugs!

- Frasier gets into an argument with the surgeon, who retorts by saying Frasier can operate on Niles:
Martin: Frasier - you're not operating on your brother!

- Niles is high on drugs as he is about to go into surgery:
Porter: Ready to take a little trip?
Frasier: I think he already is!

- Frasier reels off information about Niles' surgery:
Martin: How come you know all this stuff but are stumped by an electric barbecue fork?
Frasier: Because the human heart was not designed by some idiot in Japan!

- Martin's chocolate bar gets stuck in the machine so Frasier tries to retrieve it:
Roz: What's going on?
Martin: We have a stuck Chunky.
Roz: Why did chunky stick his hand up there?

Frasier Online Episode Review

Any episode that deals with Niles undergoing heart surgery was never going to be a laugh riot, but it showed that 'Frasier' is definitely better at comedy than drama. Indeed, this is a hard episode to review as purely on comedic grounds it would fail although there are a few bright spots such as Frasier learning everything about Niles' procedure and arguing with the surgeon when he feels it could be done differently. However, this episode was more about how the Crane clan dealt with Niles' operation and in particular their prior experiences in hospitals that were nicely integrated into the show by having them come to life as rooms in the hospital - the one featuring Maris was great, while the one showing Martin finding out his wife's prognosis wasn't good was quite moving. On the whole, though, this is not an episode I would relish seeing again as it all comes over as a bit suger-coated and sentimental.


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Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.9%
Total Number of Reviews: 17

A talking hospital. That would be cool., May 25, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Rooms with a View" is an interesting and daring experiment, regardless of whether you think it passes or fails. For my mind, I think it works more often than not. The first half is certainly stronger, with the opening scenes capturing exactly how these characters would react in this situation: Roz bringing a fake perkiness, Daphne cold and aloof, Martin playing the nonchalant father, and Frasier achingly sincere but also nosy. I would say there are only three genuine laughs in the episode, but I like them very much: baby Frasier's "I don't like him"; Martin's "Frasier, you're not operating on your brother!"; and the long-awaited return of Maris, in telephone form. (Needless to say, David Hyde Pierce is great fun - in a mellow sort of way - as Niles-on-drugs-and-Archie-comics.)

The second half of the episode, as the foursome wait for Niles to be brought out of surgery, is by its nature sombre and - I think - deliberately formless. I'd agree that the flashbacks are too brief to provide much real emotional or comic resonance. Similarly, the episode chooses not to focus on a specific response - Daphne's near-breakdown, Frasier's desire to control everyone - but instead to merge them all together into a kind of series of vignettes. It doesn't always work, true. The attempt at structure-free storytelling is the natural enemy of a series that has always thrived most in its Chinese-box-like episodes, those structured and layered to within an inch of their lives.

Yet to me, the fact that we know Niles will come out of this alive in no way affects the episode's dramatic power. (After all, we knew Daphne wasn't going to leave in "Daphne's Room" but I still laughed a helluva lot!) What makes this episode work is primarily the showcase of character. The sequence where Roz, Martin, and Frasier pledge to appreciate each other is so smoothly played by the three actors, capturing exactly the way they relate to each other. What the script is really doing is exploring four comic creations as real people. This has been seen more often in the last few seasons, from "Visions of Daphne" and "The Dog That Rocks the Cradle" to "Frasier's Edge" and "Room Full of Heroes". I'm aware those aren't everyone's favourite episodes, but they're scripts that I heartily recommend. Since its beginning, "Frasier" - like most sitcoms - ran the risk of being simply a farce, in which silly characters acted to the extremes of their character parameters just to run into conflict with each other. Sure, they can do that - and have done in some of the series' masterpieces! Yet, the actors and writers have also done a stellar job of creating a series of detailed characters, and that's what this episode is about. Beyond which, while it might not be perfect, "Rooms with a View" isn't really asking us to be suckered in by the saccharine nature of an episode about heart surgery and memories. It's about asking us to think about what the series is saying and where the characters are heading. For me, that's a great decision.

Rating: 89%


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