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Match Game
Episode Details

Written by: Bob Daily

Directed by: Katy Garretson

Original US airdate: 30th March 2004

Original UK airdate: 19th May 2004


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
Charlotte .... Laura Linney
   
   
Guest Cast
Creationism Date .... Beth Littleford
Waitress .... Amita Balla
Horny Date .... Rachel Dratch
Harvest .... Ann Magnuson
Brad .... Elon Gold
Cindy .... Stacey Travis
Ellie .... Kirsten Nelson
Wig Date .... Suzanne Lee Singh
Dress Date .... Ellen Ratner
Teen Date .... Kate Steele
Woman In Bar .... Christie Mellor
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier gets out of the lift in his office building, but discovers he has got off on the wrong floor when his key won't open the door to his office. At that moment, a woman comes out of the door and welcomes Frasier to "Charlottes Web Matchmaking Service", causing Frasier to try and explain that he got off on the wrong floor and anyway, he has no need for a matchmaking service. Charlotte tries to convince him otherwise, but Frasier politely declines her request and gets back in the lift where he meets a woman who knows him going up and Frasier decides to travel up with her before going back down. After the door closes, Frasier believes the woman to be a fan but it turns out to be someone Frasier once went out with - and didn't return her calls. Unfortunately for Frasier, the lift stops again on Charlottes floor and she witnesses the end of the abuse the woman was dishing out - leading to Frasier rather sheepishly taking Charlotte up on her offer and joining her matchmaking service.

Frasier is at first taken aback at Charlotte's $10,000 fee - payable upfront, but Charlotte counters by asking him how much all those bad dates over the years have cost! She sets Frasier up with a series of women, who he decides he will take to the same restaurant, so the setting will not affect his decision, but each and every one seems to be a disaster - from a woman who believes in Creationsim to a horny drunk - leaving Frasier rather disappointed and was hoping rather more for his $10,000. The final straw comes when Charlotte arrives when Frasier is supposed to meet his next date, to tell him that she had to cancel, causing Frasier to blow his top and demand his money back. Charlotte tries to calm him down by getting out her book of potential dates and telling him that finding the right woman will take time, but while Charlotte goes to get a drink, Frasier sneaks a peak at Charlottes book and discovers that she only has a few women on her books and he's dated every one of them! Confronting Charlotte with this evidence, she trips and falls to the floor, breaking down in tears and admitting that she's only just started in Seattle but used to run the most successful matchmaking agency in Chicago. Seeing she's upset, Frasier offers to have dinner with her and learns she has a boyfriend called Frank, but later that night finds himself dreaming about Charlotte.......Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne engage the services of Harvest, a professional doula, who helps women have a drug-free natural birth - something that Roz finds impossible to believe Daphne will go through with.

Episode Title Cards
  • Match Game

  • Dating Game

Episode Highlights

- Brad and Cindy, a couple from Niles and Daphne's Lamaze class, tell them that Brad is suffering sympathy pains:
Niles: You know, there's a very good grounding for that in psychological grounds - it's called Couvades Syndrome!
Cindy: We just call it love!

- Frasier is trying to convince Charlotte he has no need for her matchmaking services:
Frasier: I often need the proverbial stick to beat women ..off....with.

- Roz reminds Frasier of some of the true meanings of phrases used by people to describe themselves:
Roz: 'Mature' means old, 'athletic' means flat chested and 'not model thin' means circus fat!

- Frasier and Niles get into a spat over whose better: Niles' doula or Frasier's matchmaker:
Niles: Ours charges $200 an hour.
Frasier: Mine charges $10,000!
Niles: She sounds fantastic!

- Roz tries to get the message through to Daphne just how much childbirth will hurt without drugs:
Roz: [Pulls out of of Daphne's hairs] Times a million!

- Frasier's wonderfully edited procession of bad dates.

- After his string of bad dates, Frasier wants his $10,000 back:
Charlotte: With $10,000, you can download a lot of love!

- Charlotte confesses to Frasier she just moved to Seattle after her divorce:
Charlotte: I'm 35 and living with my mother - how pathetic is that?
Frasier: Well, I've seen worse (!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

A very entertaining episode that sees the introduction of Charlotte to the cast, as played by Laura Linney - and with her the beginning of the final story arc of the show. She is a fabulous actress - I first saw her in the Channel 4/PBS series 'Tales Of The City' way back in 1993, and thought she terrific as Mary Ann Singleton - and she fits into the show perfectly. The episode mines of deep vein of comedy from perhaps the longest running (non-)storyline of the show - Frasier's love life - with perhaps my favourite part of the whole episode being Frasier's string of bad dates all edited together brilliantly. The sub-plot of Niles and Daphne's doula was good fun too - Roz trying to explain to Daphne the pain of childbirth was terrific, all of which helps to makes this another good addition to the Season 11 cannon.

Rating

82 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 83.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 2


We don't even have a placenta plan!, May 30, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Another strong episode for season 11 introducing Laura Linney to the cast and bringing Frasier's love-life back into focus. "Match Game" was filmed earlier in the season and rescheduled a couple of times, perhaps because the writers were adjusting Linney's relevance to the storyline, or perhaps just because they felt it worked better here, creating an immediate arc with what lies ahead? Either way, the approach to Frasier's dating life is another consummate mix of the sublime and ridiculous. His meet-cute with Linney's character, who makes an instant impression (she's warm and charismatic, but also neurotic, sharp, and very funny) leads to a cheeky series of dates that, if anything, feel too short. But the editing of the sequence keeps it tight, with my favourite being Rachel Dratch and the pepper mill ("I'm a horny drunk"). After a cancelled date, Frasier and Charlotte bond in a scene that is another great showcase for Linney, whose breakdown is exactly what you DON'T want to happen on a first date but which, unsurprisingly at this point, is a real turn-on for Dr. Crane. He likes women who share his interests and ethics, sure, but he also wants to be a hero. Just when it seems like things might be taking off, Charlotte throws a boyfriend and a professional interest in Frasier into the mix. It sets us up for some nice complicated stakes as the season progresses, and the very sweet scene of Frasier lying awake at night, frustrated that he's found someone who shows a spark... but who is just out of his grasp.

I have to admit a mild panic I'm developing that Roz has been so sidelined this season. Peri Gilpin has had some funny moments and lines (her descriptions of dating code this week are amusing but are one-upped by her attempts to convince Daphne to seek medical help for the birth - "it needn't be, but it be.") yet she hasn't really had a plot since the season premiere. This all just feels like a shame. Sure, one could argue that - like Niles and Daphne - Roz has found her place in the world and is settled. Yet we know that isn't true from the event of the S10/S11 crossover point. She's not as unsettled as Martin and Frasier were going into this season, but Roz deserved more airtime. Anyhow, that's an intro to my main point that it's a neat little pregnancy subplot for Niles and Daph. David Hyde Pierce feeling his breasts, the note-perfect performance of Harvest the doula ("look at Cindy glow!"). It's neat to have a subplot that stays in its place yet feels absolutely necessary and deserving of the screentime. All in all, "Match Game" is a sweet episode that may not be a series masterpiece, but has its heart in the right place and its finger lodged firmly on the laugh button.


Rating: 88%

 

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