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Miss Right Now
Episode Details

Written by: Ken Levine & David Isaacs

Directed by: Scott Ellis

Original US airdate: 6th April 2004

Original UK airdate: 26th 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
Ronee Lawrence .... Wendie Malick
Charlotte .... Laura Linney
Frank .... Aaron Eckhart
   
   
Guest Cast
Kim .... Jennifer Tilly
Betty .... Marian Seldes
Guy In Bar .... Tom R. Hughes
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Ronee's mother is coming to visit, so Ronee and Martin have to cover up the fact that they're sleeping together as she's certain to voice her disapproval if she finds out. Martin also has to contend with the fact that Ronee's mother vividly remembers him comforting Ronee when she was babysitting for him, which she mistook as Martin trying to "take her virtue". Frasier, meanwhile, still can't get Charlotte out of his mind but as she already has a boyfriend, finds himself seeking Roz's advice. She persuades him to join her as she visit's one of the city's many bars and try and meet someone as that might take Frasier's mind of Charlotte. Frasier ends up getting friendly with a woman named Kim, and then end up going back to Frasier's apartment.

However, just as Frasier and Kim are starting to get intimate, Martin, Ronee and her mother arrive home unexpectedly - to be greeted by the sight of a half naked Frasier with whipped cream adorning his body! Ronee's mother is appalled and the three of them hurridly leave for a coffee shop, but just as Frasier and Kim are recapturing the mood, the doorbell goes again. This time it's Charlotte, who's cut short her camping trip with Frank and has come by to pick up the key to her apartment, but Frasier insists she come in and clean up. Kim works out that she's "the one", and the two go their separate ways, after which Charlotte relates to Frasier how she and Frank had a huge argument, and she came home. Martin, Ronee and her mother arrive back at Frasier's, and Ronee's mother is even more appalled to see Frasier with yet another woman - and asks for Ronee to take her home. Ronee takes the opportunity to let her mother know she's sleeping with Martin, and sends her mother on her way! Charlotte decides to leave too, telling Frasier that she phoned Frank and he's on his way home to patch things up. After she's gone, Frasier confides in Martin that Charlotte wants someone else - but that he's going to fight for her. Meanwhile, Daphne begins to despair when Niles develops a taste for fast food from Burger, Burger, Burger.

Episode Title Cards
  • The Singles Scene

  • Catch Me A Catch

Episode Highlights

- Ronee begins to take pleasure in the consequences from soon being married to Martin:
Ronee: It won't be long till I'm your Mom!

- Martin tries to make Ronee's mother feel welcome:
Martin: Why don't I give you a tour - we can start in the kitchen.
[Martin puts his hand on her shoulder to lead the way]
Mrs Lawrence: Still all hands I see!

- Niles is telling Daphne and Frasier just how good the food is at Burger, Burger, Burger:
Daphne: I guess he's got the fast food bug.
Frasier: Which one would that be - E. coli ?!

- Roz tries to convince Frasier to join her at a bar to try and get over Charlotte:
Roz: You're one of the most eligible batchelors in town - in your age range!

- Frasier is expecting Kim and hears his doorbell sound:
Frasier: It's unlocked.
[Niles and Daphne open the door]
Niles: It's unsafe!

- Niles is raving about the Big Double Juicy from Burger, Burger, Burger:
Niles: Where has this food been all my life?
Frasier: On the end of a coroners artery scraper!

- Niles and Daphne meet Kim once she arrives:
Niles: I see I have my Big Double Juicy and you have yours!!

- In one night, Kim has met Niles, Daphne, Martin, Ronee and her mother before meeting Charlotte:
Kim: I've met more people in this apartment than I did at the bar!

Frasier Online Episode Review

'Frasier' (and 'Cheers') writing stalwarts Ken Levine and David Isaacs pen this above average episode which develops the Frasier-Charlotte relationship a little further via an amusing cameo from Jennifer Tilly as Kim, the woman he meets at a bar. The way she intoned and said "hello" to people was just hilarious (hard to explain in words why - it just was), and I loved her line about meeting more people in Frasier's apartment than at the bar. The exchanges between Frasier and Charlotte towards the end as leading to Charlotte and Frank making up after Charlotte misreads Frasier's advice about relationships was quite sad, yet moving - and it was great to see Frasier want to fight for her. Ronee's mother was a hoot too, as was Niles' new found obsession with fast food even if this particular sub-plot felt a bit out of a character.

Rating

80 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 2


I haven't had much luck with women of the Parks Department, May 31, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


A very enjoyable episode, fulfilling several necessary plot functions but doing so in a stylish 22 minute package.

Frasier Crane has been unlucky in love for 11 years, and the series has managed to get great comedic and dramatic mileage out of this fact. Finally, the series needs to deal with this. Martin is moving out (although I don't think the series has explicitly mentioned this yet) and Niles has found love; even Roz seems happy with her life. So "Miss Right Now" has to both bring this back to the fore and also continue the plot of Laura Linney's Charlotte. Frasier is so terrified of his ability to flirt with Kim (Jennifer Tilly, who previously played a date of Frasier's in an early episode of "Cheers") in a scene that is perfectly modulated, both from a writing and acting standpoint. Tilly is such an individual performer that she makes every line sing. (The script is amusing although many of the lines are only moderately funny - saved in the hands of the actors.) What "Miss Right Now" gets right is how to tell both sides of the story. Frasier getting his apartment ready, and gradually having his date trumped by every character on the show (""I've met more people in this apartment than I did at the bar") is slick and broad, as are the little character moments: Niles' "I have my big double juicy and you have yours", and Kim's hilariously inane "I love it when I say something and then you say something funny". Yet this is also about Frasier facing his greatest obstacle: he's the nice guy, the "good friend" as Charlotte calls him. He's the moral, weak-willed guy who never gets the girl but always gets her affection. Now he's facing Frank (the beguiling Aaron Eckhart) and these attributes exemplify everything about the man's romantic character. (It also gels with his barely restrained lust in episodes like "Caught in the Act".) While it's clear that Charlotte and Frank are going to recur (and we must be aware that Charlotte will be the last major love interest, even if we don't 100% know whether she'll stick), the episode allows it to be Frasier-centric while also giving agency to Charlotte's uncertainty and self-doubt. Very neat, and Laura Linney can pull off anything.

Meanwhile, the B-Plot is neatly intertwined. I'd hope for something more substantial for Ronee and Martin in the lead-up to their wedding but - again - I think the writers have acknowledged that after 11 years, we have all the pieces of Martin's development (and the other characters). This is about Frasier himself now, so the family can retreat into side plots. Marian Seldes, as Ronee's mother, is a gem, an actress from the golden days of theatre and television. (Seldes taught at Juilliard where she trained both Linney and Kelsey Grammer.) Like so many guest spots on TV, I wish Seldes had more to do, but she's a perfect fit for the role, proving a nice foil to Martin. And again, as with Charlotte, the script remembers Ronee as a full character too. Wendie Malick is a sitcom veteran and her warm easy presence here fills the apartment with charm. Her "Frasier's mother" jokes could easily have come across as either kookily sincere (terrifying stepmother) or as shrill and unfunny. Instead, Malick injects just the right amount of warmth to make it clear she's joking with, but also ribbing, Frasier. And as a result, she wins best line reading of the episode for "you may get away with this now, young man..." But of course, there's a brash, carefree side lurking underneath, and so I equally admire her very un-Frasier like suggestion that he get Charlotte drunk regardless of Frank. (And Ronee getting covered with water for verisimilitude is an unexpected treat!)

As usual in season 11, Peri Gilpin doesn't get much to do, but Roz's "Screw it" reaction to Frank is good for a laugh. It's interesting that the studio audience doesn't laugh much at Frasier's "Roz as predator" joke: I guess by now, she had receded into the background a bit and this wasn't as common knowledge for the casual viewer. I could quibble, perhaps, at the Niles subplot. While I like how he equates peasant food from European cultures with American stuff, and the many puns and excuses to hear Jane Leeves say ridiculous phrases are always welcome, it feels out of place. The man had a heart attack 18 months ago, and his father had one this year. Also, it's defiantly out of character. This could only work in one of three ways: if it were the set-up for a longer story, if it were analysed psychologically (paternal anxiety, concern over keeping up with Daphne), or if it became outrageously funny, akin to Roz's caviar addiction in "Roe to Perdition". Instead, it's just a slightly thoughtless C-Plot aimed at the casual viewer.

In conclusion then, an episode I enjoy, with some dynamic guest performances and the task of filling in some crucial plot details for the upcoming finale. But with five episodes left, it's a shame to see some of the main cast wasting away in the corner!


Rating: 86%

 

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