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It's Hard To Say Goodbye I You Won't Leave
Episode Details

Written by: Stevan Levitan

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 9th January 1996

Original UK airdate: 13th September 1996

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
Kate Costas .... Mercedes Ruehl
Guest Cast
Jane .... Alicia Robinson
Tony .... Vaughn Armstrong
Donna .... Marnie Moisman
Flight Attendant .... Doug Tompos
Passenger .... Jane Macfie
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier can't stop thinking about the time he and Kate were together - in fact he has been having fantasies about her, and wonders whether he has real feelings for her, despite the fact she has given her no real indication she feels the same. He resolves to tell her how he feels, but just as he is about to, Kate informs him that she is leaving KACL and is leaving that night to manage another station. Frasier has a date that night, but leaves her with Martin, Niles and Daphne so he can tell Kate how he really feels. He visits her apartment, tells her his feelings - and then sees a man come out from her bedroom, causing Frasier to leave rather abruptly.

He arrives back at home, but Kate has rushed to follow him and tells her that she does feel the same as he does, but when she meets Frasier's date for that night, she accuses him of being insincere and rushes off to the airport. Frasier decides to follow her and meets her just as she is about to board the plane, but her flight is then delayed giving Kate and Frasier ample opportunity to explore their relationship beyond the physical to see if it really would work, and come to the conclusion that perhaps it won't......

Episode Title Cards
  • The City With Broad, Bare Shoulders
  • It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave

Episode Highlights

- After Niles manages to knock a chicken breast on to the floor, Daphne puts an flag in to it:
Niles: Is that to check when it's done?
Daphne: No, it's so I know which one is yours (!)

- Niles tries to correct the grammar in a letter Martin is writing to one of his buddies:
Niles: It's best not to end a sentence with a proposition.
[Martin writes something down]
Niles: Not to be technical, but 'off' is a proposition too!

- Frasier is talking while Kate dreams about her encounters with him:
Frasier: Did I hit the right button?
Kate [dreamily]: Oh yeah!

- Niles has brought over Casablanca to watch, leading Daphne to talk about the plot:
Daphne: What an ending!
Niles: Well, there goes my need to finally see that one!

- Frasier asks Kate what her favourite colour is:
Kate: Blue. What about you?
Frasier: Arctic silver - it's available on all the big BMW's

- Frasier discusses options over what they could do together:
Frasier: We could go antiqueing.
Kate: You know, I'm not one of those people for whom 'antique' is a verb.

- Kate manages to leave her cat Louie behind when she dashes for her flight:
Frasier: Well, Louie, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode sees the departure of Kate Costas after just 10 episodes, and deals with Kate and Frasier attempting to resolve their feelings for each other in the face of Kate leaving for another city. The scene in the airport is great as they realise they don't have as much in common as they thought, and the final parting line is quite touching. Elsewhere in the episode, there are some great Niles moments as he attempts to help Daphne in the kitchen and then has his enjoyment of 'Casablanca' and 'The Way We Were' ruined by Daphne telling him the plot before he's seen it.Overall, I found this to be a well-judged and amusing episode if oddly low-key for the departure of a pretty major character.


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Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.2%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Farewell Kate, Sep 17, 2012

Reviewer: Lucy from London

A nice episode which sees the departure of Kate Costas excellently played by Mercedes Ruehl.

I was sad to see Kate go as I really enjoyed the scenes with her and Frasier and thought they were really good together.
It was good to see him with someone who he shared an amazing chemistry with.

I liked the scenes where they were turning up at each otherís apartments then he finally gets to see her at the airport and say goodbye.
As her plane is delayed, they decide to spend the time finding out more about each other, as up until now their relationship had been purely physical.
The more they find out, the more they realise how they have absolutely nothing in common. You can see Frasier realising quite soon that he has no future with her, which is sad to watch.

This scene is very well acted by both of them.

I hope Kate got her cat back!

Rating: 90%


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