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Police Story
Episode Details

Written by: Sy Rosen

Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 23rd April 1996

Original UK airdate: 22nd November 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
Maureen Cutler .... Jane Kaczmarek
Elizabeth .... Bette Rae
   
   
Guest Cast
Charlotte .... Jillie Mack
Maggie .... Denise Poirer
Waitress .... Luck Hari
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Roz is late for her date, and forces Frasier to speedily drive her there, but unfortunately he gets stopped by a female police officer. He tries to use his celebrity status to get let off, which initially fails, but when the officer sees from his licence it's his birthday, she lets him off with a warning. Frasier ponders over their meeting and becomes convinced that the officer seemed interested in him. Frasier manages to persuade Martin to contact one of his buddies on the police force to find out some more about her, which he does: her name's Maureen Cutler and she usually frequents McGinty's, a cop hangout. Frasier decides to go down there, hoping to bump into her, but Martin goes along too so he won't feel too out of place.

Luckily for Frasier, Maureen is at McGinty's but when Frasier goes and gets drinks for the three of them, Maureen and Martin get talking and she discovers that he also was on the Seattle police force. In fact, they get along so well that when Maureen gets beeped she gives Martin her number in case he wants to see her again - all of which happens before Frasier returns with the drinks. Martin is left in a quandry - should he go out with a woman he finds attractive, knowing that Frasier is also interested? So Martin decides to consult Niles for some advice.....

Episode Title Cards
  • Sins Of The Father
  • Does This Mean You Won't Do My Taxes, Edna?

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is pulled over by a pretty policewoman:
Frasier: Good evening, officer. I'm Frasier Crane - if there's a problem, I'm listening.

- The policewoman notices it's Frasier's birthday:
Roz: Why didn't you tell me it was your birthday? I'd have thrown you a party at the station.
Frasier: Question asked, question answered (!)

- Niles wonders if his father has told Frasier about what happened with Maureen:
Martin: I haven't told him yet
Niles: Why not?
Martin: I just can't.
Niles: Can I ?!

- Daphne and her friends convince Frasier to see Maureen just to get him out of the house:
Frasier: Thank you ladies for your support - even if it was nakedly self serving and insincere (!)

- Frasier wants to know why Martin and Maureen are on a date:
Frasier: I'm at the lowest point I could possible be. Just tell me the truth.
Martin: Maureen asked me out.
Frasier Going down!

- Frasier goes to work at KACL after learning the truth about Martin and Maureen:
Frasier: Remember that policeman I was interested in?
Roz: Yeah.
Frasier: Well, she's dating my father!

- After Frasier reveals all his problems to Roz, they step into Roz's booth:
Frasier: The only comfort I have is knowing my humiliation can't possibly get any worse
[KACL staff jump out from under the console]
Everyone: Surprise!!

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode sees the introduction of a regular girlfriend for Martin in the form of Maureen, played by Jane Kaczmarek (who would go on to play the mother in 'Malcolm In The Middle'). I found the storyline that led to this event to be fairly amusing with a couple of great scenes: Martin turning for the first time to Niles for advice, and the final scene at KACL where Frasier reveals to Roz that his father is dating someone he is interested in and he hasn't had sex in nine months unaware that Roz has assembled some KACL staff in her booth to surprise Frasier and hear everything. A great ending to what is yet another good Season 3 episode.

Rating

75 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 85.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


Nine months..., Dec 06, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


How odd that this episode was held back until the very end of the
season. On a sitcom, episodes are often swapped in production
order to take advantage of sweeps and the like, but it's rare for
an episode of a fully-established series to be moved from fourth
to twentieth.

Beyond this, "Police Story" is a very enjoyable little tale which
tackles something I didn't expect to see: Frasier and Martin
pursuing the same lady. What makes it work is how sincere
Maureen (Jane Kaczmarek) is: sure, Frasier is handsome and
lovely, but it's clear from early on that Martin is much more her
type. This is a very fun little episode with highlights including: the
opening scene between Frasier and Roz; Frasier making a fool of
himself when he fails to realise where Maureen's interests lie; and
the howlingly funny scene at the end where his lack of sex life is
announced to the entire KACL staff.

It's just a shame that we wouldn't see Maureen again until the
break-up, since it would've been nice to get some more
interaction on that front. But, as she was clearly only intended to
be a one-time thing, that's understandable.


Rating: 90%

 

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