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Leapin' Lizards
Episode Details

Written by:Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano

Directed by:Philip Charles Mackenzie

Original US airdate: 11th October 1994

Original UK airdate: 21st July 1995

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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Guest Cast
Pete .... Michael Whaley
Susan .... Annie Larussa
Nurse .... Jodi Taffel
Guest Callers
Jack .... Billy Crystal
Rob .... Ed Harris

Episode Synopsis

Frasier becomes the target for a series of pranks by Bulldog: he calls into Frasier's show as 'Mac', someone who finds it difficult to work with an arrogant co-worker before revealing who the true identity of the co-worker is! Frasier is incensed and tired of being the victim of Bulldog's pranks, so goes to see the staion manager Kate Costas who promises to get Bulldog to stop. However, she soon learns that Bulldog's fans love it when he makes fun of Frasier, so for the sake of ratings she lets him continue. This leads to Frasier being persuaded in his best falsetto voice to perform 'Three Little Maids' from The Mikado live over the air.

Once he learns that he is the victim of another of Bulldog's pranks, he marches down to the station to confront Bulldog, only to be told that Kate okayed it. Kate explains that Bulldog's listeners love his pranks but says she wants Frasier to fight back in his own wittily, ironic way. However, Frasier has his own ideas and decides to play a prank of his own on Bulldog. He hears Bulldog on his show saying how much he hates lizards so plants one inside the barrel of entries for a competition he has been running, but things go drastically wrong when Kate enters the studio and gets elected to pull out the winning entry. The lizard bites Kate's finger and then runs out of the studio with the tip of her finger, leaving Kate heading for the hospital and everyone else chasing the lizard. Down at the hospital, Kate is swearing revenge on the culprit but Roz tells Frasier that no-one even suspects him - even so, he reveals the truth to her while she is high on drugs but it turns out she may have been more lucid than Frasier thought......

Episode Title Cards
  • Singing In The Rain
  • The Nose Knows
  • Leapin' Lizards

Episode Highlights

- Frasier gives his advice to 'Mac' who called about an arrogant co-worker:
Frasier: My advice would be to try and ignore him - is that possible?
Bulldog [as Mac]: Not really, you bloody wallaby - you're on right before me!

- Roz is angry about Bulldog's prank on Frasier:
Roz: You do that one more time and I will cut you off - and I don't mean mid-sentence!
Bulldog: Stop it - you're scaring me.

- Frasier enters his apartment:
Daphne: Uh-oh.
Frasier: Two syllables every home-owner loves to hear upon entering the door (!)

- Frasier's performance of 'Three Little Maids'

- Bulldog tries to convince Frasier that Kate sanctioned his on-air pranks:
Bulldog: Pete, what did Kate say?
Pete: She said you're a pig.
Bulldog: No, before that!

- Martin tells Frasier that Bulldog is funny as is a one of Duke's cousin:
Martin: Duke's cousin Louis, he's really funny - he's like Jackie Gleason, only loud!

- Kate reveals her thoughts about the person who put the lizard in the barrel:
Kate: I'm gonna find him, and I'm gonna crush him!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Another Season 3 winner that derives some great comedy from the pranks Bulldog plays on Frasier, as well as Frasier's reaction to them. I also loved Kate's pointed statement about Frasier working Harvard into almost every statement about him being a doctor, in fact there are good line and moments for everyone in this episode. The comedy drops off a little once we get to the hospital but this remains a well written and very funny episode.


82 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 80.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3

She really IS the boss, Dec 04, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

I was disappointed when Tom Duran - played by the handsome
and charismatic Eric Lutes - was only seen twice in season 2, so it
was a pleasure to realise that Kate would be sticking around (for
a while, at least). Her presence helps to shake up the KACL
dynamic, which has become quite reliable by this point in the
series' run. The best thing about the character is her ability to call
Frasier on his actions. Of course, all of the main characters are
able to do so, but coming from an outsider, her points about
Frasier's snobbery and self-importance are refreshing and barbed.
Moreso than in Kate's first appearance, Mercedes Ruehl and
Kelsey Grammer manage to find a strong rapport, even if the final
scene in the hospital feels a little under-directed.

Bulldog was a character who I found grating in the first season.
Despite some fine work from Dan Butler, he seemed a little too
repetitive, and rarely did the writers take him outside his comfort
zone. In season 3, Butler and the writers manage to create a
more complex character for Mr. Briscoe. Plus, it's always fun to see
Frasier humiliated, and his performance of "Three Little Maids"
may just be the apotheosis of such humour!

Truth be told, I wish the episode had ended with the continued
escalation of the pranks, rather than focusing on the Frasier/Kate
relationship. But it's a moot point now, and doesn't take away
from my enjoyment of the office comedy on show. Season 3 may
just be the best season for KACL, and the writers have really
found their feet.

Rating: 86%


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