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Roz's Turn
Episode Details

Written by: Joe Keenan

Directed by: Joyce Gitlin

Original US airdate: 15th April 1997

Original UK airdate: 31st October 1997


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
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Bebe Glazer .... Harriet Sansom Harris
   
   
Guest Cast
Vera .... Kathryn Joosten
Professor Pete .... Doug Carfrae
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

When a position opens at the radio station for a new talk show host, Roz decides to audition. Roz confesses to Frasier that it has always been her dream to have her own show and asks for his help with the audition tape. He also ropes in Daphne and Niles to help with tape as well - Frasier plays a merchant seaman who has trouble finding dates, while Daphne and Niles play a couple who seem to have lost the park in their sex life. At the station, Frasier runs into his agent, Bebe Glazer, who has brought along a van load of hopefuls who are going to audition for the slot. These include Professor Pete - the human encyclopaedia, but Bebe confesses to Frasier that they're all pathetic.

Roz comes out of her audition interview ecstatic, as she was told she's the one to beat, leading Frasier to confess to Bebe that Roz is the best producer he has ever had and he had would be sorry to see her leave him. Reading Frasier's words as an indirect cue, Bebe tells the Station Manager, Doug, that Frasier will quit if Roz is hired. When Roz doesn't get the job she is crushed, and when Frasier hears what Bebe did, he is wracked with feelings of anger and guilt. Frasier must figure out how to make amends. Roz argues that the only thing Frasier can do is to fire Bebe as his agent - leading to the inevitable showdown with Roz and Frasier on one side, and Bebe Glazer on the other. Let the sparks fly ...... Meanwhile, Niles must sell $5,000 dollars worth of charity ball tickets for a doll museum, and Daphne gives Martin physical therapy to help him perform better in bed.

Episode Title Cards
  • Guys And Dolls
  • Any Port Manteau In A Storm
  • Across The River Styx

Episode Highlights

- Frasier refuses to buy Niles' tickets for a charity ball supporting a doll museum:
Niles: I thought you prided yourself on supporting the arts.
Frasier: The arts, Niles, not the crafts!

- Roz tells Frasier that Gertie is leaving KACL:
Frasier: She finally got canned, eh!
Roz: No, she got a million-dollar TV deal.
Frasier: Good news for Gertie - and for the many atheists who will welcome this new proof of their theory!

- Roz is putting together her audition tape:
Roz: Daphne, could you be a girlfriend who wants to spice things up in the bedroom. Niles, will you be her boyfriend?
Niles: [instantly] Yes.

- Bebe is showing Frasier some of her new hopefuls:
Bebe: If its fiery political debate you want, then meet newlyweds Hank and Hannah Finch. He's a right wing baptist preacher, she's a fun loving bisexual!

- Roz can't believe how Bebe sabotaged her chance:
Roz: If you said you liked my eyes, they'd be on your desk tomorrow in a Tiffany box!

- Roz considers Bebe's offer of being her agent, which Frasier can't believe:
Roz: It's not like she worships the devil.
Frasier: She doesn't have to - he worships her!

Frasier Online Episode Review

After being sidelined again for some time, Roz finally gets another chance to shine - which she does. Luckily for us, the episode also makes the most of the rest of the cast too, with lots of funny bits for all involved. My particular favourite is right at the beginning of the episode where Niles is trying to sell charity ball tickets for a doll museum, and I also liked the parade of pathetic hopefuls Bebe brought along to KACL. The whole episode, though, builds up to the final scene - the showdown between Frasier and Roz on one side and Bebe on the other as Frasier tries to fire her which sees Bebe become ever more desperate in her attempts to hold on to her client, which sees Hariet Sansom Harris turn in another great performance that helps lift this Joe Keenan scripted episode and make it a very enjoyable one.

Rating

80 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 2


A delight, Dec 22, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Peri Gilpin shines as Roz here, in what is a great season overall
for both character and actress. It's the start of a long (if often
interrupted) arc about Roz developing her own place in radio, and
it's handled very capably by writer Joe Keenan, and yet another
superb performance from Harriet Sansom Harris as Bebe. The
Faustian plot involving Roz is wonderfully handled, and it gives a
lot of great material to Frasier: he's not wrong to distrust Bebe,
but he's also interfering in Roz's life partly out of personal
feelings. One could perhaps argue that baby Alice is the reason
Roz's career doesn't quickly ascend from here, but - of all the
characters - she would ultimately be the one worst served by the
status quo of a sitcom, as she'll still be producing a talk radio
show seven years later...

Meanwhile, Daphne and Niles have some hysterical moments
together throughout the episode. Now that Niles is officially
separated, his crush on Daphne is hilariously clear, and he can
barely control his hormones. Great fun.


Rating: 91%

 

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