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Bad Dog
Episode Details

Written by: Suzanne Martin

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 7th April 1998

Original UK airdate: 8th May 1998


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
   
   
Guest Cast
Waitress .... Robin May Florence
Bernice Brisco .... Peggy Miley
Father O'Rourke .... Thomas J. Reilly
Mrs McCloud .... Peg Stewart
Bulldog's Engineer .... Christopher M. Brown
Coach Nugent .... Robert Ruth
Bulldog's Date .... Michelle Crispin
Customer #1 .... Ashley West Leonard
Customer #2 .... Jill Matson
Joey Katona .... Doug Hance
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Bulldog inadvertently becomes a hero when he saves the day by spilling coffee on a gunman holding up the Caf, whereas in fact, he was trying to pull Roz between himself and the gun. Frasier saw things exactly how they were, which no-one else seems to have, and is thus infuriated when Bulldog becomes the toast of the town, and won't admit to the truth. So while Frasier schemes ways to make Bulldog feel guilty, Bulldog takes full advantage of his new macho status with women. At the annual SeaBea Awards, a black-tie event that Frasier is hosting, Bulldog is to receive the highest honour for bringing honour to the radio medium. However, Frasier has a few people from Buldog's past, including a priest and his mother, that Frasier wants Bulldog to confront. Things don't go as planned....Niles has also been nominated for a SeaBea in the Technical Awards, but no-one except him is wearing a tux and everyone treats him like a waiter.

Episode Title Cards
  • Bad Dog
  • And The Wiener Is...

Episode Highlights

- Niles arrives at Frasier's wearing his newest purchase, a hat, which Frasier is less than keen on:
Frasier: Niles, what have we determined about your success with impulse purchases?
Niles: Really, the sales person thought I could pull it off.
Frasier: My suggestion exactly (!)

- Frasier is dismissive of Niles' guest spot that got him nominated in the SeaBea awards:
Frasier: 30 minutes of psychobabble which could be reduced to one phrase - rain, rain, go away!

- Daphne wonders what would happen if she was offered a lifetime supply of muffins, like Bulldog was:
Daphne: I could eat a muffin a day, even two knowing they were free. That's maybe 10 a week, 52 weeks a year for at least another 40 years which works out to...... 20,000 muffins! My life seems quite long measured in muffins!

- Women have been throwing themselves at Bulldog after he was proclaimed a hero:
Bulldog: At one point I was a hero sandwich!

- Niles gets Daphne to prcatice him winning his SeaBea, which involves Daphne hugging him, when Frasier walks in:
Daphne: Hello Dr Crane. We're just practicing for Saturday night - best case scenario
Frasier: Obviously (!!)

- Roz arrives in her spangly silver outfit:
Frasier: You look divine.
Roz: No, I look LIKE Divine!

- Being the one one at the Technical Awards wearing a tux caused Niles some problems:
Niles: They didn't serve alcohol at the Technical Awards - as I informed so many of the guests who mistook me for their waiter!

Frasier Online Episode Review

A notch down from some of the classic episodes that preceed it, this is still an entertaining episode in it's own right - it's main problem is that the main plot feels a bit stretched at times, and doesn't quite sustain the length of the episode. Still, it was good to see Dan Butler in an increasingly rare Bulldog-centric episode, and there were thankfully other very funny moments elsewhere in the episode - I loved Daphne's little speech about muffin's, Roz's spangly silver dress was a sight to behold and there were some brilliant jokes at Niles' expense as everyone kept thinking he was a waiter at the SeaBea's. The episode ends on an amusing, if rather abrupt note, as Martin makes everyone see Bulldog for the fraud he is, which includes the very funny sight of Bulldog's mum hitting her son with her handbag - great fun!

Rating

80 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 77.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


Lacklustre, May 09, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"Bad Dog" is one of my least favourite episodes from season 5, but that still puts it at a solid "B" rating, which is fairly impressive!

Dan Butler's hyper-masculine character was a great counterpoint to the brothers Crane, and I don't know why he was temporarily added to the main cast, but I wondered if it wasn't NBC trying to make the show more palatable for viewers who might have shied away from jokes about Wagner and merlot. Butler's talent and the series' knack for delving into character's psychological profiles could often make Bulldog episodes a treat, but this plot seems to suffer from a fracture in its focus: is it about Bulldog uncovering his truth, or about Frasier uncovering it? I'm still not quite sure. The "This is Your Life" style plan by Frasier is also a bit lacking in imagination, and - while the cast give it their all - I find this episode a bit lacking.

Still, the recurring SeaBees always bring out the needy side of the KACL staffers, with poor Roz suffering through an embarrassing night and Niles (in a nice touch of continuity) getting nominated but ending up at the technical awards! Ultimately, Bulldog's best material came when he was a guest star (and will again once he leaves KACL). This seems like a token script for the character, held up by the smooth production standards of season 5.


Rating: 73%

 

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