Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 7 -> Episode 7.03
Written by: Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil
Directed by: Sheldon Epps
Original US airdate: 7th October 1999
Original UK airdate: 21st January 2000
Frasier is awakened at 6.15AM by a call from Dr Bob Kauffman from the National Psychotherapy Institute, New Jersey, saying that he has won radio psychiatrist of the year and a statue of him is to be place in their 'Hall Of Thinkers'. He is then passed over to Gustav Brumhult, the German in charge of making the statue. He asks him to describe his posterior, but as Frasier describes that information as a bit sensitive, Gustav takes this to mean Frasier has a rather large behind. Unbeknownst to Frasier, Dr Kauffman and Gustav are actually Carlos and the Chicken, KACL's new morning crew, and he is the victim of one of their radio pranks. Both Martin and Daphne have heard everything and can't control their enjoyment of it. While meeting Roz at Cafe Nervosa, it transpires it was re-broadcast at 8am and 9.15am, and almost everyone has heard the prank.
When Kenny, the station manager, and Carlos and the Chicken come into
the Cafe, Frasier takes the opportunity to introduce himself and say his
piece, but the two pranksters seem fans of his show and they hope he didn't
take it too personally. Frasier seems satisfied but soon after that, Niles
takes a phone call from 'the building supervisor' saying they have a problem
with the pipes with the apartment below his and wants to know what Frasier
is putting down his bathtub. Niles goes off to give the phone to Frasier,
currently in the bath. Daphne and Martin smell a rat, and turn on the
radio and - lo and behold - Frasier is once more a guest on the Carlos
and Chicken show. They manage to get him to sing and stomp around his
bathroom, at which point the prank is revealed together with launch of
the 'Frasier's humoungous ass competion' where they are offering $1000
for the best photo of Frasier's behind for their website. This is the
last straw for Frasier and decides to fight back with the only way he
knows how - a bittingly witty speech. Martin warns him against doing it,
but Frasier is having none of it, especially as they have broadcast a
tape seemingly of Frasier and Roz having sex which is spiced together
from parts of their show. As Frasier launches into his speech live on
air, calling them 'a juvenile prankster and his straight man', Carlos
and the Chicken launch into an argument over who is the funny one, resulting
in BOTH storming off, leaving Frasier to fill in the rest of the morning
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- The look on Frasier's face as the first prank is revealed.
- Martin has heard the prank on the radio:
Martin: Do you think you could get me a tape of the show?
Frasier: What on earth for?
Martin: How often do you get to hear your son on the radio?
Frasier: [exploding] I'm on the radio every day!!!
- Martin is on the phone to Duke as Niles comes in:
Niles: [to Frasier] I'm going down to Abigails to have my crepe pans reseasoned
Martin tries to muffles the phone
Frasier: Oh I'd love to Niles, but I've just drawn myself a herbal bath.
Martin tries to muffle the phone again.
Martin: What? No, it's just Daphne - she's watching PBS!
- The sight of Frasier singing and stamping round his bathroom
- Niles wants to know why Frasier didn't hold the elevator for
Frasier: I was afraid you were trying to take a photo of my butt!
Niles: How exciting to be present at the birth of a new phobia (!)
- Daphne reveals she has a catsuit as Niles looks on and Eddie
jumps unseen on a chair.
Martin: [Referring to Eddie] Catsuit, eh? Better not let him hear you say that - he'll go nuts.
Niles: I will not! [Sees Eddie] ...be surprised if he did!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
A fun episode which gets a lot of mileage from making a fool of Frasier, one of the series' long running themes. Frasier makes a fabulous foil for the low-grade humour of the prankster DJ's, while the 'Frasier humoungous ass contest' is an inspired creation. Kelsey Grammer puts in a great performance as he falls for all their on-air pranks, before finally fighting back with a speech (!) - a classic display of Frasier's pomposity. However, more could have been made of the situation and the resoultion came over as a bit weak - I would have liked to see Frasier get one up on these guys by giving them a taste of their own medicine. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable above-average episode which continues the high standard of Season 7 so far.
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Total Number of Reviews: 3
Silly fun, May 14, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"Radio Wars" is an episode of a sub-genre I particularly enjoy: Frasier Crane interacting with the real world. Carlos and the Chicken are such perfect imitations of all of those immature radio shock-jocks that populate the airwaves, in stark contrast to Frasier's public radio style musings. It makes sense that he would struggle to deal with them, and that his vanity would be an easy target for their jokes. And, as a big fan of the KACL environment, this episode was bound to work for me.
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