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The Wizard And Roz
Episode Details

Written by: Saladin K. Patterson

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 8th May 2001

Original UK airdate: 18th May 2001


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
   
   
Guest Cast
Dr Tewkesbury .... Rene Auberjonois
Dr Morey .... Fisher Stevens
Student .... Benjamin Stephens
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier is seeing his mentor, Dr Tewkesbury, for some therapy about his family but feels somewhat uncomfortable when he sees him in Cafe Nervosa. Nevertheless he introduces her to Roz, and something must have clicked because when Frasier goes round to Roz's apartment to do some work on promos for their show, Frasier meets Dr Tewkesbury dressed in one of Roz's robes after a rather passionate sex session. Frasier is rather perturbed by this, so much so in fact that at their next session, Frasier can't get the image of his mentor dressed in Roz's robe out of his mind, and worries that he is losing the respect he has for Dr Tewkesbury. Frasier's mentor confronts this head on at their next seesion by bringing the robe with him, and suggests that because it is Roz's robe it is more to do with Frasier's feelings for Roz that anything about him ..... Meanwhile, Niles is somewhat unconvinced about Daphne's psychic ability so she calls in a psychic evaluator, Dr Morey, to test her out.

Episode Title Cards
  • Don't Forget The Geiger Counter And The Divining Rod

  • The Doctor Makes A House Call

  • The Big City Proves Too Much For Peterson

Episode Highlights

- After seeing Daphne manipulate Niles into not going to Cafe Nervosa:
Frasier: [to Niles] Is it difficult to kickbox without a spine?

- Daphne spies Niles in Cafe Nervosa and bursts in, causing Niles to bang his leg on the table:
Daphne: You broke your promise!
Niles: And my patella!

- After an argument about Daphne's psychic ability, Daphne and Niles make up:
Niles: Well, now that we've made up, maybe we could.....
Daphne: Well, I guess we know who's not psychic!

- Frasier finds the idea of a psychic evaluator laughable:
Frasier: It is all about subjective evidence and lucky guesses.
Daphne: Not at all like the subjective eveidence and lucky guesses psychology is based on.
Martin: Thank you!

- The psychic evaluator begins his test on Daphne:
Dr Moray: Now I've got a card....
Daphne: Ace of spades!
Dr Moray: .... with my office and fax number on it.

- Frasier wonders why Roz has never picked him before:
Roz: Did you ever think there's something special about not being picked?
Frasier: Roz, that didn't work when I was cut from peewee football, it's not going to work now!

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode is written by my least favourite new writer, Saladin K Patterson, and features my least favourite new character, Frasier's mentor, Dr Tewkesbury, so does not really get off to the best of starts. Even more disappointingly, the show barely raised more than a wry smile for me as I found Frasier's plot rather boring - Frasier is obsessed by having seen his mentor in Roz's robe, while Daphne's psychic evaluation was interesting but having Niles stop it just as we found out if she was because 'he wanted to find out about Daphne on their own' felt rather heavy handed. Overall, then, I found this to be a rather weak episode that seems to be a depressingly common feature of this season.

Rating

60 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 63.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 7


It's not me, it's you, May 19, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


I'm putting it out there: "The Wizard and Roz" is the 188th episode of the series. It's also the worst of those 188. Regardless of what lies ahead, this is a grave error.

The crux of the episode is fair enough: Professor Tewksbury has always been the wizard behind the curtain for Frasier. Seeing him in an unsavoury light would have an effect, particularly on someone as id-driven as Frasier is. Yet, everything is off. The characters are meek or illogical (I don't buy for a second that Tewksbury would say "my pants are stuck in the ceiling fan" in front of Frasier). The episode buries the actual conflict for so long that, by the time we reach it, the confrontation scene doesn't seem earned. It's not the actors' fault. In fact, they're finding smiles where there aren't any. (Rene Auberjonois adds a layer of depth into this meeting with Roz, and Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce take their early scene - "Thankyou Frasier, laughter is indeed the best medicine" - which is written like a terrible series of zingers, and reclaim it by making the lines sincere.)

I highly admired "Frasier's Edge" but in some ways bringing Tewksbury back is a big mistake. Because he's a recurring character, the script feels obligated to give him plenty of material, and the writer seems to think that "old guy in a robe" equates humour over and over again. As a result, we don't get Frasier's realisation about Roz until literally the final scene. While the chemistry between Frasier and Roz has been elevated since late season 7, and everything about the concern makes sense (he's the school geek and she's always been sexually popular, of course he's asked this question)... it merited an episode focused on this issue, not the gag of a man in a lilac robe! The conflict comes from nowhere, feels contrived, and then isn't brought up again this season. My thought process is, "Whatever". I can't help but wonder if the Roz/Frasier pairing was tossed around in the writers' room as a serious endgame for the characters but either why, while I'm amenable to the pairing and I really liked their near-hook-up episode in season 7, this just doesn't feel earned. It doesn't help that the episode is almost entirely devoid of laughs. The only time I genuinely laughed was when Roz catches Frasier reclaiming the "it's not you, it's me" speech. And that laugh came mostly from character! (The student misconstruing Tewksbury and Frasier is an amusing concept but... again, we get it. Guy in robe = funny.)

Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne are engaged in an episode which could have been phenomenal! After the fight in "Daphne Returns", it makes sense that we'd explore this. And given the writers (or Jane Leeves) (or the network) have chosen to make Daphne considerably less quirky since the start of the season, I'm glad to see her psychic non-abilities get a mention here. To finally explore one of the foundations of a main character, particularly in the presence of her sceptical husband, is a great idea. But realistically it deserved a whole episode and a good deal of farce, not a vignette-style subplot that ultimately chooses the sweet but easy way out. The only thing I admire about this plot is that Daphne is so confident of herself thanks to her lifelong experience.

Perhaps I can't explain why I find this episode such a flop. There have been other middling episodes, of course. Early "baby steps" episodes ("Fortysomething", "Death Becomes Him"); one-joke episodes that don't evolve ("The Great Crane Robbery"); vignette pieces that are deliberately non-traditional ("RDWRER"); and sometimes episodes that take an interesting idea or performance but just don't quite come together over the speedy course of writing and filming ("Crane vs. Crane"). But they're few and far between. Never before have I seen an episode that takes a hare-brained concept for a main plot and a vital plot as a throwaway subplot, and achieves no humour or character-based insights with either. This writer's first script was bumpy, but primarily because it showed some signs of a newcomer not fully aware of the characters yet. This shows a lack of simpatico with the series' style of humour, and an amazing inability to grasp what's important to the characters. 1 in 188 is an amazing track record, and every writer has a misguided script somewhere in their back catalogue. So no lasting judgments for "Frasier", but this is the first true failure. (For grading reference, I'll give 35% for the competent direction and the willingness of the actors to play along. That's all.)


Rating: 35%

 

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