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The Bad Son
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Hanning

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 31st October 2000

Original UK airdate: 12th January 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
Miranda .... Tushka Bergen
Lee .... Eddie Carroll
Francine .... Mary Ostrow
Bus Driver .... Kevin Dean Williams
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Thanks to not changing his car's pollen filter for 6 months, Frasier's car is in the shop and has to take the bus home from work in the pouring rain. To his surprise, he finds himself attracted to a gorgeous blonde woman whom he overhears is aclled Miranda and works at a retirement home called the Colonnades. Roz persuades him to go and talk to her but he misses his chance and she gets off the bus before he has a chance to speak with her. Pondering what to do, Niles suggests that he go down to the retirement home with Martin to try and ask her out under the pretence of looking for a retirement home for his father.

Martin is none too happy about this, but goes along with it as Frasier has promised to go with him to a Sonics game after he has asked Miranda out. Luckily for Frasier, Miranda agrees to go out to dinner with him, but drops a bombshell when she reveals that Martin has filled in an application form to live at the Colonnades.....Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne organise a rooftop picnic to watch the meteor shower but things don't go according to plan when Niles is trapped in a stairwell.

Episode Title Cards
  • When Bad Things Happen To Good BMW Owners

  • Better A Windshield Than His Teeth

Episode Highlights

- Frasier can't believe such an attractive woman as Miranda would be on a bus:
Roz: For your information, plenty of refined attractive women ride the bus [Sees the driver has gone past her stop] Open your eyes, nimrod, that was my stop!!!

- Daphne offers a soaking wet Frasier some tea and starts reeling off the list of the varieties in the house:
Frasier: Oh for God's sake, just throw a bag in some hot water!!!!!.........Earl Grey.

- Martin wants Frasier to go with him to the Sonics game, but he doesn't want to go:
Niles: You know I'd go Dad, but I have the quilt show.
Martin: Please Niles - I feel bad enough already.

- Martin is desperate to leave the retirement home and get to the game:
Martin: Will you hurry up and ask her - if we move any slower, they'll start harvesting our organs!

- Niles trying to break the stairwell door down.

Frasier Online Episode Review

This is sadly a rather non-event of an episode with 2 plots that go almost nowhere. I was hoping for a funny episode when I heard the main plot of Frasier taking Martin to a retirement home just to ask out the manageress but Rob Hanning doesn't really do anything with it - I felt like it was building up to a very funny scene which never came as Miranda is not seen again after telling Frasier that Martin wants to move in to the Colonnades, leaving you wondering why they bothered making such an involved plotline for her. The other plotline which sees Niles and Daphne enjoying a rooftop picnic before Niles gets trapped in a stairwell, is rather more enjoyable - Niles getting rid of Daphne's peanut brittle by throwing them off the roof was great, but the Niles/Daphne dynamic doesn't seem quite right yet. All in all, although not a bad episode, it's not a particularly good one either, something I hope will be rectified during the course of the rest of the season.


73 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 72.5%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Meandering, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

An odd little episode that doesn't entirely come together. Frasier on a bus is amusing, although I'm not 100% sure it gels with the Frasier of "Cheers", even if it's great fun to see Roz introducing Frasier to some of the joys of the real world. Seeing Crane father and son play off against each other in the retirement home is great fun, but the plot just runs out of steam. Why do we focus so much on the character of Miranda, who ultimately becomes a non-event? What does the episode really want to say about Frasier and Martin's relationship? I'm not sure I get it.

The Niles/Daphne picnic is lovely though, convincing us of what longtime fans should already know: Niles and Daphne together can be just as funny as Niles and Daphne apart. It's a sweet little story helping to bridge the barriers between the two. I'm not sure how I feel about a second episode reminding us how great this couple is. While I don't think there's any point in manufacturing drama in a couple who are so clearly "meant to be", the season might've had a greater narrative dynamic out of at least attempting to explore the differences between Crane and Moon. Still, it's a heartfelt sequence that does the job of convincing us that Daphne will fall for Niles almost as much as he fell for her.

more later about how Jane Leeves' pregnancy wasn't the greatest thing that happened to the show, but this is a sweet little story looking at the way they bridge the barriers between them.

Rating: 70%


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