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Legal Tender Love And Care
Episode Details

Written by: Saladin K. Patterson

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 28th November 2000

Original UK airdate: 2nd February 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
Donny Douglas .... Saul Rubinek
Guest Cast
Abby .... Teri Polo
Mrs Douglas .... Barbara Sharma
Best Man .... Kevin C. Loomis
Computer Guy .... Anthony Holiday
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier, Niles and Daphne are all at Frasier's apartment awaiting Frasier's high-price (and very attractive) lawyer, Abby, to drop by to update them on Donny's lawsuit against Frasier and Daphne. When she does, they are in for a bit of a shock as she informs them that Donny phoned earlier that day to drop the lawsuit - with no real explanation why. They all agree they should all go out to dinner later that week to celebrate, and Frasier surprises Abby by asking her to go out with him - and she agrees!. In the meantime, Frasier receives his bill from Abby and is surprised at just how much she is charging - $4000 just for phone consultations, for example - and becomes even more determined to do something about it when Martin informs him that Daphne's lawyer charged half of what Abby did for the same job.

Later that week, at the celebratory meal, Frasier becomes concerned at Abby's record keeping as she starts the clock when speaking to a client but forgets to stop her clock when she has finished talking to him. There is also a potentially awkward moment when Donny arrives at the same restaurant and reveals why he has dropped the lawsuit - he just got engaged. Abby's lax timekeeping at the restaurant has prompted Frasier to send her a strongly worded e-mail asking for a point by point breakdown of his bill, and receives a phone call from Abby asking to see him immediately. When he gets there, Frasier finds Abby's e-mail system was down and hasn't yet read his e-mail, but when Abby starts to come on to Frasier, his e-mail arrives with immaculate timing leaving Frasier no choice but to try and delete it before Abby can read it....

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Episode Highlights

- Niles says lawsuits make him nervous, as:
Niles: Normally I'm unflappable.
Frasier: If you flapped any more, we'd have to lower you to half mast on Veterans Day (!).

- Abby wants everyone to join Frasier at the meal, but Frasier wants Abby to himself:
Frasier: We're rarely available together.
Niles: I'm open.
Daphne: Any times good for me.

- Frasier is surprised at Abby's $4000 bill for phone consulatations:
Frasier: Who the hell is she talking to?
Martin: All her friends - bragging about the new sucker she's got on the hook!

- At the meal, Abby says the dinner is on the firm:
Frasier: Oh no, I wanted to pay for dinner.
Martin: Don't worry - you are (!)

- Outside a court, Daphne warns Donny not to rush into things with Wendy:
Daphne: Take the time to get to know each other - trust me, you'll be glad you did when the day finally arrives that you do get married...[Wendy arrives in wedding dress].... and what do you know, it's here!

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode is written by a newcomer to the show - Saladin K. Patterson - and to be honest, it shows. There are several torturous and cringe-making sections of this episode, while the sequence with an unwell Niles in a lift goes on for far too long. Teri Polo, who you may have seen as Ben Stiller's girlfriend in the excellent 'Meet The Parents', gives an adequate performance but it is Martin who in my opinion got the funniest lines, commenting sarcastically on the size of Abby's bill and her lax record-keeping. An inauspicious debut from a writer who would prove to be the worst the show ever had, and the talented cast seem to realise the poor quality of this episode's script making this a painful watch, sadly.


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Avg. Viewer Review: 59.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 5

New standards, May 16, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

After a string of average episodes, "Legal Tender Love and Care" continues the trend. It's not a bad episode by any means, but it doesn't sparkle, and the characters rarely move out of their existing templates. John Mahoney gets all the best lines (literally), and Jane Leeves gets to close off the Donny chapter of her life that has been left hanging since the season premiere. I also enjoy Teri Polo who has a no-nonsense approach to her character.

I would say that this farce never elevates for many reasons. Frasier has a habit of sabotaging his own dates, yes, but here, it's really at the advice of Martin that he does so. On top of which, the episode seems to suggest that he's being a fool for sacrificing a hot blonde for money and morals - a suggestion the show would rarely have made in the past. Grammer and Polo play the email scene very well but I don't quite think it adds anything to the character, nor does it really fit with the previous (highly enjoyable) episodes of Frasier getting so close... yet so far.

All in all, I still enjoy this more than "The Great Crane Robbery", which took just one joke and ran with it. But it's a script that doesn't really engage with the characters on anything below surface level unfortunately, which lowers it a bit. I'm earnestly looking forward to reviewing Mr. Paterson's six other credited contributions in good time. For now though, this is just the sign of a first-time writer to the show. Not necessarily as ill-omened as some might think!

Rating: 66%


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