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Bully For Martin
Episode Details

Written by: Eric Zicklin

Directed by: Stuart Ross

Original US airdate: 11th December 2001

Original UK airdate: 8th March 2002

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
Richie Keckner .... M Emmet Walsh
Charles Keckner .... Robert Picardo
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier goes to visit his father with a pizza at his new place of work - as a night security guard in an office block. He also meets Martin's new boss, Richie- and soon wishes he hadn't. The man is a bully, berating Martin for the smallest things. This leaves Frasier aghast, but when he confronts his father, Martin just says that his boss, Richie, is a bully and that he should just accept it and try and work with him. Frasier however, thinks differently, and decides to meet the son of Martin's boss - who is also the head of the security company - to try and work things out.

This seemingly has the opposite effect, as Richie is now angry that someone spoke to his son about him, and suspects that it was Martin. This manifests itself by Richie giving Martin all the graveyard slots, so Frasier and Niles head down to the office block and to speak to Richie themselves but hide in a cupboard when Martin arrives. Unknown to them, Richie and Martin can see Frasier and Niles on the security cameras and decide to make their stay as long as possible..... Meanwhile, Roz just can't stop going on about the love in her life Roger.

Episode Title Cards
  • They Had To Close The Express Line

  • It's Confirmed .... They're In The Closet

Episode Highlights

- Frasier arrives at Martin's place of work with a pizza:
Martin: What kind you get?
Frasier: Proschutto and fonchina.
Martin: Oh, I had my heart set on ham and mushroom

- Frasier messing with the business man.

- Martin arrives home from work:
Martin: Eight hours of staring at those monitors can really wear you out
[Turns on TV]

- Roz goes to buy a pastry form Cafe Nervosa, after going on about Roger:
Niles: Grab one for me to ...
Roz: OK
[She disappears]
Niles: .... so I can stick it in my ears?

- Niles takes his chance to escape from Roz:
Niles: Well, I know girl talk when I hear it.
Roz: Girl talk? He's the one going to a doll museum!

- Richie is angry after someone talked to his son about him:
Richie: He thinks just cos I work for him, he's my boss!

- Martin phoning Frasier knowing he's in the cupboard

Frasier Online Episode Review

The main storyline in this episode seems dull and a bit petty, as shown when Frasier says to Richie's son 'Your Dad's been picking on my Dad'. Neither is it helped by Roz given the thankless task of droning on about Roger, however it is lifted by the scene right at the end when Martin takes advantage of the fact that he can see Niles and Frasier on the security cameras and phones Frasier. I found it very funny that Frasier tried to pretend he was in a restaurant, with Niles as the waiter, but that scene aside I found the episode as a whole rather weak.


68 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 73.4%
Total Number of Reviews: 5

Enervating, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Hmmm. "Bully for Martin" is another thoroughly average episode that at least tries to tackle a new plot. Martin is facing bullying at work from his supervisor (played by the fantastic M. Emmet Walsh) and the boys step in to try and fix it, in increasingly invasive ways. Things take a long time to get going, with the set-up not particularly funny and Robert Picardo wasted in a thankless role as the goon's son. An odd aside scene, in which Frasier messes with Jay Karnes' corporate honcho, is really very funny, although its disconnection from the episode makes me think the writers just wanted to make it clear which part of the episode would be cut for syndication. Still, things pick up considerably at the climax when Frasier and Niles get stuck in a closet at Martin's work, and the two older men bond over their idiot children.

The subplot with Roz obsessed with Roger takes a funny-enough idea and then hammers it into the ground, despite some game acting from all involved. Really though, both plots just sort of end. There's no climax at all to the Roz plot and the ending of Martin's storyline eschews the usual emotional confrontation, or even really a satisfying comedic pay-off where Martin catches the boys. Given that this has recurred a bit this season, my main assumption is that the writers this year really embraced the idea of an entire season. They opened with a string of character-centric episodes, and there's more to come with the Daphne/Niles relationship taking the next step in next week's "Mother Load". In light of this, at least it makes sense that this episode feels weaker when standing alone than as part of a series. Still, it's a weak outing overall.

Rating: 69%


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