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Mother Load, Part 2
Episode Details

Written by: Lori Kirkland

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 15th January 2002

Original UK airdate: 22nd 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
Gertrude Moon .... Millicent Martin
Simon Moon .... Anthony LaPaglia
Cam Winston .... Brian Stokes Mitchell
   
   
Guest Cast
Mrs Richman .... Brooks Almy
Mr Williams .... Mark Capri
Albert .... Conrad Janis
Loretta .... Camille Carida
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

After Cam Winston dropped a huge American flag over Frasier's entire apartment window, Frasier takes his grievance to the condo board meeting. His father has warned him that he has to be careful, because he could be seen as disrespectful towards the flag. So Frasier launches into a carefully worded speech that defends the importance of the flag but also suggests that it be placed in a more suitable position. The condo board - and most of the audience - disagree, with Cam starting a rendition of the National Anthem to demonstrate his point. Frasier speaks to Cam privately and asks what he wants, Cam replies he wants to be able to park his vehicle where he used to to which Frasier agrees.

Frasier is also sick of Simon and decides to thrown him out, but when he sneaks back that evening he tells Daphne that he is leaving to meet some of his mates in California. Daphne then goes to see Niles, who is just loving having Daphne's mom stay with him (!), and when she finds out that Simon has deserted her, she fakes an injury to force Niles to let her stay and Daphne to look after her. This in turn prompts Daphne to stand up to her mother, and finally shatters her mother's illusion about her daughter being a virgin when she reels off her list of men she's slept with - including Niles!

Episode Title Cards
  • Not One Of Them Knows The Second Verse

Episode Highlights

- Frasier despairs about the flag blocking his view:
Frasier: Every time I look outside, I feel like I'm living inside a clown's pocket

- Simon's date can't believe Frasier is throwing is Simon out:
Loretta [to Simon]: You told me this was your place - you're probably not even the Duke Of England!

- Mrs Moon is thinking about going home to England:
Mrs Moon: You and Daphne aren't the most exciting people, are you?

- Daphne finally stands up to her mother:
Daphne: I plan to shack up with Niles here, and damned if we don't do it every night of the week!

- The audience of the condo board meeting feel Frasier is being disrespectful to America:
Resident 1: Maybe you can get a view from your balcony in Iraq!
Resident 2: Yes - move to Iraq!

- Mrs Moon complains that Niles and Daphne are taking to long with her drink:
Daphne: It's coming - pipe down!
Mrs Moon: Why - am I interrupting your dirty sex ?!

Frasier Online Episode Review

A somewhat disappointing conclusion to a promising first half episode. I found Frasier's fight with Cam grew increasingly tiresome (in particular, the condo board meeting) leaving only the storyline about Daphne's mother to hold our interest. It was certainly highly amusing to see Daphne finally stand up to her mother, with Niles thinking Daphne made up all her quoted former lovers, but somehow it wasn't enough. I'm in 2 minds as to whether her staying is a good idea - we'll see how she pans out. Overall, though, the episode lacked pace and was rather light on quality lines resulting in somewhat disappointing conclusion to this 2-part episode.

Rating

72 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 74.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


You're probably not even the Duke of England, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


After some very enjoyable setup in part one, "Mother Load, Part 2" isn't incredibly satisfactory, although the actors give it their all.

The Cam Winston storyline unfortunately gets stuck in second gear. Rather than escalating, the flag remains the centrepiece of Frasier's problem, with him finding no inventive way around the situation. The final condo board meeting feels like it should have been the midpoint of this clash of titans rather than the climax. In fact, aside from Brian Stokes Mitchell singing the anthem, and Kelsey Grammer's delivery of "and our flag is still there", I found little to enjoy in the second half of that plot.

Still, at least there is some salvageable material over with the Moon-Crane clan. In his final pre-finale appearance, Anthony LaPaglia acquits himself well as Simon, nicely imposing on Frasier and Roz's life. His scene with Daphne at Chez Crean is also satisfying, portraying the two as a pair of siblings and acknowledging why he's abandoning the Good Ship Gertrude (whie also being a comic highlight of the episode). Gertrude's manipulations here are also very funny, largely for two reasons. First, that Millicent Martin clearly has a solid grasp on all the dimensions of the character, from her frustrated "calling a cab" to the thinly-disguised pity in her eyes during her poker game with Niles. And secondly because the episode treats Gertrude, Niles and Daphne as a comic trio. At no point is it just one character making us laugh, but the interactions between the three. (A trick that could've enlivened episodes such as "Junior Agent".)

There are still signs of this season's writers feeling oppressed by structure and formula, since even the idea of Gertrude being an invasive personality is sometimes subsumed into a more complex portrayal. Overall, then, the Moon plot still works in this second episode, even if the climax is really to be continued. (Bonus points for Niles' concerned/paranoid/aroused/abashed smile after hearing of Daphne's sexual history.)


Rating: 74%

 

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