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Love Stinks
Episode Details

Written by: Saladin K Patterson

Directed by: Katy Garretson

Original US airdate: 16th October 2001

Original UK airdate: 25th January 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
Kenny Daly .... Tom McGowan
Alice .... Ashley Thomas
Guest Cast
Roger .... Tony Goldwyn
Jason .... Stephen Fuller
Cheryl .... Jill Talley
Dennis .... Bernard Zilinskas
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier joins Niles at Cafe Nervosa with some distressing news - someone has scrawled a limerick on the mens room wall that makes Frasier out to be a snob. Niles tells him not to get himself worked up over it, but Frasier is determined to do something about it. Roz then joins them, and announces that her new beau, Roger, is a garbage man and lets them get their jokes in first. Back at KACL, Frasier discovers additions to the limerick and decides to throw a party for the KACL staff to try and get them to like him, and invites Roz to bring Roger although she seems a little hesitant to do so. As the party gets into full swing, Frasier realises he doesn't know the names of half of the guests so is relieved when Kenny turns up and agrees to help him make conversation with his guests. Roz does bring Roger but every time the subject of his job is brought up, she manages to avoid telling people what Roger does for a living which causes him to leave.

The result of Frasier throwing the party comes home to Frasier when he has to exchange fake pleasantries with half of the staff, whom he has little in common with and wishes to go back to being unapproachable. He finally speaks his mind when a group of staff invite him to watch a boxing fight, which sees Frasier being thought of again as elitist. After Roz and Roger break up, Roz feels a little depressed over it becuase she realised that she was a bit of a snob worrying about what people thought of Roger's job, but a conversation with Alice manages to make her reconsider her decision not to see Roger any more..... Mreanwhile, Niles, Daphne and Martin go through a box of stuff from Niles' childhood.

Episode Title Cards
  • He Kicked Spassky's Butt In Reykjavik

  • Love Stinks

Episode Highlights

- Frasier discusses the mens room wall limerick with Niles:
Frasier: Niles, do you think I'm elitist?
Niles: Of course I do - but you needn't worry about that.

- Roz waits for jokes about her relationship with Roger, the garbage man:
Niles: I've got a good one - so even in his off time, he's taking out the trash!

- People have started making additions to the limerick:
Frasier: My God, I've seen anthologies with fewer contributors!

- Frasier decides to throw a party for the KACL staff:
Frasier: I want people to know the real Frasier Crane.
Roz: Wouldn't it be better if you tried to make them like you (!)

- Martin goes to speak to Frasier at his party:
Martin: Hey Fras, why don't you introduce me to some of your friends?
Frasier: I wish I could, Dad - I don't know any of these people myself!

- Kenny starts to help Frasier make conversation with the guests:
Frasier: So when are you expecting....
Kenny: [whispering] No!
Frasier: ... this weather to change?

- Niles learns that Daphne's childhood nickname was Dappy:
Niles: Oh Dad, you'll never guess what silly nickname Daphne was called as a child?
Martin: Is it worse than Piles (?)

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode is something we haven't seen for a while - a Roz-centric episode, but while there are some lovely scenes featuring her daughter Alice, who now talks, it is more than a little disappointing that Roz's storyline was the weakest of the three as her relationship with garbage man Roger, and the fact she's embarrased by what he does, is deathly dull to be honest. Much more enjoyable was Frasier's atttempt to be popular at KACL, which includes a brilliant scene at Frasier's party where Martin witnesses Frasier talking sports to his guests and lookd absolutely shocked! I also thought it was great the way that after all the work Frasier put in to make himself popular, he wishes he could go back to being somewhat unapproachable. Niles, Martin's and Daphne's trip down Niles' childhood throws up a few good laughs, notably learning what Niles' childhood nickname was, but this is another pretty awful Saladin K Patterson episode (though worse was yet to come) whose two enjoyable plotlines do not redeem the tedium of the central one.


66 %

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Avg. Viewer Review: 71.1%
Total Number of Reviews: 8

Bobby Fischer's autograph, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

With some reservations, this one's a joy.

"Love Stinks" opens with a wonderful scene in which Frasier and Niles critically dissect some "toilet wall graffito" about Frasier; how can I not love it? Niles' delightful analysis, ending with "the scansion leaves a lot to be desired" is a perfect little opening. One could argue (as I have somewhat with both of this scriptwriter's earlier episodes) that this is perhaps an older incarnation of Frasier and Niles, more where the characters sat about season 4 than where they are now -- but isn't a big complaint about the later seasons that they aren't more like the earlier ones?

Roz has never really had a partner for more than one episode (excluding Bulldog) so it's great to see Roger enter her life. For the most part, I appreciate how the script is structured around Roz's gradual loosening of her bigotry, although I think the plot is more sweet than funny. In fact, the only moment I take issue with is the early scene where Roger gives Roz a gift, and proceeds to explain that he retrieves things from the trash. My issue is that the line as scripted seems like a typical sitcom gag ("I found a great pair of shoes") that doesn't fit with reality but is added solely for humour. This is not "Frasier"'s usual thing, and it wouldn't surprise me if the actors and director changed it from the farcical scene it was supposed to be into the sweet and half-joking scene that we end up with. Still, the episode ends with the cute AND funny notion of Roz and Roger riding away on the garbage truck...and then stopping at the next house, and it's the first appearance of young Ashley Thomas as Alice, who has an adorable scene at the end.

While I'll concede it isn't the funniest plot in the world, "Love Stinks" is just as much about seriousness of character. This is the last episode in a quartet of stories about all the main characters this season - first Frasier, then Niles and Daphne, then Martin. We're catching up with them, revisiting their foibles and fears, and setting things up for the year ahead. And I for one don't mind that.

Over in the subplot, Frasier tackles one of his lifelong bugbears: his quest for popularity. There's not much new here: Patrick Kerr's Noel is exactly as he always is, but it's nice to have a recurring KACL staff member from the old days. Tom McGowan has more fun playing Kenny as "Frasier's patsy" - not a character I would've assumed had this much longevity when he was rather meekly introduced back in the final days of season 5. Do I think that the entire male staff of KACL would decide to be Frasier's friend because of one party? Of course not - in fact, he's thrown them before in the history of the series! But ultimately this is a much smaller episode than that. All that really happens is that Frasier throws a party, some guys ask him to go watch a fight, and he stands up for his own interests. Ultimately, he chooses to be himself rather than a series of social codes, and this ties in nicely with Roz's story. (Plus, I really enjoy the exchange:
"I thought you wanted to be loved by the common men."
"Yes, but couldn't they have sent just one representative?")

Or maybe I just like this episode because Niles drawing the battle scene from Aida at age 6 is scarily like me. Either/or.

Rating: 84%


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