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The Two Hundreth
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Hanning

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 13th November 2001

Original UK airdate: 15th February 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
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
   
   
Guest Cast
Bill Gates .... Himself
Tom .... Adam Arkin
Guest Callers
Joe .... Larry Gelbart
Phyllis .... Allison Janney
Estelle .... Jennifer Jason Leigh
Warren .... Bobby Short

Episode Synopsis

It's a momentous day in Frasier's career - he's celebrating his 2000th show on KACL! Frasier is excited to have perhaps Seattle's most celebrated person, Bill Gates, on the show (especially as it appears that Bill is a fan of Frasier's show), but is also surprised when Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe also drops in! When Bill finally arrives, the station is bombarded with calls for Bill about Microsoft and it's software - leaving Frasier's nose a little out of joint. Never mind - he takes his tape of the 2000th show and places it with the other 1,999 tapes of his show in his wardrobe-cum-storage unit. As he leaves for dinner with the rest of his family, he notices out of the corner of his eye that one of the tapes has been placed in upside down, which leads to Frasier dicovering that one of his show tapes has been replaced with a tape of Hall And Oates! Daphne owns up that she used the tape to test out her new boombox, but the tape got jammed in the machine.

All of this leads to Frasier appealing on his show for anyone who has a copy of the show from 6 years ago, which doesn't generate any responses. So he and Roz go down to the KACL archive to try and see if there is a copy there. They find a box marked 'Best of Crane', but there are are only a few tapes in there - Kenny tells them they have a space problem and re-use a lot of the tapes. They also discover Bulldog, who tells them that sorting out the archive is his new job. This all leaves Frasier feeling very depressed, until Martin tells him that a dedicated fan rang the station and told them he has a copy of the show. Frasier and Niles prepare to meet Tom, a man who treats Frasier as a God.....

Episode Title Cards
  • It's A Fancy Way To Say "Favor"

  • The Lost Weekend

Episode Highlights

- Bulldog drops into Frasier's 2000th show:
Frasier: Thank you for coming down to help celebrate my 2000th show.
Bulldog: Yeah, yeah, congrats - didn't think you'd last 2 weeks!

- Callers flood the switchboard to speak to Bill Gates:
Roz: The board is lighting up! Wow, who even knew we had a line seven!

- Niles didn't listen to the show, so asks Daphne and Martin what happened:
Martin: I just listen for five minutes in case he asks me what my favourite part was.
Daphne: I just say the call from Tacoma - there's bound to be a call from Tacoma!

- Roz rejects Bulldog's advances - yet again:
Bulldog: Bulldog's still got it!!

- After Martin shows Daphne how to hide damage to Frasier's artifacts:
Martin: I'll show you how to make ginger ale look like 50 year old brandy

- Tom's Frasier Crane wall

- Tom found listening to Frasier's show interfered with his job:
Tom: That's why I quit my job

- Frasier sees something is amiss with one of his artifacts:
Frasier: My double handed amphora! Alright, no-one leave!
- Turrns round to an empty room

Frasier Online Episode Review

Episode 100 of 'Frasier' was somewhat disappointing due to a good story being somehat wasted with a not especially amusing script, but I was hoping that the lessons would be learnt from it and 100 episodes later, a better one would be the result. However, I was disappointed yet again. Dispensing with the location footage was a good idea, but Bill Gates's cameo role was just shameless self promotion. Thankfully, Dan Butler made a welcome visit as Bulldog - hopefully his job at KACL means we will see more of him in the future. No, the real problem with this episode was the central storyline - we all know Frasier is meticulous and very anal, but his behaviour about one missing tape was too obsessional to be interesting leaving Frasier and Niles' meeting with Tom proving the highlight of the show - especially his Frasier wall in place of a window, but I found the attempted parallels between Tom and Frasier's collection much too heavy handed. All of this leaves an uneven episode that has the odd good moment but the rest is depressingly average.

Rating

70 %

NB: This episode has a slightly extended running time (running to about 40 mins with adverts), and when originally broadcast on NBC, was followed by a Clip Show hosted by Bob Costas where the cast discussed the show to date and showed various out takes from the 200 episodes before it.

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 70.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


Who knew we even had a line seven?, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"The Two Hundredth" is better than the show's one-hundredth even if, as is customary of late, the typical episode structure gives way to a pile of different ideas. The concept of Frasier's cabinet of shows, and his obsessive collection, makes perfect sense. His manipulation of Daphne is perhaps a little patronising for my liking, but it's made up for by Jane Leeves saying "boombox" over and over again in the space of 45 seconds. The cast really are in top form here from the way the Cranes all settle in for Frasier's monologue as if by rote to the way Kelsey Grammer puts just a bit too much emphasis on the radio bloopers: they are funny as is, but he still has that vibe of a nerdy boy who has prepared a joke for his friends. Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce also really sell their over-sympathetic approach to paranoid Frasier. The funniest moment is probably Frasier's show becoming a "lost and found bin", and the extension of the joke being that they've actually achieved something!

Still, there's a peripatetic attitude to the episode that keeps it from being a worthy two hundredth - similar to how a desire to celebration ultimately trumped the one hundredth. The Bill Gates cameo is an odd choice since he basically just hawks his software. It's fun to see Frasier upstaged but, why was Gates the choice? Did the network impose it? Was he a big fan who then weirdly pushed his own advertising? Surely they could've found a way, as this show has before, to create a celebrity cameo that doesn't overvalue itself. The appearances from Bulldog and Noel are a tad perfunctory (Bulldog appears to be now advertising his personality again and working in the KACL archives, yet we won't see him again for another year).

The final scenes with Adam Arkin's obsessive Tom do at least tie Frasier's own nature in to something larger, and there's some amusing business with the level of Tom's commitment, and his lack of interest in storing Niles' tapes. Ultimately, this episode is a nice little outing but the structureless style works against it.


Rating: 78%

 

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