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Episode reviews for Episode 5.10 - Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name

Avg. Viewer Review: 76.0%
Number of Reviews: 3

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The hardest roll since Hamlet, May 12, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia



I've always had a soft spot for this episode, even if I'll admit that it's a reasonably by-the-numbers script.

The episode's plot - Frasier looking for a new element in life and ultimately ruining Daphne's local haunt for her - is pretty slight, and doesn't run as smoothly as the best of "Frasier" scripts. However, it's full of cute little scenes well played by the actors, particularly the cute scene where Niles seethes about Frasier wanting time alone. The scene where everyone's plans for their night get ruined by someone else is also quite amusing.

But for me, the reason I enjoy this episode is the little glimpse into the off-camera lives of our characters. Roz is a member of Martin and Duke's poker game, in a completely equal way with all these old men. She's able to hold her own in this environment, and the genuine sweet shift occurs after the revelation that Roz is pregnant. Meanwhile, the series gives us a rare glimpse into Daphne's extracurricular life. As with most of the first six seasons, the writers seem to delight in hinting at the scope of Daphne's life (case in point being, of course, the marvels found inside "Daphne's Room"). While the Frasier/Daphne storyline isn't mindblowing, it suitably passes a half-hour, ending with the very funny revelation that Daphne is actually new to the bar herself!

I don't expect every episode of a series to be a masterpiece. That is, of course, simply impossible: the demands and vagaries of a production-line medium overseen by networks and advertisers, not to mention real-world interruptions, simply wouldn't allow this. But for the cast and crew to be churning out enjoyable half-hours even in their off weeks... that's some impressive work.


Rating: 81%

 

Review for 'Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name', Feb 14, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.


After the tremendous previous episode this is a sadly dull offering. Frasier feels bored of his usual routine so decides to go with Daphne to visit her favourite English style pub. Unfortunately this leads to Frasier meeting a number of people with highly dubious English accents and very little scope for comedy. Easily the strongest section is Niles recounting the disastrous side effects of his new gift for Maris.


Rating: 68%

 

'Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name' review, Jun 24, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


The 'Cheers'-inspired title gives a clue as to the plot of this episode as Daphne invites Frasier to pay a visit to her English pub, which he enjoys so much he wants to become a regular - much to Daphne's annoyance. Naturally, plenty of British stereotypes are trotted out including an amusing title card referring to warm English beer and the appearance of a piano, around which the regulars sing a selection of traditional cockney knees-up songs. It's great to see Frasier joining in with the fun as he evidently enjoys being one of the guys for a change and Daphne informing him of her unhappiness with his invading her turf makes for a fun episode, even if the climactic game of darts descends into a series of predictable Anglo-American jibes. Still, it's an entertaining episode all the same, with the nice touch of being bookended by flashbacks featuring Frasier and Niles as children.


Rating: 79%