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Episode reviews for Episode 6.11 - Good Samaritan

Avg. Viewer Review: 80.8%
Number of Reviews: 6

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Autopilot, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"Good Samaritan" is an episode that ticks many of the series' boxes, but always leaves me feeling like the show on autopilot.

Frasier's gradually decaying faith in humanity is a very appropriate storyline for his character, reflected not just in how he's perceived by the public, but also what he wants from his father and son. (The fact that Frasier had a child on "Cheers" - even if he only appears a handful of times on this series - was a real blessing for the writers.) There's a certain melancholy to Frasier's car rides (both with the fake and real women), which I think gels with my theory that the next episode - "Our Parents, Ourselves" - being the midpoint of the entire series is a crucial turn in focus.

Beyond that, everyone gets some fun here. Daphne is manhandled by Freddie for possibly the last time; Roz's "Leave it on the floor" in response to the lost wallet is hysterical; and David Hyde Pierce's frozen smile as he presents the Louis Pasteur cake is just an impeccable Niles tic.

Still, I'm not particularly whelmed by this episode. It is what it is, not a classic, just a cruise-control instalment. The actors, directors, and competent script carry this through (as well as our love for the characters), but aside from the very funny moment when Martin comes in to the police station, it's just... doing what it says on the box. That's not a complaint, it's just... not really a compliment.

Rating: 75%


An amusing turn by Grammer, Jun 19, 2011

Reviewer: Matt from UK

Another enjoyable episode after the slowish start to the season.

This one is all Kelsey, and he nails it. If there is perhaps one thing Kelsey
excels at better than all else, it is in his portrayal of a man getting
steadily wound-up. The look he gives when he discovers the prostitute is
a man is hilarious!

The nice thing about an episode such as this is that it gives the
opportunity for lots of mini set-pieces, each one designed to increase
Frasier's growing misanthropy. With a box of tricks like that, you're sure
to find some parts of the episode you enjoy.

As for the dream sequence...I never actually realised that it was one! I
always thought the ending to be a kind of epilogue. I certainly don't
think the episode suffers for it.

Rating: 91%


Good Samaritan, Jul 06, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

"Fantasy" or not, this ep really delivers. Back to a simple farcical situation and the old reliable or our lovably flummoxed Frasier having had it with his thankless place in society. Like most of us, even after being burned by several strangers, he gives into another in need and ends up paying the ultimate price. The dialogue in the police station is so tastelessly on the mark, that it excuses the wrap-up of the events having really never transpired. A lot are comparing this to "Fool Me Once...," but it's closer to the actions in "High Crane Drifter," where Frasier is constantly dealing with an array of discourteous ingrates. There he physically reached a breaking point and took it out on the next violator; here he must deal with a more serious impact, the one on his visiting son. But again, it's a bit of downer to find out this is a Freddy episode that never really was. But, on the whole, it's still a kick.

Rating: 90%


Underrated, Apr 21, 2009

Reviewer: AJ from Ontario, Canada

I love this episode.

I don't consider it a cop-out because its ending is not a dream, it's technically not even a "daydream", but more a product of Frasier's over-analytical mind.

I love episodes that concentrate on Frasier as a father, because they are always well done, well acted, and also just heartwarming enough without being sappy.
And no other episode really delves at the root of what it means to have the responsibility of a father than this one, but this topic is handled very simply and matter-of-factly here.

Basically, after a long day of some really crappy, thankless results from his many good deeds, Frasier thinks twice about helping a woman he sees in the rain. He then proceeds to-- in his mind-- create the Worst Possible Outcome that this final good deed could bring.

Just when you think that Frasier has ventured into some extreme, and extremely unlikely territory, the show brings you back to a firm reality.
Frederic basically asks Frasier the all-important question: Is it worth helping people? And Frasier decides that he wants to teach his son that the answer is yes.
So he banishes the negative thoughts, and helps out again.

Great episode.

Rating: 95%


Review for 'Good Samaritan', Mar 08, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.

This episode has essentially the same theme as season 2's 'Fool Me Once, Shame On You, Fool Me Twice ...' which may account for the slightly tired and uninspired feel to the show. The writers do experiment by including a lengthy dream sequence but humour is largely absent throughout.

Rating: 60%


'Good Samaritan' review, Jul 20, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Another episode (reminiscent of Season 2's 'Fool Me Once, Shame On You...') which sees Frasier's belief in the kindness of strangers severely tested after his various good deeds are met with complete ingratitude, leading to an unfortunate situation when Frasier picks up an alleged woman in his car one rainy night... The best bits here are the scene at the police station where Martin and Niles come to bail Frasier out - both Martin taking pity on his son and refusing to listen to his explanation plus the look on his and Niles' face when they realise the gender of the prostitute Frasier unwittingly picked up are very funny - and the scene where Frasier panics as Freddie is about to read about his dad's incident in the paper. Otherwise I found the scene with Frasier and the prostitute in the car to be weird rather than funny while the conclusion where all this is revealed to have been a dream all along seems like a rather lazy ending. Still, an enjoyable episode for the most part.

Rating: 74%