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Episode reviews for Episode 6.13 - The Show Where Woody Shows Up

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.2%
Number of Reviews: 5

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Euripides, Eumenides, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


I haven't seen much of "Cheers", but I really enjoy when the series attempts to paper over the cracks between that series' Frasier Crane, and this one. Unlike Niles, there has always been a side of Frasier who could hang out with - and get into scrapes with - a guy like Woody. As Niles (and Martin) witness this reunion, they're the perfect mirror through which to reflect the development of Frasier as a person (and character) over the years.

As an episode of "Frasier", this episode is unusual: while the concept is perfectly understandable - that friend who comes to visit but doesn't really merit the length of the stay - it focuses much more on the guest star than is usual. Still, this isn't just a continuation of "Cheers". The Sam episode was really a "Cheers" sequel, and even the Diane episode was very heavily buried in that lore, although it was perhaps more merited by having one of Frasier's great loves as the subject. Here, Woody is written so well - and acted perfectly by Harrelson - that the rise and fall of the Frasier/Woody friendship holds our attention for 22 minutes. In fact, by the end, it's really quite sweet. (Writing "Watch Cheers" on my to-do list even as we speak.)

Frasier's attempts to avoid Woody coincide with a bit of fun for the KACL gang. Frasier's haunted memories of karaoke with Noel and Gil are divine. Noel could often be a one-note character (even if some of the gags he's featured in featured hilarious outbursts from Peri Gilpin) and sadly, the writers gradually ran out of things to do with the phenomenal Edward Hibbert. Yet it's good to see these two characters get a bit of silly screentime. On what other '90s sitcom (Seinfeld excluded) would you find these two as recurring characters, during the peak of its most highly-rated year?


Rating: 89%

 

A good episode, Sep 18, 2012

Reviewer: Lucy from London


This is my favourite ĎCheersí related episode that deals with Woody coming to Seattle to visit.

This episode had a welcome albeit brief appearance from Gil and Noel. Any scene with those two in is a joy.

My favourite part was Frasier describing his night at the karaoke bar with Woody, Noel and Gil! Never has a description of a situation been so easy and hilarious to picture thanks to the excellent acting skills of Kelsey Grammer!

Frasier soon grows tired of the limited conversations he and Woody has and becomes bored. I liked it at the end when he makes up that he has to go back home straight away and you then find out that Woody also is bored. Frasier sees him at a bar that him and Niles go to. Itís excellent when Woody who has shut himself in the restroom to escape Frasier cunningly starts speaking in a foreign language to throw him off the scent!

The two of them then discuss their lives and how things have/havenít changed for them and Frasier realises he is content with what he has.


Rating: 85%

 

Some fantastic moments , Jan 31, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from England


This episode is far better than some have given it credit for. Yes, the
main plot is drawn out perhaps just a little too far, but it has a nice
inversion at the end.

My own favourite moment is where Frasier is recounting to Niles, Martin
and Daphne the full horror of the karaoke night where Gil and Noel had
also been present. Frasier's best lines are so good you can actually see
Martin and Niles trying hard to suck in their cheeks to avoiding laughing
out loud. The "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' gag is one of the
best in the entire show's history.


Rating: 87%

 

The Show Where Woody Shows Up, Jul 13, 2010

Reviewer: Somewhere, CA from Norm, Jr.


You know how it is when you call up a best friend of 20 years and try to carry on a new converstion? That's this ep, as good ol' Woodrow Tiberius Boyd happens through Seattle and looks up the Doc. Again mirroring real life, all the two end up doing is rehashing old party days and getting the giggles over the times that were. Frasier can't nearly stand it anymore when Woody elates him to the news that his daughter is ill (you'll understand later). With Woody gone, Fraze can resume his current existence, only to spot Woody in a local restaurant. The two talk and share pretty much the same sentiments. I'll be in the minority here and vote this the best "Cheers" returnee of Sam, Diane and Woody (Lilith doesn't count as a recurring character...plus her eps blow others away). The other two dealt with romantic entanglements, while this coasts on Woody's good nature. Though you do have to excuse the odds of Woody --- Indiana born and bred --- chancing to have relatives as far West as Seattle.


Rating: 80%

 

'The Show Where Woody Shows Up' review, Jul 21, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


With 'Frasier' having established it's own comic identity over the past five and a half years, it seems a little late in the day to still be relying on guest appearances from 'Cheers' characters and this pleasant but uninspired episode does little to enhance the reputation of either show. Part of the problem is that Woody is simply not a strong enough character to devote a whole episode to as, similar to Martin's feelings about Joanna in the previous episode, Frasier finds himself bored rigid by his old friend's company and feels that Woody hasn't moved on with his life since they last met. Although there's a nice twist at the end where it turns out that Woody felt the same way about Frasier, too much time is taken up with easy jokes about Woody's dimness which becomes a bit stale after a while and the episode only really comes to life with a brief appearance from Gil Chesterton. In fact, apart from the scene where Frasier describes Woody, Noel and Gil's kareoke performances in hilarious detail, Rob Greenberg's script displays none of the flair and distinctive humour of the man responsible for episodes such as 'Chess Pains', 'Three Dates And A Breakup' and 'Frasier's Imaginary Friend' and although he would return to the staff for the final season, this would be the last episode he wrote for the series which seems a shame considering his previous form.


Rating: 70%