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Episode reviews for Episode 6.21 - When A Man Loves Two Women

Avg. Viewer Review: 85.0%
Number of Reviews: 4

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The Choice, May 13, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Choosing between Virgina Madsen and Amy Brenneman is surely any man's dream, so of course it has to be Frasier's nightmare.

As with really all the previous seasons, the sixth comes to a climax on a plot-driven note. By making Faye and Cassandra quite different yet both believable paramours for Frasier, there's a real sense of conflict here. This is partly set-up for the rest of the season, and the ending chooses to sacrifice a natural relationship development, instead going with the (thematically fitting) gag of exposing the flaws still inherent in the relationship. (These won't really play into the remainder of the Faye arc, but they perfectly suit this episode solo... it's a tough call.)

Still, a good excuse for Grammer to hem and haw, and he does it with panache.


Rating: 80%

 

When A Man Loves Two Women, Aug 15, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA


The sharp energy that had built up in the previous ep is successfully continued here, which aided the show to a strong finish for Season 6. There's grinny throwaway business with Daphne and Martin, plus Niles constantly being blown off by Frasier to meet for squash. But the real meat is Fraze torn between two past love interests: the abrasive Faye, and the all-business Cassandra. Frasier goes through his usual agonizing (for the viewer) indecisiveness, ultimately arriving at a rather curiously told close. Grammer, via voiceover, grins his way through a meandering justification of why he feels how he does about each woman. Seriously, this guy's chronic fickleness is downright disturbing at times. It ran long, but was at least inventive. And it's punctuated by a great turn on his character in the same fashion.


Rating: 90%

 

Good start - Slow ending, Apr 16, 2006

Reviewer: Jason from Melbourne Australia


I laughed at the beginning of this episode when Frasier attempts to juggle, and Niles attempts a coin toss.
It all becomes to serious toward the end, the laughs didn't continue


Rating: 89%

 

'When A Man Loves Two Women' review, Jul 27, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


This episode sees the return appearances of two of Frasier's love interests from earlier in the season - Faye from 'Merry Christmas, Mrs Moskowitz' and Cassandra from 'Three Valentines' - and finds Frasier putting himself in the tortuous position of having to choose between them. This dilemma makes for a lively episode which contains some brilliant scenes; Martin and Daphne's beautifully timed breakfast routines are superb and the pair's differing opinions of the two women Frasier has to choose between also adds to the fun. Best of all though is the hilarious scene where both Faye and Cassandra end up in the apartment at the same time, which leads to an initially confused Niles to exclaim 'Oh, I'm up to speed!' - a wonderfully knowing line, akin to a viewer having worked out the plot of an intricate 'Frasier' farce. Some splendid physical comedy comes courtesy of Niles' disasterous attempt to toss a coin while I also liked the way he kept rescheduling the squash game, seemingly oblivous to the fact that something related to his brother's complicated love life always comes along to postpone it. Unfortunately the high quality of the first three-quarters of this episode only makes it all the more frustrating that everything falls apart at the end (an annoying trait of this season) with both the scene where we can hear Frasier's thoughts about Cassandra and the following scene where both Frasier and Faye's thoughts can be heard badly jarring with the preceeding fifteen minutes, after which the episode peters out rather apologetically. Still, if you can forgive the weak ending then the episode has much to recommend it and certainly ranks among the funniest of this season.


Rating: 81%