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Episode reviews for Episode 6.23 - Shutout In Seattle

Avg. Viewer Review: 92.0%
Number of Reviews: 5

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Musical chairs, May 16, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Season 6 ends with a really rather good episode. For once, everyone is invested in a relationship - even if very few of them are destined to end the episode! Niles' depression, in the aftermath of losing Daphne "forever", plays nicely into the hilarious breakfast sequences, with Martin, Frasier, and Daphne all bringing home their paramours.

"Shutout in Seattle" may be a double-length episode but it still feels like it's cramming everything into the storyline. Martin and Bonnie, admittedly, are mostly there for the laughs. Daphne and Donny have had their drama for the season. Roz mostly hovers around the edges, but again Bulldog is back in her life, remaining - for a little while longer - a possibility for her in the long run, even if their chemistry is played for laughs.

But of course, this finale is about the brothers Crane. Niles moving on from both Maris and Daphne is the emotional highpoint. His relationship with gleeful young waitress Kit allows David Hyde Pierce to play up a rarely-seen aspect of Niles' personality, as well as some that he's faking just for this experience. I always think of Niles as such a boyish little man, so seeing the balding Hyde Pierce in a leather jacket is a great way of using the actor's image to remind us that Niles really is too old and prim for this jazz. The character comedy blends expertly with plot here. It may be the last "Frasier" season finale that I unreservedly love, but I'll withhold judgment on that for now.

Meanwhile, we get some great mileage out of Frasier and Faye, with him trying to move past Cassandra. He made a choice, but whether it was the right one remains to be seen. Amy Brennemann has been so much fun as Faye (and continues to shine, mocking Kit under her breath) that it's a shame to see her go. Still, her relationship with Frasier was perhaps too well-suited for much future comedy or drama.

I've really enjoyed the unified character comedy and drama of this season, which came at a very easy time for this show in the public image. The final scene may seem odd at first glance - the three Crane men drown their sorrows in a bar and end up singing "Goldfinger". Yet, it's quite apt for a season that saw Frasier question his career and point in life, Niles getting divorced and losing Daphne, and Martin easing much more into life with the boys. For once in their life, the three Cranes have a kind of simpatico. They're all taking stock, looking to the future, and it really does feel that the show is in very capable hands.

Rating: 90%


Brilliant episode, Sep 17, 2012

Reviewer: Lucy from London

A great episode, which sees Niles lonely, depressed and single as he witnesses his loved ones moving on with their lives in new relationships.

In the funniest scene, Niles has arranged to meet Maris for lunch, which leads to his witty remark when being offered some nut cake, Ďno, Iím meeting one for lunch!í
Showing that the always unseen Maris still provides laughs.

I love the part where one by one the girlfriends start coming out in their dressing gowns at breakfast having spent the night making Niles more and more anxious. When Daphne and Donny talk about their engagement it tips him right over the edge! His facial expression as he tried to cover this up was hilarious! I loved it when he starts hyperventilating and it just showed David Hyde-Pierceís excellent ability for physical comedy.

The subplot with Martin and Bonnie and their dogs is amusing. I also like the scene where Martin is on Nilesí phone not realising he is talking to Frasier.

I didnít find the other storyline of Roz sleeping with Bulldog as good and wasnít that believable, but the reaction from Roz when he dumped her before she got a chance to dump him was amusing.

I enjoyed seeing an all new Niles dating quirky waitress Kit. It was great seeing him turn up at Frasierís after being out all night wearing a leather jacket! I enjoyed Kitís unstable response to him breaking up with her in front of the whole coffee shop leaving a stunned silence where Niles explains to them that it was really a compatibility thing!

Despite Frasierís efforts, Faye meets Cassandra, which ultimately ends their relationship. Martinís relationship with Bonnie also ends, so all three Crane men are single again.

I thought the ending was excellent, seeing the three of them sitting at the bar mulling over their failed love lives and then all singing ĎGoldfingerí round the piano!

I really enjoyed this episode, it had a few good storylines running through it and is an episode I can enjoy over and over.

Rating: 95%


Frasier is more than just brilliant comedy , Apr 26, 2009

Reviewer: R Paulson from UK

For me the thing that really sets Frasier aside from the rest is that Frasier presents such a convincing world to the viewer; one that, despite it's comedy setting, can seem so very real. At times almost painfully so. Watching it triggers a range of emotions that almost all other sit-coms couldnt even dream of touching upon.

I would go as far as to say that Frasier has started to taint my enjoyment of television. Shows I used to enjoy now seem shallow, predictable, often contrived by comparrison. The characters seem lifeless and the plots superficial.

This is one of those episodes that is not only entertaining but also serves to further draw you into the reality of Frasier.

It has some very funny moments, which I will let you discover for yourself, but is also more dramatic and downbeat in places.

The final scene, with the three Crane boys together in the bar, could be Frasier's defining moment. Funny, unexpected and strangely moving at the same time; three words that still don't even come close to describing Frasier as a whole.

Rating: 98%


fascinating Conclusion, Jun 22, 2008

Reviewer: Fergus from Dublin, Ireland

This episode deserves a far higher rating. It poignantly but hilariously shows how Niles is adrift without the love of a strong, stable woman. His aghast reaction to the other happy couples at Frasier's appartment is priceless. Hitching up with ebullient airhead Kit is one of the most funny dramatisations of the cliched mid-life crisis you'll find in popular culture. Elsewhere Frasier's dating mishaps show his infuriating indecisiveness in matters of the heart far better than later episodes where it became a stony cliche leading nowhere. Faye and Cassandra are truly beguiling in their different ways and it's easy to feel Frasier's dilemna. But best of all is the final scene in a grotty bar ("I'll have the white") where Martin, Frasier and Niles end up singing 'Goldfinger'. This is one of the last instances of the show throwing up a truly unexpected and lateral-thinking scene.

Rating: 94%


'Shutout In Seattle' review, Jul 28, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

The second double-length episode of 'Frasier' is this eventful season finale based around the various characters' love lives; Daphne and her new fiance Donny, Frasier and Faye (who he keeps referring to as 'Cassandra') and Martin and Bonnie - none of which is a particularly welcome sight to an increasingly lonely and depressed Niles. The scene at Frasier's apartment where all the happy couples cause him to hyperventilate is excellent and his eventual solution to his loneliness - dating immature Nervosa waitress Kit - brings us the unforgettable sight of Niles wearing a leather jacket. Elsewhere, Martin's horror at the unladylike behaviour of Bonnie's poodle makes for some good laughs between him and Frasier, not least when the latter reminds his father of his habit for making Eddie wear hats while there's another great scene between the pair when Martin doesn't realise he's talking to Frasier on Niles' mobile phone. On the downside, Roz sleeping with Bulldog feels a bit desperate and out of character, although it does eventually lead to a funny scene where just as Roz is about to dump him, the newly-fired Bulldog beats her to it! This is part of a tumultous sequence at Nervosa where most of the other relationships also fall apart with Kit's hysterical reaction to being dumped by an exhausted Niles swiftly followed by Frasier's slow motion horror at Faye finally learning of the identity of Cassandra. Summing up the more downbeat nature of much of this season, the episode is blessed with a high quality script by David Issacs (a rare solo effort without writing partner Ken Levine) and concludes with a nice scene at a wine bar where the three Crane men mull over their failed love lives before heading over to the piano for a delightful rendition of 'Goldfinger', which is as good a way as any to end a season ...

Season 6 marked the first time in 'Frasier''s history that the show failed to win the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series and, while it couldn't go on winning the prize forever, it's perhaps not so surprising as for the first time more than a fair number of episodes were beginning to miss the mark. How much of this was down to the new members of the writing staff is hard to say since even the more acclaimed and experienced writers seemed to deliver scripts below their usual standard and it's worth noting that, with the exception of Lori Kirkland, none of this season's newcomers would return, with the next season seeing an influx of new writers who would prove more durable.

While eminently superior to Seasons 8-10, Season 6 is badly let down by an often frustratingly indifferent first half and as a whole lacks both the effortless sparkle and consistency of Seasons 1-5 and the satisfying cohesion and momentum of Seasons 7 and 11, rendering it the least successful of the Christopher Lloyd-helmed seasons.

Rating: 83%