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Episode reviews for Episode 8.02 - The Bad Son

Avg. Viewer Review: 72.5%
Number of Reviews: 4

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Meandering, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

An odd little episode that doesn't entirely come together. Frasier on a bus is amusing, although I'm not 100% sure it gels with the Frasier of "Cheers", even if it's great fun to see Roz introducing Frasier to some of the joys of the real world. Seeing Crane father and son play off against each other in the retirement home is great fun, but the plot just runs out of steam. Why do we focus so much on the character of Miranda, who ultimately becomes a non-event? What does the episode really want to say about Frasier and Martin's relationship? I'm not sure I get it.

The Niles/Daphne picnic is lovely though, convincing us of what longtime fans should already know: Niles and Daphne together can be just as funny as Niles and Daphne apart. It's a sweet little story helping to bridge the barriers between the two. I'm not sure how I feel about a second episode reminding us how great this couple is. While I don't think there's any point in manufacturing drama in a couple who are so clearly "meant to be", the season might've had a greater narrative dynamic out of at least attempting to explore the differences between Crane and Moon. Still, it's a heartfelt sequence that does the job of convincing us that Daphne will fall for Niles almost as much as he fell for her.

more later about how Jane Leeves' pregnancy wasn't the greatest thing that happened to the show, but this is a sweet little story looking at the way they bridge the barriers between them.

Rating: 70%


Standard, not bad, Sep 21, 2012

Reviewer: Emil from Sweden

In this episode, Frasier lures Martin to a retirement home in order to get an opportunity to ask a woman out. Meanwhile, Niles and Daphne plan a romantic evening which does not turn out well.
I feel this is a fairly good, run-of-the-mill Frasier episode. It offers a few memorable one-liners, including one of my all-time favourites: "..what I can only hope was an old burrito!" The storyline with Frasier and Martin visiting the retirement home takes an unexpected twist when Martin suddenly does sign up. The dinner with lovers Niles and Daphne offers some nice physical comedy from David Hyde Pierce. The bitter spouses Mel and Donnie are, thankfully, absent from the program. However, the storyline involving Frasier's date with Miranda is strangely aborted and leaves the viewer wondering what happened between them.
Overall, standard Frasier fun.

Rating: 75%


THE BAD SON, Jul 16, 2006

Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK

This episode had one of the best premises ever... Martin wants to move out and live in a retirement home! This could have produced some great comedy moments, but instead the opportunity was wasted, although it does (thankfully) tone down the drama a lot after the pilot of this season. I found the scene on the bus at the beginning rather cringe-worthy and somewhat out of place, and aside from a couple of witty exchanges here and there between Martin and Frasier, 'The Bad Son' (which is always going to draw comparisons with the brilliant 'Good Son') is rather disappointing and distinctly average at best. The scenes on the roof between Daphne and Niles could have worked, but maybe the writer's forgot that that's where they had their date in ATDRAWTS, surely they could've have thought of somewhere different! It had its moments, and apart from the beginning was very watchable, but I didn't laugh much at all to be honest. Still, it was better than I remembered it!

Rating: 71%


'The Bad Son' review, Aug 16, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

The title of this episode, the first to be recorded for this season, is an obvious homage to that of the classic pilot episode from seven years earlier and sees Frasier attracted to a young woman named Miranda who works at a retirement home, leading him to enlist the help of his dad in visiting her workplace in an attempt to ask her out, only to be shocked when Miranda reveals that Martin has signed up to move into the home - as it turns out, because he's enjoying beating some of the inhabitants at cards! After the lacklustre start to the previous episode, this follow-up begins with an even more horribly flat opening scene (Frasier and Roz riding on a bus - the latter wasted in her only scene) and, as with it's predecessor, concludes with Niles and Daphne on the rooftop of the apartment block, this time intending to have a picnic while watching a meteor shower. While ending two consecutive episodes with the same characters in the exact same location smacks of idea shortage, the scenes between Niles and Daphne do feel more comfortable than in the previous episode - I especially like Niles brushing off his dad's attempt at small talk with a gleeful exclamation of 'Here to see Daphne!' - while the finale with the picinic is nicely done, with Niles throwing Daphne's peanut brittle ('It's like little shards of heaven!') off the rooftop and then panicking as he finds himself trapped in the stairwell. A fairly enjoyable watch, 'The Bad Son' is not a bad episode but a few more sharp lines and better pacing would have made it a better one.

Rating: 74%