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Episode reviews for Episode 8.03 - The Great Crane Robbery

Avg. Viewer Review: 67.2%
Number of Reviews: 4

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Dull and duller, May 15, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"The Great Crane Robbery" is a rather dull episode, matching the few low points of seasons 6 and 7. Alan Tudyk has fun playing Frasier's new protege (his "African sex toys!" line is gold) but it takes everything in Kelsey Grammer and Peri Gilpin's arsenals to even keep us vaguely interested. The plot's singular focus simply doesn't merit 22 minutes, particularly as the joke never really goes anywhere. It simply builds from the initial idea to larger and further permutations on that.

Over in the subplot, Niles attempts to get out of his arrangement with Mel. David Hyde Pierce and Jane Adams have a fun chemistry, and Niles' poor attempts to be humiliating make good use of that. On some level, it's a shame to see Mel cast as the villain, but I think the series has done a good job of explaining why she's doing what she's doing - it's only in her next and final appearance that she will go over the top.

In short, not one I'd pick to watch unless doing a full-series viewing. It's not bad, per se, it's just spectacularly uninspiring.

Rating: 60%


Mostly dull, Sep 25, 2012

Reviewer: Emil from Sweden

Frasier gets to be a mentor for the new station manager, who wants to learn all about culture and refined taste. Meanwhile, Niles is still struggling to satisfy Mel's increasingly bizarre demands on him in order to get his divorce.

One of the duller episodes. The basic plot could have been interesting and fun, but there are not many laughs in it. And if you, like I, think that the Niles / Mel subplot is just sickening, then that detracts even more from the rating of this episode.

Rating: 60%



Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK

Although this episode comes nowhere near to achieving classic status, I actually found myself rather enjoying it, thanks largely to two plots that both work reasonably well and an excellent performance from Kelsey Grammer. It still contains notable flaws, and certainly lacks big laughs, but its consistently amusing and very watchable. Martin and Daphne didn't have much to do though. Anyway, Todd was quite a good character and Frasier's 'mentoring' him to appreciate art, wine and culture was fun, as was the sequence where Frasier is trying out new styles of decor, and I liked the ending (a bare apartment bar Martin's chair). The episode suffered a bit though because some scenes were rather predictable, such as Mel's friends' reaction to Niles behaviour (thanking him) and Frasier's apartment design getting some recognition after it was too late. Nonetheless, a nice, fun, low-key little episode that was entertaining and lively, despite being fairly limp by the high standards of 'Frasier' in its previous years.

Rating: 77%


'The Great Crane Robbery' review, Aug 17, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Frasier finds himself delighted to assume the role of a 'mentor' when KACL's new owner, millionaire Todd Peterson, seeks his advice about the finer things in life, which results in Todd beginning to imitate Frasier in every way. Despite this promising idea, the episode doesn't quite live up to the greatness which it's title suggests. Guest actor Alan Tudyk gives a dull performance as Todd and the script by new writer Gayle Abrams simply isn't funny enough, not to mention at times wholly far fetched (at one point Todd somehow mananges to reproduce Frasier's entire apartment!). Things liven up a bit with Niles' attempt to insult Mel's alcoholic friend backfiring which proves quite amusing, even if the whole Niles/Mel storyline is beginning to drag on a bit too long, while the ending is quite fun as, set to a soundtrack of Mason Williams' 'Classical Gas', Frasier tries everything he can to change the look of his apartment, only to end up leaving it almost completely empty! This leaves an episode that does have a few nice moments, even though they don't quite make up for the general sense of underachievement here.

Rating: 72%