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Episode reviews for Episode 8.12 - Sliding Frasier's

Avg. Viewer Review: 78.0%
Number of Reviews: 5

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Forgettable, May 17, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

To be honest, this is a competent but forgettable episode about which I have very little to say:

We learn nothing new about the characters, true, but I enjoy the construction of the episode. For such an unusual conceit, it's quite well constructed.

None of the jokes are particularly invigorating but, then again, they're not too inane and the episode doesn't just rely on its conceit to get through, instead building a plot that is worth 22 minutes of our time.

That's about all I have to say. It's nice to see some solid Daphne/Niles material at this point. While the writers made what I think is a wise decision in tying Daphne's clear weight gain to her happiness with Niles, it all too often reduced the character to one big fat joke. Here, in her penultimate "fat" appearance, Daphne gets to be more than just a calorie-consuming machine, which is positive.

Rating: 74%


Creative and fun, Dec 28, 2009

Reviewer: Norma from Bowie, Maryland

I got a kick out of this episode. I admit, Niles with that shirt on did seem completely out of character for him. The tragic transformation of sophisticated Niles into infatuated schoolboy is sad and beneath such a treasure as David Hyde Pierce, but I thought the scenes with he and Daphne licking the food off eachother and canoodling were hilarious.

I chuckled when neither Frasier nor Martin would help Daphne with the groceries due to shoulder and hip injuries.

And Frasier gleefully dancing when the girl said yes to a date was a hoot. I just really enjoy Kelsey Grammar, almost everything he does makes me laugh, whether subtle or over the top.

Niles and the allergic reaction was amusing: "scallops? no. Nutmeg? no. Wheat germ? no. Carob? no. Cumin? maybe. " I also cracked up up when Daphne smacked Martin for packing her bag for Cancun. And also when in the midst of the argument, the tide changed when Daphne said she'd have to spend the whole night rubbing lotion on Niles. Silence. Then off they scampered to the back room.

Rating: 83%


Great fun, Aug 09, 2008

Reviewer: Sean from Claygate, Hampton Court, England

I thought this was brilliant, frasier was ridiculously smitten, which was daft but he had to be for the big come down. The Hurricane Smith song with Kenny's ouch at the end was wonderful.

Rating: 90%



Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK

This is the show's third Valentines Day themed episode in as many years, and its definitely the weakest of the bunch. However, although this episode contains a fair number of flaws and sequences that really grate on me, I was expecting it to be much worse than it turned out to be. I've never seen the film 'Sliding Doors', and maybe if I had my opinions of this episode would be different, but it is clear to see that 'Sliding Frasier's' is very well-plotted, and the main humurous moments arised from noticing the subtle differences that took place in each of the two alternating plotlines. I should probably start by outlining my biggest gripe with this episode... yes it's that damn T-shirt that Niles wears. I much preferred Niles' lovable and snobby persona of previous years, but his character is now so immature, giggly and schoolboyish that its almost impossible to imagine him as a psychiatrist at all. It's a real shame that Niles is no longer the pretentiously adorable character he has been, and I think his protagonist was almost ruined and transformed for the worse when he got together with Daphne. I hated the scenes where the pair were running around the apartment screaming with glee, licking sauce off one another.

Luckily, there were some reasonably amusing moments coming from Frasier's storylines, and I enjoyed the deliberately different actions, responses and turn of events that arose as a consequence of Frasier's attire decision at the episode's outset. I also liked Frasier's embarrassing song at the party, the disastrous speed date and Martin's two differing reasons for going to McGinties (Frasier felt depressed, Frasier was celebrating). I remembered this episode as one of the biggest turkey's of the season and wasn't feeling too hopeful about rewatching it, but (again) I was pleasantly surprised. I still think, given such an origianl plot device, that the episode could have achieved some much bigger laughs, and Niles and Daphne came across as just plain annoying, but otherwise it was an okay episode.

Rating: 73%


'Sliding Frasiers' review, Aug 26, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Given the slump in quality of most of the episodes in this season, the title of this episode can't help seeming unfortunately ironic. Based on the film 'Sliding Doors', it shows two different accounts of what happened to Frasier on Valentine's Day, one of which sees him have a chance meeting with an attractive woman called Monica, with the other seeing him on date with the irritating Judy. An intriguing sounding premise but sadly I found this to be a case of nice idea, shame about the execution. The main problem is that I just don't find the episode very funny while the novelty of the 'sliding' effect grows tiresome very quickly, with only it's deployment in the tag scene (with Martin drinking beer and watching TV) raising a smile. Having enjoyed seeing Niles back to his old self in the previous episode I found it dispiriting to see a return to his and Daphne's cutesy behaviour, here even more extreme than ever (albeit intentionally so). I did enjoy hearing Frasier sing 'Oh Babe, What Would You Say' at the Valentine's ball while Monica's rather too public reply of 'Frasier, we need to talk' proved an amusing punchline but overall this is an admirable attempt at a more experimental episode, most of which sadly left me cold.

Rating: 70%