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Episode reviews for Episode 9.07 - The Two Hundreth

Avg. Viewer Review: 70.0%
Number of Reviews: 3

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Who knew we even had a line seven?, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"The Two Hundredth" is better than the show's one-hundredth even if, as is customary of late, the typical episode structure gives way to a pile of different ideas. The concept of Frasier's cabinet of shows, and his obsessive collection, makes perfect sense. His manipulation of Daphne is perhaps a little patronising for my liking, but it's made up for by Jane Leeves saying "boombox" over and over again in the space of 45 seconds. The cast really are in top form here from the way the Cranes all settle in for Frasier's monologue as if by rote to the way Kelsey Grammer puts just a bit too much emphasis on the radio bloopers: they are funny as is, but he still has that vibe of a nerdy boy who has prepared a joke for his friends. Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce also really sell their over-sympathetic approach to paranoid Frasier. The funniest moment is probably Frasier's show becoming a "lost and found bin", and the extension of the joke being that they've actually achieved something!

Still, there's a peripatetic attitude to the episode that keeps it from being a worthy two hundredth - similar to how a desire to celebration ultimately trumped the one hundredth. The Bill Gates cameo is an odd choice since he basically just hawks his software. It's fun to see Frasier upstaged but, why was Gates the choice? Did the network impose it? Was he a big fan who then weirdly pushed his own advertising? Surely they could've found a way, as this show has before, to create a celebrity cameo that doesn't overvalue itself. The appearances from Bulldog and Noel are a tad perfunctory (Bulldog appears to be now advertising his personality again and working in the KACL archives, yet we won't see him again for another year).

The final scenes with Adam Arkin's obsessive Tom do at least tie Frasier's own nature in to something larger, and there's some amusing business with the level of Tom's commitment, and his lack of interest in storing Niles' tapes. Ultimately, this episode is a nice little outing but the structureless style works against it.


Rating: 78%

 

Review of 'The Two Hundredth', Jul 28, 2006

Reviewer: Beer Necessity from York, England


This milestone in the show’s history is marked by an underwhelming episode in which Frasier meets his ‘ultimate fan’. Borrowing heavily from an episode of the BBC comedy ‘I’m Alan Partridge’, this episode is bereft of originality or humour. Bill Gates’ cameo seems to be little more than an advert for Microsoft’s Windows XP platform (presumably it was a condition of his appearance) and the whole episode feels flat and inconsequential. A big disappointment, considering the prestigious nature of the episode.


Rating: 62%

 

'The Two Hundreth' review, Sep 13, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


As the title explains this is another milestone episode of 'Frasier', celebrating the 200th episode. Unfortunately, the episode itself is a rather underwhelming one and gets off to the worst start possible with a gratuitous guest appearance from Bill Gates, which adds up to little more than a promotion for his computer software. It's depressing to see a show which used to cleverly throw away non-actor guest stars in the anonymous guest caller roles resorting to such desperate measures. The rest of the episode concerns Frasier fretting over the loss of a tape from his collection of all 2,000 shows. There's quite an amusing sequence where he interrogates Martin, Niles and the actual culprit Daphne about the missing tape but the plot that follows of Frasier appealing to anyone who might have a copy of the show feels far too drawn out to sustain a whole episode, especially one with an extended running time. On the plus side, it's nice to see Bulldog again, now working in the archive section at KACL but the final sequence with Frasier coming face to face with his most obsessive fan, Tom, proves disappointingly bland given the promisingly dark scenario, and is only really used to draw an unsubtle comparison between Tom's obsession and Frasier's. Overall, while not a bad episode as such, it suffers from having a plot that's far too stretched out to be truly funny and given the prestigious nature of the episode, it's hard not to feel let down. UK fans had even more reason to feel short changed, however, as the episode was screened without the far more enjoyable collection of outtakes which followed the original NBC broadcast.


Rating: 70%