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Episode reviews for Episode 9.11 - Mother Load Part 1

Avg. Viewer Review: 80.0%
Number of Reviews: 3

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This... America!, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

As a centrepiece of the ninth season, "Mother Load" is hardly a masterpiece, but by virtue of its full hour running time, has a structure far stronger than many of the season 9 instalments to date.

Part One centres around the arrival of imperious Gertrude Moon who intrudes upon the lives of the Cranes along with unexpected guest Simon. The stress they impose on the main characters is very funny, and - as often with these kinds of scripts - allows the main cast to bond through their dismay. Millicent Martin has a lot of fun being both clueless and overbearing, and it's nice to see a development in the Daphne/Niles storyline as well. It's felt a bit odd having her just continue to work for the Cranes all this time, so I'm glad to see this being furthered.

Meanwhile, Frasier goes up against his nemesis, Cam Winston, charmingly played by Brian Stokes Mitchell. It's a storyline that won't climax as well as I'd like in the second part, but here Stokes Mitchell proves a worthy foil to Frasier and leads to the genius conclusion of the Stars and Stripes descending behind Frasier. Great comic chaos, at least in part one.

Rating: 82%


Review of 'Mother Load Part 1', Jul 28, 2006

Reviewer: Beer Necessity from York, Engalnd

This highly entertaining episode sees the introduction of oft-referred-to Frasier nemesis Cam Winston, and the re-introduction of the fan-dividing Simon and Gertrude Moon. I found Simon and Cam highly amusing throughout this episode, although Ma Moon grated on me slightly. The episode deals with Gertrude Moonís arrival at Nilesí Montana apartment (just as Daphne was about to move in!) and Frasierís feud with Cam Winston which hilariously concludes the episode.

Rating: 82%


'Mother Load Part 1', Sep 17, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

The first of a two part story which sees the first of many regular appearances from Millicent Martin as Daphne's mother, Gertrude - previously seen briefly in the Season 7 finale - as well as a return visit from Anthony LaPaglia as the ever oafish Simon. Their arrival certainly gives this season a bit of a jolt, making this rather more lively than the last few episodes, as Niles and Daphne's plans to live together are put on hold by Gertrude's old fashioned values prompting Daphne to pretend that she's still a virgin and resulting in Gertrude moving in with Niles - leaving Frasier once again finding himself lumbered with Simon. Elsewhere, we get to see Frasier's neighbour Cam Winston for the first time - previously only alluded to in Season 7's 'The Fight Before Christmas' - and here played very amusingly by Brian Stokes Mitchell, as Frasier and Cam's feuding over parking spaces leads them to take their grievances to the condo board. Both these plots are quite nicely brought together at the end with Frasier's patriotic speech concluding with a huge American flag dropping past the window, which brings this first part of the story to an amusing close.

Rating: 76%