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Episode reviews for Episode 9.12 - Mother Load Part 2

Avg. Viewer Review: 74.7%
Number of Reviews: 3

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You're probably not even the Duke of England, May 20, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


After some very enjoyable setup in part one, "Mother Load, Part 2" isn't incredibly satisfactory, although the actors give it their all.

The Cam Winston storyline unfortunately gets stuck in second gear. Rather than escalating, the flag remains the centrepiece of Frasier's problem, with him finding no inventive way around the situation. The final condo board meeting feels like it should have been the midpoint of this clash of titans rather than the climax. In fact, aside from Brian Stokes Mitchell singing the anthem, and Kelsey Grammer's delivery of "and our flag is still there", I found little to enjoy in the second half of that plot.

Still, at least there is some salvageable material over with the Moon-Crane clan. In his final pre-finale appearance, Anthony LaPaglia acquits himself well as Simon, nicely imposing on Frasier and Roz's life. His scene with Daphne at Chez Crean is also satisfying, portraying the two as a pair of siblings and acknowledging why he's abandoning the Good Ship Gertrude (whie also being a comic highlight of the episode). Gertrude's manipulations here are also very funny, largely for two reasons. First, that Millicent Martin clearly has a solid grasp on all the dimensions of the character, from her frustrated "calling a cab" to the thinly-disguised pity in her eyes during her poker game with Niles. And secondly because the episode treats Gertrude, Niles and Daphne as a comic trio. At no point is it just one character making us laugh, but the interactions between the three. (A trick that could've enlivened episodes such as "Junior Agent".)

There are still signs of this season's writers feeling oppressed by structure and formula, since even the idea of Gertrude being an invasive personality is sometimes subsumed into a more complex portrayal. Overall, then, the Moon plot still works in this second episode, even if the climax is really to be continued. (Bonus points for Niles' concerned/paranoid/aroused/abashed smile after hearing of Daphne's sexual history.)


Rating: 74%

 

Review of 'Mother Load Part 2', Jul 28, 2006

Reviewer: Beer Necessity from York, Engalnd


A slight letdown following the excellent first part, this is nonetheless an amusing episode. The sight of Daphne standing up to her mother was a joy, as was Nilesí reaction to it. Frasier and Camís verbal jousting is another source of laughs in this entertaining episode.


Rating: 76%

 

'Mother Load Part 2' review, Sep 17, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK


The second half of this two-part story has it's moments but doesn't add up to a particularly satisfactory whole. I liked Simon's attempts to convince Roz to let him stay at her apartment, only to then invite another woman along to live with him while Frasier and Cam's feuding reaches quite a fun conclusion with the pair trying to outdo each other's patriotism at the condo meeting - I liked the silence that met Frasier's attempt to top his neighbour's love for his country, even being accused by another resident of being a 'credit-grabber'. The central storyline with Gertrude living with Niles only really livens up when Daphne finally stands up to her mother by telling her the truth about her virginity which is certainly fun to watch, although the final scene with Gertrude feigning an injury in order to persuade Niles and Daphne to let her stay ends the episode rather suddenly, making for a disappointing conclusion to a mostly enjoyable two-parter.


Rating: 74%