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Episode reviews for Episode 11.03 - The Doctor Is Out

Avg. Viewer Review: 93.8%
Number of Reviews: 20

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Miss Marple, you've just been outed, May 27, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

A sharply written script, "The Doctor Is Out" perhaps is the least of Joe Keenan's "gay trilogy" but that's only because the other two are so brilliant.

The episode is stuffed to the brim with delightful comic wordplay, with fantastic cast interplay (particularly between the three Cranes), and surely one of the funniest mistaken identity/poor-choice-of-words gags Kelsey Grammer has ever been asked to perform. His radio confession is really something else, and it leads to Martin's equally funny treatise on how to tell people you're not even curious about coffee. (Martin's suspicion that Barry isn't gay because he has muscles is perhaps a touch "season 1" of the character, but I'm being picky.) The casting of Patrick Stewart is stunt casting of the highest order, but it's actually very clever. Stewart brings such a personality with him that we understand the character ("He staged a Philip Glass opera last year and no-one left!") in the space of his very short introductory scene. Stewart is a game performer, and has a lot of fun with the double entendre and general hilarity that ensues. But what makes "The Doctor Is Out" particularly memorable is that it feels like the genuine climax of something we've seen in Frasier Crane since very early on (probably the series' sixth episode, "The Crucible", to be precise). He has always been a man willing to sell himself out for ambition, fame, and desire. Moreso, he has always been a man willing to enter deep denial to do so. This is the logical extreme of that side of his character, as Frasier rejects Niles' and Martin's please to "in" himself, and ultimately leads to one of Kelsey Grammer's greatest non-verbal moments in the series, as he considers what exactly he would do for three weeks in Capri.

A few other thoughts: Edward Hibbert as always has great fun with the character of Gil, who's a natural fit for this episode. The tag basically confirms the (non-existent) question of whether he's gay, and I enjoy Hibbert's scenes here but - in my recurring list of "things I wished happened in the show's final season" - it denies us much real exploration of the character, which could have been interesting. On the flipside of that, although it's never mentioned, I can't help wondering if Frasier's excessive interest in Roz's boyfriend Barry (shades of "The New Friend"?) is because he feels particularly protective of her in the aftermath of their recent fight? (No, you shout at me, it's all part of the farce!)

I'm not sure "The Doctor Is Out" reaches a climax as hysterically funny as "The Matchmaker", nor does its farce transcend into something as emotionally sincere as "Out with Dad". Yet, it's still rather lovely and definitely a very fun half-hour of television. One can't help imagine that in less-tolerant parts of the Western world, a newcomer to "Frasier" could turn on the TV, gaze at these two main characters, and quickly turn off, assuming they were watching a "gay program". It's very funny on the occasions when the series chooses to openly comment on this (although here it's restricted mostly to the surprise at Daphne's existence, and Frasier's insistence that he shouldn't need to discuss his sexuality). Ultimately, "The Doctor Is Out" is a delectable "Frasier" episode, proving that a series in its 11th year is by no means down and out.

Rating: 90%


Frasier's not Gay, Oct 18, 2012

Reviewer: Chris from Manchester UK

The episode The Doctor is Out is by far the funniest of all the Frasier episodes. Well written and performed . I can watch this episode forever. Niles is also hilarious in this episode, especially in the pub scene where he shouts to Frasier in the Gay Bar "Take me home"

Rating: 100%


As good as it gets, Dec 23, 2010

Reviewer: jc from Charlotte NC

I'm a long-time watcher of Frasier & have seen every episode. This is a top 10! With episodes like this, it seems that the show could have continued on another season. Frasier just can't seem to say "no" when there is so much fame and pleasure at stake. Awesome performance by Star Trek Captain "Jean-Luc Picard" (Patrick Stewart)

Rating: 100%


Why I love Frasier, Dec 19, 2010

Reviewer: Rog from London

I'm new to frasier I got the box set and I'm watching it in no particual order. This
episode has had me in tears. it surely cannot get any better

Rating: 100%


Excellent episode!, Nov 05, 2010

Reviewer: Lil from Thunder Bay, ON CA

This episode is amazing! It is both hilarious and respectful in its treatment of both gay and reportedly gay characters. Patrick Stewart does a fantastic job!

Rating: 100%


One of the very best, Aug 26, 2009

Reviewer: Jim Snedeker from USA

One of my all-time favorite episodes. Just when you think the gag about Roz' "gay" boyfriend is going to be the main plotline, all of a sudden Alistair pops up again and he and Frasier steal the rest of the show.

The name of the piece being played by the jazz trio (not a string quartet) is "The Nearness of You," which was obviously the inspiration for the scene "The Queerness of You."

Rating: 100%


Perfect Episode, Feb 09, 2009

Reviewer: FraiserFan from Brooklyn, NY

Can someone tell me the name of the music being played by a string quartet during the scene "the queerness of you" I just loved the music and I cannot name that tune for the life of me.
Fabulous episode!

Rating: 100%


Gay abandon, Apr 03, 2008

Reviewer: FrasierTid from England

Not only is this show very funny (Patrick Stewart as a gay man is worth the admission fee
alone), but the scene where Frasier goes down into a gay bar to rescue Niles, and the unforced -
and loudly-voiced! - double-entendres that ensue, is one of the funniest moments ever, in
Frasier or any other show.

Rating: 95%


Classic Frasier Returns., Jan 01, 2008

Reviewer: Dean Mather from UNITED KINGDOM

Highlight of Season 11 and a true return to the Frasiers of old,eclipsing the awful 8 and 9th seasons. Frasier is once again mistaken for being gay and get caught up in all manner of comic scenarios,from wearing tight shorts in a gay bar to being kissed on the lips by Alistair(Patrick Stewart) at a packed party, The Doctor Is Out really is up there with Ski Lodge and The Matchmaker.

Rating: 98%


Not propaganda - just a damned fine episode, Oct 09, 2007

Reviewer: Streetworker from Manchester, UK

Quite why it's tiresome or dishonest for the makers of Frasier to portray gay themes sympathetically, as another reviewer suggests, escapes me. I should have thought that went with the territory for such an intelligently-written show. But there it is; in the UK we are largely very tolerant of homosexuality, so perhaps it is a matter of having a different persepctive.

Onto the episode itself, which is one of the best. It is quite subversive in that Frasier is almost tempted to explore his gay side and still obviously has slight pangs of regret when he rejects the life he might have had. Of Joe Keenan's so-called gay trilogy, The Matchmaker remains the best, but this one is a superb stable-mate alongside it and Season 7's Out With Dad.

Rating: 94%



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