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Episode reviews for Episode 11.09 - Guns 'N' Neuroses

Avg. Viewer Review: 90.8%
Number of Reviews: 4

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What's spackle?, May 27, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"With one hand the past moves us forward, and with the other it holds us back." -- Lilith Sternin

Bebe Neuwirth's final appearance as Lilith is a sweet, low-concept episode that may not satisfy everyone, but serves to round off her relationship with Frasier over 20 long years. By spreading out the recurring players over the course of the season rather than cramming them all into a convoluted finale plot, "Frasier" chose a slightly different tack than some other major '90s sitcoms like "Seinfeld". The final season becomes, in a way, a closing chapter. With a series that has shown such respect to the depths of its characters, it doesn't matter if Lilith physically appears only once in the season, or Freddie for that matter. Her presence colours in one of the many dimensions of Frasier throughout the series. Similarly, I'm not concerned that her final episode was not one of fireworks, because the eleven years of the show exist now as one long experience, rather than just single seasons on display.

Lilith's final scene with the Crane family is also a joy, relying on jokes that have been done before (for instance, Lilith hearing them through the door) but pulling them off smoothly. And of course it seems fitting that Lilith's final appearance recalls both her first one on this show, and indeed her first appearance on "Cheers", by being set up on a date with Frasier Crane. The comfortable way that Frasier and Lilith shift from awkward mocking to collegial support ("Don't be afraid, we're here to help") to friendly reliability is the true example of how developed their relationship is. The scene in the hotel is temporarily dominated by Sean and Erin (David Burke and Rachael Harris, both very good performers even if their characters seem like a bit of an afterthought) but what's important is that fond look Lilith and Frasier share as they usher the young couple out of the room. There's a profound love and respect there. It could be easy for lesser people to give in to that relationship. After all, they have similar interests, sexual chemistry, and a son together. Yet, both are aware that this is not what they're seeking. It's that heartbreaking yet life affirming decision so many of us must make years after a significant relationship, to retain that love and respect without the easily-attainable feelings that could come with it.

Meanwhile, the rest of the cast are embroiled in an inconsequential but deeply funny little subplot. (Well, Roz again gets little to do but she has the last moment with James Oliver's recurring barista - also leaving the show after this episode.) I can't decide which I like best, the playpen snapping, Martin's straining attempt to prove he is looking at the sunset, or David Hyde Pierce's outraged "I am not having this argument again!" It's mostly definitely on the shallow side, but the plot at least reminds us of how comfortable this cast is working together.

"Guns 'N' Neuroses" is not, I'll concede, the all-time greatest Lilith episode in the franchise's existence. But it's a heartfelt tribute to one of sitcom's most long-standing pairings, and another stylish exploration of Frasier Crane's character as we count down to the end.

Rating: 88%


Never thought I would say sad to see Lillith go..., Oct 07, 2011

Reviewer: Jim from Washington Crossing, PA, USA

As grating, unhappy a character as she was in Cheers and Frasier, Lillith's parting was handled very well by the writers. Could they have done much more with her?

And Niles, Daphne, and Martin's repairing of Frasier's apartment and artwork after accidental gun fire is fairly good. All in all, this is a very solid episode, tha handles Lillith's goodbye poignantly. Good stuff.

Rating: 95%


Lilith's Farewell, Jun 29, 2008

Reviewer: Fergus from Dublin, Ireland

This is Lilith's farewell, although there's no rational reason why she couldn't have appeared in the final anti-climatic episodes. Basically this was fairly weak, as it depended on the sort of far-fetched sequences that the show had done far better in the past. The couple at the end were so boring and bland it was like audience members had escaped during the recording. Call security! One of TV's immortal charaters deserved a better send-off.

Rating: 100%


'Guns 'N' Neuroses' review, Nov 01, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

A milestone episode in some ways, as it features the last ever appearance of Lilith on an episode of 'Frasier', although the biggest laughs of this episode are provided by Niles' inability to catch a banana causing Martin's gun to off. Even though this was presumably written to fit the episode's title, the scenes with Martin, Niles and Daphne trying to conceal the damage from Frasier are hilarious. Lilith's arrival at the apartment results in some typically good lines; I particularly liked her joyless well-wishing to Niles and Daphne about their upcoming baby with 'Congratulations on the successful co-mingling of your genetic materials!'. The main plot of the episode - Lilith's colleague Nancy unwittingly setting up her and Frasier on a blind date - is cleverly executed, although perhaps the idea could have been taken further than it was. Having Frasier and Lilith meet up at her hotel room recalls the very first Lilith episode from Season 1, although there's no night of passion here as the two shrinks instead find themselves helping out an arguing couple in the adjacent room. I found the couple's swift making up to be unconvincing to say the least, as it was clearly contrived to make a point about Frasier and Lilith still being able to work together as psychiatrists, in spite of their personal history. Nevertheless, it's a minor quibble in another good Season 11 episode and, watching the poignant final scene, it's hard not to feel a certain sadness, as Frasier and Lilith's parting brings an end to one of sitcom's most memorable partnerships.

Rating: 80%