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Episode reviews for Episode 2.01 - Slow Tango In South Seattle

Avg. Viewer Review: 86.0%
Number of Reviews: 6

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Enjoyable if slight, Nov 24, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

A very enjoyable little episode, in which Frasier's youthful sexual indiscretions come back to haunt him.

"Slow Tango" is an odd choice for a season opener, as it feels quite atypical for the series, and feels more like one of the fluff episodes you'd find mid-season. Still, it makes a good deal out of the various characters' responses to Frasier's deflowering, and gives a good mix of workplace and home. The final sequences, as Frasier tracks down his former lover, are funny in a soft way.

Still, you'd almost expect the series to make more of the absurdism of Frasier's life being public knowledge in book form, and it feels incomplete. John O'Hurley puts in a good performance as the writer, shortly before he would be cast in his career-defining role as "Seinfeld"'s Peterman.

Rating: 75%


Slow Tango in South Seattle, Apr 20, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

An odd season-opener that more had the feel of a "padding" episode usually reserved for the middle. A good entry nonetheless, though it takes a few too many liberties. The first involves "Cheers" backstory issues with this alleged cleansing of the soul with some random writer at the bar, followed by said writer ending up at Frasier's radio station years later. The ep also has a sort of a distracting suspense undercurrent, as Frasier must plow through exposition and embarrasment over the book. The final scene has some interesting closure, but on the whole, this ep is, largely, forgettable.

Rating: 80%


One of my favourites, Aug 15, 2009

Reviewer: RD from A, I

Frasier is reading a copy of "Slow Tango In South Seattle."

Frasier: [as voice over] "He had been a teenage Balboa, an explorer of the rising pinnacles and gently curving slopes of my body. Then in one explosive burst of discovery he had staked claim to the Pacific ocean that was my soul. But now he was leaving, going, vanishing like a solitary boat on a lonely horizon. Departing like a train, rolling ceaselessly through the night. Exiting swiftly like..."

The voice over stops, as Frasier stops reading the page, turns one page, then another, pauses and then another.

Frasier: [as voice over]: ... and then he was gone. [Pause] And now in the cool of the evening I play my piano. And his last words resonate through the notes: I'll come back to you, my cherished one. But he never did... and all that remains of him are the withered petals of the rose he left upon my pillow.

Subtle comedy at its absolute finest. As seen later in the season in "You Scratch My Book...", Frasier has absolutely no patience with fluffy literature, the humour is beautifully woven into the scene, without any dialogue, or slapstick. Done as only Frasier could have done it.

Rating: 100%


Wistful brilliance, May 24, 2007

Reviewer: Streetworker from Manchester, UK

A fabulous way to open season 2. I love this episode; it is very funny, but also slightly wistful at the end. The writing and performances are impeccable.

Rating: 95%


Review for ' Slow Tango In South Seattle', Feb 11, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.

A stunning way to open the second season. The story of Frasier's first love is beautifully told and the book based on it is wonderfully pretentious. The sight of Frasier skimming the pages to find out when the metaphors will stop is a particular highlight. A nice twist at the end of the episode as well when Frasier finds himself spurned in favour of an even younger suitor.

Rating: 88%


'Slow Tango In South Seattle' review, May 23, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Frasier's adolescence comes back to haunt him when an old friend publishes a novel, blatantly based on Frasier's 'first time' with his piano teacher. Most of the best laughs here derive from the other character's reactions to the book's revelations, from Niles referring to Frasier "getting his Rachmaninovs" to an enraged Daphne slapping Frasier over the head with the book as well the predictable ribbing he receives from the KACL staff. The case of mistaken identity in the final scene when Frasier accidently tells all to Clarice's mother is a good squirm-inducing moment which helps make this a mostly amusing if oddly low key start to Season 2.

Rating: 78%