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Episode reviews for Episode 3.01 - She's The Boss

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.9%
Number of Reviews: 7

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Hello to Kate, Dec 04, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

I do enjoy Mercedes Ruehl as Kate Costas: yet more proof that
Frasier's most enjoyable relationships are with women who are as
strong and intelligent as he is. Kelsey Grammer rises to the
challenge well, although I'd argue that their interplay is never
quite as 'screwball comedy' as the producers undoubtedly
conceived. Still, Kate's appearance is another nice nod to fans, as
it begins an arc that will carry on a decent chunk of the season.

Grammer implies in the DVD extras that Ruehl found the rewriting
process of television to be quite a challenge (probably not helped
by his unique way of rehearsing lines), but it doesn't show here.
The rest of the episode is strong, and I always enjoy the KACL
interactions, but I don't think this is quite as humorous and
consistent season two. I can't quite single out what it is, but to
me the episode almost feels like a 'greatest hits' package. Some
Eddie gags! A shake-up at KACL! Things don't really fit together,
in my opinion. Still, by now the writers and cast know how to
amuse with material of any quality. This is far from a brilliant
episode, but the strength of each of the parts makes up for the
average nature of the whole.

Rating: 83%


She's the Boss, Apr 21, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

The beginning to my least favorite story arc (sans anything to do with Lana/Laura) because, well, I just don't like Mercedes Rhuel. This makes her Kate doubly annoying, along with the bothersome fact that after only three seasons in, Frasier's work problems become too focused on. She's cold, he's infuriated, we know they'll kiss, blah blah. The only upshot to this one is 2am banishment antics ("Hello, caller. What are you wearing??") and Niles inept use of the starter's pistol. Other than that, Rhuel and Kelsey are in constant vent mode, and it gets tiresome.

Rating: 80%


an excellent start to the new series, Apr 22, 2008

Reviewer: Nick E from Australia

God bless Kelsey Grammar and the rest of the cast from "Frasier". Every first episode of the new season is performed with high enthusiasm and of course a progressive storyline. Grammar and Peri Gilpin (as Roz) are the stars in this episode as they get their time slot moved to late nights due to Frasier's defiance toward the new station manager Kate Costas. Will Frasier and the rest of KACL yield and succumb to the pressure of the new station manager, or will there be a good compromise?

And is Niles' attraction to Daphne becoming just that bit more obvious and irritating to Martin and Frasier?

Enjoy Season 3.

Rating: 94%


She's The Boss, Apr 07, 2006

Reviewer: Amz from Wiltshire, UK

A great way to start the season, Mercedes Ruehl was great as Kate Costas, but the best episode with her in would have to be "Leapin Lizards." My favourite scene was when Eddie had the collar on and wouldn't stop barking and Frasier says "I asked you to keep that dog quiet but instead you outfit him with a megaphone!" The part when Niles accidently let the pistol off in Frasier's living room was also great too. An overall excellent episode to start season 3.

Rating: 89%


Midnight Psychiatrist, Sep 27, 2005

Reviewer: Matt Horn from London (how I wish it were Seattle)

This is one of the earlier episodes I watched, when I was about 9. I remember Frasier sleeping during Carrie Fisher's call and the whipping bit. 11 years later I got the boxset and laughed twice as hard, I make a point of going "Yeah!" when Frasier does -its tradtion. This episode is well written, as it always is and the cast excellent. Frasier's tone changes brilliantly from when Eddie's bark wakes him to when he kicks Niles and Marty out. This sets up what could be the finest series ever of Frasier.
By the by, I dare anyone not to laugh when Frasier shouts 'damn it!' after Daphne's beck whistle to Eddie.

Quite stylish.

Rating: 100%


'She's The Boss' review, Jun 01, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

A new season, a newly cropped hairstyle for Frasier and a new station manager in the shape of the formidable Kate Costas, played by the excellent Mercedes Ruehl. It's a great idea to have Frasier working for someone who is his intellectual equal, even superior, and this results in some great verbal jousting between Frasier and Kate. Frasier and Roz's outrageous sex-themed show in their newly enforced 2am-6-am slot is hilarious and I like the way Frasier and Kate settle their differences by making everyone think that neither one them of has compromised. Elsewhere there are big laughs to be had with Niles' newly acquired gun as well as the sight of Eddie having been outfitted with a 'megaphone', as a sleep-starved Frasier puts it. A very good start to the season.

Rating: 82%


SHE'S THE BOSS, Apr 03, 2005

Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK

As far as 'Frasier' fans go, the question of whether or not the Kate Costas episode were funny or not has always sparked diversity and split the fans right down the middle. I didn't mind the episodes, but I think they took it as far as it was going to go. This, the third season premiere is without doubt my favourite episode in the Kate Costas arc, as I find very funny and love how Frasier and Kate embark on a war of words, surprisingly of which Frasier turns out the inferior player.

A huge improvement on the slow Season 2 opener, this opening episode is wonderful. I love Niles showing off his starters rifle, Eddie getting 'outfitted with a megaphone' but the best bits, are most definitely down at the radio station. When Frasier disagree's with Kate's idea of introducing themed shows 'let's take a leering look at infedility', Kate retaliates by putting the pompous shrink in an early morning slot. My favourite bit is when Roz and Frasier 'lower the tone' and begin turning the conversation to sex. With Rozs' 'call me Kitty' and 'the lines are hot, really hot', to Frasier throwing his pants off, this scene was hilarious and engaging. I think this is a really good beginning episode to what turned into a fabulous season of episodes.

Rating: 87%