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Episode reviews for Episode 3.04 - Leapin' Lizards

Avg. Viewer Review: 80.7%
Number of Reviews: 3

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She really IS the boss, Dec 04, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


I was disappointed when Tom Duran - played by the handsome
and charismatic Eric Lutes - was only seen twice in season 2, so it
was a pleasure to realise that Kate would be sticking around (for
a while, at least). Her presence helps to shake up the KACL
dynamic, which has become quite reliable by this point in the
series' run. The best thing about the character is her ability to call
Frasier on his actions. Of course, all of the main characters are
able to do so, but coming from an outsider, her points about
Frasier's snobbery and self-importance are refreshing and barbed.
Moreso than in Kate's first appearance, Mercedes Ruehl and
Kelsey Grammer manage to find a strong rapport, even if the final
scene in the hospital feels a little under-directed.

Bulldog was a character who I found grating in the first season.
Despite some fine work from Dan Butler, he seemed a little too
repetitive, and rarely did the writers take him outside his comfort
zone. In season 3, Butler and the writers manage to create a
more complex character for Mr. Briscoe. Plus, it's always fun to see
Frasier humiliated, and his performance of "Three Little Maids"
may just be the apotheosis of such humour!

Truth be told, I wish the episode had ended with the continued
escalation of the pranks, rather than focusing on the Frasier/Kate
relationship. But it's a moot point now, and doesn't take away
from my enjoyment of the office comedy on show. Season 3 may
just be the best season for KACL, and the writers have really
found their feet.


Rating: 86%

 

'Leapin' Lizards' review, Jun 01, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK.


Frasier becomes the victim of practical jokes for the first but certainly not last time in the series. The culprit here is Bulldog and Frasier unwisely attempts to stoop to his level with an ill-conceived prank of his own. It's hard not to smile at the girlish glee of Frasier's rendition of 'Three Little Maids' and I also like his shameless habit of mentioning his having been to Harvard at every opportunity. Although slightly let down by a not particularly funny closing scene with Frasier and Kate at the hospital, this episode is great fun with the brief appearance of the lizard another in a long line of amusing animal performances in the series.


Rating: 80%

 

LEAPIN' LIZARDS, Apr 16, 2005

Reviewer: Cake for Brains from Manchester, UK


'She's the Boss' was the introductory episode to station manager Kate Costas, who proved to be an intellectual equal to Frasier, thus proving both a nightmare and a major threat. The story is re-established in this episode, which sees Frasier fuming about the fact that Bulldog has been encouraged by Kate to publicly humiliate Frasier live on the airwaves.

Despite the fact that Bulldog has proved himself a popular character, I never really took a shine to him. I have enjoyed numerous of Dan Butler's appearances, but I don't think episode work as well when Bulldog is barking at the centre of them. I didn't really like this episode enormously therefore, but there were still plenty of noticeable highlights.

In contradiction to the previous paragraph I did really enjoy being allowed some insight into Bulldog's sports show. I loved the way all of his callers rang in hailing the presenter a heroic figure and a great influence, only to be cursed and told to 'beat it' by Bulldog. I also found the fact that Frasier kept dropping in that he'd attended Harvard into every conservarsation. I wasn't particulary keen to the liazrd bites Kate Costas twist, and therefore I thought this episde lacked the verbal spark of the season opener.


Rating: 76%