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Episode reviews for Episode 3.10 - It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave

Avg. Viewer Review: 87.2%
Number of Reviews: 4

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Farewell Kate, Sep 17, 2012

Reviewer: Lucy from London

A nice episode which sees the departure of Kate Costas excellently played by Mercedes Ruehl.

I was sad to see Kate go as I really enjoyed the scenes with her and Frasier and thought they were really good together.
It was good to see him with someone who he shared an amazing chemistry with.

I liked the scenes where they were turning up at each otherís apartments then he finally gets to see her at the airport and say goodbye.
As her plane is delayed, they decide to spend the time finding out more about each other, as up until now their relationship had been purely physical.
The more they find out, the more they realise how they have absolutely nothing in common. You can see Frasier realising quite soon that he has no future with her, which is sad to watch.

This scene is very well acted by both of them.

I hope Kate got her cat back!

Rating: 90%


Why Frasier rules, Dec 06, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

The big challenge of a sitcom (and, indeed, most TV) is that things
need to be restored to the status quo. We can be reasonably
sure that Roz, Martin or Frasier won't get married or move to New
York midway through the series. "Frasier" is certainly willing to
break the mold from time to time but, even when it can't, it makes
sure to treat the characters with respect. One option for a long-
running series is just to ignore the fact that your characters have
the same job and lifestyle ten years after we meet them. Another
is to cheekily reference it all the time. The third option, which
"Frasier" is the king of, is to make this an issue that the
characters themselves deal with. It will come up much more in
future seasons (particularly the unfairly maligned 'Frasier's Edge'),
but there are moments between Frasier and Kate here which give
us a hint of Frasier's growing loneliness. In short, Kate may have
had to leave to preserve the status quo, but the series isn't going
to let itself off that lightly.

By now, Frasier and Kate have an effortless rapport, and the two
actors make the most of the final act, which is basically just the
two of them in an airport. It's a painfully real moment, as the pair
realise that their fling - based, admittedly, on genuine chemistry
and some shared interests - actually doesn't have the basis for a
grand romantic gesture. Airports never really bode well for Frasier
Crane, and this is no exception.

The non-Frasier scenes are unimportant but very, very funny, with
some great interaction between Roz, Daphne and Niles. Season
three doesn't quite have the high batting average of season two,
but all the character moments are as solidly pitched as ever.

Rating: 87%


Kate, don't go!!, Apr 04, 2011

Reviewer: Fido from Cambridgeshire, England

I think Frasier's relationship with Kate Costas was the most interesting relationship he would ever have (save maybe for Sam). Despite their differences, they connect so well. I feel sad whenever I watch this episode. It breaks my heart to see Kate leave. This episode was well written and acted to make me care so much. Mercedes Ruehl did an amazing job playing Kate and I feel her time on the show was much too short...but was also highly memorable! This will remain an important, yet bittersweet episode for me.

On a sidenote, I really do hope Kate got her cat back.

Rating: 95%


'It's Hard To Say Goodbye If You Won't Leave' review, Jun 04, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

This episode sees the end of Frasier and Kate's relationship and it's probably a good thing too as I feel this storyline has begun to outstay it's welcome. Still, the episode is as well written as ever and there are some very funny moments such as Niles 'grating' on Daphne in the kitchen as well as the great scene where Daphne keeps giving away the endings of films which Niles is planning to watch on video for the first time. The lengthy final sequence at the airport is nicely handled if lacking in big laughs as Frasier and Kate realise that, despite their best efforts to prove otherwise, they have absolutely nothing in common.

Rating: 77%