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Episode reviews for Episode 4.15 - Roz's Krantz and Gouldenstein Are Dead

Avg. Viewer Review: 85.0%
Number of Reviews: 8

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A softer tone, but worth it, Dec 11, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

This episode is certainly not one of "Frasier"s gut-bustingly funny
installments, but I ended up really liking this soft tale of fears and
old age. The story starts out deceptively, with Roz's community
service seeming like an amusing subplot. However, once Frasier
and Roz arrive at the retirement home, it becomes clear that this
is going to be a different sort of story.

One thing I enjoy about "Frasier" is that it oftens seems like a
stage play. Of course, multi-camera sitcoms have their origins in
theatre, but - more than most - this is a sitcom that can rely on
the acting chops of the cast, to create works that are slightly
more challenging to the formula. Much of the episode centres on
two conversations. In one, Lois Smith gives Roz some insight
about ageing: some hopeful, some slightly more wistful. It's a
nice, natural tale.

The other is the stronger one, as James Earl Jones - playing a
blind widower - bonds with Frasier. It's a surprisingly sweet story,
very well-acted by those involved. It probably felt a bit strange to
the studio audience, and perhaps it feels strange if you just catch
it on TV, when you expect some of the series' more traditional
farce. That's the great thing about having the DVD ten years after
the series, however: what may have been an anomaly when
viewed as the only episode of the week, these little side-trips
become intriguing additions to the series' varied palette. A
touching little tale.

Rating: 86%


Roz's Krantz and Gouldenstein Are Dead, Apr 30, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

Another somewhat peculiar plotline for season 4, but it's mostly to get Roz some "center" time, so no real loss. She's performing community service which requires her to visit an old age home, with deathly consequences. There isn't much here aside from an interesting scene of parallel toward the end, where both Roz and Frasier encounter two quirky types. Roz's elder lady sort of schools her on life lessons, while Frasier attempts to outwit a schmaltzy blind man (Jones, in a wonderful surprise appearance). Best moment: Peri's "Ohhh, my God!" to the realization that she had "struck" again.

Rating: 85%


Blind Humour, Dec 29, 2008

Reviewer: Linda Strachan from Scotland

Yet again another excellent episode. The bit where Frasier is on his knees looking for the broken nose and the blind gentleman is trying to work out where Frasier is standing, is absolutely hilarious.

The oldies in the episode fit in well, and the nurse giving the bed bath is a hunk. G'awn yersel' Roz!!!

Rating: 96%


Frasier at its best, Nov 27, 2008

Reviewer: Tid from SW England

This is a wonderful wonderful episode, and certainly not in the slightest bit
mawkish. There is a constant undercurrent of humour with some beautiful
lines (both Bulldog's and Niles' separate but identical reactions to overhearing
Roz speak of how a man had 'died on her'; Martin trying to learn how many of
Daphne's patients died; the opening scenes where Frasier and Niles discover
Roz at the roadside CS team).

But it is the warmth of the later scenes that make this show breathe : no farce,
no silly plot devices, just Frasier and Roz meeting two wonderful and real
elderly characters who each in their own way manage to teach our friends
some useful lessons about life but in a totally UN-sentimental way. Moira with
Roz, especially : "I wake up each day, I see the sun shining, I hear the birds
singing ... I go into the bathroom, I look in the mirror, and you know what I
say to myself? Aaaaaaaaargh!"

These episodes - where moments of pathos and poignancy are allowed through
the cracks of farce and silly plots - are what make Frasier special for me.

Rating: 95%


One of the best, Nov 27, 2008

Reviewer: Streetworker from Manchester, UK

I'm baffled by those who claim this ep is mawkish as there's nothing remotely mawkish about it; quite the reverse as it just has a fundamental truth and honesty about the human condition. Oh, and it has one of the finest, genuinely laugh-out loud of the entire run (the nose, of course).

Rating: 95%


Mawkish 'Frasier' at Its Worse, Mar 29, 2008

Reviewer: Rich from Exeter, England

One of those episodes that just makes my toes curl with embarrassment. I watched it again just last week and could barely stick with it, and it seems to last much longer than its 20 minutes! It could've been played as black comedy but instead the writers' give us treacle-y sentimentality. Roz being given a 'life lesson' by an old woman in a care home... why did they think this would make a good scene?? A few funny lines but this episode is definitely one to avoid!

Rating: 50%


Goooooooood episode seattle!, Apr 14, 2007

Reviewer: Dr Frasier Crane from Seattle, WA USA

This is a gooooooooooood episode and should not have such a low percentage!!! buy the series and watch it for yourself!!! don't spoil the storyline by believing others who don't like it!! It will make you laugh!! Frasier is comedy genius!!

Rating: 96%


'Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead' review, Jun 13, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

In order to complete her community service, Roz volunteers to work at an old people's home only to become distraught when two of the inhabitants die under her supervision. Although this episode isn't full of big laughs, it's a thoughtfully written and often poignant one with great performances from Lois Smith as the rebellious Moira and James Earl Jones as the sweet-natured blind man Norman. There's a great bit of visual humour from Kelsey Grammer when he drops Norman's face mask, breaking off it's nose which he frantically tries to re-apply with denture adhesive while Roz's heart to heart with Moira is both amusing and quite touching, making this a nicely low key episode for this season.

Rating: 77%