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Episode reviews for Episode 5.03 - Halloween

Avg. Viewer Review: 94.6%
Number of Reviews: 10

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Oooooh, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

Another great episode shows just why this series came back up in the Nielsen ratings this year. The conceit of the episode is nothing new, but the little details all add up. Martin forcibly dressed as Peter Whimsy, Roz as O, Niles as Cyrano, Bulldog as Waldo ("He's in like ten books!"), and amusing little gags like Martin solving the mystery of "Last of the Mohicans", or the silly gag with the small doctor and the other child. "I don't know her!"

The main cast has a ball interacting both with each other and as themselves. David Hyde Pierce in particular has fun as a drunken, Cyrano-inspired Niles, while Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, and John Mahoney have endless fun rebounding off each other as the farce develops. (And the fact that the devil goes home with Eve is a great visual tag.)

Episodes about major plot developments can often be plot-over-comedy on this series (not necessarily to its detriment, though). Instead, while Roz's sudden life change is treated seriously, each character and moment - peaking with Frasier's inability to keep a secret - is perfectly in tune.

When the "To be continued" title appears, "Halloween" proves that it has earned the moment. The look on Roz's face shows us that this is going to be taken completely seriously, with all the respect due to these characters. Fine stuff.

Rating: 100%


Halloween, May 07, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

Chaoticly enjoyable tale that finds a possibly preggo Roz attending a lavish costume party at Niles' place with Frasier and company. This one goes the misinformation route as the cast gets all matter of facts mixed up. Been awhile since they ventured into this arena and there really are no mis-steps. The cast's timing is the master component of making us buy all this, and as usual, they deliver. There's also an abundance of gags for literary hounds and a chance to see Niles hammered on an array of booze selections. And I can never get over Grammer's precise pronunciation of "Baaaaa-labbermouth!"

Rating: 90%


Frasier - Halloween, Oct 12, 2009

Reviewer: Alana from Canada

This episode is so funny, I love it! It is by far my favorite episode of Frasier.

Rating: 100%


Misconceptions, Jun 18, 2009

Reviewer: David Sim from Skelmersdale, Lancashire

The first of three Halloween episodes the show would do. And undoubtedly the best. This is a splendid comedy of errors. The likes of which we don't normally see unless it flows from the pen of either Joe Keenan or Christopher Lloyd. But it was actually by neither. This magnificent episode was written by the lesser known Suzanne Martin.

Suzanne Martin is a maddeningly erratic talent. Her work tends to swing between extremes. Either sublime comedy or forgettable fodder. Happily Halloween is more of the former. Its the crown jewel in Martin's collection. And by far the best episode of the season.

Martin enjoys writing episodes where Roz plays a major role. And one of the things that's refreshing about Halloween is the fact that its not just one of the great Frasier farces, but Roz is the catalyst for a change. She's at the centre of it instead of being unfairly sidelined.

Season 5 is probably the most Roz-centric season. It introduces a story for her that would continue throughout the season. And it all begins here. Roz is pregnant. Or at least she thinks she is. She hasn't got the results back from the doctor yet. And she's a nervous wreck. To take her mind off it, Frasier convinces her to come to Niles' Halloween party. And everyone has to be in costume. As famous literary figures.

The trouble begins when Roz tells Daphne that she's had a little accident and doesn't know what the damage is yet. But Daphne misunderstands and thinks she's talking about a car accident. Or "rear ended" as she so delightfully puts it. When she mentions it to Frasier, he gets the wrong end of the stick as well. They're wires are seriously crossed because they're talking about two completely different things.

But just as Daphne discovers what Frasier was really talking about, Niles overhears half of the conversation, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. That Daphne's pregnant, and Frasier's the father!

Halloween is a superb example of how a little misunderstanding can work its way through a group of people until no one is sure of anything anymore. The episode is like one gigantic game of Chinese Whispers. Where it starts out as one thing, and along the way, the message is lost and becomes a completely different one. This is wonderful writing. I really thought I was watching one of Joe Keenan's at times.

As a writer, Suzanne Martin sometimes succeeds. And sometimes she doesn't. With Halloween, she's right on target. Her script is a faultless slice of inspired farce. It just keeps on going without ever making a mistep. And the confusions just keep on coming.

Martin has constructed a really intricate script. Full of double meanings and rich nuances. This type of writing is what should win you an Emmy. Halloween was criminally overlooked. One of the funniest things about it is the way Frasier chats up women at the party, and when Niles confronts him about Daphne, Frasier just shrugs it off as if it doesn't matter. Because he thinks he's talking about Roz. Confused yet?

Eventually it gets back to Martin. But he thinks Roz is pregnant with Frasier's child! Everytime you think this couldn't possibly get more complex, Suzanne Martin pulls another one out of the hat. Its something that puts Frasier right up there with Fawlty Towers or an Ealing comedy for splendid, precision engineered farce.

All the while, Niles is downing punch like a wino, as he tries to keep up with every new snippet of (mis)information. He decides to do the honourable thing, and propose to Daphne. The episode skilfully leads into that when Niles (again) walks into the middle of a conversation and gets the wrong idea:

Frasier: I'm dreadfully sorry Daphne about your condition but its your own fault. You should have read the directions on the packet before you used it!

He was talking about Daphne's fake eyelashes at the time. Because they kept making her eyes water, Niles chooses to believe she's crying over her "delicate condition" and Frasier is not the least bit worried. It all finally collapses when Niles drunkenly pops the question and Frasier sets him straight. Topped by Roz announcing she is pregnant after all. It brings this wonderfully funny episode to a sudden, abrupt halt. It leaves one quite numb.

I hope this review made sense. Even I got a bit confused while writing it. But its such a fantastic episode from start to finish. It has many wonderful gems and neat little jokes. Niles comforts a supposedly pregnant Daphne, but he's as rude as ever to a genuinely pregnant Roz. Best of all is Eve, the woman Frasier's been chatting up all night. None other than Mrs Kelsey Grammer herself. Eve (from the Bible) is seen leaving with the Devil at the end. Classic!

An unmissable episode. Suzanne Martin would follow it up in the next one but even on its own, Halloween is still a solid gold, Frasier classic. An episode that never falters, and can reduce you to tears no matter how often you watch it!

Rating: 100%


One of my favourites...., Dec 22, 2007

Reviewer: Sepheryn from Northern Ireland

One of the best Frasier episodes. David Hyde Pearce is brilliant as usual.

'From here it smells like 80 proof!' lol

Rating: 96%


Should be renamed "Niles makes a fool out of himself", May 27, 2007

Reviewer: Jenny R. from London

LOVE this one. Very funny, especially the stuff Frasier comes out with. Niles' costume is great, as is his acting; DHP on top form.

Favorite quote:
Gil: Mmm, what a delightful medley of fromagian splendour, you must try.
Martin: Mm, cheesy.

Great stuff.

Rating: 98%


BIG NOSE NILES!, Jul 09, 2006

Reviewer: Johanna Moss from Burscouh, Lancs, UK

Oh what an episode, an absolute classic. I have seen it again this week on satellite and I must have laughed so much I had pains in my sides.
The whole episode is about Niles OTT Halloween party & Roz finding out she is pregnant and Frasier letting the secret out.
Niles is wearing a fabulous costume of a literary hero, Cyrano De Bergerac, a old day swordsman with a plumed hat and an enormous nose. It is so long his nose when listening at a door to find out the pregnancy secret it gets squashed when the door opens!! And by squashed I mean bent across his face. Any way he thinks Daphne is with child, not Roz and worse still Frasier is the father. As Frasier is being very flippant & blase about it all he drinks a lot of wine/champagne/vodka and decides to propose to Daphne to do the honourable thing by this poor single mother.
I could go on and on about this episode, but there is so much in it I really can not do it justice, watch it again & love it all over again.

On a final note, I have never seen costumes so fantastic at any tv show party than in this episode, ones to note are Bull Dog as Wally from Where's Wally (or Where's Waldorf for the US audience), Martin as Sherlock Holmes and a pretty young blonde who Frasier has his eye on as Eve from the Garden of Eden, dressed only in skin coloured body stocking and very long blonde wig. Ironically she leaves the party, not on the arm of Frasier as he wanted but on the arm of the Devil!!!!

Watch and ENJOY, 100% entertainment.

Rating: 100%


I love this episode!, Mar 03, 2006

Reviewer: Stephanie from Canada

I love 'Frasier' and I thought this was such a funny episode. I loved when Roz kept making mistakes while they were on the air. I also thought it was hilarious that Niles proposed to Daphne and the way his voice sounded when he found out that Roz was the one who was really pregnant. Lol! This is my favorite episode for sure!

Rating: 100%


Review for 'Halloween', Feb 13, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.

A momentous moment in the history of the show with Roz discovering she's pregnant. This was the first time, aside from Niles separation with Maris, in which any of the characters had really undergone a life changing experience.

The episode itself centres around a fancy dress Halloween party and contains all of the farcical misunderstandings that you would expect but the writing seems less accomplished than in the past. Niles asking Daphne to marry him is scarcely believable and there is a 'disconnected' telephone joke that is hideously predictable.

Rating: 71%


'Halloween' review, Jun 21, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

A hilarious and ingeniously written farce which begins with Roz confiding to Frasier that she believes she is pregnant, something which leads to a series of brilliantly sustained misunderstandings at Niles' Halloween ball in which each of the guests are dressed as a literary character. Niles himself dresses up as Cyrano de Bergerac, complete with a fake long (and rather bendy) nose, Frasier and Daphne are Geoffrey Chaucer and The Wife Of Bath respectively, Roz is 'O' from "The Story Of 'O'", Gil becomes Chingatchkook (aka The Last Of The Mohicans) and Bulldog the somewhat less highbrow Waldo. Things really get serious when Niles assumes that not only is Daphne pregnant but that Frasier is the father! What works so well about this is the way that Frasier's behaviour towards Daphne seems so insensitive to Niles, who himself treats the genuinely pregnant Roz in a similarly callous manner. In the end Niles is so disgusted with his brother's behaviour that, filled with a considerable amount of alcohol, he dramatically proposes to Daphne in full view of everyone. Naturally as soon as Frasier has set him straight about the truth of the situation, Roz re-enters the room to announce that yes, she is pregnant after all as the episode comes to an abrupt end with the story continuing in the next episode. Having the characters dressed up as literary figures is a terrific idea and puts a clever new spin on the usual farcial situations which this show seems to excel in. In short this is simply a hugely funny episode, or as Martin would put it 'Ye olde laugh riot'.

Rating: 91%