Frasier: Season 6
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The sixth season had more than a few laughs. Initially, Frasier was unemployed after KACL converted to a Latino-music station. One particularly funny episode was "Frasier's Curse", which had the unemployed Frasier trying to strike an upbeat note while awaiting a high school reunion. Frasier eventually does get his job back (sadly, Bulldog doesn't). Another highlight is a visit from Cheers' dense bartender Woody, which serves as a reminder of where Frasier actually began. "IQ" has Niles and Frasier settling the score on which one is smarter, but the best episode of this season is "Dinner Party." In this real-time episode, Frasier and Niles decide to throw a dinner party, but the planning goes awry when one of the guests makes a disparaging remark about one of the brothers. It's very clever, although it doesn't exactly take advantage of the entire ensemble.
Ultimately, this is a happier season than the last one, but it has the usual quandries and issues for Frasier and his family and friends (and we wouldn't have it any other way). This is still the show on the top of its game, before the 7-8-9 seasons' gradual erosion and the last two seasons' remarkable recovery. A worthy buy.
Frasier does ultimately get his job back at the radio station, and salsa music is banished. But the best episode lies a little ahead, on disk three...
My personal favorite episode is "Three Valentines," which combines some of the best Frasier elements. It starts out with Niles, solo at Frasier's place, preparing for a date with the president of the wine club. The writing is so clever and, as much, Niles' acting of the complex physical requirements, timing, and facial expression through an entirely silent sequence is just amazing - as good as anything you'd get in the whole series.
This is almost matched by Frasier's comedy of perception and expectation with the great-looking Communications Director of the station (played by Virginia Madsen in her prime). Again, the writing is strong and the acting matches it - although you can see just a hint of the upcoming trouble we're soon to have with Kelsey Grammer.
But the best one is the segment between Daphne and Martin. His cynical crustiness plays off Daphne's despondency over spending Valentine's Day without a date, and weakens when he realizes that she does not find him an "attractive older man."
Overall, the season is a really good one - enjoyable, relaxed and not quite yet as formulaic as seasons ahead.
1. Good Grief
2. Frasier's Curse
3. Dial M For Martin
4. Hot Ticket
5. First, Do No Harm
6. Secret Admirer
7. How To Bury A Millionaire
8. The Seal Who Came To Dinner
9. Roz, A Loan
10. Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz
11. Good Samaritan
12. Our Parents, Ourselves
13. The Show Where Woody Shows Up
14. Three Valentines
15. To Tell The Truth
17. Dinner Party
18. Taps At The Montana
20. Dr. Nora
21. When A Man Loves Two Women
22. Visions Of Daphne
23. Shutout In Seattle (1)
24. Shutout In Seattle (2)
Producers: please program the first DVD so the commercials can be skipped. And, provide extras.
Amazon: is there an e-mail list announcing new season releases?
Oddly enough, the problem episodes bracket an otherwise very good season with some priceless moments. "Good Grief" is a good example of what is not right as it finds Frasier out of work (which he would be until "Roz, A Loan" nine episodes later) and the entire cast pushing the comedy, instead of relaxing and letting the writing do its work. Kelsey Grammer in particular is somewhat frantic in the first few episodes and each punchline gets an unnecessary yell or emphises that works against the humor.
The really good episodes begin with "First, Do No Harm" featuring Teri Hatcher who completes a trifeca of comic highlights here, after her unforgetable turns in "Night Court" & "Seinfeld". The fun continues on the Disc 2 starting with "The Seal Who Came To Dinner" and "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz", a killer combo of classic Frasier laughs highlighted by the appropriate yell of "JESUS!".
Disc 3 contains the single finest moment of the season in "Three Valentines", a perfect, nearly wordless scene with Niles preparing for his date at Frasier's place, only to have one disaster follow another with Eddie looking on. Woody Harrelson turns in one of his best "Woody" performances in "The Show Where Woody Comes Back". The final toast at the end of the episode is both touching and appropriate.
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To me the funniest moment is a Christmas Episode. Frasier's new love interest stops by on the way to the airport. She realizes that he is not Jewish and her mother will carp about it all the way to wherever it is they are going. He gets the whole family to fake Jewish for a while, but at one... Read More
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