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Frasier: Here's Looking at You (1993)
Through the Looking Glass
Frasier buys a telescope to give his father a possible hobby. It is used to spy on people in their apartments. Martin makes a connection with a woman named Irene who has a similar telescope. What transpires is a back and forth as they get to know each other. Daphne is the voice of reason in the household. The conclusion is a bit lacking in finality. We'll see if this is addressed further in a future episode.
Frasier: I Hate Frasier Crane (1993)
Put Up Your Dukes
Frasier gets into it with a gossip columnist on the air and the guy challenges him to a fist fight. When he backs off from the confrontation, his father gets involved, shaming him. Anyway, for me the highlight of the show was Niles. He is the perfect foil for Frasier and a delightful actor.
Things We Knew but Not Specifically
This first episode takes us into the foundations of country music, which premiered in the early 20th Century. We are show the influence of the minstrel shows, the voice of religion, and a sort of post Civil War south. It rose from the poor who were able to embrace this music as part of daily life. The main focus, however, is on Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter family. The former was sort of an anything-for-the-music drive, including his self destruction. The Carters were the down-home, reserved figures. It was interesting to see that the popular record industry really took off. Rodgers spoke to the country during the depression because he was the everyman to the poor. I look forward to the next episode.
Frasier: Dinner at Eight (1993)
The boys decide that they should take their dad out for a fine dinner. It doesn't work out because of a booking problem, so Dad takes them to a pedestrian steak house. The two of them practice their condescending behavior, making fun of everything and ignoring basic kindness. These guys are each a piece of work.
Frasier: Space Quest (1993)
Feeling Out Process
There isn't a lot to this episode but it further develops the tension between Frasier and his father. With Daphne living in, he has lost all his privacy. His father is a harsh, practical man. Frasier is often a big baby and only involved in his own feelings. Still, one can relate to his pain.
Frasier: The Good Son (1993)
This pilot episode does all it needs to do in about 25 minutes. We are introduced to all the significant characters, not only by name, but we learn of their individual quirks. We know what Frasier does and his temperament. We know his brother is cowardly and controlled by his wife. We meet his father, who is dealing with a really difficult situation. And Daphne is going to be there as well.
Cheers: One for the Road (1993)
These Are Precious
I have to admit that I never saw these final three episodes when the show was on for the first time. This is a three parter that brings back Diane Chambers and a host of complications that need to be resolved. Old romances and new ones. Woody takes the helm as a city councilman. Carla has a near heart attack when she sees Diane, who has won an Emmy award. There is a great scene at Melvilles as Diane and Sam try to pretend they are married. But there are thing that don't change and it's that connection and that love that come to the fore.
Cheers: The Guy Can't Help It (1993)
Next to Last
Well, it's come this far! Rebecca meets a plumber and falls for him big time. Sam comes to realize that all his encounters haven't really set him up for a happy future. Frasier talks him into joining a group who are sexually beyond the pale. There is something sort of sad about all this. Some of these characters are like friends and we hope they will do well.
Rear Window Revisited
There are two interesting plots here. The first involves a misunderstanding. Mr. Gaines, Kelly's dad and Woody's father in law, invites Rebecca to his house for an evening of Mahler. She doesn't understand she is to be the bartender and leaps to the conclusion that a rich man is interested in her. In the much funnier plot, Cliff talks his mother into going into a retirement community, but the guys at Cheers believe he has killed her. Of course, all the dialogue promotes this idea. We move into the next episode with these two events moving things along.
Cheers: It's Lonely on the Top (1993)
Each Has His/Her Day
Now that Woody is a city councilman, Sam needs a new bartender. The job is handed over to Carla. To show her stuff, she mixes up a powerhouse drink. Each of the principles gets some and each comes in with a horrible hangover. They also have memory gaps from the night before. There are numerous scenes where they reconcile their actions. The funniest is when Norm and Cliff remember a trip to a tattoo parlor. Great stuff.
Cheers: Woody Gets an Election (1993)
Woody's Nuclear Threat
Frasier is so upset with an air-headed incumbent councilman who has been in office for 30 years that he attempts to test a theory that anyone could get 10 percent of the votes. Woody is chosen and Frasier begins a simple campaign for him. As he is interviewed he comes off as a simple but honest guy and the dominos begin to fall.
Cheers: Look Before You Sleep (1993)
I'm Tired Just Watching It.
Sam accidentally locks himself out of the bar. His keys and his wallet are in there and he is out in the cold. He goes from place to place trying to get rest and it's a disaster. Of course, his one port in the storm turns sour on him. It's quite a tour de force.
Harry the Hat Returns
Harry Anderson's character returns one last time as Gary challenges Cheers on St. Patrick's day. This time the stakes are really high and a price is paid, But there is a twist to this one that is worth the wait. Anyway, things are really amped up this time and it is obvious this was the las season.
Cheers: The Last Picture Show (1993)
At The Drive In
Some old tyrant who used to own Cheers comes in. Sam bought the bar from him originally and allows him to run the place for an evening. Meanwhile, Norm, Woody, Frasier, and Cliff go to a Godzilla marathon at a Drive-in which is about to close. This is a sort of normal episode with nothing spectacular going on.
We're Not Going to Venus
The return of Lilith creates some hilarious and some touching scenes. It starts with everyone converging at the bar. Lilith is first in her jump suit, away from the eco-pod. She gives her story and thinks they all knew about Frasier and Rebecca. Shortly thereafter, in walks Frasier and then Rebecca. There is hilarious byplay, particularly by Rebecca and her continuing guilt. But then the nutcase comes in and things drag a bit. Everyone does a fine job.
I don't know what it is but Kirstie Alley became so much more attractive in this last season. This is a nice episode when Fraiser gets a letter from Lilith wanting a divorce. She has been in that bio-dome thing. So Rebecca decides Frasier should have a party, but the consequences are that there is an attraction between them. This episode is quite touching with a subplot of the gang bumbling their way through things.
Cheers: Loathe and Marriage (1993)
Just in the Nick of Time
Carla's daughter is pregnant and comes to Carla to announce she is getting married. Of course, a wedding is planned and, of course, it will be tasteless. But there is even a fly in that ointment. Nick and Loretta show up uninvited. He is the father of the bride but Carla wants him gone. He has developed an Orangutan act and tries to get the men at the bar to invest in it. I love Nick. Really funny episode.
Robin returns, penniless (so he says) in pedestrian clothing, asking for a drink of water and a chance to see Rebecca. He makes an offhand comment about often leaving double amounts of money lying around. Of course, the barflies are soon tearing the place apart. Also, Rebecca, who doesn't believe him, tries to convince him that she would be happy to follow him, even in his present condition. The Cheers people even kidnap a fire chief whom they believe stole the money when Cheers caught fire..
Cheers: Norm's Big Audit (1993)
Norm Gets Audited Big Time
Norm gets audited (he never has any money so what could they find). His auditor is a tough, harsh, middle aged woman who is willing to trade her audit for his favors. It's a good episode, especially when Carla gets into the act.
Cheers: Sunday Dinner (1993)
Disappointment to the Nth Degree
First of all we have Cliff and his new camcorder. An anniversary party is going to take place at Cheers and Cliff talks a young man into being the photographer (even though he has never used the camera). What transpires is beyond belief--and hilarious. Frazier has a temp secretary who is sexy and gorgeous. She invites him to dinner at her place, but it turns out to be her family home. She is a fox who has a bike riding boyfriend. It's amazing to watch the tension. Great use of every possible thing that could go wrong.
Cheers: Love Me, Love My Car (1992)
Sam Is a Consummate Jerk
When the widow of the guy who bought Sam's car shows up at the bar to get an ID number, Sam believes this is the road to getting his car back. Dana Delaney (cute as a button kindergarten teacher) becomes the road through which he can get the car back. He takes advantage of her and incurs the wrath of the bar patrons. Even though he pulls things out in the end, he deserves whatever happens to him.
Rebecca's father, a Navy Captain, shows up at the bar to chastise his daughter because he sees her as a failure. Apparently, she has been living on a substantial allowance from her parents. The guy is a piece of work and he goes after Sam as an immoral pretty boy. But there is more to his efforts than meet the eye at first.
Adolph, Carla, and Hill
Cliff Claven is convinced that the new guy in his apartment building (he's 100) is Adolph Hitler, fresh from South America. Cliff begins to try to get the goods on the guy, leading to some harsh consequences. Meanwhile, John Hill has a mild heart attack while making love with Carla. The remainder of the show involves the push and shove between the two of them.
Cheers: Ill-Gotten Gaines (1992)
Eating Crow at Thanksgiving
There are two plots at work here. Sam talks Woody into telling off his father in law, the very rich Mr. Gaines. When Woody walks in on him, he doesn't realize Mr. Gaines appears from under his desk, having serviced his sister in law; however, Mr. Gaines thinks Woody has seen and so begins a campaign to earn his silence. The other plot is Thanksgiving at Cheers. All our people sit down for Turkey Day.
Cliff, Carla, and Norm seem to have taken a nasty turn. When Frasier is going through a horrible time, they are arbitrary and nasty. In this one he separates from Lilith in great pain and consternation. Lilith is going to live with her lover in a kind of biosphere, leaving her son behind with Frasier.