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Sweet Dreams
Episode Details

Written by: Jay Kogen

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 19th May 1998

Original UK airdate: 19th June 1998


Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Gil Chesterton .... Edward Hibbert
Kenny Daly .... Tom McGowan
Tooty .... Marsha Kramer
   
   
Guest Cast
Mr Martin .... Miguel Sandoval
Protester .... Matt McGrath
Policeman .... Bill Ferrell
Guest Callers
Patrick .... John McEnroe

Episode Synopsis

Frasier takes part in a sit-down protest when the closing of a historic bookstore is announced with Daphne. However, when the police arrive to arrest the protesters, Frasier runs away leaving Daphne to be arrested. Feeling guilty for caving on his principles, Frasier take a stand at the station against reading advertisments for the station's newest sponsor, the Happy Dreams Tea Company, the copy of which includes the claim that drinking it will give you happy dreams all night long. Refusing to read it, Kenny fires Frasier, but the new station manager shows up at Frasier's apartment before the day is out to say he is going to tell the station owner that at KACL the talent comes first, and Frasier gladly decides to return to KACL.

However, the station owner Mr Martin, fires Kenny when he goes to talk to him, so Frasier rallies all the station employees to visit the "black tower" to face Mr Martin in order to get Kenny his job back. However when they confront Mr Martin, Frasier manages to convince him to go with what he believes is right - and Mr Martin decides to change KACL to an all-Latino station, meaning everyone is fired, including Frasier!!!

Episode Title Cards
  • When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
  • Once Upon A Time, Frasier, Roz, Gil, Bulldog and Tooty Went To The Black Tower...

Episode Highlights

- Bulldog uses his air horn to get people to leave the booth:
Frasier: That is not amusing when you do it in the men's room, it is not amusing now!

- Niles tries to convince his brother to join at him at one of Seattle's fusion cuisine restuarants:
Frasier: What cuisines are being fused?
Niles: Polynesian and Scandanavian - it's called "Mahole Valhalla"!
Frasier: Well, perhaps there's a reason why God put those countries so far apart (!)

- Frasier thinks he has become boring and predictable:
Frasier: Now the biggest risk I take is saying to Dad, " Hey let's go out for dinner, you pick the restaurant!"

- Frasier refuses to read the advert's copy, and gets taken off the air before he finishes his speech:
Frasier: How much did I get out?
Roz: Well, let's see...
Frasier [on tape]: The people that know me best will not be surprised by what I am about to tell you: I am not a man [tape cuts out]
Frasier: Perfect (!!)

- Kenny shows up at Frasier's apartment after he fires Frasier:
Kenny: Since I fired you I haven't been able to eat or sleep.
Frasier: Kenny, it's only been an hour and a half!

- Everyone except Frasier is afraid to get out of the elevator at "The Black Tower":
Roz: That metal detector thing we had to go through was really scary.
Bulldog: It was even scarier finding out Gil wears an anklet!

- Frasier tries to get the station owner Mr Martin to reinstate Kenny by appealing to his better judgement, but it has the adverse effect:
Mr Martin: From this day forward, the station is all Latino music, all the time!!!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Season 5 comes to a close, but for a season that has given us so many enjoyable episodes, it is rather disappointing to report that the season finale is sadly a bit below par. It's main problem is that the central plot - Frasier believeing he's not taking any risks, so takes a stand over the next issue that comes along - just feels so contrived, and isn't helped by some rather laboured jokes either. On the plus side, we do get to meet Kenny for the first time, and the speech Frasier gives on-air which is cut off mid sentence by Kenny means that he reveals to an audience that he isn't a man - all highly amusing moments. The cliffhanger ending that sees Frasier inadvertently getting the station manager to change KACL's format to an all-Latino station, putting him and everyone else out of a job, is not something the series usually indulges, but I'll certainly give the producers kudos for at least trying to shake up the show, though you do have to wonder where they are going with this particular storyline. Still, it does give us the opportunity to hear a Latino version of the show's theme which nicely rounds off a terrific season of the show, even if this episode doesn't quite cut it with the best the season has to offer.

Rating

76 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 78.7%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


"I am not a man...", May 10, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Like the four seasons before it, season five ends with an episode that is squarely focused on plot and reflection, which works and doesn't work in equal doses.

Frasier determines to take a stand, joining Daphne in a protest over a bookshop closure. Of course, being Frasier, he runs at the first sign of trouble, and his guilt at leaving Daphne to be arrested starts a spiral which ends with him - and the entire KACL staff - getting fired and replaced by a Latino station. The plot allows fitting but unpredictable moments for Daphne, Martin, and Niles, and I always enjoy episodes where KACL plays a prominent role, as they're like glimpses into a sitcom that could take place there full-time.

Not that many sitcoms would have their hero be the cause of everyone's folly, and this will lead to much soul-searching for him in season 6.

Still, I felt that the individual moments were far more than the sum of their parts. Kenny Daly is - in my mind - a rather vanilla character until he unexpectedly evolves in the otherwise lightweight season 8 - and I can think of many more enjoyable KACL storylines than the Latin invasion.

Overall, an inauspicious end to an exhilarating season. But let's attribute it to end-of-season exhaustion. Many thrills and laughs lie ahead.


Rating: 73%

 

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