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Shutout In Seattle
Episode Details

Written by: David Issacs

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 20th May 1999

Original UK airdate: 11th June 1999


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
Noel Shempsky .... Patrick Kerr
Donny Douglas .... Saul Rubinek
Bonnie .... Alice Playten
Faye Moskowitz .... Amy Brenneman
Cassandra Stone .... Virginia Madsen
   
   
Guest Cast
Kit .... Jessica Cauffiel
Jack .... Jason Graae
Bartender .... Gregory Jbara
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Niles and Roz are feeling left out in the love stakes as everyone else seems to be in a happy relationship: Frasier and Faye, Donny and Daphne and now Martin is back with Bonnie (who he invited to watch the Superbowl with him in an earlier episode). However, Frasier just can't stop saying Cassandra when he means Faye, covering it up by saying Cassandra is his aunt. After Frasier discovers that Roz has slept with Bulldog, he is understandably appalled while Bulldog just can't get enough of it. Daphne has managed to lose Donny's engagement ring but Frasier is more worried about Niles as he won't return any of his calls, and after getting a call on Niles's cellphone that the diamond earrings he ordered from Maris's favourite jewellers are ready, he is convinced that he has got back with Maris and is too ashamed to tell him. So he and Martin go over to Niles's apartment and discover that he has been going out with Kit - a waitress from the cafe. Kit is a free spirit and changes Niles's image and personality into something resembling a hip, young 20 year old.

After Frasier finds Daphne's ring on the edge of the jacuzzi, the relationship between Roz and Bulldog takes an unexpected turn when he suggests they have dinner first, but after he tells Roz he has just been fired, she doesn't have the heart to turn him down. Frasier meets Roz at the Cafe Nervosa who tells him that she is about to break it off with Bulldog after the awful date the night before, but when he arrives he says he has met a woman at Unemployment and is off to Hawaii, and so Roz gets dumped. Niles and Kit are also in the cafe, much to Frasier's annoyance, but he admits to Frasier that this new lifestyle is killing him and is about to break it off with her. When he does, Kit manages to turn it into a big scene and storms out. Martin arrives looking forlorn because he had to break things off with Bonnie after an embarrassing scen when Bonnie's dog Lady humped Eddie in his park. Faye then arrives but while she is in the bathroom, Cassandra bumps into Frasier and when she and Faye finally meet, Frasier is out on his ear.

In the final scene, Niles and Martin join Frasier in a wine bar lamenting about their love lives. Frasier and Niles are convinced that therapy is the answer but Martin says that it's just life. Finally the three of them join in on a rendition of 'Goldfinger'.

Episode Title Cards
  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Moon Around The Ring
  • Sooner Or Later Everyone Comes To Cafe Nervosa

Episode Highlights

- After Niles says he is taking Maris to a bistro:
Frasier: Well, the most you should be out is a cup of clear broth.
Niles: No, this is lunch. She takes her large meal in the evening.

- Bonnie reminds them she came to see the SuperBowl:
Bonnie: I brought the ham loaf.
Frasier: How could we forget? We discussed it long after.
Niles: Came up almost daily (!).

- After Bulldog realises Roz told Frasier about him and Roz:
Bulldog: Yeah, I told a few guys myself.
Roz: Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!
Bulldog: Where have I heard that before (!).

- Frasier and Martin talking to each other on the phone without realising who they are talking to.

- Roz tells Frasier she is seeing Bulldog again:
Roz: I can't stop myself. He's good. I mean I'm better but he's trainable.

- Donny joins everyone for breakfast:
Donny: Another full house I see.
Frasier: Yes, and that robe is available for purchase in the gift shop!

- The sight of Niles as a hip young thing in leather.

- As Frasier sees Niles and Kit happy together:
Frasier: Maybe I should stop interfering and being such a buzz kill.
Roz: What does that mean?
Frasier: Oh Roz, plug in!

Frasier Online Episode Review

The season finale, and only the second hour long episode too, which packs a lot into it's running time - in a great opening scene we see everyone except Niles in a happy relationship, which ends with him hyperventiliating although he eventually finds solace in Cafe Nervosa waitress called Kit, who transforms him into a hip young thing (well, until he can't take it anymore). Meanwhile, Frasier keeps calling Faye Cassandra, and Martin's relationship with Bonnie runs into trouble too, and the three story lines criss cross amusingly throughout the episode while in a rather shock exit, Bulldog gets fired by KACL (thus ending Dan Butler's role as a semi-permanent cast member) - like I said, the episode packs a lot in. All of this adds up to a solid and quite entertaining episode that ends quite nicely as the three Crane men lament their love lives before singing 'Goldfinger' togther, ending a rather uneven season which took a while to find it's feet but produced a number of highly entertaining episodes along the way.

Rating

80 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 92.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 5


Musical chairs, May 16, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Season 6 ends with a really rather good episode. For once, everyone is invested in a relationship - even if very few of them are destined to end the episode! Niles' depression, in the aftermath of losing Daphne "forever", plays nicely into the hilarious breakfast sequences, with Martin, Frasier, and Daphne all bringing home their paramours.

"Shutout in Seattle" may be a double-length episode but it still feels like it's cramming everything into the storyline. Martin and Bonnie, admittedly, are mostly there for the laughs. Daphne and Donny have had their drama for the season. Roz mostly hovers around the edges, but again Bulldog is back in her life, remaining - for a little while longer - a possibility for her in the long run, even if their chemistry is played for laughs.

But of course, this finale is about the brothers Crane. Niles moving on from both Maris and Daphne is the emotional highpoint. His relationship with gleeful young waitress Kit allows David Hyde Pierce to play up a rarely-seen aspect of Niles' personality, as well as some that he's faking just for this experience. I always think of Niles as such a boyish little man, so seeing the balding Hyde Pierce in a leather jacket is a great way of using the actor's image to remind us that Niles really is too old and prim for this jazz. The character comedy blends expertly with plot here. It may be the last "Frasier" season finale that I unreservedly love, but I'll withhold judgment on that for now.

Meanwhile, we get some great mileage out of Frasier and Faye, with him trying to move past Cassandra. He made a choice, but whether it was the right one remains to be seen. Amy Brennemann has been so much fun as Faye (and continues to shine, mocking Kit under her breath) that it's a shame to see her go. Still, her relationship with Frasier was perhaps too well-suited for much future comedy or drama.

I've really enjoyed the unified character comedy and drama of this season, which came at a very easy time for this show in the public image. The final scene may seem odd at first glance - the three Crane men drown their sorrows in a bar and end up singing "Goldfinger". Yet, it's quite apt for a season that saw Frasier question his career and point in life, Niles getting divorced and losing Daphne, and Martin easing much more into life with the boys. For once in their life, the three Cranes have a kind of simpatico. They're all taking stock, looking to the future, and it really does feel that the show is in very capable hands.


Rating: 90%

 

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