Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 3 -> Episode 3.23
The Focus Group
Written by: Rob Greenberg
Directed by: Philip Charles Mackenzie
Original US airdate: 14th May 1996
Original UK airdate: 13th December 1996
Daphne is in a bad mood as Joe is spending their six month anniversary in Las Vegas with his buddies, although Martin does know a few shows that are well worth watching. Niles, on the other hand, is angry that a gallery owner is chasing him for $4000 after he accidentally damaged a painting. The pair's moods creates a friction between them which leads to an all-out slanging match, which seems to turn Niles on who decides to instigate a row at every available opportunity. Frasier though is having to endure his show being put through a focus group, where 12 people listen to Frasier's show and comment on what they think of it. Frasier and Roz are listening to what the group say behind a two way mirror, but his fears about what they might say appear to be unfounded as the whole group seems to love the show - with the exception of one man - Manu - who says he just doesn't like Frasier.
Instead of being able to be satisfied that the majority of the group
liked his show, he instead focuses on Manu's comment that he just didn't
like him. Hence, when he spots Manu at his news-vendor stand by the side
of the road, he decides to send Martin to ask him just what he meant by
his comment. He fails to get a answer that is good enough for Frasier,
forcing him to go over to speak to Manu himself. At first, Manu says he
didn't say those things but things go disastrously wrong when Frasier
has to take over Manu's stand, and soon learns why Manu just doesn't like
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- Martin tells Frasier about the product he had to review
when he was on a focus group:
Martin: It was a meat ball with the cheese injected right in the middle.
Frasier: Just as nature intended (!)
- Niles gets into a fight with Daphne after he castigates
her for watching a 'Jerr Springer' style talk show:
Niles: I'm sorry that I'm not as down to earth as you and your mu-mu wearing brethren!
- Bulldog comes into where Frasier and Roz are watching
their focus group:
Bulldog: Woah! Your groups even uglier than mine!
- Frasier tells everyone what his focus group said:
Frasier One man actually said "I just don't like him"
Niles: Only one (!)
- Niles doesn't feel safe in the area they've stopped
Niles: The docks are 2 blocks away.
Martin: So's the Ritz Carlton.
Niles: Exactly - I'm trapped between heaven and hell!
- Niles tells his father what is happening at Manu's
Niles: Frasier set his news stand on fire.
Martin: Uh-huh (!)
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
Rob Greenberg has written some great 'Frasier' episodes but sadly this isn't one of them - the whole Niles attempting to pick a fight with Daphne plotline didn't really work at all, while the central storyline pushes Frasier's obsessiveness to the fore which has the side effect of making him seem very annoying rather than someone we can side with. There are few good moments, such as Roz's throaty laugh and the Cleveland businessman story that Frasier makes up for Martin to try and find out what Manu meant about his comments - something that Martin promptly ignores when he speaks to Manu. However, these are the exception rather than the rule and the end result is a disappointingly dull episode.
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Avg. Viewer Review:
Total Number of Reviews: 4
Tony Shalhoub, Dec 06, 2011
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
"The Focus Group" is not my favourite episode of season 3. In
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