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Hot Pursuit
Episode Details

Written by: Charlie Hauck

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 23rd March 2000

Original UK airdate: 5th May 2000


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
Recurring Cast
Donny Douglas .... Saul Rubinek
Kenny Daly .... Tom McGowan
   
   
Guest Cast
Waiter .... Tom Gottlieb
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Martin and Donny return from a tractor pull event (which neither Niles or Daphne see the point of), while Frasier returns from seeing Frederick in Boston with a growing amount of stubble (the cue for beard jokes from everyone else). The joy of this, however, was tempered by seeing Lilith with her new boyfriend: a contortionist with the Cirque De Soleil. Roz then turns up with Frasier's travel documents for a broadcasting conference they are meant to be going to, but he thought it was next week. Frasier tries to convince Roz they'll not miss anything if they go tomorrow, but then he remembers Rush Hour Rita from last year and they are soon on their way. Donny then receives a call from the surveillance guy he was using that night for a divorce case involving the refuse king of Seattle. He then remembers Martin was an ex-cop and offers him the job at $50 dollars an hour plus $700 for a photo with him and the woman his wife suspects he's having an affair with. Niles is appalled and tries to convince his father otherwise, so he agrees not to do it to please his son - but then says he will do it to Donny.

Up at the conference, Frasier comes to Roz's room while his is being prepared, but then gets a phone call from reception saying that they don't have a room for him. Roz doesn't want Frasier to stay, fearing it'll cramp her style, but he persuades her that perhaps neither will need the room as there are plenty of people for both of them. Martin is on his stakeout when Niles appears at his van, having learnt from the security guard he decided to go on the stakeout after all. Very angry at his father lying to him, Niles explains he was worried about his father because he was a cop, and that this stakeout has brought all those feelings back. However, they do begin to bond until Niles questions whether Martin is doing the right thing as the man in question may be about too break off the affair and the evidence Martin collects could put an end to the guy's marriage. Martin agrees, but when the guy hits Niles' Mercedes he changes his mind and Martin gets his picture. Meanwhile, back at the conference, both Frasier and Roz were brushed off by the people they were chasing, and spend the evening talking until Roz reveals she has bought a blonde wig.. Will Frasier be able to keep his emotions and passions under control .....?

Episode Title Cards
  • Forget It Marty, It's Belltown
  • Like Two Ships Sinking In The Night

Episode Highlights

- Frasier informs Niles that Lilith's new boyfriend is a contortionist in the Cirque De Soleil:
Frasier: He's perfect for her - he has no apparent spine, and she can wrap him round her little finger!

- Frasier is reluctant to go to the conference's first night party:
Frasier: Last year, we ended up acting like a bunch of horny teenagers.
Roz: Exactly - so stop yacking and start packing!

- Niles doesn't want his father going on a stakeout in Belltown as he believes it to be sketchy:
Martin: To you Niles, a sketchy neighbourhood is when the cheese shop doesn't have valet parking!

- Niles hands his father clam chowder, just like his mother did when he was a child:
Martin: This is clam chowder!
Niles: Well, what did you expect?
Martin: Irish Whiskey! Your mother always filled it with coffee & Irish Whiskey. We just called it clam chowder in front of you kids.

- Roz is recanting her pursuit of a hot news reporter to Frasier:
Roz: That news guy actually said to me: "If you give me 22 minutes, I'll give you the world"

Frasier Online Episode Review

A low key, rather underpowered episode that takes in 2 plots and neither of them are amazingly funny or brilliant. Martin and Niles' stakeout had a nice bit of bonding but was otherwise a mite predicatable, while Frasier and Roz almost striking up a relationship was an interesting idea that didn't go anywhere - a bit like this episode in fact. There was a nice bit of comedy at the end where Kenny arrives late and has to then share the room with Frasier and Roz, but it was too little, too late. What was needed, really, was a more sparkling script to lift this episode out of the doldrums.

Rating

70 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 80.3%
Total Number of Reviews: 3


This is clam chowder!, May 17, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"Hot Pursuit" is a fascinating little episode that catches me up every time I watch it.

Niles tags along with Martin on a stakeout of sorts (taking a photo for Donny's current legal case), allowing one of the series' less often-used pairings to take centre stage. I like how they have a slightly gentler relationship than Martin and Frasier (Martin's classic line, "To you a sketchy neighbourhood is when the cheese shop doesn't have valet parking" comes off as far sweeter to his younger son) and the clam chowder gag is cute. The situation becomes quite emotional at points, with Niles getting a great monologue about how he's always been worried with having a father for a cop, and the debate over what exactly Martin is doing this for. The situation isn't particularly special, and comes about largely as a way for the characters to tread water this episode, but it gets to a nice core between these two characters, so I can't complain.

Daphne and Donny don't do much, but they're being written quite well together, particularly as a couple who are now past the courting stage. (Although after season 6, the series has completely forgotten about Donny and Roz's past, hasn't it? For a pair who once thought they could be something to each other, they don't even interact when in the same room!)

Meanwhile, Roz and Frasier get a most intriguing storyline when they attend a conference known for its after-hours licentiousness. This plot is bound to be controversial amongst a small base of fandom, deepening as it does into naturalism and suggesting (for the first time?) the real possibility of something between the two characters. While I think the Seattle-based plotline is quite disposable stuff, this story really caught my attention. There are neat little character touches (Roz's 'Transition year", like you're changing your summer wardrobe to winter) and the way they start out so casually, just two friends "hunting in packs".

The fact is, this is exactly what happens to us all times. A friend of the opposite (or same) sex whom you've known for so long that you never think about the possibility of attraction. Now, in this environment, with Roz a little desperate and Frasier questioning his romantic future, they spend some quality time together, engaging, jokingly flirting, and finally pondering the very real possibility. If Kenny didn't come along when he did (in a nicely written scene for that character), it seems 100% likely the pair would've slept together. At this point in their relationship, it might not change much, but at the same time it might change everything. Do I / they / the audience at the time think they would work out long term? Of course not. But in that vulnerable state, you start pondering. After all, Roz may not have sumptuous taste, but she's beautiful, witty, and ambitious. Frasier may not be the stuff of every woman's dreams, but he's intelligent, charismatic, and would make a great father. And beyond that, they're alone and a little horny, and completely trust one another... yes, that can be the reason too.

Overall, then, a wonderful outing for Grammer and Gilpin. It's an odd decision at this juncture, given we won't hear about this moment again for more than a season, but to be honest I don't mind that. I admire the fact that the writers planted this seed here and then left it to grow until next they wanted to use it. An intriguing departure from the norm.


Rating: 81%

 

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