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Morning Becomes Entertainment
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Hanning & Jay Kogen

Directed by: Pamela Fryman

Original US airdate: 6th April 2000

Original UK airdate: 12th 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
Bebe Glazer .... Harriet Sansom Harris
   
   
Guest Cast
Matt .... Carlos Jacott
Stage Manager .... Ilo Orleans
Bethany .... Karen Hensel
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier joins Martin and Daphne at Cafe Nervosa in a jubilant mood after a great show, but Roz is the bearer of bad news: the station is taking of his show for a week and replacing it with 'Car Chat with Bob and Bethany'. He is understandably appalled but sees this a a ruse during his contract renegotiations. Meeting his agent, Bebe Glazer, later, Frasier learns that the negotiations aren't going well so Bebe suggests taking up an offer she had for Frasier and Roz to co-host AM Seattle, a morning chat and entertainment show (the Seattle version of 'This Morning', in other words) for a week in order to lever for a better contract. Frasier initially wants no part of a show which he sees as beneath him until he realises he can make the show classier and introduce culture to the show. On the day of the first show, Roz turns up ill and delusional minutes before they are due to go on air, causing the producer to want a re-run to be shown instead. Bebe manages to convince the producer to let her be the co-host (thanks to a dose of blackmail about the affair he's having with the wardrobe girl), and AM Seattle goes on the air with Frasier and Bebe presenting. Frasier launches into a piece he has prepared on 'Morning', almost causing the producer to go spare so he signals to Bebe to banter with him - so she gets Frasier to do his Sean Connery and James Mason impressions, much to the producer and audiences' delight!

The rest of the week goes well, with both Frasier and Bebe being recognised more on the streets, but Frasier's attempts at raising the standard of the show with culture always seem to be replaced with more crowd-pleasing items such as Frasier doing the cookery section together with Bobo the Cooking Chimp! Roz comes to see Frasier the day before his final broadcast with a rumour she heard that the producers are looking to keep Frasier and Bebe on full time, and she wants to know where she fits in. Frasier tells her not to worry, but when Bebe tells him the next day the very same news, he instantly accuses her of not caring about his radio contact. Bebe is a little taken aback - and hands Frasier his new contract, but tries to convince him to take up the TV job. Frasier's loyalties are sorely tested as he does love the sound of an appreciative audience, but Niles is on hand to try and win him back to psychiatry....Meanwhile, Martin's eyesight is failing and ends up going into the ladies room, forcing him to but some glasses. Unfortunately, they are ladies glasses and Martin just can't see it.

Episode Title Cards
  • I Think That Smell Is Grease Paint

Episode Highlights

- Frasier is appalled his show is being replaced by 'Car Chat With Bob And Bethany' for a week:
Frasier: How can anybody drone on for 3 hours on a subject no-one understands!
Roz: Yeah - we were there first!

- Martin went into the ladies room by mistake, prompting Daphne to suggest he gets an eye test:
Martin: [Picks up a small jug] There's nothing wrong with my eyes. I just want to sit here quietly and have a ... a drink of cream! Anybody have a problem with that?!

- Martin is proud of his new glasses:
Martin: This Loren guy really knows what he's doing.
Frasier: Ralph Lauren?
Daphne: Sophia!

- Frasier's contract negotiations aren't going well:
Bebe: I just need to find a way to put a scare into 'em.
Niles: Have you tried turning into a bat (!)

- Niles believes Frasier has fallen under Bebe's spell in accepting the TV job:
Frasier: Bebe is not some sorceress who can transform people at will.
[Martin enters in his glasses holding Daphne's handbag]
Martin: I can't find a damn thing in this purse!
Niles: If I said I'm sorry, will she turn dad back into a man (!)

- Martin says people are talking about Frasier more down at McGinty's:
Frasier: What do they say Dad?
Martin: Nothing to my face, but when I walk in they just nudge and whisper.

Frasier Online Episode Review

This episode is a return to form after a couple of disappointing ones, and features another enjoyable performance from Harriet Sansom Harris as Frasier's wily agent Bebe Glazer. The plot too was pretty good as Frasier, someone who loves nothing more than the sound of an appreciative audience, seems ready to give up radio psychiatry for the hady delights of a TV presenting job. I also enjoyed Frasier's attempts to take the show upmarket - which were rebuffed at every opportunity thanks to items like Frasier sharing a kitchen with Bobo the Cooking Chimp. The funniest lines and scenes, however, belonged to Martin and his choice of glasses - ladies glasses. The fact that no-one tells him makes for some brilliant comic moments particularly when Niles sees him wearing the glasses and carrying Daphne's purse. On the whole, then, this is a lively episode that earns itself a place in the above average category thanks to Martin and his glasses.

Rating

80 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 93.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 5


It's a good thing Dad choked on that peanut, May 17, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Harriet Sansom Harris is just a phenomenal gift to the series as Bebe Glazer, and "Morning Becomes Entertainment" (great title) is probably her last bona fide appearance on the show. She and Kelsey Grammer have such a fun chemistry that it's really very enjoyable to see the two of them attempting to host a breakfast radio shows. The supporting scenes aren't as funny, but it's just a hoot to get Bebe and Frasier into this position.

The script gets a lot of mileage out of the gulf between Frasier's belief in himself and the reality. He may loathe having fruit hurled at him by a monkey, and he may be genuinely confused that a breakfast TV audience don't want to see high culture. (There's a great shot of the audience with a massively obese man in the front row - it's a reminder first of all how mainstream this show is, but also of the oddity of the concept. People getting up at the crack of dawn to go and watch two other people banter? Bizarre.) Yet, like so many of us, the minute the spotlight is turned on him, Frasier changes. ("That woman never understood me or the role of Farmer Number 3!") Bebe is such a natural with the audience, and manages to suck Frasier into it. And after all, despite Niles' protestations, what is really wrong here? Frasier may have wanted PBS but really he's just following the logical path of celebrity. He'll make some money, have some more cultural cachet... at the end of the day there are two things wrong with Frasier's choice. First, that he's giving in to that dark side of his personality that has been present since season one, and which - whenever tempted by fame or worship - renders his ethics all but obsolete. Second, and more interestingly, Bebe and TV are a threat to the series' formula. In a meta-textual way, Bebe is threatening to tear the series' formula apart and Niles needs to salvage them all from that. But of course, it's mostly just good fun. And it ends with Bebe climbing a donkey with a sombrero and an hilariously haughty look. Who can complain?

(I should say, I really like the side of Roz which is brought out in all these Bebe episodes. She has a sense of pride in both KACL and the Frasier Crane Show, but really she's committed to having a job. At the end of the day she has to choose what's best for her, not for him!)

The subplot with Martin and his glasses is a bit silly. I'm not sure I'd buy that Martin - for all he lacks in fashion savvy - would choose ladies' glasses, but it works because of the script's penchant for double entendre and because John Mahoney could sell snow to Siberians. Although, as someone who grew up in a shepherd's pie household, the fact that he doesn't like a dish that is essentially warm spiced meat in potatoes... it beggars belief! I know it's Daphne's cooking but there's a limit, man!


Rating: 83%

 

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