Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 8 -> Episode 8.15
Written by: Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil
Directed by: David Lee
Original US airdate: 6th March 2001
Original UK airdate: 20th April 2001
Roz gets approval from Kenny to put together a documentary about space exploration, leading Frasier to immediately angle for the role of narrator. Roz agrees, but at the first producation meeting every idea that Frasier has gets rejected by Roz, while the ideas of her production team are taken on board without exception. This leads Frasier to get a bit resentful, but it is Roz who gets angry when Frasier seems to be taking over control of the show. Their subsequent argument causes Frasier to quit, but Frasier is adamant Roz will come crawling back to him - but he is in for a shock when Roz announces she has replaced Frasier with John Glen - a real-life astronaut (and now a US Senator).
Frasier is convinced that Roz is rejecting his ideas because of personal reasons rather than them being bad ideas, so he manages to get John Glen to suggest some of his ideas to Roz but make them look as if the astronuat had thought of them. This he does - and Roz tells him they are good ideas, leaving Frasier fuming and tells her they aren't John's ideas, they're his, something Roz isn't too happy about........Meanwhile, Martin and Niles make a kite just like they did in Niles' childhood but disaster beckons when Niles tries to fly the kite himself.
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- Niles turns down Martin's offer of home-made chilli:
Niles: Do you ever miss vegetables?
Martin: For your information, college - the bean is a vegetable.
- Martin wants to make their kite a dragon, an idea which thrills
Niles: We'll call it Fuffner after Sigfried's fiery nemesis!
Martin: Maybe we'll just make a fish (!)
- Roz feels Frasier is taking over her show:
Roz: Can I talk to you for a minute, Frasier?
Frasier: Yes, of course - you're the boss. Back in five, everyone.
- Martin feels Niles isn't ready to fly their kite alone:
Martin: This isn't like driving a car, you know - it takes practice and concentration.
- The scene where Niles is nearly pulled over Frasier's balcony by the kite.
- Roz loves the ideas that John Glenn suggests:
Roz: You are full of great ideas.
Frasier: [taps Roz on the shoulder] No - I am full of great ideas!!
|Frasier Online Episode Review|
This episode follows in the tradition of the writers other episodes: 'RDWRER' and 'Radio Wars' by having the elements of a great episode but not quite achieving it. This episode features Roz thrust back into the spotlight after being sidelined for some time, another outing for pompous Frasier who firmly believes he is in the right, and a nice subplot of Martin and Niles building a kite together. And yet, and yet...... I felt the script lacked enough genuinely amusing lines and moments, and while John Glen's cameo was amusing enough, this show promises much but delivers only a rather average episode.
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Total Number of Reviews: 5
Why'd you do it, Senator Glenn?, May 17, 2013
Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia
I'm not surprised that "Docu.Drama" is a particularly divisive episode. It perhaps shouldn't be, but the script defies formula in a way that reminds me of the oddly-structured "RDWRER". That episode, I argued, certainly could have been more competently constructed as either a farce or a family conflict vehicle (pardon the pun). Instead, they chose (I hope deliberately) to make it more of a vignette piece and overall I approved. Similarly, "Docu.Drama" has a different feel than any episode that has come before, which I have to assume is deliberate.
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