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Episode reviews for Episode 1.10 - Oops

Avg. Viewer Review: 76.6%
Number of Reviews: 5

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Good not great, Jul 09, 2009

Reviewer: Sammy J from Canberra, Australia

I do enjoy this episode, as I tend to enjoy all the KACL episodes.
Someone at KACL is going to be fired, and Bulldog accidentally gets
word - through Frasier's actions of course - that it's him. Dan Butler's
performance, combined with an improvement in writing, begins to
steer Bulldog towards a slightly more dimensional character, while
Frasier's manipulations - and their climax in the show's first station
owner Ned Miller's office - are hilarious. Shorter moments involving
Daphne's psychic abilities, and Niles' tales of Maris, also work very
well. The secondary KACL characters Father Mike and Chopper Dave
won't be around long (and neither merit much interest anyway) but
do their job well here. It's not a standout episode but it works well.

Rating: 79%


Ooops, Apr 13, 2009

Reviewer: Warren Lancaster from Toronto, ONT, CAN

This episode, is definately not one of my favorites. I can enjoy Dan Butler's portrayal of Bulldog in small doses. I disliked it when entire shows were devoted to the character (e.g. season seven's "The Dog That Rocks The Cradle" and season ten's "Tales From The Crypt". However, I did enjoy Frasier's tense meeting with Ned Miller near the end of the episode, and that gives it some points in book. All in all, not a favorite episode but one that I can re-watch if I had to.

Rating: 77%


Review for Oops, Jan 26, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.

This episode introduces two (thankfully) shortlived characters in the show, Chopper Dave and Ned Miller. The former is mildly irritating whilst the station manager is quite simply uninteresting. It's nice to have a Bulldog themed show but, possibly because Niles is such a minor character, this fails to catch fire.

Rating: 73%


Review of 'Oops', Sep 17, 2005

Reviewer: Beer Necessity from York, England

A fairly enjoyable episode which may actually be the loudest in Frasier's history! The episode begins in typical fashion with Niles relating another Maris anecdote to Frasier at Café Nervosa, this time concerning her appearance in 'Cats'. Maris provides more laughs later as Niles arrives at Frasier's apartment hoping Daphne can nurse a dead plant back to life. When asked what Maris had done to it Niles simply replies "Nothing - just loved it!". There's another great line at Maris' expense when Niles reveals she was thrown off the cast of 'Cats' as she couldn't remember the words to 'Memory'! The writing team certainly had plenty of fun writing for a character that would never appear!

The 'loudness' I referred to is due mainly to the introduction of two characters - Chopper Dave and Ned Miller. I think Chopper Dave was a good idea for a character but unfortunately I don't think the writers realised that they would have to explain why he shouted when he delivered any of his lines (of course it's because he's used to shouting above the chopper blades when broadcasting his traffic reports). His character therefore becomes tedious very quickly, and to be fair the writing team realised this and relegated what was surely intended to be a regular KACL character to just a couple more very brief appearances. Ned Miller, the first KACL station manager we are introduced to, is little more than a caricature of a hard drinking, hard talking boss who also shouts most of his lines. Of course the viewer isn't intended to like his character but instead take great glee from his sacking at the end of the episode, which is nicely done. Dan Butler gives surely his most animated performance as Bulldog in this episode, and is very enjoyable too. It's easy to see how he became many people's favourite non-core character after this performance (although personally I always preferred the more subtle delights of Gil Chesterton, who would make his debut later this season). An obvious flaw in this (and many an early season episode) was James Burrows' directing style. His penchant for coaxing OTT audience reactions is highlighted again in this episode. Ironically the opening credit 'Directed by James Burrows' appears on our screens just as the audience is applauding another so-so gag. Thank goodness they toned things down later in the series.

Rating: 76%


'Oops' review, May 18, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Bulldog is handed the spotlight for this episode after Frasier unwittingly leads him to believe that he's being axed from KACL, yet when Frasier confronts the station mangager he learns it was actually he who was due for the chop. I liked the final scene where the tables are turned on Ned Miller which, coupled with the amusing subplot concerning Maris auditioning for 'Cats', help make this episode enjoyably above average.

Rating: 78%