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Episode reviews for Episode 5.08 - Desperately Seeking Closure

Avg. Viewer Review: 75.5%
Number of Reviews: 4

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Different list, Daph!, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

I like Lindsay Frost as Sam. And I like her rapport with Kelsey Grammer. Yet somehow her two episodes are a bit of a weak spot in the mostly joyous season 5.

It's an odd little episode picking up on a natural desire - wanting to know why a break-up happened - being taken to the logical extreme by everyone's favourite over-thinker, Frasier Crane. Frasier's desire to be one with celebrities is perfectly in keeping with his character, and I do like how he lets it ruin his final moments with Sam. Still, aside from the final scene with Lesley Stahl, the only other scene that I found consistently funny was that in which the other characters all get the chance to explain Frasier's flaws to him. "How nice we finally found an activity we can enjoy together", he muses. There are certainly some gold moments in this episode, and I'd happily watch it over most sitcom fare. Still, it rarely sparkles.

Rating: 78%


Desperately Seeking Closure, May 11, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

Slightly more giggly than the last entry, this is still a lacking departure from what we're used to with these writers. Dropping the fey-Frasier in favor of the reliably flummoxed one was a good move, but he's still engaging in neuroses that's off-putting to fans of the show. Watching him unstable gets to be a bit much, not to mention aggrevating. His request of the cast to "name that annoyance" and his stalker-ish actions regarding Sam's phone and place of work come off creepy. Fortunately he wises up toward the finish, only to have Sam turn the tables on him (in a nice way). I enjoyed the "Double-shot, non-fat, low-foam latte" playlet and the consuming questions one does ask post-break up, but I feel the writers pigeon-holed themselves here. Staying within this arc, you really can't explore anything else of merit. (And for our UK friends, Lesley Stahl is a longtime correspondent for the (at the time) 29-year-long running "60 Minutes" newsmagazine.)

Rating: 77%


Review for 'Desperately Seeking Closure', Feb 14, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.

Anyone having seen the previous episode will have realised that Frasier's and Sam's relationship was doomed to failure and the break up is documented here. There are some humorous moments such as when the rest of the family compile a list of Frasier's negative qualities or when Frasier listens to the numerous answerphone messages that he left on Sam's machine but this again feels uninspired.

Rating: 68%


'Desperately Seeking Closure' review, Jun 23, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

The Frasier/Samantha relationship continues in this episode which again is written by a newcomer, Rob Hanning. It opens with a brilliantly timed scene with Niles trying to order a coffee at Nervosa by communicating with a chain of different waiters, following which he has to endure his brother's stories of all the famous people he rubbed shoulders with on his and Samantha's ski trip to Colorado. Unfortunately Frasier's happiness turns out to be short lived when Samantha dumps him without explanation, leaving him to obsess about the reason why. This leads to the highlight of the episode when Frasier asks his family to list his faults - something which they're only to keen to oblige (I particularly like Martin asking his son to underline the word 'pretentious') although almost as funny is the series of increasingly desperate messages left on Samantha's answering machine. Unfortunately when deleting these embarrassing messages, Frasier accidently deletes an important message from Samantha's office. Later, he meets her again at the restaurant where she changes her mind and the relationship seems to be on again until Frasier spots Lesley Stahl and it becomes clear that he is only interested in Samantha for her association with fame. Not being familiar with Stahl, this scene meant little to me and didn't seem the strongest ending to what has otherwise been a very good, if not classic, two-parter.

Rating: 79%