Episode reviews for Episode 3.15 - A Word To The Wiseguy
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A new genre..., Dec 06, 2011
Reviewer: Sammy J
from Melbourne, Australia
I've long held that "Frasier" is brilliant because of its chameleon-
like ability to do so many genres, but I never really thought about
it as a mob drama. "A Word to the Wiseguy" perhaps takes us a
bit unrealistically into the world of organised crime (which will be
handled in a suitably silly way many years later in the caviar
episode) but thanks to some keen-eyed writing, it works. The
gradual panic that sets in for Frasier and Niles as they realise
they've become involved with a gangster is very funny. Daphne's
interactions with Jerome are also highly amusing, and Harris Yulin
puts in a solid performance as the wiseguy in question.
It's also great to get some Maris jokes, and I'm not surprised: the
writers would be fools to toss her out completely! One of my
favourite elements of seasons 3 and 4 is how Niles remains
somewhat hopeful he'll get back with Maris, even after he made
his grand gesture. It's such a realistic approach to how people
deal with break-ups from long-term, complex relationships. Even
better is seeing how Frasier and Martin have to teeter on that
ledge between supporting what Niles thinks he wants, and also
helping him in the times when he is glad to have got away. Long
live Maris Crane!
A Word to the Wiseguy, Apr 25, 2008
This episode is brilliant. It is very funny and very well acted. There are some hilarious lines in this episode, such as the "persychiatrist" line, and when Jerome Belasco wants a job for his girlfriend, "a job she can never lose, where if she burned the place down, they'd apologise to her for making it so flammable", and then everyone looks at Niles. Brilliant!!! I watch this episode over and over again and am never bored with it.
'A Word To The Wiseguy' review, Jun 06, 2005
from London, UK
Bringing a 'Godfather'-style gangster into an episode of 'Frasier' might seem an unlikely scenario but it's the basis for this largely funny episode as Niles enlists the services of Jerome Belasco to get Maris off the hook following her missed court appearance for unpaid parking tickets. Niles' lame attempt at 'gangster speak' is probably my favourite thing here although the excellent cell-phone joke comes close. Jerome's surprise appearance at the apartment also contains some brilliant lines such as the dubious reference to cement and Daphne's vision of broken bones. I like the resolution too where, following Frasier's on air conversation with Brandy where he tells her not to marry Jerome, she sent is to work for Niles - whom she refers to as a 'per-sy-chi-at-rist'! Good fun.