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Episode reviews for Episode 3.23 - The Focus Group

Avg. Viewer Review: 81.5%
Number of Reviews: 4

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Tony Shalhoub, Dec 06, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

"The Focus Group" is not my favourite episode of season 3. In
fact, it's probably in the bottom 5, but that doesn't mean it's a

Niles - discovering that Daphne's current moodiness can develop
into fiery arguments - takes any opportunity to anger her. It leads
to some fun scenes, which work because of David Hyde Pierce's
giddy portrayal. I always adore Niles when he pretends to be
melodramatically upset (my favourite Niles moment may just be
his "break-up" with Martin in "Out With Dad").

Meanwhile, Frasier obsesses over the lone member of a KACL
focus group who didn't like his show. There are some good
moments throughout - Roz and Bulldog checking out the one-way
glass; Martin's increasing apathy toward Frasier's actions - but
things kind of peter out. The farce at the end is rather swift and to
the point, and Frasier's soul-searching is somewhat muted. It
says it all that Niles - who is already hogging the best lines in the
other subplot - has the best moments waiting in the car while
Frasier approaches Manu.

I don't hate this episode, or even dislike it. But it's just... not much
of anything to me.

Rating: 70%


"I just don't like him", May 27, 2007

Reviewer: Liam from Kent

Frasier can't leave anything alone, can he? He just HAS to know why this guy doesn't like him. Anyway, I do like this one, pretty funny.

Rating: 82%


This show rules!, Apr 11, 2006

Reviewer: Christos from Germany

I think this is the best show of the third season. I laughed tears when Frasier set fire on the shop!

Rating: 98%


'The Focus Group' review, Jun 08, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Frasier's obsessiveness is pushed to the extreme here as he tries to find out why just one participant of a focus group for his radio show doesn't like him. Although undeniably long drawn out, there are a good few laughs in this plot as Frasier tracks down the 'cheeky non-conformist' Manu to where he works at his news stand - which he ends up burning down. For me the funniest parts of the episode are Niles and Martin's increasingly bored reactions as they sit in the car watching the disaster unfold. Elsewhere there's an odd but amusing subplot where Niles finds he gets turned on by fighting with Daphne. This is quite a strange episode overall as it feels more like an extended sketch (it even ends with a punchline) and while it is pretty funny, the ending where Frasier leaves Manu sitting alone in the remains of his livelihood seems rather cruel.

Rating: 76%