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Episode reviews for Episode 5.01 - Frasier's Imaginary Friend

Avg. Viewer Review: 88.8%
Number of Reviews: 12

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Snapped like a twig, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"Frasier"'s fifth season opens with an episode that is sublimely silly, but works because it's entirely honest about it.

After his well-intentioned-but-desperate season 4 ending, Frasier finds himself in Acapulco unexpectedly dating a gorgeous supermodel, played by Sela Ward. His return to Seattle - and his family's inability to believe his increasingly ludicrous claims - is packed with laughs.

Everything about the opening works so well. The script has a clever grasp of the characters, as indicated by the story of Frasier faking a penpal relationship with Leonard Bernstein as a child. Moreso is the fact that kid Niles wasn't provoked to doubt by the "sloppy kid lettering" (since clearly he would've been only too willing to believe Bernstein would write to some kid) but ultimately found a discrepancy in "Bernstein"'s writing.

Niles' conspiracy theory about Frasier's supermodel girlfriend is perfectly logical, so that we never doubt the family would grow suspicious. Meanwhile, Frasier's ultimate undoing is his inability to enjoy the moment, culminating in a powerful scene between Grammer and Ward (every bit his equal), and then the very funny climax where Frasier appears to be completely insane.

But the little details also add up. Season 5 Daphne is so perfectly integrated with the Crane men, Bulldog and Roz are so much fun together, and there is not one dull moment.

The story is utterly ridiculous, but works because of how clearly insane Frasier sounds, and because Grammer and Ward play the revelations (Seahawks players, iguanas) completely straight.

"Frasier" at its best.


Rating: 100%

 

Review for "Frasier's Imaginary Friend", Oct 15, 2012

Reviewer: Marcus from Pensacola,Florida


This is a great episode to start the season. Kelsey Grammer, who delivers an Emmy
Award-winning performance is this episode, is hilarious, especially in the "I am not
crazy!" portion of this episode.


Rating: 100%

 

Comedy at It's Finest, Dec 28, 2011

Reviewer: Australian Viewer from Sydney, Australia


In comparison to some of the later seasons (especially 7-10), this episode really does highlight what Frasier is best known for. Farce, sarcastic wit and intelligent writing coupled with brilliant acting from all those involved makes this one of my favourite episodes when Frasier was still at its peak. A must-watch, highly recommended episode.


Rating: 92%

 

Frasiers Imaginary friend, Apr 22, 2011

Reviewer: Philip from Dublin Ireland


This is probably my favourite episode,the scene where he is in the restaurant on his own and his Family are looking at him believing he is crazy is hilarious.


Rating: 99%

 

Frasier's Imaginary Friend, May 07, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA


Season 5 bolts out of the gate in style as Fraze finds himself in a "boy who cried wolf" scenario. Upon returning from his continuation of the S4 cliffhanger, he just can't convince the family he's hooked a hottie. Numerous near-misses prompt them to believe he's "invented" a woman to impress them with. This gives Grammer ample chances to flex his perplexed rabidness, which is always a bonus for us. The closer is such a reward for us that Frasier is finally proven sane, and his rant is Frasier-chic: "I am dating a supermodel zooligist...who is off to the Galapagos Islands to artificially inseminate iguanas!!" Also a rare cuddle moment between Eddie and Frasier during the tag. However...as has become annoyingly legendary during the show's run, Frasier not only finds himself in bed hours after meeting a woman, but she's also a stunner (Ward). Ah, me.


Rating: 95%

 

Weak start to series five., Sep 02, 2009

Reviewer: Michael from Bristol, UK


I agree with Nick, this is a very weak episode that relies on painfully contrived situations and the rather improbable "disbelief" on the part of the other cast members.

Frasier has been romantically involved with all kinds of glamourous women in the past, but all of a sudden Frasier's family does not believe that he could possibly meet a model whilst on holiday. It just doesn't make for a believable situation and therefore it's not very funny. At least we get to see Sela Ward, which is always a bonus.


Rating: 60%

 

Hilarious!!, Aug 15, 2008

Reviewer: div from Boston, USA


Outright laugh out loud funny!!!


Rating: 99%

 

A sparkling episode, Sep 07, 2006

Reviewer: Citystreets from England


Consistently funny and witty throughout, this ranks as one of the best efforts certainly of Season 5 and possibly of the show as a whole. Centered around Kelsey Grammer's wonderful performance, the laughs are great. For the purpose of the story, Daphne, Niles and Martin seem to travel together in threes in this episode, like a Greek chorus ready to cast doubt on Frasier at each turn. I can't think of how it could be any better and there are some cracking scenes. The only qualm I'd have is the beginning - if you're not familiar with the finale of Season 4, it's a bit strange to see Frasier being so uncharacteristically bold as he goes from woman to woman on the plane.

The episode can also serve as a counterpoint to those who criticize the show for Frasier having a non-stop array of beautiful dates: even his own family can't believe it.


Rating: 92%

 

Review for 'Frasier's Imaginary Friend', Feb 13, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.


This episode follows on directly from the end of series 4 with Frasier travelling to Mexico in search of romance. It's a rather tepid opening to a new season however with the scenes aboard the airplane neither particularly amusing nor convincing. Things certainly improve in the second half when the action returns to Seattle but this is a contender for the weakest episode thus far.


Rating: 69%

 

Frasier's Imaginary Friend, Jan 21, 2006

Reviewer: Tom from Cumbria, England


Frasier's Imaginary Friend:
In a nutshell: a relatively good episode
No-one believes Frasier is having an affair with a supermodel-come-zoologist!!
A cracking start to best season of Frasier. The best part about this episode is Niles, Daphne & Martin not believing Frasier when he says that he is "having an affair with a swimsuit super-model who is going through a break up with a player from the SeaHawks and is about to go off to Thailand [I think?] to artificially insiminate iguana eggs!"

A brilliant episode that I would recommend to anyone. Rob Greenberg once again produces a hilarious episode. This episode is not as good as such classics as 'Ham Radio', 'Frasier Grinch', 'Daphne's Room', 'The Ski Lodge', 'Coots & Ladders' & 'Daphne Hates Sherry', but it is close. Due to this I give this episode the high rating of 85%.


Rating: 85%

 

 
 

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