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Episode reviews for Episode 5.04 - The Kid

Avg. Viewer Review: 82.2%
Number of Reviews: 4

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Sensitively done, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

After the awkward silence that ended "Halloween", it was clear that "The Kid" would be a character analysis piece. Thankfully, it's a beautiful episode of television all around.

The script churns out some great comic moments, such as Bulldog being tricked that he's the father, and the Cranes trying to awkwardly avoid bringing up the topic of Roz's pregnancy. But - as people have noted - the script is more interested in the drama. This can sometimes be a letdown on sitcoms, and later "Frasier" would face the same problem. But at its peak, the series knew just how to do it.

Peri Gilpin relishes the chance to add a layer to her character, and there's real drama between Frasier and Roz as to how and why she should advise the father - a 20-year-old waiter at Nervosa - that he's responsible for the child she's decided to keep without consulting him.

Some of the elements of the script feel like they weren't quite ready by the time it was filmed. The unseen cafe conversation where Rick finds out goes by very quickly, and some of the side-jokes (Niles being responsible for the anti-graffiti at Nervosa) are rather predictable. But those are petty complaints. By the final act, where Roz and Rick come to an understanding, and Frasier is able to offer genuine advice, we're treated to some of the most delightful characters of '90s television facing new problems.

A pivotal episode, and one that entirely justifies its fewer-than-usual laughs by its sensitive treatment.

Rating: 94%


The Kid, May 07, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

Resuming the day after "Halloween"'s events, this is pretty much a "cope" episode, concerning Roz's realization that motherhood is impending. More of a character piece, the laughs are put on hold somewhat as Frasier attempts to deduce the father, and Roz's informing of said father. The producers could've gone with a better attempt at continuity, as this 'Rick' had never been barista-ing before, not even as a background performer. Would it have hurt to throw him a couple lines in, say, "The Gift Horse," during the cafe scene? Or "The Lady Vanishes," which had a brief Nervosa moment as well? Eh, I quibble. Points are scored back by including a very neccessary, lengthy passage of Roz and the father coming to grips with everything. So often shows omit the reality of wayward parenting and leave things unsettled. The writers are laudable here. Two of the best comic bits are, as usual, afterthoughts to the plot; one with Roz and Bulldog, and the other being Niles and the 'corkscrew' moment. Something about Pierce's feigned incense with that grin, is hilarity.

Rating: 85%


Review for 'The Kid', Feb 13, 2006

Reviewer: Nick from North Wales, U.K.

Following Roz's discovery that she's pregnant she now has to inform the father, a 20 year old student who works part time in Cafe Nervosa. The episode is sensitively written but sadly lacking in laughs. The most humorous moment probably involves Niles attempting to listen to Frasier and Roz's secret conversation before reporting what he's heard to Martin and Daphne.

Rating: 71%


'The Kid' review, Jun 21, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

Following on from the events of the previous episode where Frasier announced to everyone about Roz's pregnancy, this episode sees her trying to come to terms with impending motherhood as well as tackling the difficult issue of telling the baby's father, who turns out to be a 20-year old called Rick. A nice episode which puts Peri Gilpin in the spotlight and raises some good laughs such as when Roz tries to trick Bulldog into thinking he's the father as well as the scene where Martin sends Niles to the kitchen to eavesdrop on Frasier and Roz's converstion in a failed attempt to learn the identity of the father. The latter part of the episode is well handled as Roz finds herself turning down Rick's proposal of marriage and becomes unnerved when she learns she is around the same age as his mother! After this the episode concludes nicely with a visit from Frasier, who offers an anxious Roz some much needed words of comfort about being a first time parent.

Rating: 79%