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The complete second series of the upscale sitcom about a middle-aged Seattle psychiatrist, beset by problems largely of his own making. In 'Slow Tango in South Seattle', Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) feels his teenage past come knocking when a romantic affair that he had with his piano teacher is included in a friend's steamy novel. Frasier insists on looking up the piano teacher to explain. In 'The Unkindest Cut of All', Martin's (John Mahoney) longterm canine companion Eddie has been getting local bitches in the family way and finally Martin agrees with Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Frasier, it's time to get him neutered. If only it were that simple. In 'The Matchmaker', Frasier sets lovelorn Daphne (Jane Leeves) up with hunky new manager at the radio station, Tom (Eric Lutes). In the ensuing comedy of manners it seems only Frasier has failed to realise Tom's true orientation. In 'Flour Child', Niles, facing the future exigencies of fatherhood, takes to Seattle's streets carrying a sack of flour in an empathetic gesture of baby simulation. In 'Duke's, We Hardly Knew You', Martin's favourite bar is being threatened by a big investment group, but can Frasier and Niles admit to their father that they themselves are investors? In 'The Botched Language of Cranes', a comment on Frasier's radio show offends the whole of Seattle. In penitent mood, Frasier embarks on a charity benefit appearance to heal the situation, with disastrous results. In 'The Candidate', Frasier's attempts to support a local election candidate come up against his notorious scruples at the last possible moment before campaign filming begins. In 'Adventures in Paradise', Frasier's trip to the Polynesian island of Bora Bora turns into disaster when he runs into his ex-wife Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth). In 'Adventures in Paradise (2)', Frasier's island idyll goes from bad to worse with an appearance by Diane (Shelley Long) from his Bostonian Cheers barfly days. In 'Burying a Grudge', Niles' trip to visit Maris in hospital is enlivened by a chance meeting with Martin's old partner on the force, Artie (Lincoln Kilpatrick). Niles attempts to reconcile the estranged relationship. In 'Seat of Power', Frasier employs a plumber at his apartment only to discover this 'Danny Kriezel' (John C. McGinley) was Niles' high school bully. In 'Roz in the Doghouse', Frasier's producer Roz (Peri Gilpin) is tempted to step in as producer on Bulldog's (Dan Butler) sports show, denying that this might just be an attempt at seduction by the gonzo sports broadcaster. In 'Retirement Is Murder', Martin's detective skills are dusted off as he tries to solve 'The Weeping Lotus' murder, a case he was never able to close whilst on active duty. In 'Fool Me Once, Shame On You, Fool Me Twice...', Frasier's case is stolen and a man starts wandering around Seattle imitating him. In 'You Scratch My Book', Frasier is torn between his romantic interest in comely pop-psychologist Dr Honey (Shannon Tweed) and his horror at the thought of endorsing her lowly self-help book with the introduction he has agreed to provide. In 'The Show Where Sam Shows Up', the serial badboy (Ted Danson) who ran 'Cheers' bar in Boston comes to Seattle to ask Frasier for help, having once more jilted his betrothed at the altar. Frasier elects to help his old friend, with mixed results. In 'Daphne's Room', the live-in Mancunian considers her options following a series of invasions of her privacy by Frasier, jeopardising Niles' access to the object of his love into the bargain. In 'The Club', Niles and Frasier vie bitterly for the single opening in the membership list of the Empire Club, a prestigious gentlemen's club full of the great and the good. In 'Someone to Watch Over Me', Frasier seems to have acquired a stalker and employs a lady bodyguard to protect him at an annual broadcasting awards ceremony. In 'Breaking the Ice', Frasier seizes upon the fact that Martin has never told him he loves him, and so accompanies Niles on one of their father's ice-fishing trips. Never the practical types, the Crane boys soon end up causing more heartache than familial love in the unfamiliar circumstances of the freezing countryside. In 'An Affair to Forget', a caller to Frasier's show gives the impression that Maris, Niles' never-seen wife, is cheating on him with her fencing instructor. In 'Agents in America Part III', Frasier's indomitable agent Bebe (Harriet Sansom Harris) advises he fake illness to put pressure on the station to up his salary. But when the station removes his parking space, the plan looks like going disastrously wrong. In 'The Innkeepers', Niles and Frasier decide that their knowledge as bon-viveurs makes them excellent material to run a restaurant. Their eaterie, 'Les Freres Heureux', proves anything but, however, when all goes awry on the all important opening night. In 'Dark Victory', the final episode of series two, Martin's birthday finds everyone at odds with each other, plus Seattle's power goes down and Frasier must use all his wisdom to bring everyone back together.
Frasier picked up its second season with another round of comedy as intelligent as its pompous title character. Fortunately, the sniping between Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and his father, Marty (John Mahoney), that took up a lot of the first season is mostly past, and the crack ensemble was ready to roll in a number of memorable episodes. Frasier tries to set up Daphne (Jane Leeves) with the new station manager in 'The Matchmaker,' Frasier, Niles (David Hyde Pierce), and Marty go fishing in 'Breaking the Ice,' Frasier and Niles jump into politics in 'The Candidate,' the team of Frasier and Roz (Peri Gilpin) breaks up ('Roz in the Doghouse'), and Frasier and Niles open a restaurant in "The Innkeepers." It was Pierce's Niles who emerged as a star in the second season, lusting after Daphne, learning about parenthood in 'Flour Child,' and challenging a Bavarian fencer for the hand of his ever-absent wife, Maris, in the comic tour de force 'An Affair to Forget.' Pierce picked up a well-deserved first Emmy, and the show repeated its first-season Emmys for comedy series and lead actor. Frasier's dates included Jobeth Williams (whom he takes on a disastrous getaway to Bora Bora), Shannon Tweed, and Tea Leoni, and other guest stars were Nathan Lane and, from his original show, Cheers, Bebe Neuwirth and Ted Danson. --David HoriuchiSynopsis
Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer is Frasier--the hilarious psychiatrist first seen on TV's Cheers and subsequently the start of this smash-hit comedy series. And the gang's all here for the complete second season of this wry and witty sitcom--and what a season it is! Frasier Crane (Grammer) infuriates the entire city of Seattle when he complains about its rainy climate during his radio talk show. Meanwhile, his father Martin (John Maloney) finds his favorite bar is slated for the wrecker's ball--and could it be that Frasier and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) are behind its demise? Roz (Peri Gilpin) considers a new job offer...Daphne (Jane Leeves) finds her privacy invaded...and Frasier's romantic island getaway with a new girlfriend is ruined when his ex-wife Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) is discovered happily ensconced in an adjacent cottage! It's all 24 episodes of Frasier's riotous second season, presented in one highly-entertaining four-disc collection.
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Nevertheless, I thought maybe the earlier series were the ones to focus on so I bought this series.
I've tried to like 'Fraiser,' honest I have, but I find most episodes simply don't fulfil their potential and ultimately leave me cold. I probably really like about one in five and find two or three out of those five simply boring. This isn't a good ratio. It's supposed to be witty and sophisticated, and cleverly written. I'm afraid I find the writing often strained and the situations frequently uninteresting.
I find Roz with her one trick man eating personality simply boring, Bulldog just unfunny and Daphne, with her awfully inaccurate 'Manchester' accent increasingly irritating. Niles is by far the best character and it is the episodes where he is heavily featured or on form that I find are the best.
Maybe it's something lacking in me, but I'm afraid I find 'Frasier' overrated and frequently boring - something to watch on TV when you have a spare twenty minutes, but not something to fill up your DVD shelves with. How many of the episodes actually stand up to repeated viewing?
Eddie's good though!
Do not be discouraged because this series is a little different from the first, it simply shows that the writers had funally become more comfortable with the characters they were writing about.
Buy it! it's a great DVD box set, well worth the money!
Now that the series has finally finished, what pressure can be applied to Paramount to accelerate the dvd-ing of the rest of the series?
This season includes the episodes where Frasier is thought to be gay by the new radio station manager; where Niles carries around a bag of flour as his child; where the brothers open their own restaurant; where we see the return of Lilith and Sam Malone; and we see the inside of Frasier's bathroom, Daphne's bedroom, as well as the home of Niles and Maris. Frasier's agent Bebe also returns, and Bulldog appears in eight of the twenty-four episodes.
The writing is still young and fresh - "the stress of not worrying is starting to get to me" - led by the likes of Joe Keenan. There is none of that mushiness between Niles and Daphne that the later seasons possess. Just as you think it might start to become staid and predictable, some genius of a joke occurs.
As for extras, `The Matchmaker' episode has a commentary by the writer and the director. But there is very little else. In an interview, the executive producers say that, despite the success of season one, things got better in season two. Probably. The other extras comprise really mere compilations from scenes of various episodes rather than offering any detailed look behind the scenes.
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