Season 11 Episode 9

Guns N' Neuroses

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 2003 on NBC

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  • A rare evolution

    A funny episode that combines perfectly executed slapstick (the gun story) with witty dialogue and - strangely enough - believable emotion. In this show the actors have always been good in expressing heartfelt emotions by means of a single glance, a small gesture rather than a soppy bit of dialogue. Think of Niles' feelings for Daphne (hilarious at first, very touching later on) or Martin's genuine love for his sons despite their huge differences.

    In Lilith's final episode the true emotional link between her and Frasier can be detected in a look, a smile or an everyday remark that has more meaning that it might suggest. Their relationship is totally believable, the relationship of two people who once loved each other, couldn't live together but once in while are reminded of what attracted them to each other in the first place. Astonishingly, these characters started as caricatures, especially Lilith. Introduced on Cheers, she seemed a one-episode joke. Both characters grew on Cheers, Frasier developed even more on his own show, but Lilith only had her yearly appearance on 'Frasier'. And yet it worked. Has there ever been a comedy show on which one-dimensional characters evolved so successfully into 'human beings'? I can only think of Lou Grant, but he moved from a sitcom to a drama.
  • Lilith comes to Seattle for a conference.

    Lilith comes to Seattle for a conference, but every time her and Frasier try to get together one ends up having to cancel, but then a friend of Lilith's sets them up on a blind date with each other, but they don't know it.

    I never watched Cheers, but you can sense the chemistry that these two have with each other, and playing their respected roles Kelsey for 20 years and Bebe for almost 20 years, know that this episode was probably hard for them and the way they said good-bye to each other at the end was very sad, knowing that this was the end, the last time we see Lilith and the end of Kelsey and Bebe's long relationship with expanded over two different shows.
  • Through a series of ironic twists, Frasier and Lilith get set up on a blind date. Together in Lilith's hotel room for drinks, their blind dates are cancelled and they end up instead, spending the evening together.

    This episode is particularly meaningful because it marks the final appearance of Lilith. Bebe Neuworth joined the cast of Cheers at the start of Season 5 (1986). Almost eighteen years later, in the context of Frasier, we say good-bye to her. Despite the usual negative reaction to her presence by the entire cast (Frasier dreams that a volcano is spewing ice), Frasier's and Lilith's final parting more appropriately reflects the depth of their relationship as well as an abiding mutual respect and affection. As Frasier says good-bye to Lilith at the door, we sense too, that Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuworth are also saying good-bye to their long relationship as these two beloved characters.