Season 11 Episode 4

The Babysitter

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2003 on NBC

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  • Frasier and Martin fight for the attention of the same women - the boys former babysitter Ronee

    Although I didn’t think this was a classic episode it was an important one because it introduced Ronee, who turned out to be an important character throughout the rest of the season.

    I liked this episode because it combined several plot lines together really well. Niles was worried about becoming a parent and Frasier invading his territory by returning to private practice, Frasier was also concerned about his venture. I thought it also had some brilliant one-liners in it as well –
    “Hurry back Momma likes an audience” “Good coz Daddy likes to watch”
    “Since when do I bring you women? Who are you the Sultan of Brunei?” – particularly KG’s delivery of that line.
    I thought the whole cheese thing was hilarious, especially Niles’ reaction to the viagra – “they give that away with Velveeta?” as well as the mad scramble to hide it when Martin came back in.
    It also cracked me up to discover that the cause of the bug and germ phobia that Niles has is all down to Ronee and the bedtime stories that she used to tell him. I thought that was brilliant.

    Not a classic episode but certainly a good one.
  • The reason Niles dusts chairs before sitting down on them is revealed.

    Frasier and Niles enter a furniture store looking for a chair for Frasier's new office when he returns to private practice.

    While shopping they run into their old babysitter Ronee Lawrence, and we finally find out why Niles is always wiping off things.

    Frasier invites her over to get caught up, with hops of starting a romantic relationship, but what he doesn't suspect is for Martin to start working his charm.

    So throughout the night both Frasier and Martin compete for Ronee's attention, and when she is called off to work, they both go down there to have her choose one of them.

    Ronee is a great character, and its good that she wasn't a one time character, but became a recurring one.
  • 1104

    Christopher Lloyd (one of the Frasier producers) worked with Wendie Malick on Just Shoot Me, and since that show ended last year, and needing to spice this show up, it was a no-brainer to add her to the cast. This created a long romantic arc for Martin, and one that did shy away a bit from the usual model for Frasier. Frasier rarely focused on Martin's love life, so this did freshen things up a bit, even if the 11th season was pretty mediocre as a whole.

    While I did not love this episode, it did feature strong performances by the cast around. The already mentioned Wendie Malick left an impression in fans' eyes, and David Hyde Pierce was as good as ever tonight, despite not being given the best material.

    Okay episode, but Frasier is capable of so much more than this.