Season 8 Episode 12

The Show Must Go Off

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2001 on NBC

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  • They got it right once again.

    A good episode in a mediocre season. This is partly due to the fact that it uses one of the better elements of the show, the fraternal relationship of Niles and Frasier. Add to that the very recognisable theme: things you liked in your youth may seem quite silly later on in life. Regular users of can attest to that: some show you loved as a kid comes out on DVD ... and you wonder what the fuzz was all about.

    Irony is never far away in "Frasier", from Frasier's disdain for sci-fi (although Kelsey Grammer played in Star Trek) to the appearance of Derek Jacobi (Frasier professed to be a fan of "I,Claudius" in one of the "Cheers" episodes.) I was also delighted to see Patrick Macnee in his cameo role, though I presume Peri Gilpin was probably even more excited.

    Another reason for this episode's success may sound strange: Daphne's not in it. With Jane Leeves being granted maternity leave, Daphne could disappear for a while, making it possible to ignore the Niles-Daphne plot line, the very thing that slows down episodes in this season.
  • Niles and Frasier hire their favorite actor to put on his one man show.

    While at a Sci-Fi convention with Roz, Frasier sees his favorite childhood actor Jackson Hedley, whom he has been a fan of since childhood.

    Frasier is devastated that a man with his talent is stuck singing autographs, and doing birthday parties, all because he was a part of a popular sci-fi show, so to bring Hedley back to the stage Niles and Frasier, get him to perform his one man show, that he performed at their school when they where young.

    His performance is not what they expected, thinking he might be rusty, they watch an old tape of him performing at their school, and realize that he stinks.

    So opening night comes, and they do everything in their power to stop him from going on, but not even slipping in water stops him from performing.

    The best part of the episode was Jackson's performance; he was so bad it was funny.