Season 9 Episode 16

Wheels of Fortune

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 2002 on NBC
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Frasier is suspicious of Blaine Sternin, Lilith's former-con artist brother, when he visits in a wheelchair and is now preaching.

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  • "Charm is the viscous grease with which he oils his flim-flam machine"....

    .... I tend to forget just how funny "Wheels of Fortune" is every time I revisit it. Michael Keaton guest stars as Lilith's half-brother Blaine Sternin, a former conman who has taken Frasier to the cleaners at least once. Blaine shows up in Seattle claiming to be a changed man after becoming paralyzed in a car accident and finding religion through his preaching ministry. Although charming everyone else with his come-to-Jesus story, Frasier is comically unconvinced and goes to extraordinary lengths to expose Blaine as a crook.

    Michael Keaton is absolutely hilarious in this episode. Few may remember that Keaton began his career in comedy, despite being remembered most for his more serious role as Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's two Batman films. His comedic timing is simply impeccable. Keaton and Grammer have a bizarre chemistry considering the context that their characters are in. Grammer gets to play Frasier in a way that the character is not usually portrayed throughout the series: very combative, distrustful and desperate to make someone else look bad - all in a very hilarious way of course. "Wheels of Fortune" also has a lot of gems, especially as far as quips go, and really is a one-of-a-kind episode overall.moreless
  • Lilith's half brother pays Frasier a visit.

    Lilith's half brother Blaine pays Frasier a visit, Frasier suspects that Blaine is up to his old tricks but Blaine insists that he's a changed man.

    Frasier doesn't buy it and makes every attempt to expose Blaine for the fraud that he is.

    Nothing works, so he calls the "so called" doctor that worked on Blaine, but never got a reply back, so while Blaine is preaching Frasier goes up on stage and throws him out of his chair yelling at him to get up.

    He then receives a phone call from Blaine's doctor, and changes his tone helping Blaine up and finally believing him.

    However Frasier proves to be right about Blaine when Martin tells Frasier what Blaine said before Frasier walked in, was the same thing Frasier told Blaine he should have done if he was really a changed man, he goes to the door and finds Blaine's wheelchair empty.

    Just goes to show you that some people never change, and that Frasier is right about certain people being not as they appear from time to time. Just goes to show you that some people never change, and that Frasier is right about certain people being not as they appear from time to time.moreless
Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Blaine Sternin

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Kari McGee

Kari McGee

Audience Member #1

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Richard Redlin

Richard Redlin

Audience Member #2

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