Season 9 Episode 16

Wheels of Fortune

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 2002 on NBC

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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.