Picks and Pans Review: Frasier
NBC (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET)
When Niles and Daphne (David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves) finally did it last spring—rode off in a Winnebago after declaring their long pent-up love for each other—viewers rejoiced. But this once-steady sitcom may now be stuck in neutral. It seems the spouse Niles abandoned and the groom Daphne left at the altar are still in the picture, and what an ugly picture it has become. Donny (Saul Rubinek) is suing for emotional distress; Mel (Jane Adams) is provoking it by promising Niles a quick divorce only if he keeps a low profile with Daphne, whom she dubs his "little maid whore." Ouch, as Niles might say. Worse, the lovebirds are reduced to cooing chastely on the roof of Frasier's condo—and seem to prefer it that way. So much for the sexual tension that kept us glued for seven seasons. Hurt feelings, harsh words, listless lust...this bumpy Winnebago ride could soon be running out of gas.
Bottom Line: Wrong turn
Terry Kelleher is on temporary leave.
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