I wanted a Roz (Peri Gilpin) episode, and for my sins, they gave me one.
Frasier Loves Roz is not a bad episode. It’s a mediocre episode to be sure, but it’s not bad. It’s problematic because writer Suzanne Martin can’t decide whether or not to do easy body shaming jokes, or homophobic ones, or more broadly queer-phobic ones. Also it’s all about how Gilpin’s done sleeping around (so she can get married and have kids and never have to be a bridesmaid again); so now she’s going to settle down with a good bloke.
Unfortunately the bloke in question—a personality-free Michael Mitz—is actually a sex addict patient of David Hyde Pierce’s. Hyde Pierce tells Kelsey Grammer about it, but forbids Grammer to warn Gilpin because of patient-client privacy; therapist to therapist doesn’t matter also because they’re men and Gilpin’s not. Grammer feels weird about not being able to warn Gilpin as she gets more and more serious about Mitz. Gilpin can tell Grammer’s acting weird and doesn’t like Mitz, but doesn’t know why.
There are significant time leaps in the episode, which the title cards explain. Possibly awkwardly, possibly with charm, since I’m veering negative on the episode I’m going with the former. But eventually Jane Leeves tells Gilpin she overheard Grammer on the phone and he’s just jealous—he’s in love with Gilpin, which sets up some other complications and then combines with the original confusion in the conclusion.
Good performances from Gilpin and Grammer—and a really nice sequence for Hyde Pierce supporting Grammer—but the script’s really shallow. Got some jokes. But it’s shallow.
The only subplot involves Grammer and Hyde Pierce trying to convince John Mahoney to record him for future generations on a camcorder. It’s excellent stuff; the episode would’ve been a lot worse without it.
So while it’s nice Gilpin finally gets a plot to herself, it’s too bad it’s this one. Also it’d be nice to see Gilpin and Leeves pass a Bechdel… though their scene talking about the potential of Grammer crushing on Gilpin is hilarious.