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April 29, 2007

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Stratman

It's a pity about David, I was shocked when I heard the news. As long as we're discussing FRASIER, what are your thoughts on season 8 decline? Could the Niles/Daphne relationship have worked in the right hands or was it simply doomed from the start? One wonders what kind of effect that pesky pregnancy had...

LA Guy

Great episode, I'd recognize you're writing anywhere. :-)

Anonymous

For me, the insinuation that she was fat and needed to go to fat camp was the last straw for me. I never watched the last of the Frasier empire after that storyline started. I'm sure I missed a lot, and I'm positive the fact that Lillith had a brother at all wasn't mentioned until the final season because I would have come across that in the first seven seasons as well as Cheers. I completely missed Michael Keaton as the con and I'm so sorry about that. The clips you included, Ken, were hilarious. No one does this kind of comedy better than Michael Keaton. I still content that Multiplicity is one of the funniest movies of all time. My brother and I still quote from it to this day.Stacey

Stratman

What could they have done, though? Shipping Daphne off to cover the pregnancy at that point in time would have been even worse for the show, IMO

Anonymous

Uh, they did ship her off. To a fat farm. It was insulting to everyone involved IMO.Stacey

Stratman

I know they shipped her off to a fat farm, that's the beef, what I meant was shipping her off to England for a while to hide the weight gain.

smitty

I, for one, loved the idea that she'd just gotten fat rather than either sending her on vacation or having her carry large boxes for half the season. It actually allowed Daphne to stick around for longer and do some physical comedy.

Stratman

I think the pregnancy helped more than it hindered. People seem to hate it a little too much, IMO...

Anonymous

I can't remember if I have commented before Ken, but I love your work, here on this site and everywhere else!I must have missed a couple of episodes that last season of Frasier, so I thank you for the exerpts. I do so miss that show.A question: Maybe you touched on this before, but I missed it. Who had the idea to make Frasier and Niles have similar personalities instead of being opposites? I've always thought that was the genius of that show. Any other spin-off show would have introduced Frasier's brother as an opposing force, more like the Martin character. Having the brothers be so much alike and playing off the father as the opposite was my favorite part of Frasier.Along with the other commenters, I didn't like how Jane Leeve's pregnancy was handled. What bugged me is that pregnant women do not look at all like fat women. They look pregnant. Trying to pass it off as fat always looks ridiculous. I think they should have had her either be pregnant or go away for other reasons.That was truly my only complaint about the show in its whole run, and to be fair pregnant actresses have not been written around any more gracefully in other shows. It just requires a little more patience from the viewer. Well worth it in the case of Frasier.

Stratman

She did a wear a fat suit.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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