‘Frasier’ (2023) Episode 2 Recap & Ending Explained: Why Is Frasier Fussy About Freddy’s Stuff?

The first episode of the Frasier reboot had Dr. Frasier Crane meeting his son Freddy after a long time and realizing that he has been leading a whole different life. Freddy’s roommate is not just a single mother but his deceased best friend’s girlfriend as well. Freddy took some time to explain to his father how he felt about his grandfather’s passing. This let the father and son start to break down the wall that had come up between them. Dr. Frasier ends up buying up the building where Freddy lives and moving in next door in the hope of staying closer to his son. Being a father, he also offers his son to move in with him in the new building. It will be interesting to see how the father-son duo copes with these changes.

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Why Is Frasier Fussy About Freddy’s Stuff?

Dr. Frasier is happy to see his son moving in with him, and he is looking forward to starting a new chapter as an understanding father. On seeing all his son’s stuff being moved, he realized how different the two are. It proves that Frasier is very unaccommodating and fussy about the things that should come into the apartment. It contradicts his initial statement about wanting to get to know his son. This is typical of someone who considers themselves to be a perfectionist and wants things to be placed in a certain way in their home. A similar trait was seen in Monica Geller from “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”, where she had a hard time being okay with Rachel’s things in the apartment.

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Freddy also realizes that his father is just pretending to like his things, but he knows his father is uncomfortable, and finds his behavior hypocritical. Freddy knew eventually his father would be very picky about things around him, and his true colors would show up. Dr. Frasier’s life has been filled with all things fancy, and he adores them. Freddy has a different taste, and his father is having a tough time accepting that. As an act of passive aggression, he purchases an air hockey table to be used as a dinner table. We feel Freddy did this to make his father  open up because he is tired of the father-son dynamic where honesty is not taken seriously and issues are always pushed under the rug. Freddy has evolved, but it seems like Dr. Frasier has not, despite his profession involving helping people find their flaws and work on them.


Is Eve Happy To Have Frasier Around Her And Her Kid?

Eve is struggling as a single mother, and her character is a representation of many women who face the same issues. All they need is the support of the people they call family, but Eve isn’t lucky enough to receive it. Since she knows Freddy too well, she is not expecting him to be of help. They are typical friends who know each other, and despite all their flaws, there’s some love left between the two.

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Eve was quick to see that Dr. Fraiser’s deep, soothing voice is putting her kid John to sleep, and it allows her to do her work and chores on time. Eve is happy to see these changes around her because she feels there is finally someone who can help her with the kid. Initially, she thought this phenomenon was a fluke, but the experiment worked the next time. Frasier thinks she is attracted to him for his voice, and it turns out she is just happy he’s making her life less miserable by helping put her son to sleep.


How Will Frasier Realize That He Is Exactly Like His Father?

Frasier is going to be interviewed by a local newspaper to speak about his joining Harvard. Olive is excited about this because she can finally put the psychology department of the university on the map and hopes that it will help her team get some publicity, which had been in short supply. It is surprising to come across this idea of Harvard not having enough credibility anymore and Olive trying her level best to drum up as much PR as she can for her department and the university.

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It is around this time that Frasier has a conversation with Alan about how Freddy does not understand his lifestyle which reminds him of his father, who was the same. It probably runs in the family to be snotty and adamant about their choices. Just like Frasier was proud of the lifestyle he had, so were Freddy and Frasier’s father. It is the level of sophistication that differs.

Frasier was quick to realize through his session with Alan that he was behaving exactly like his father used to. As a father himself, he understood he probably needed to break this cycle and be accepting of his son instead of perpetuating this cycle. Not accepting his child could lead to further division between Freddy and Frasier, and it might make the relationship ugly as well.

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Did Dr. Frasier Make The Moving-in Transition Easy For Freddy?

Dr. Frasier heads to the bar that Freddy frequents and ends up running into his colleagues at work who are quick to recognize him. But Dr. Frasier also figured that Freddy was ashamed of being recognized as his son. This is why he always shares false information about his father in the hope that he will be accepted for who he is instead of being nothing more than his father’s son. Freddy being Dr. Fraiser’s son comes with a lot of perks, but it has its disadvantages as well. Freddy couldn’t be himself, which is something Frasier also realized after trying to comprehend his son’s intentions. He finally concludes with the fact that he needs to go easy on Freddy and help him showcase his likes and dislikes as well.

As a father, he had forced the idea of liking things to his taste without bothering about whether Freddy liked them or not. This could have been the reason why the father and the son were not that close, and Freddy made sure to keep that distance. Now that he is slowly understanding Freddy’s issue with his fame, he tries to make his home about Freddy as well.

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It is endearing to watch Dr. Frasier make a change by being the one who is stepping back and allowing Freddy to be himself and talk about the issues he has faced. They finally come to an understanding about having things at their new home, which represents both. The episode ends with Eve coming by and asking Frasier to help with the kid. As discussed above, she was glad she had someone in her life who could help make John sleep in time, and it turns out it helped Eve sleep as well. Eve either dozed off because of her tiredness or maybe she was just like her son, going to sleep on hearing Frasier’s deep, comforting voice.


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Smriti Kannan
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Smriti Kannan is a cinema enthusiast, and a part time film blogger. An ex public relations executive, films has been a major part of her life since the day she watched The Godfather – Part 1. If you ask her, cinema is reality. Cinema is an escape route. Cinema is time traveling. Cinema is entertainment. Smriti enjoys reading about cinema, she loves to know about cinema and finding out trivia of films and television shows, and from time to time indulges in fan theories.

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