Storm in a Teacup

My admiration for the US sitcom Frasier knows no bounds. There has never been a Better comedy series. The writing is sharp, the performances wonderful and the fully-believable characters are held together by deep bonds that replicate real life.

There are many clips on YouTube and this moment – from an episode I’ve never seen – struck me as a great example: the understated playing by Frasier’s screen family providing the perfect setting for melodramatic grand guignol acting from the mismatched couple, high tragedy crashing and burning into low farce. The ending is at once astonishing and understandable.

I find myself laughing as much out of amazement at its daring theatricality as I do from delight at its comedy.

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