Cheers: Season 7, Episode 22

The Visiting Lecher (4 May 1989)

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One of Frasier's colleagues, Dr. Lawrence Crandell, is in town on a tour to promote his latest book on human sexual attraction and marital fidelity. He is in town without his wife, Valerie,... See full summary »

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One of Frasier's colleagues, Dr. Lawrence Crandell, is in town on a tour to promote his latest book on human sexual attraction and marital fidelity. He is in town without his wife, Valerie, which he says is a good way to test his theories. He says he has been celibate for 10 months while on tour. Rebecca construes a private conversation between the doctor and her as an unwanted come-on. In public, she is visibly hostile toward him. Sam and Frasier don't believe her story is a come-on as she believes. Sam and Frasier convince her that she could be wrong, so she apologizes to Dr. Crandell. His come-on this time however is unmistakable as is the hole is his sock as he runs his foot up her leg. Later in his hotel room, Dr. Crandell propositions the gullible young chambermaid named Maria just as Rebecca, with Sam clandestinely in tow, come by to have the doctor admit that he did come on to her. Add to the mix a violinist to serenade whoever the good doctor is hitting on, and an unexpected ... Written by Huggo

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Peter Graves was originally cast as Dr. Crandall but backed out. See more »

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Woody Boyd: Dr. Crandell. Telephone. It's Mrs. Dr. Crandell.
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I Came On To You!
1 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Yikes. This episode is like some cocaine-powered, sugar-fueled fever dream. It's about as funny as a surprise punch to the stomach after drinking a day-old Luke-warm bottle of Yoo-Hoo. It's like taking a shower with your clothes on after you catch your girlfriend eating pizza with your Father. It's like sticking your finger in the electrical socket just to see the look on your four year-old's face as you sizzle and smolder. Maybe it's not that bad... but it's close.

As many of you might know this episode was originally written for John Cleese... he was supposed to reprise his role as Dr. Simon Finch-Royce from the Season 5 episode "Simon Says." Mr. Cleese- who won an Emmy for his first appearance- had committed to return- that's why the episode went into production in the first place. But then, at the last minute, he backed out, so the writers just changed the Doctor's name and re-cast the part. Remember when Sam and Diane keep bothering Cleese at his hotel? You'll notice the parallel story here, as Rebecca comes to the Doctor's hotel to get him to confess the truth.

There's no excuse for John Cleese not coming back. Let's take a look at some of the fine quality work he's done since refusing to come back to Cheers: George Of The Jungle, Rat Race, Shrek The Third, The Pink Panther 2, The Magic Pudding, and recurring guest appearances on "Third Rock From The Sun," and the obnoxious "Will & Grace." Well played, friend.

Anyway, John McMartin steps in as Dr. Lawrence Crandall, and the episode becomes some sort of sexual harassment practical joke, as Dr. Pervo does his best to bang Rebecca while hiding behind his role as author and therapist. The finale is a bit over-the-top, featuring a madcap farce and zany physical humor. Fabiana Udenio plays the voluptuous Chambermaid... this doll was Alotta Fagina in "Austin Powers" and Anna-Maria in "Summer School." She's the most luscious Italian goddess you'll ever see on film.

Am I being rough on this episode? Sure. I'm still angry at Cleese for backing out and this is a rather rough Season Finale, but when I watch "The Visiting Lecher" I still grin from ear to ear. This is the heart of a great run for the show, and even episodes like this are good enough to be called classics. See you in Season Eight!

GRADE: C


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