Frasier

Hooping Cranes

Season 8, Ep 15, Aired 2/27/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier, Niles and Martin go to a Supersonics game, where Niles gets to make a half-court shot during halftime.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kelsey Grammer

    Dr. Frasier Crane

  • Jane Leeves

    Daphne Moon Crane

  • David Hyde Pierce

    Dr. Niles Crane

  • Peri Gilpin

    Roz Doyle

  • John Mahoney

    Martin Crane

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Niles makes a half-court shot at a game.

    By thefanof, Jan 30, 2009

  • Niles makes a basket at half court, and lets it go to his head.

    By Bountyhunterc28, May 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • (Niles has received a gift packet from the Sonics) Niles: (To Frasier) Oh, Frasier, don't grouse. I've earmarked a pair of practice pants for you. Frasier: Thank-you Niles, but I'd like to think I've already mastered pants.

    • Frasier: Yes, yes! The story is, 'Once upon a time, Niles Crane accidentally made a basket, The End!'

    • Martin: Is this a great boy, or what? You sure I can't pay you for this beer? Bartender: Hey, your money's no good here. 'Half-Court' Crane's dad doesn't pay for drinks.

    • Frasier: You may join me if you wish, Roz. Be forewarned, I am feeling a bit peevish. Roz: (sitting) Oh, for God's sake, you're like Goldilocks with that latte. 'This foam is too hard, this foam is too soft'... Frasier: No, this is not about latte foam, Roz! Ever since Niles made that basket, his head's been getting bigger and bigger.

    • Roz: Wow, Niles! You finally made varsity after thirty years, huh? Niles: Yes, but it's not a real varsity jacket, Roz, so you're under no obligation to sleep with me.

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    Notes (4)

    • Kelsey Grammer, who directed, did not want to simply "fake" Niles' center court basket. It took 26 attempts, but David Hyde Pierce finally sank one, and that is the shot we see in this episode.

    • This is the second time Niles has been associated with basketball greatness, the first is Season 4's "Head Game". In both cases, Niles lucked into this correlation.

    • This episode was nominated for a 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing in a Comedy Series or Special.

    • Jane Leeves does not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • (Frasier has just handed Martin 4 Sonics tickets) Martin: Looks like I owe you an apology. Frasier: An apology? Martin: Well, last October you said we would go to a game together, but I thought that was just a lot of talk. This refers to the October episode, "The Bad Son", in which Frasier, in telling Martin he doesn't want him to move to the retirement home, says that he wants them to do more things together, including going to Sonics games.

    • The music that is playing while Niles is attempting his half-court shot is "Sirius" by The Alan Parsons Project.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title for this episode is a variation on a phrase from Season One's "Travels With Martin", namely, "The Whooping Cranes". What's more, when Frasier and Niles first arrive at the basketball game, they compare the experience to the tedium of road trips with Martin.

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