Season 7 Episode 9

Send in the Crane

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 1989 on NBC
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Sam finds himself attracted to both an old girlfriend and her grown daughter while Woody volunteers to be the clown at the boss' kid's birthday party Rebecca is planning.

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  • Schizophrenic episode - one half delightful and funny, the other just boring and crude.

    "Send in the Cranes" is slightly schizophrenic. The Crane portion in which Frasier has to go on for Woody as a children's party clown is hysterical, with the tension provided by the clown outfit's trick handkerchief that drops the clown's pants - while Frasier is wearing skimpy black French-cut briefs. Meanwhile, Sam is in one-dimensional horny jerk mode. No matter how lascivious he'd been during the Diane Chambers years, he was never as crude or as classless as he was here. This episode was evidence of Sam's character becoming a running gag rather than a character. He's never been more thoroughly unlikeable - a girl he was a hero to asks him to give her away at his wedding, and he considers her a slut?moreless
  • A fresco!

    David Lloyd, definitely one of the best comedic writers of the 20th century, was the best "ensemble" writer on Cheers. What I mean is, Lloyd made it a point (usually) to give extensive screen time to the whole cast in an episode. Take this superb outing, "Send in the Crane", one of my personal favorites of Season 7.

    Sam has a choice between a mother and a daughter, so he chooses both. In the end, he fails, but at least he "wanted to do the wrong thing". Take Woody, who is to be the clown at a party Rebecca is preparing for one of the company's head honchos. In the end, he cancels out because of an acting opportunity. Too bad he's wearing the hilariously flashy underpants that are a (very important) part of the clown's outfit. In comes Frasier, Woody's substitute (since he recommended him to Rebecca), who is unaware that pulling a handkerchief out of the clown's outfit will cause the clown's outfit to drop -- and without those flashy underpants, we get crazy thong action. Thank Lilith for that one, whose trip to Paris was an impetus for the rather intimate gift she gives Frasier.

    Too bad for Frasier the thong is cutting off his circulation. So he decides to go, you guessed it, a fresco for the rest of the day. Oops.

    Carla, aware of this potential problem, decides not to call Rebecca to warn him. But Woody fortunately does. Alas, it matters not in the end since a relative of the head honcho sneezes.

    Add in some fun dialogue with Cliff and Norm and you've got yourself a classic David Lloyd ensemble episode. This is situation comedy the way it's supposed to be done.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sam: I'm sittin' at a table in this restaurant with Judy and Laurie. The mother reaches over and grabs my knees and says "Sam, I want you." Then I feel the daughter reach over and grabs the other knee and she says "I want you too, Sammy."
      Norm: Well yeah yeah.
      Sam: Then I woke up. You know what this dream means don't ya.
      Norm: It means you even dream better than we do.

    • Rebecca: Show them your funny feet.
      Frasier: I can't I've got these big shoes on.

    • Frasier: Oh gee Woody. I haven't had time to rehearse. I don't know anything about being a clown. You got any last minute advice for me.
      Woody: Just be yourself.

    • Norm: You okay, bud?
      Frasier: I'm a little concerned here, Norm. My fingers are tingling. My hand's are numb. My feet are cold. Either Ii'm having a heart attack or this French underwear Lilith gave me is too tight. (stands up) Call off the ambulance.

    • Sam: Sweetheart, I've handled trickier situations than this before. Remember the time I dated those lovely Henshaw triplets all at the same time.
      Carla: Sammy first of all that was back when you were drinking like a fish and second of all that was one chick.

    • Sam: I'm about due for a break, aren't I, Rebecca?
      Rebecca: Hell yes, you've been back at work for almost five minutes.

    • Cliff: Looks like Sammy's headed for trouble.
      Norm: Yeah, looks like kind of a fun trip doesn't it.

    • Carla: (to Rebecca) Get up on the wrong side of the web.

    • Sam: Wait a minute, how come you guys remember my love life better than I do?
      Norm: Well I think it meant more to us, Sammy.

    • Lilith: Frasier, where the hell have you been? You were supposed to pick me up at the airport.
      Frasier: Well um, I didn't do a very good job of it, did I? Well welcome home dear. Where have you been?
      Lilith: Paris. Perhaps you remember we liberated it during the war.

    • Frasier: I really envy you, laughter can be a healing art. Sometimes a clown can do better than a psychiatrist
      Carla: And you can fit more of them into a little car

    • Norm: Think about it Sam, a mother and her daughter! This was gonna be something I could tell my grandchildren!

    • Laurie: I know you two have a lot of catching up to do, so i'll see you later...
      Sam: Wait! Where are you going? Why's my voice so high?

    • Rebecca: Binky, do your act.
      Frasier: I don't have an act. I'm a psychiatrist!

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    • Kelsey Grammer would later go on to dress as a clown again in the Season 11 episode of Frasier named 'Boo!'.

    • Title of Episode: "Send in the Crane"
      Fraiser dresses up as a clown in this episode. Stephen Sondheim wrote a song for "A Little Night Music" called "Send in the Clowns". "Send in the Cranes" comes from that song since Frasier's last name is Crane.