Season 4 Episode 5

Head Game

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 1996 on NBC

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  • N.C. is in the zone!!!!....

    When Frasier goes on an out-of-town radio psychiatrist convention, Niles fills in on Frasier's show. At the radio station, Niles bumps into a Seattle Supersonics guard Reggie McLemore who needs some help because he has been in a slump lately. After nonchalantly rubbing Niles' head, McLemore plays a great game and begins to think that Niles' head is the key to his game. "Head Game" is pretty funny - Niles at a basketball game has been funny each time they use it on the show. Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammar, is only at the very beginning of the episode because Grammar was being treated for drug problems at the time. His absence is particularly noticeable in this episode - unlike season three's "Moon Dance" when he appears only at the beginning and the end because that is simply a better episode. But, "Head Game" is a fun episode - there is a terrific taken-out-of-context gag between Niles and Reggie and the scene were Daphne helps Niles understand b-ball vernacular by comparing it to a symphony experience is especially funny.
  • Niles fills in for Frasier while he is in Aspen.

    Niles fills in for Frasier while he is at a radio psychiatrist convention in Aspen, while filling in, he has a brief session with a basketball payer, who has been playing crappy, and after taking with Niles he begins to play well.

    Niles then becomes the talk of Seattle, getting tickets to every game, cheerleaders hanging all over him, and Niles enjoying all of it, until he finds out that it wasn't anything that he told Reggie, that helped him to play better it was rubbing Niles' hair that Reggie thinks is why he's playing better.

    So Niles tells him he can't come to anymore games, and Reggie has to stop rubbing his hair he then agrees to give him a session before the game Reggie agrees, but takes a pare of scissors with him.

    This episode cracked me up, I love how neither Niles nor Frasier know anything about sports, and when they try to make sense of it, they always make fools out of themselves.