Season 8 Episode 15

Hooping Cranes

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2001 on NBC

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  • Niles makes a half-court shot at a game.

    An incredible performance from one of television's greatest actors of the 90's David Hyde Pierce. The scene with him trying to put on a jersey was just classic, sophisticated Frasier.

    Rarely will you see such a good show that still has fresh topics to tackle in its 8th season, but Frasier is one of those rare cases. Seeing the Cranes handle sports truly was compelling television down to the final scene with Niles and Frasier playing an arcade basketball game.

    The show is just so smart and witty, yet can use prop humor better than sitcoms that heavily rely on it. Just another great episode of one of TV's best.
  • Niles makes a basket at half court, and lets it go to his head.

    Frasier gets tickets to a Sonics game, and takes his dad and Niles with him, throughout the game Frasier and Niles get bored, play a game and constantly switch seats, but when Niles' seat number is called, he goes down to the court to make a shot at half court, and he makes it.

    Frasier is happy for Niles at first, but then Niles starts getting gifts, and starts telling the story, stretching it each time he tells it.

    Frasier gets fed up with it, and challenges to a free throw, and Frasier's theory that Niles' free throw was just luck, proves right, and he loses all creditability.

    Great episode, I love the ending, where Niles and Frasier try and make baskets and one of the balls hits Martin's drink, just as he gets it causing him to have to buy another one, pure classic.