Season 8 Episode 15

Hooping Cranes

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



  • Trivia

    • (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.

  • Quotes

    • (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.

    • Frasier: Now entering the apartment, a 5'9'' psychiatrist from Seattle, Niles Crane!
      Martin: Yahoo! (as Niles hangs up his coat) He shakes, he bakes, he drives to the coat rack, he takes an arm out of the sleeve, he puts it up...and IT'S GOOD!
      Niles: Thank you, Dad.
      Frasier: (pouring sherry) Glass of sherry, Niles?
      Niles: Please.
      Martin: (as Niles takes the glass) He holds the glass, goes up to the sherry...IT'S GOOD!
      Niles: OK, Dad!
      Frasier: Gosh, Niles, you making that basket tonight was truly astonishing. And what's even more unbelievable is that you are now the proud owner of a rugged, ram-tough, all-terrain pickup truck.
      Niles: It occurred to me we could use it to go antiquing.

    • Frasier: I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with 'V'.
      Niles: (looking around)Vagabond.
      Frasier: No.
      Niles: Vittles.
      Frasier: No.
      Niles: Vienna sausages.
      Frasier: Where do you see Vienna sausages?
      Niles: Well, I thought maybe that vendor might.. oh, oh! Vendor, vendor!
      Frasier: Excellent, Niles! Your turn.

    • Frasier: Well, uh, (the doorbell rings) they're for, uh, Niles and Daphne, of course. But, um, I made the arrangements so long ago I didn't anticipate Daphne going for her master's degree at the Fat Academy.

    • Roz: Well, can't use 'em anyway. I have a date with this French guy.
      Frasier: So that's it, huh? No Americans left.
      Roz: That's very funny. You know, I hope it goes well, because he doesn't speak any English, and the only French I know is 'oui' and 'non.'
      Frasier: I suppose you'll just be using one of those.
      Roz: Before you get too clever, you're the one who's going out with his brother.

    • Niles: It's like those family road trips Dad used to drag us on. Uncomfortable seats, sticky floors, underlying threat of violence.
      Frasier: However did we get through those?
      Niles: Games, mostly. License plate spotting, I Spy, throwing up.
      Frasier: You know, Niles, that wouldn't be so much a game as an activity.

    • Frasier: Well, actually Niles and I are already having a boys' night out. We're gonna go see the Northwest Chamber Ensemble's Spring Sing. After that, a late dinner at Le Cigare Volant!
      Roz: Ooh, throw in a couple of strippers and that still sounds boring.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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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