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Head Game
Episode Details

Written by: Rob Greenberg

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 12th November 1996

Original UK airdate: 8th August 1997

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Bulldog .... Dan Butler
Recurring Cast
Guest Cast
Reggie McLemore .... Lorenzo Newton
Guard .... Ken Magee
Sportscaster .... Stu Lantz
Fan .... Loren Lazerine
Cheerleader .... Lisa Dergan
Lenny .... Christopher M. Brown
Hank .... Geoff Callan
Game Announcer .... Jim Graci
Guest Callers
Linda .... Wendy Wasserstein

Episode Synopsis

Frasier has to attend a radio psychiatrists convention in Aspen, and manages to convince Niles to fill in for him while he's away (thanks to some him using up Niles' promised favour when Frasier went out with Maris' sister Brie!). After his first show, he meets Bulldog who is about to start his show, who tells him he has Reggie Maclemore as a guest on his show. He used to be an upstoppable player for the Sonics, but recently has lost his form completely. Reggie is introduced to Niles, who heard his show on the way over, and asks Niles for some help with his game. Niles is unsure, not really specialising in sports psychiatry but shows Reggie some exercises to try. Bulldog calls him back as his show is about to start, so Reggie just ruffles Niles hair as he leaves.

That night, Reggie returns to form and namechecks Niles in the after game interview - much to Martin and Daphne's amazement. The following day, everyone is treating Niles as a hero, and as a thank-you, Reggie sends Niles courtside tickets for that night's game. At the game, however, Reggie's form deserts him again, and so comes to talk to Niles about it. He has done all the exercises he showed him, so it must have been him reuffling Niles' hair that did it. So he ruffles his hair again and goes out and wins the game for the Sonics. Niles is worried by this development - he can't be seen to be acting as a lucky rabbit's foot to help Reggie so goes to talk to him before his next game.....

Episode Title Cards
  • Stranger In A Strange Land
  • Hoopla
  • Ay, There's The Rub

Episode Highlights

- Frasier tells Niles he is going to radio psychiatrist convention in Aspen:
Niles: Hundreds of radio psychitarists all in the same location - one well timed avalanche and the reputation of the entire psychitraic profession could be restored.

- Roz plays an on-air joke at Niles' expense:
Niles: That little bit of sabotage was not amusing.
Roz: Then why did coffee come out of my nose?!

- Niles can't believe everyone is hero-worshipping him over a basketball game:
Roz: It rains nine months of the year here. We take our indoor sports very seriously.
Niles: Well, I know you always have (!)

- Niles is astonished by the amount of congratulatory faxes listeners have sent him:
Niles: I'm a revered God by the same trogolodytes who in high school tried to pack me into my briefcase!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Despite the prospect of a Niles-centric episode - especially one with him filling in for Frasier on his show, this is a rather dull show. The opening scene is pretty good, with some nice Frasier and Niles banter, but once the central plot involving Reggie touching Niles' head kicks in, the episode struggles to remain interesting as Niles struggles with his ethics. Despite some nice moments - Daphne interpreting Martin's basketball terminology by using the equivalent at the theatre for example - this episode remains a rather flat affair displaying little of the series' traditional sparkle and flair.


71 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 78.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 8

Great job, DHP!, Aug 26, 2012

Reviewer: Tid from SW England

Yes, the overall plot is a little weak, I agree. But it's loaded with laughs -
Daphne's translation of basketball terminology into opera terminology for
Niles' benefit, is worth the admission fee alone! And it goes without
saying that DHP carries it all off brilliantly. (I'm not one of those who
thinks that the Frasier character needs to be omnipresent for the show
to work). Perhaps not the best Season 4 episode but still very good.

Rating: 87%


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