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Head Game is the 5th episode of Season 4 of Frasier.

Synopsis

THE LUCK OF THE CRANES – With Frasier attending a convention of radio psychiatrists in Aspen, Niles fills in for him at the radio station. While Niles is there, Bulldog introduces him to a star player for the Seattle SuperSonics basketball team, Reggie Macklemore (guest star Lorenzo Newton), who's suffering through a slump. Niles surprisingly helps put the bounce back in Reggie's dribble.

Starring

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
Dan Butler as Bulldog
and John Mahoney as Martin Crane

Guest starring

Lorenzo Newton as Reggie Macklemore

Co-Starring

Ken Magee as Guard
Stu Lantz as Sportscaster
Loren Lazerine as Fan
Lisa Dergan as Cheerleader
Christopher M. Brown as Lenny
Geoff Callan as Hank
Jim Graci as Game Announcer

Guest caller

Wendy Wasserstein as Linda

Trivia

  • The celebrity caller in this episode is Wendy Wasserstein, playing the role of Linda. While Niles is sitting in for Frasier, Linda calls in to have Niles talk with her cat to get it to eat.
  • This is the second time Niles fills in for Frasier on his radio show. He previously did so in Frasier Crane's Day Off.

CONTINUITY

ALLUSIONS

  • At the beginning, Niles tells Frasier that he "couldn't presume to fill those big floppy red shoes of yours." This is, aside from the obvious, a nod to Kelsey Grammer's character Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons.
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