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Big Crane On Campus
Episode Details

Written by: Mark Reisman

Directed by: Sheldon Epps

Original US airdate: 3rd February 2000

Original UK airdate: 7th April 2000


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
Recurring Cast
   
   
Guest Cast
Lorna Lynley .... Jean Smart
Neighbour .... Selma Stern
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Roz has joined a book club, though her real motivation was Jason, the guy who asked her to join. She hasn't read the book for that week 'The Great Gatsby' and bumps into Frasier at the Cafe Nervosa, whom she asks for a quick overview of the book. Frasier then spies the prom queen from his old high school days, Lorna Lanley. He had a bit of a crush on her in school, but while she was with the in-crowd, Frasier obviously wasn't. She recognises him, and Frasier tries to pluck up the courage to ask her out but instead asks her to appraise his apartment as he is thinking of selling it. Frasier is rushing his father out before Lorna arrives but then Niles turns up. He wants to use Frasier's kitchen to make her a birthday meal to remember but when Frasier tells him he is going on a date with Lorna, Niles just can't believe it. That is until Lorna knocks on the door and Niles regresses to a giggling schoolchild when he shakes her hand! Frasier seemingly also reduces to an adolescent when Lorna wants to see his bedroom, but his conscience gets the better of him and tells her he invited her becuase he had a crush on her and still thinks she looks great. Lorna is flattered and says she'll stay for dinner if Frasier wants...

Cut to the next morning where Frasier and Lorna are in bed, having spent the night together with Frasier relishing his new found confidence in asking Lorna out. It's a wonderfully pleasant moment - that is, until Lorna discovers it's 10 o'clock and she's late. She suddenly turns into this uncouth, completely different person shouting down her mobile phone at her children. She also smokes -filling Frasier with a mixture of amazement and dismay. He realises he cannot continue seeing Lorna, and so resolves to break it off with her. Meanwhile Daphne is helping Niles cook his dinner for Mel, but he manages to burn his hand on a pan handle. Daphne starts rubbing his hand with aloe cream but continues doing so in a loving, caring manner. Niles starts to feel uncomfortable but when Martin walks in, Daphne jumps and runs off in embarassment. Niles is discussing this with Frasier later at the cafe and wonders if Daphne has feelings for him. Frasier says no, she was just being caring. He also says that he is meeting Lorna soon to break it off with her, but when she arrives, she tells him she'll have to cancel their plans for tonight as she has to go to their high school Coach's reunion and wants Frasier to go with her. He, on the other hand, is trying to break it off with her but then realises all the popular students from his high school will be there. Frasier is relishing the look on their faces when they see 'Crane The Brain' walk in with the prom queen on his arm. How will Lorna react when Frasier tells her the truth just as they are about to go in....?

Episode Title Cards
  • 2Good 2Be 4Gotten
  • Ah, There's The Rub

Episode Highlights

- Roz wonders why Frasier didn't approach Lorna at high school:
Frasier: She was with the in-crowd. The only people who knew me debated, recited or were on a six month visit from Adu Dhabi!

- Frasier tells Niles he is about to go on a date:
Niles: Anyone I know?
Frasier: Well, yes actually - Lorna Lynley.
Niles: [Laughs] No really - who?

- Niles' gigglingly childish reaction to meeting Lorna for the first time since high school.

- Niles' reation to Daphne lovingly rubbing aloe cream into his burnt hand.

- Niles is discussing Daphne's embarrassed reaction to Martin walking in on her rubbing cream into Niles' hand with Frasier:
Niles: Is it possible Daphne has feelings for me?
Frasier: No.
Niles: Well, at least you've considered it from all angles (!)

- Roz meets Frasier the day after he slept with Lorna:
Roz: You went to bed with the prom queen?!
Frasier: Yes - and I woke up with 'Carrie'!

Frasier Online Episode Review

Another episode that deals with Frasier's love life - and sadly, it's a theme that has been dealt with much better in previous episodes I might add. This episode suffered from a dull script replete with predictable jokes, such as Frasier saying he's a completely different person than he was in high school and then offering to carry Lorna's books, and Jean Smart's uncouth act got old real quick. Not even a nice bit of Niles and Daphne where Daphne seems to be taking an interest in Niles - which definitely makes a change - can save this episode from being a below-par one which is a shame in a generally above average series so far.

Rating

71 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 70.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 4


Prom queen, assistant principal: you can't go home again, May 16, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


"It was a time known as the Jazz Age"... Frasier attempting to describe "The Great Gatsby" to Roz was the first indication I would enjoy this episode. There are some very enjoyable character moments throughout, with the idea of dating the prom queen ricocheting through both Niles and Frasier's lives. David Hyde Pierce is hysterical with his geeky snigger and puerile fighting with his brother. Meanwhile, it's enjoyable to watch Frasier finally achieve one of his dreams only to realise that it was perhaps a boyish fantasy more than anything else.

This is definitely the Frasier Crane we know: someone who wants to have ethics and dignity but will end up putting them aside just so he can go to a prom with the queen. I particularly like the way Kelsey Grammer plays his growing realisation of Lorna's dark side: "I woke up with Carrie".

Perhaps not everything works. Frasier's voiceover on his date night is quite funny but feels a little odd coming as it does out of nowhere in an episode that doesn't otherwise use the device. The single little scene of Daphne's feelings is a good sign the writers haven't forgotten the events of this season, but it doesn't really tie into the rest of the episode. (Then again, I suppose we had six years of Niles' feelings being an unspoken thread, it's fair for Daphne to spend half a season in the same situation.)

As Lorna, Jean Smart brings a vibrancy to the role. She's always been a reliable performer, and she effortlessly turns from the sweet woman who has transgressed her old personality into the shrieking harpy of Frasier's nightmares. At the same time, the fact that this becomes the entire characterisation of Lorna does start to wear thin after a while. Her final scene is quite funny though. It's just a shame they couldn't have perhaps had one extra comedic twist up their sleeve.

(On a side note, the little old lady who gets abused by Lorna in the elevator is perfectly cast.)

Ultimately, in spite of my quibbles, I enjoy this episode. Roz's little sideplot ultimately ties in to the episode's theme. Yes, Frasier was using Lorna. But - as she points out - on some level, Lorna was using him. She just wanted to ease back into dating with a demonstrably sweet and doting man. On same level, the episode suggests, we're all using others. Sometimes it's with their complicity, sometimes it's completely harmless and innocent. But unlike so many "Frasier-ruins-his-date" episodes, this one suggests that the fault is rarely as bad as it seems. Worth pondering.


Rating: 79%

 

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