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Hot Ticket
Episode Details

Written by: Jeffrey Richman

Directed by: David Lee

Original US airdate: 15th October 1998

Original UK airdate: 29th January 1999


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
Sir Trevor Ainsley .... Fritz Weaver
Susan Kendall .... Natalija Nogulich
Steve Kendall .... Francis X. McCarthy
Usher .... Sally Champion
Dr Rob Mandel .... James Cunningham
Ticket Seller .... Joe Howard
Bartender .... Simon Brooke
Waitress .... Lynn Tufeld
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Frasier and Niles have tickets to the hottest theatrical event in town: 'Tales of The Mariner', with the last ever performances of world renowned actor Sir Trevor Ainsley. However, they turn up to the wrong performance, so Frasier tries and fails to get tickets through some friends he knows. Eventually they decide to stand in the cancellation line but are met by Susan and Steve Kendall. Not wanting to lower their social standing, they pretend they have tickets and are standing outside because Niles wanted a last cigarette. Steve says to join him at the interval for one. So they come back at the interval and are invited to a party the Kendalls are throwing which Sir Trevor is also attending. Once at the party, sir Trevor wants the Crane's to give a psychological interpretation of the play and Frasier struggles valiantly on after Niles rushes off somewhere. Sir Trevor says that a lot of the people seeing the play see it because it is fashionable which makes Frasier feel guilty, and when he and Niles are invited to one of the Kendall's exclusive brunches they almost turn it down, but they just can't refuse.

Episode Title Cards
  • A Night At The Theatre
  • Another Night At The Theatre

Episode Highlights

- As Martin is about to recall the newspaper review of the play:
Frasier: I don't want to hear about it before I see it.
Martin: I don't want to hear about it after you see it (!)

- After the Crane's turn up to the wrong performance:
Niles: I have to see this play - I have to have people see me see this play.

- Frasier's look of delight after he finds out Niles has been bleaching his teeth.

- Niles delight at finding out Daphne's picture was in the paper.

- After Sir Trevor asks the Crane's whether the performance was a truthful one:
Niles: I can honestly say I never saw a false moment.

Frasier Online Episode Review

Bit of a misfire, sadly, from the pen of Jeffrey Richman, I struggled to be interested in seeing Frasier and Niles too snobbish to stand in the cancellation line for tickets, and failed to find much to laugh about in watching Niles pretend to be a smoker - though I did enjoy Frasier's delight at learning Niles bleaches his teeth. The second half when Frasier and Niles get to speak to Sir Trevor at a reception after the play, throws up a few amusing moments like Niles getting out of saying anything by seeing to his non-existent children, but the episode just seems to peter out after that. Definitely not one of my favourite episodes which shows that even good writers have their off days

Rating

68 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 66.8%
Total Number of Reviews: 8


Seinfeldian, May 11, 2013

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia


Wow. I feel as if I'm usually in rough agreement with fandom about an episode's quality (with one notable exception in season 11), but I must be out from the pack this time. I really like "Hot Ticket", and always have since I first saw it back when it was first released on DVD.

I'd be the first to agree that "Hot Ticket" isn't a laugh-a-minute. Nor does its comedy-of-errors plot have the same farcical structure as the best of Crane. It's more - as someone else pointed out here - Seinfeldian. Frasier and Niles spend most of the episode flitting back and forth between a theatre and the apartment trying to fake like they've seen a play they couldn't get into. To my mind, it works.

Again, the episode takes a common-enough situation - people arriving with tickets for the wrong performance - and lets it spiral out of control. It's perfectly likely that Frasier and Niles would be stressed both by missing a cultural event of this magnitude and by the awkwardness of being seen in that situation. "Hot Ticket" allows them to rise above the pettiness of the situation while also (yes, predictably) giving in to their baser natures at the end.

"Hot Ticket" isn't a classic, but I think it's a perfectly acceptable episode. Even an average instalment of this show's sixth season is a stellar performance for most sitcoms.


Rating: 81%

 

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