Frasier Online Episode Guide -> Season 7 -> Episode 7.14
Big Crane On Campus
Written by: Mark Reisman
Directed by: Sheldon Epps
Original US airdate: 3rd February 2000
Original UK airdate: 7th April 2000
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....?
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- 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?
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.
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Avg. Viewer Review:
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.
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