Cheers

Sam's Women

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 10/7/82
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  • Episode Description
  • Diane's teasing about the airheaded women Sam dates sends him looking for a date of a higher cerebral plane. Also, an old customer insists he must see the former owner to discuss his personal problems.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rhea Perlman

    Carla Lozupone Tortelli

  • George Wendt

    Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

  • Ted Danson

    Sam "Mayday" Malone

  • Shelley Long

    Diane Chambers

  • Nicholas Colasanto

    Ernie "Coach" Pantusso

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A good example of the best of the series, classic take on the growing love/hate dynamic between Sam and Diane.

    By Mac-Ale, Aug 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Diane (to Sam): A really intelligent woman would see your BS a mile away.

    • Sam: My life isn't fun anymore. It's because of you. Diane: Because of me? Sam: Yeah, you're a snob. Diane: A snob! Sam: Yeah, that's right. Diane: Well, you're a rapidly aging adolescent. Sam: Well I would rather be that than a snob. Diane: Well I would rather be a snob. Sam: Good because you are.

    • Cliff: Diane, can we get two beers here? Diane: Coming right up. Sam: Not right now. Cliff: But Sam, we're thirsty. Sam: Drink chalk.

    • Brandee: My mother told me to watch out for guys in bars. Sam: Well let's get out of this bar so you don't have to worry.

    • Carla (to Brandee): Excuse me miss. The gentleman at the end of the bar would like to buy you an automobile.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was filmed on August 10, 1982.

    • TV Guide citation: In the March 26, 1983 issue of TV Guide, there is a feature article on Shelley Long. This article contains quotes from the creators of Cheers and Shelley about her character. "After receiving good notices in movies like "Caveman" with Ringo Starr and "Night Shift" with Henry Winkler, she was offered the role of Diane Chambers, Cheers' smart but sheltered waitress. "It didn't seem that a television show was what I intellectually thought I should be doing," she recalls, being concerned that it might "limit or eliminate my possibilities of doing more film." But she took the job after reading just one script because "my guts were telling me that this works." She hasn't regretted the decision. Long is enthusiastic about the series. "There is a special feeling on Cheers. There is a nice, tight nucleus there, and it happened almost immediately. It's a quality that adds to the show's spontaneity, an artless realism that makes the Boston bar and its patrons sympathetic and believable." Cheers' creators, Les and Glen Charles and director Burrows, set out deliberately to achieve that ambiance and looked for specific kinds of actors to carry it off. Glen Charles explains: "Our comedy isn't based on hard jokes. So you really need to have actors who can work with an attitude or a piece of physical timing." The role of Diane was particularly difficult to fill. "We read a lot of people for the part," Glen Charles says. "One of the problems was Diane is not always a sympathetic character: she has pretensions of intellectual superiority and is often a snob. Yet at the same time she has to have an endearing quality that keeps redeeming her. Shelley treads that tightrope with disarming skill." Adds Burrows: "She far exceeds what we thought in our heads Diane was. What Shelley does great is commit to a particular speech or line or moment with incredible verve. She makes those lines work." Perhaps that's because she does see something of herself in the role. "Diane is blind. She cares, but she works out of here too much," Shelley Long says, tapping her head with a forefinger. "Whenever a human being has sensitivities, awareness, he or she should stay in touch with them, and I was closing them off. I was making myself blind. Diane does that to some extent, and we laugh because we see ourselves and we see the pain that we put ourselves through by not really being in touch with what's going on, by not seeing that we throw obstacles in our own paths." Currently about the only obstacle in Shelley Long's path, and that of Cheers, is the shows poor showing in the ratings. It's been near the Nielsen basement so often that, if precedent had been followed, NBC would have buried it without a second thought. But the show has been so highly praised that a stay of execution was granted until at least the end of the season. Long dearly wants Cheers to survive and to see Diane Chambers evolve. Ultimately, though, Cheers moment of truth will arrive. If it survives, the critics will call it a triumph for quality television; if not, they'll no doubt refer to H.L. Mencken's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.

    • NBC rebroadcast this episode on April 21, 1983.

    • Actually, Norm's marital status WAS verified at this point. In the pilot episode, as Cheers was closing and everyone was leaving, Coach was giving Norm a ride home and just as he's helping Norm walk out the door, he asks:"Normy, you're in here every night. Doesn't you wife ever wonder where you are?", and Norm says jokingly: "She wonders...Doesn't care!".

    • Sam's ex-wife Debra makes her only appearance in this episode as Sam's date to the opera.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Diane brings a large order of drinks to the wrong table in the opening. In the 1st episode, Diane remembers a large order Carla gave to Sam, and repeats it back to Sam. With that kind of knowledge, it just doesn't seem that Diane can make a mistake like bringing drinks to the wrong table. Especially when the bar didn't seem "busy" and the tables were so close together.

    Allusions (1)

    • Sam and Debra went to see Star Wars. Star Wars was a 1970's and 1980's sci-fi triology, from George Lucas.

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