Cheers

Season 7 Episode 11

Adventures in Housesitting

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 1989 on NBC
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Rebecca offers to housesit for one of the company executives and calls on Sam and Woody for help when the man's beloved dog runs away.

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  • Geronimo!

    9.2
    What a great episode this is. One of my personal favorites of the series.



    I like Cheers in the first five seasons because of the focus on Sam and Diane, but I like the last six seasons because of the great ensemble work of this one-of-a-kind cast. Personally, I enjoy the last six seasons more, and this episode is an example as to why.



    This is a classic example of what I would call a comedic maze. Often in Cheers land, the maze became quirkier and quirkier as we neared the conclusion, and the result was an ultimate punch line of hilarious proportions. The episode starts off innocently enough with a simple request from a higher-up (Mr. Sheridan, in this case), who asks Rebecca to house-sit for his dog. Rebecca dares to defy Mr. Sheridan, but of course, she can't because of her consistent brown nose.



    Rebecca tells the bar about her first few nights in the house. She is scared because of its big size and horror-film-like feel. Sammy takes the cue -- his security services to the rescue.



    In a hilarious sequence, Sam turns the power off at the house to scare her, and then (of course) is there to comfort her in her hour of need. Sam's intentions are purely physical, and it becomes obvious quite early into the proceedings. Rebecca wants to talk, so Sam says, "Try me." "Ok, what do you want to talk about?" "Sex." Ah, great stuff.



    Of course, Mr. Sheridan decides to come home early, and of course, a situation presents itself to where the dog is able to leave the house.



    This brings the Cheers crew to the rescue. Norm and Cliff (among other Cheers regulars) form a "posse" of unhelpful quality. Woody, however, proves to be more helpful as he snags a look-alike. The look-alike has one distinctive feature, however. He's mean (appropriately named Satan) and will attack at the first hearing of the word "cochise". Fortunately, a rare enough word that isn't uttered too often. So after a hilarious sequence involving the swap of the two dogs, Sam, Rebecca, and Woody leave Mr. Sheridan to his dog.



    Satan is returned to the bar, and Woody posts a sign warning passers-by not to mention the word. Big mistake. Frasier comes in and reads the sign aloud. Everyone ducks for cover, but the dog does nothing. Soon Sam and Rebecca realize the switch did not go as planned. Mr. Sheridan still has Satan!



    But Woody quickly realizes "cochise" is the wrong word. Leave it to Cliff to ask what it is. "Some Indian word," Woody replies. So Clavin goes through a list of Indian words aloud until he comes to...you guessed it..."Geronimo". And Cliff is scared into one of the Cheers' restrooms.



    Fortunately, Woody has the number of the dog's owner. But Carla has other plans. She wants to call the owner. She does, finds out the counter-attack call, and decides to call it a day -- ripping up the owner's phone number. The ending line from Woody is a perfect adieu to the episode.



    Quirky, yes. And outrageously funny. With great ensemble work from the cast, this was one of Cheers' many fine hours.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane (1986-1993)

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Diane Chambers (1982-1987)

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

Michael Currie

Michael Currie

Mr. Sheridan

Guest Star

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Lilith

Recurring Role

Tim Cunningham

Tim Cunningham

Tim

Recurring Role

Alan Koss

Alan Koss

Alan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Rebecca yells "Sheridan's in the kitchen with Satan" and Sam teases her about her "folk song," he is referring to the classic folk song "I've been working on the railroad" that includes in its later verses the refrain "someone's in the kitchen with Dinah"

    • In the episode "Pitch it Again, Sam" Frasier mentions that he has a fear of dogs. Although he goes and pets Satan right when he walks in the bar

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Woody: Hey [Satan's] got Mr. Clavin trapped in the men's room.
      Norm: That's okay, we can use the one up at Melville's.

    • Mr. Sheridan: Miss Howe, who's this man?
      Rebecca: This man? He's Woody. He's my boyfriend.
      Woody: Well Miss Howe.
      Mr. Sheridan: You boyfriend calls you Miss Howe?
      Rebecca: I was his teacher.

    • Rebecca: Sam, did you come out here because you were concerned I was scared? Or did you come out here to get me in the sack?
      Sam: Hey I came out here because I was concerned and scared that I would never get you in the sack.

    • Rebecca: God how in the hell did you get in here?
      Sam: Well you left the back door open. I just followed some guy with a meat hook.

    • Carla: You know I have a surefire way of keeping yourself calm, picture your audience naked.
      Frasier: Oh thank you, Carla for that old chestnut from speech 101.
      Carla: Wait a minute, I've got a twist on it. Picture them naked and wearing black socks.
      Frasier: Oh Carla, that's ridiculous. I can't see that that would...(stares at Carla and starts laughing)
      Carla: I told you it works. Now shut up.

    • Rebecca: Hurry Sam, Sheridan's in the kitchen with Satan.
      Sam: This is no time for folk singing.

    • Sam: Let me see here, Rebecca Howe all alone and scared in a big old house. Sounds to me like a job for Sammy's Security Company, we get in before the burglars do!
      Carla: That's what I like about you Sam; you're pants are always thinkin'.

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