Cheers

Season 9 Episode 9

Bad Neighbor Sam

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 1990 on NBC
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Sam initiates a feud with the new owner of Melville's, the restaurant upstairs when snobbish restaurateur John Hill buys the building.

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  • Sam gets a new rival, and cheers gets better and better in this episode

    9.5
    I was afraid that when sam finally bought back the bar, cheers would lose its edge. By this point Rebecca had gone from professional business woman and a good foil for Sam’s egotistical ways to insecure, neurotic, cartoon-like character. For the first few seasons she managed to constantly humble sam and keep him in line, but soon she grew to become as equally shallow as he. At this point in the show sam was getting a little to big for his britches. He finally managed to get Rebecca into bed, he got the bar back and is now in full control of his life for the first time since his involvement with Diane Chambers. Then in comes John Allen Hill. New owner of Melvilles and a man who is just as evil as Carla ever was, with a partial ownership of cheers stated in Melvilles lease.



    And the laughs just kept on coming.



    Perhaps what was best about John Allen Hill was that he brought out a side in Sam noone did. Diane helped to mature same a bit, Rebecca succeeded for a time in keeping him humble while sexually frustrating him, Fraiser and Lilith were the conscience of the show, carla was his moral support and Cliff and Norm were his cheering section, but Hill just drove Sam crazy. By the end of the episode sam is foaming at the mouth, obsessed about a rubber duck mat, and possessed by the idea that John Allen Hill is some sadistic god sent to torture him. Its rare to see the exuberant, confident, and witty sam Malone so humbled and cut down a notch. It made for a more interesting show, a lot more laughs and character development. A perfect character is a dull one, but a character with flaws is one that is entertaining to watch. And this episode marks a point where sam went from top of the world, to foaming at the mouth at the mere mention of John Allen Hill.



    Perhaps most remarkable about this episode is that it doesn’t so much mark a point where the loss of Shelly long was forgotten, so much as it shows how much the show had outgrown her. When Melvilles upper crust customers infest the bar and a yuppie gets a louder greeting from the patrons then Norm, Sam comments to Fraiser that Hill is turning the bar into something Dianne would have liked. Fraiser then goes from coaching Sam to discuss the situation reasonably to offering to hold down Hill while sam hits him.



    This moment embodies what was so special about cheers, it was a show that grew as much as the fans did, it celebrated its history as much as it could laugh about where it had been and how much it was better for the maturity. The writers injected just the right amount of heart, cartoon like wackiness and sincere character growth and/or degradation, making it as engrossing in much the same way the best soap operas can be, but much more accessible and engrossing.



    It will be a while until the season that has this episode comes out, but I think perhaps Season 9 was Cheers at the top of its game, when all the factors of the show were clicking in nearly every episode and the writers found new and interesting way to keep the varied cast playing off each other in new and entertaining ways. The rest of the show is nothing to stick your nose up at either, save for maybe Season 5 where Diane had pretty much worn out her welcome, but that doesn’t make any of the other seasons any less worth owning and viewing.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd (1985-1993)

Carl Mueller

Carl Mueller

Jeffrey

Guest Star

Sandy Edgarton

Sandy Edgarton

Hilary

Guest Star

Tamara Mark

Tamara Mark

Martha

Guest Star

Philip Perlman

Philip Perlman

Phil

Recurring Role

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr Lilith Sternin-Crane

Recurring Role

Keene Curtis

Keene Curtis

John Allen Hill

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sam learns from John Hill that his Corvette has been towed for parking in John's space. Sam gets mad and tells John that his customers can no longer use "Sam's stairway" going up to Melville's. John then makes an announcement to the patrons of the bar that he is offering a free drink to all customers of Melville's. Everyone then gets up and goes up to Melville's using "Sam's stairway."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Rebecca: Sam, I don't want you to be at me, but I brought Mr. Hill here to settle this mess. Please talk to him.
      Sam: Oh, sure. I'd love to talk to him.
      Rebecca: Not with the sledgehammer.
      Sam: I wasn't going to hit him, just drop it on his foot by mistake.
      Rebecca: No, Sam.

    • Woody: But so help me God, if a man with a thumb answers...Hold on. It's him. It's the thumb guy and you know what that pervert said? "Allo." What's that in English?
      Norm: I took French in high school. Allo. Allo means..."I've got your girlfriend in my arms, and soon we'll be naked, you stupid cuckold."
      Cliff: That's funny, Norm, because I thought it meant..."I got your girlfriend in my arms, and we're already naked, you stupid cuckold."
      Frasier: Stop heckling the poor lad. Woody, it simply means...that "I enjoyed your girlfriend."

    • Carla: 10 bucks says [Sam] goes ballistic by midnight.
      Norm: I got 10 that says 11:00.
      Cliff: I'll take 9:30.
      Carla: Frase, you want in?
      Frasier: That won't be fair. I'm a professional psychiatrist. Then again it might give me the edge I need. By 8:15, he'll be spitting up blood.

    • Sam: It seems to me [John Hill's] turning our bar into...something Diane would have liked.
      Frasier: All, right, Sam. You hold him, I'll hit him.

    • Carla: Have you ever seen so many yuppies with gold cards?
      Rebecca: John Allen Hill worked his magic, and we reap the benefits.
      Carla: I love these charge slips. Look here. They put down a five for a tip. All I have to do is stick a one in front of it and I got 15.

    • John Hill: Oh, um, one other thing--our garbage area seems to be strewn with beer cans that appear to have been crushed against someone's forehead.
      Carla: I warned you about that.
      Phil: Hey, I get crazy.

    • John Hill: You must be Sam Malone.
      Sam: Yeah. How'd you know?
      John Hill: My hat check girl describes your hair. She didn't do it justice.
      Sam: It's kind of a hobby.
      John Hill: The joy it must bring you.

    • (Woody shows the bar pictures of Kelly)
      Norm: Who do you suppose took those snapshots?
      Woody: Probably her roommate Cindy Ann.
      Carla: I don't know, Woody. There's a thumb in this picture. Ether it's a man's thumb or Cindy Ann could use a bottle of Nair for Christmas.
      Woody: I can't believe it. This is a man's thumb. [Kelly's] having some hairy French guy take sexy pictures of her. Two can play at this game. I'm going to have some hairy French guy take pictures of me.

    • Sam: Let me buy you guys a round, huh?
      Norm: You are in a good mood.
      Sam: I work up on the right side of [Martha's] bed.

    • Lilith: Carla, these toys are inappropriate. I fear that a child who played with them would be in danger of developing severe personality disorders, possibly bordering on the psychotic.
      Frasier: Wow! Sparkhead! I used to love this.

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