Cheers

Season 7 Episode 10

Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 1989 on NBC
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Cheers' gets another chance of losing a contest to their cross-town rivals at Gary's Old Towne Tavern; this time the contest is for "Boston's Best Bloody Mary."

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  • Gary's Old Towne Tavern strikes again!

    9.5
    One of my favorite parts of the show was the introduction and continuation of the Gary's Old Towne Tavern storyline. The slimy, underhanded, unnaturally intelligent Gary proved to be a formidable foe to Cheers, and the results were usually embarrassment and (ultimately) hilarity.



    In this episode, The Woodman Strikes Back in terrific fashion. Putting on a most convincing "I get no respect" display in front of the Cheers crowd (No doubt to convince any witnesses that this was a true falling out), Woody goes to Gary's to get a job. Of course, Gary is at first hesitant, but since he has a spy at Cheers who observed the scene, Gary is quickly convinced.



    It just so happens that Woody is smart enough to withhold important information regarding the time of the Bloody Mary contest, an annual contest that serves as promotional bragging rights for the winning bar. After Woody's hilariously nervous escape from Gary's, he quickly suits up as the judge of the Bloody Mary contest. Gary hurriedly makes it to the contest under the wire and wins. Of course, this is a sham since Woody was the judge. The REAL contest is two hours later.



    But Gary once again has outsmarted them and returns for the real deal. He wins again, and Cheers appears to have fallen short once again.



    Not so fast, my friends! It's Carla that strikes back, paying off another sham-of-a-judge (with Gary's money, of course). But just as victory seems assured, Gary returns again. Sam gives a hilarious "Oh, man, I give up!" utterance, but Gary returns for his wallet. As Gary leaves, the bar rejoices with a crescendo-ed version of "Gary won't win! Gary won't win!"



    This is a terrific episode that, of course, is true to Cheers form. Cheers, the intelligent and financial, underdog -- resorts to the cheap tricks and dirty gambling that Gary is notorious for. If you can't beat him, cheat him. That's my Cheers.



    Scenes to remember (besides those listed above): the episode teaser featuring Lilith's personal spillage regarding Frasier's fantasies and the "Compliments of Gary's Old Towne Tavern: We deliver!" scene. Oh, and the hilarious commercial from Gary.



    The golden age of Cheers, my friends.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)

Joel Polis

Joel Polis

Gary

Guest Star

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Ed Fogerty

Guest Star

Greg Collins

Greg Collins

Greg

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 (1)

    • First, Sam gets some rare black cardamom spice to put in the Bloody Mary. We find out that Woody has an allergy to it. Then, Rebecca gets a Bloody Mary sample from Gary's. Woody drinks some and has an allergic reaction to it thus indicating that Gary's Bloody Mary contains black cardamom. Why doesn't Woody have an allergic reaction when he is disguised as the judge later in the episode and has to taste and judge Gary's drink?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Carla: Woody, you don't know what you're getting yourself into. I mean, those guys at Gary's are vicious. They could strip you naked, paint you red, and put you on a subway.
      Woody: They wouldn't do that.
      Carla: They did it to me. But I got the best of them.
      Norm: How's that?
      Carla: (chortling) I loved it.

    • Norm: Hey doc, what's going on?
      Frasier: Well for one thing I find myself a bachelor again.
      Carla: Lilith finally blow her brains out?
      Frasier: No, but thank you for asking after her, Carla.

    • Gary: Cheers: where good times go to die.

    • (talking about Gary's Bloody Mary Mix)
      Rebecca: It's almost worth cramming myself into this dress.
      Norm: I'd dress up as a hooker to get some of this stuff.

    • Rebecca: Sam, guess what I've got under my coat.
      Sam: If I can guess right, can I keep them?

    • Woody: Hey Mr. Peterson there's a cold one waitin' for ya.
      Norm: I know and if she calls I'm not here.

    • Woody: Hey Mr. Peterson there's a cold one waitin' for ya.
      Norm: I know and if she calls I'm not here.

    • Woody: If you guys say the word "stupid" one more time, I'm leaving for good.
      Sam: Come on Woody, that's stupid.
      Woody: That's it, I'm outta here!

    • Gary: Hey look everyone, it's Sister Mary Woody!!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Gary refers to Woody as Li'l Abner. Li'l Abner was a comic strip written and drawn by Al Capp that ran from 1934-1977. The star, Li'l Abner Yokum, was a dumb but good-natured hillbilly, much like Woody.

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