Season 3 Episode 22

Cheerio, Cheers

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 1985 on NBC
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Diane announces that she's leaving Cheers to accompany Frasier to Italy and Sam throws her a going-away party.

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  • So Diane is off to Europe with Frasier for six months...but what about Sam?

    This episode is a really good episode yet really quite sad. Not only is Diane leaving for Europe with Frasier but this was Nicholas Colasanto's last appearance as Coach (apart from one outtake in Rescue Me), who sadly died of heart failure.

    So Frasier asks Diane to go to Europe with him for six months and she says yes. Now, however much I like Frasier, I was *screaming* at my tv, telling Diane not to go because she belongs with Sam, but she does go, and Sam dutifully throws her a going away party.

    At the end of the going away party, when the bar is empty, Sam and Diane hug and find it hard to separate themselves, especially after all they had been through together. Finally, they break apart and Diane starts to walk away before running to Sam and passionately kissing him (I should hope so too). They start to leave the bar together but Diane says something which Sam misinterprets, making Diane decide that sleeping with Sam that night would be wrong and goes to Europe with Frasier.

    That scene is so Sam and Diane because they and every else knows that they belong together but things just don't go right. The hug is so funny yet so sad because Diane is leaving (Just like she did at the end of season two and like she would do at the end of season 5)moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Diane Chambers

Nicholas Colasanto

Nicholas Colasanto

Ernie "Coach" Pantusso

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Except for an appearance during a cold opening in the final episode of the season, this was Nicholas Colassanto's final appearance.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sam: Diane, listen to me. I think we both realize that a lot of things can happen when you leave like this. Who knows when we'll see each other again? I'd like you to do me a favor.
      Diane: What's that, Sam?
      Sam: I've been a real jerk to you sometimes. I'd appreciate it when you think of me you remember me as a decent person.
      Diane: Of course. I'll remember you as Albert Schweitzer.

    • Sam: Listen to me. I'm sincere about this, I like you two and I want to see you both happy.
      Diane: Thank you, Sam.
      Sam: After all just because the two of us didn't travel well-
      Diane: When did we ever travel?
      Sam: Are you kidding me? We went through hell together.
      Diane: Well it helps that you knew the language.

    • Frasier: Sam, Diane and I are going to Europe.
      sam: Europe? Overseas?
      Diane: Well we were going to go to the local one but it's all booked up,

    • Diane: On the count of three we, two, two and a half.....

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is Nick Colasanto's (Coach) last filmed appearance. He would appear again in a previous, unused scene in Season 3's last episode, ''Rescue Me''.

    • James Burrows earned a 1985 Emmy nomination for Best Direction in a Comedy Series for his work on this episode.

    • This is the last full episode featuring Colasanto, but it was not the last that he filmed. This Diane-heavy episode went into production early as a result of Long's growing waistline.


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