Season 1 Episode 9

Coach Returns to Action

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 1982 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Coach and Sam become unlikely romantic rivals for Coach's new neighbor.

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  • Coach doesn't think he can compete against sam's charms to win a girl but when Sam fails to get her, Coach goes for it.

    Coach falls for his new neighbor, Nina, and tells Diane not to let anyone else know about it. When she shows up to Cheers, Sam wants to date her but she won't fall for his charms. Coach feels that he doesn't have a chance to compete with Sam but Diance and Carla manages to change his mind and he asks her out. However, Nina rejects him too saying that she has too much unpacking to do. Coach then fakes an injury to get her attention just like how he did when he was in the big leagues. This attempt works as Nina takes him home to the delight of Diane.

    funny episode. the broken bathroom makes it even better.moreless
  • Rather Good

    This episode serves as a way to enhance the "Coach" character. Coach has just met Nina, a girl that moved in his building and is actually really drawn to her. We get to learn more about Coach's goofy behaviour and how he gets a woman to notice him: he intentionally injures himself so they will feel sympathy towards him (lying falling off the stairs!)!. When Sam hits on her, he gets rejected (a shocking moment for everyone who knows him), and then he gets rejected again, and again, and again. When "Coach" finally asks Nina out, she turns him down politely."Coach" starts going upstairs for dinner and "falls"! And, it works! Probably one of the best last scenes up until this point of the season!moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli

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)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Diane: Well, what I can't fathom is how one can drink ice-cold beer in freezing weather.
      Norm: Cliff, explanation, please?
      Diane: Now, how do you know he has one?
      Norm: Five bucks says he does, ten says that it's a doozy.
      Cliff: When the British ruled the Punjab...
      Norm: Ten bucks, all the way.

    • Tourist #3: It seems like all we've done all day is go from one bar to another!
      Tour Guide: What do you expect for 8 bucks? Minutemen?? Move it!
      (Tour guide pushes tourist out the door)

    • Coach: Damnedest thing. I've been shivering all the way over here.
      Diane: Well, Coach, you don't have a coat on. It's 30 degrees outside.
      Coach: Oh, thank god. I thought I had malaria.

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