Season 4 Episode 5

Diane's Nightmare

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 1985 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Mistake - Frasier says he's seen Andy several times. But since he was supportive of him, it's still odd for him to shriek.

    • When Norm goes into the basement, it's clearly seen that the doorknob is on the right side. However, when Diane shuts the same door behind her the knob is on the left side.

  • Quotes

    • Diane: How could I have been so wrong?
      Carla: A lifetime of practice.

    • Carla: Diane, I heard screams.
      Diane: Oh I dreamt I was being murdered.
      Carla: Was I the one who was murdering you?
      Diane: No.
      Carla: Was I helping in any way?

    • Diane: I just had the worst nightmare of my entire life. But the way Sam, you were beastly to me.
      Frasier: Oh really. Well how was I?
      Diane: You weren't in it.
      Frasier: Of course.

    • Sam: (to Diane) Hey, no guy is going to walk in here into this brightly lit bar and attack you.
      [Lights go out]

    • (after Andy leaves the bar, Diane follows Sam into the office)
      Diane: Sam, I'm sorry. I feel awful. You were right. Please accept my apology.
      Sam: Oh, forget it, Diane. I forgive you. "The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from Heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: it blesseth him that gives and him that takes."
      Diane: Thank you, Sam. What did you say?
      Sam: I think you heard me.
      Diane: Yes, but YOU said it.
      Sam: (puts on his smoking jacket; Diane is astounded) Come on, Diane. You really didn't believe that buffoonish façade that I've been perpetrating for the benefit of my blue-collar clientele did you?

    • (there's a big rainstorm outside; Norm enters the bar)
      Sam: Still pourin', Norm?
      Norm: That's funny; I was about to ask you the same thing.
      Cliff: Aay, some storm, huh?
      Norm: Yeah. If I don't get home to Vera soon that road's gonna be closed. (Sam hands him a beer) Say about another half or so oughta do it.

    • Carla: Hey, Sam, where's Diane?
      Sam: She's been burning the midnight oil studying for exams. I'm letting her catch a few winks in the office.
      Carla: She couldn't catch winks if she walked naked through a troop train.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Sam: "The quality of mercy is not strained..."
      Sam is quoting from "The Merchant Of Venice", the 1600 play by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The line is from Act IV, scene 1 and is part of Portia's attempt to persuade Shylock to give up his claim of a "pound of flesh" that Antonio has offered as guarantee for Shylock's loan to Bassanio.

    • Item: Super Boggle
      Woody and Cliff are playing Super Boggle, the large version of Boggle.

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