Season 1 Episode 7

Friends, Romans, Accountants

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 1982 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Norm tries to make points with the boss by planning the annual office party at Cheers and arranging for Diane to be the old man's "date."

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Alright

    It was pretty funny but it wasn't funny throughout the whole episode. Norm wasn't preticularly funny in this one. And it didn' manage to keep me in my seat the whole episode. I really thought the Coach was great. Same with Cliff and Sam and Carla. I thought that it was a bit dry on the humor side and it can't do a show withought norm. It had a good story they could have made it funny but the way they did it was kinda bad. I give it a 8 personally. I thought it was sorta funny. Good story.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

James Read

James Read

Herb Sawyer

Guest Star

Kenneth Kimmins

Kenneth Kimmins

Fred Wilson

Guest Star

Jim Hudson

Jim Hudson

Accountant #2

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Norm: I know, I'm not proud of myself. But then, I never am.

    • Diane: (to a jealous Sam) I see. An old man is fine. But one whose kidneys are still functioning is taboo.

    • Diane: Where's your wife? Why isn't she at the party?
      Norm: She didn't hear about it.

    • Norm: I should go home and close myself off, and work out all the [party] details. (stops, turns around Nah, I can do that in the bathroom.

    • Sam: (to Diane) We all know that you'd starve to death before you made a living with your body.

    • Herb: Diane, you smell wonderful. What is it?
      Diane: Thank you. Dandruff shampoo.
      Herb: I like it.
      Diane: I don't flake for hours (Herb starts kissing her neck) Oh, Herb wait a minute.
      Herb: Diane, you're so beautiful.
      Diane: Well you know. I don't really believe in mauling on the first date.

    • (Sam is giving drinks to Mr. Sawyer and Diane)
      Sam: One for you and one for your lady of the evening.

    • Norm: Carla, do you suppose...
      Carla: No no Norm, don't look at me. I got four kids and I sure ain't lookng for anymore.
      Norm: I didn't say to have sex with the guy.
      Carla: It doesn't matter. I'm what you call a fast breeder. A man winks at me, I'm three months along.

    • (Norm is trying to find a last minute date for his boss)
      Sam: Why don't you ask one of the women here? Or does your boss like live things.

    • Sam: Say didn't we used to have a weekly Elizabethan poet night.
      Norm: It started getting too rowdy.
      Cliff: I remember the night you were charged with practicing iambic pentimeter without a license.
      Diane: You know, Sam. If I am to serve both as a waitress and the butt of jokes I think I should make more money.
      Carla: Yeah, what does a good butt make in this town?

    • Diane: Norman, I don't know what you're so upset about? Sounds like a great opportunity to me.
      Norm: That's what I thought. After I volunteered I realized I never threw a party. I killed a few.

    • Coach: How's life. Norm?
      Norm: Not for the squeamish, Coach.

  • NOTES (3)

    • TV Guide citation: In the November 6, 1982 issue of TV Guide there is a ratings report about Cheers with a statement from Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment.

      NBC has renewed both Taxi and Cheers for the second half of the season despite the fact that both shows started off with extremely poor Nielsen ratings. The two situation comedies have been picked up for nine more weeks in 1983.
      "We are giving these new shows a vote of confidence," said Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment. "Some shifting of time slots might take place, but for the moment, we have chosen to do nothing. The point is that in the past both shows would have been canceled. We now realize that it does take time for a quality show to catch on."
      For the first four weeks of the season, Taxi averaged a national audience share of 19 and placed 58th out of 66 prime-time network programs. Cheers had an 18 share and was 62nd. A share of 26 or 27 is usually considered the minimum a show needs to survive.
      Tartikoff's decision to extend the runs of both shows is based in part on their ratings in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. "We have done very well in the urban areas," Tartikoff said.

    • NBC rebroadcast this episode on June 2, 1983.

    • Kenneth Kimmins is best known as his future role as Howard Burleigh on "Coach" that aired in 1989-1997.


    • The episode title is a pun of a line from William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. The original line was "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears."

    • Diane's attempt to play charades with the 1981 movie "My Dinner with Andre" proves to be futile.

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