Season 7 Episode 17

Hot Rocks

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 1989 on NBC
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Sam introduces everyone to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an old fan, but Rebecca later believes the old man stole her diamond earrings.

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  • Sam and Rebecca come to terms in this superb outing from Season 7.

    "Hot Rocks" exposes a show at the top of its game. With fantastic ensemble work with downright uproarious hi-jinks dotting the episode to a superb guest appearance to a wonderfully climactic conversation between Sam and Rebecca, this episode was one of the best from the season.

    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was a big Sam Malone fan from his baseball days. Sam meets up with him at a dinner, a dinner which he was originally going to go with somebody to. So was Rebecca. But both their dates cancel at the last minute, thereby setting the stage for another Sam/Rebecca mind-and-date game. Rebecca turns him down (again), but both go to the dinner anyway.

    When Sam brings the Chairman to the bar, the antics go crazy. Hilarious scenes involving Cliff, Woody, Norm, and Frasier ensue -- and Carla, as usual, is up to her stinging one-liners. One of my favorite parts about this episode was Frasier's explanation of seemingly incredible visual phenomena (or sonic -- regarding the cracked knuckles). At one point, several of them watch under the darkness of their jackets as Woody eats a candy and sparks in his mouth. Frasier amusingly calls it a great leap forward in science. Indeed.

    The Chairman is given many one-liners, mostly at Cliff's expense. After the Chairman leaves, Rebecca quickly discovers that her earrings are missing. She believes that the Chairman is responsible, and given that "she will do anything" for the person who returns the jewels, Sam leaps on this opportunity. Rebecca says that she is indeed "this desperate". So Sam's search operation begins -- and after a little investigation, he finds them.

    This leads to one of my favorite "office" scenes of the series. Sam and Rebecca finally tell each other why their feelings are what they are. Rebecca's first impression of Sam put him in the "no" category of men; Sam chases Rebecca despite his success with several other women because he places all women in the "yes" column. After an amusing kiss of friendship (elongated thanks to Sam), Sam leaves the office, to which Rebecca exclaims to herself that Sam is a "definite maybe". "I heard that!" Sam shouts out. "I'm a maybe! I'm a maybe!"

    This was a great episode. Great character/storyline development, superb ensemble work, and often successfuly hilarious sequences make this one a standout episode for the series.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)

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