Season 11 Episode 27

One for the Road

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 20, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is Shelley Long's first appearance in character as Diane Chambers since May 7, 1987 when she left to write her book. Shelley appeared in the 200th episode celebration, but not in character.

    • The uncredited man who knocks on the door and to whom Sam delivers the classic last line "Sorry, we're closed." is James Burrows, one of the show's creators.

    • Just before Diane walks into the bar for the first time, Woody is seen in the background toward the area Steve and Alan sit with Sam and Carla in the forground. The next shot, when Diane walks in and no one notices her, Woody is up front standing very still dirictly behind Sam. When Diane says "Hello everyone", Woody is immediately back to where he was when the scene started.

    • When the gang is watching the awards, the shot of them watching the TV from above is a little too high: a catwalk can be seen above the set, along with stage lights, and a microphone.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: You know I think you should go home, wake Vera, and do whatever comes naturally.
      Norm: Wake her up so she can watch me eat a bucket of Buffalo Wings?

    • Norm: It doesn't matter what you love. Could be a person, could be a thing - as long as you love it totally, completely, and without judgement.

    • Sam: Well, at least I didn't fly across the country to make an ass out of myself.
      Diane: Why bother when you do it so brilliantly right here?

    • Paul: Dammit all! Everything neat happens when I'm not here. I always miss everything!

    • [Frasier is referring to Diane's husband, Reed]
      Frasier: If she's left him a shred of manhood it's only because she's waiting for the right moment to flick it away like the last shriveled pea on her plate. Thank God I'm over her. Hit me, Woody! Four fingers of the meanest swill you got!

    • Woody: Well, Mrs. Chamber's husband seemed like a nice guy.
      Frasier: [Angrily] She'll make him pay for it.

    • Reed: Well, awkward silences always make me hungry.
      [Diane is the only one to laugh]
      Sam: Yeah, me too. Why don't we go up to Melville's for lunch?

    • Frasier: Hello, Diane.
      Diane: Hello Frasier, you're looking well!
      Frasier: I'm feeling well! I'm happily married with a bright young son and a successful practice. But, you know, what's most important, and I just realized it this moment, is that, I'm over you.
      Diane: I'm glad.
      Frasier: There is absolutely nothing here anymore. I'm over you. You could be a total stranger for all I'm feeling. You could be ugly and gnarled and toothless, without that shining hair, those dancing eyes and these graceful, subtle limbs. Thank God I'm free.
      Diane: Frasier, you're hurting me!
      Frasier: Well, you never hurt me, did you?!

    • Rebecca: If you hear a scream and a thud, just keep drinking.

    • Rebecca: I should form a club of losers. That's something I could win - "President of the Losers Club."

    • [Frasier storms out of Cheers after he tries to explain something to Woody]
      Woody: Well I think I see why Doctor Crane never cures anybody.

    • Sam: How's it going, Cliffy?
      Cliff: I'm in no mood to talk.
      [Everyone applauds]

    • [Sam notices Kim Alexis on the television, but doesn't, at first, notice Diane]
      Sam: Oh boy, I'll tell you, that Kim Alexis is hot.
      Frasier: her right.

    • Don: Frankly Carla, I'm not sure I could satisfy you. I'm not sure the members of Desert Storm could satisfy you.

    • Woody: I was wondering if you would maybe help me out with the speech I'm giving.
      Frasier: Of course, I'll take a look at it, Woody. Where is it?
      Woody: Well, I was wondering if you would write it for me.
      Frasier: Alright, I'll be your speech writer, Woody. What ideas would you like to incorporate?
      Woody: OK, looks like I'm going to need one more favor.

    • Woody: Hey, Doctor Crane, you know, tomorrow's the big day. I'm getting sworn in Boston City Council.
      Frasier: Yes, the beginning of your political career. Started out as a small joke and turned into an enormous one.

    • Alan: Are you sure dazzling supermodel Kim Alexis is gonna be on this thing?
      Paul: She has to be. I've moved my whole schedule around for this.

    • Sam: Boy, I tell you, I'm the luckiest son of a bitch on Earth.

    • Cliff: Whatever guy follows you, Sam, will have pretty big shoes to fill.

    • (Frasier stands up to make a statement about how the people in Cheers have affected his life)
      Frasier: You know I know no one wants to be the first to say it, but I'm not ashamed to admit what I think we're all feeling. Time goes by so fast, people move in and out of your life, you must never miss an opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you. Well, I... I.... I..
      (Sits back down on his chair)

    • Carla: (to departing customers) Goodnight, ladies. Thanks again. (to Norm and Cliff) Do you believe those three? In here every night tryin' to trap guys.
      Cliff: Yeah, you'd never see any wife of mine showin' her face in some bar.
      Carla: Yeah. She'd make more money in a side show.

    • Diane: (to Woody) What's new in your life?
      Woody: Oh, well, you know, I, uh, got married and I'm gonna have a kid.
      Diane: Wonderful.
      Woody: Yeah. Oh, I just got elected to the Boston City Council.
      Diane: (amazed, in disbelief) How nice. And I'm next in line for the throne of England.
      Woody: Well, you know, maybe we'll work together someday... hammer out a treaty or somethin'.

    • Norm: You can never be unfaithful to your one true love. You always come back to her.
      Sam: Who is that?
      Norm: Think about it, Sam.

    • (Sam, Rebecca, Diane and Reed are having lunch)
      Diane: So, Rebecca, tell us about yourself. Sam never mentioned what you do.
      Rebecca: He didn't?
      Sam: Well, it never came up.
      Rebecca: Well, uh, hm, I am a corporate attorney with the firm Emerson... Lake and Palmer.
      Reed Manchester: That sounds familiar.
      Rebecca: Yeah, they're a pretty famous group.

    • (After both Sam and Diane are exposed as having "faked" spouses)
      Diane: I came back on a quest for the truth.
      Sam: Ah. And you just brought along your one-man "Warren Commission" there, huh?

    • Rebecca: [to the gang as she starts to leave] Hey, by the way. Did I tell ya? Don got a job offer with the sewer department. Keep your fingers crossed for us. Can you believe that? I shoot for Donald Trump - and I end up with Ed Norton.
      Frasier: But you did good, Rebecca.
      Rebecca: I did, didn't I? [she heads out the door] Bye.
      Sam: See ya, Trixie.

    • [everybody has left the bar except Norm and Sam]
      Norm: Sammy, I didn't want to say this in front of the others, but... you know what I think the most important think in life is? It's love. You wanna know what I love?
      Sam: Beer, Norm?
      Norm: Yeah, I'll have a quick one.

    • Sam: I keep askin' myself: what is the point to life?
      Woody: Whew. That's a tough question.
      Cliff: Ehh. Well, I got the answer.
      Frasier: Somehow I knew you would.
      Cliff: Comfortable shoes.
      Frasier: Shoes?
      Cliff: Yeah. If you're not wearin' comfortable shoes, life is just chaos. I mean the greatest accomplishments in history have been made by men wearin' accomodating shoes. Uh, Frasier, tell me, who do you think is the greatest thinker in all mankind?
      Frasier: I don't know, uh... Aristotle.
      Cliff: There you go: sandals. Perhaps the most comfortable shoe there is. You hardly even know you have them on. I mean Confucius: thongs. Einstein: loose loafers.

    • [Diane is giving acceptance speech for script award]
      Norm: Guess we better go tell Sammy the romance of his life is on national TV.
      Frasier: Yeah, well, she was once the romance of my life, too, Norm... or are you forgetting?
      Norm: She dropped you like a bad habit. Sorry I didn't bring THAT up.

    • [Sam enters the bar]
      Rebecca: Sam, come here, you're just the guy I want to talk to. Come here. Where've you been?
      Sam: Uh, the sex compulsion therapy group thing.
      Rebecca: We're all real proud of you with that. How's that thing goin'?
      Sam: Slow... but painful. Anyway, this week I'm not gonna think about sex at all; or even hear about or talk about anything remotely sexual.
      Rebecca: Sam, it's about my love life.
      Sam: Yeah, that should be safe.
      Rebecca: Listen, I think the most important thing in my life is about to happen. Don is gonna propose to me.
      Sam: OOhhh.
      Rebecca: No, ssshhh. But he's having a little bit of a hard time - he's sort of shy - he can't really spit it out, so I'm gonna coax him along by giving him a little champagne. Do you think that's a good idea?
      Sam: Oh, heck, that's the best idea I've ever heard. Listen, uh, let me buy the champagne. The best stuff I got.
      Rebecca: The best stuff. Wait, wait, which is the best stuff?
      Sam: Uh, it's the bottle with "The Flintstones" on it.

    • [The gang is watching the National Cable ACE Awards]
      Frasier: Are you watching for any particular category?
      Cliff: Yes, he, uh, most impressive display of female flesh in the, uh, tight fitting dress.
      Frasier: You're watching for cleavage.
      Norm: We're LIVING for cleavage.
      Paul: Stunning super-model, Kim Alexis, is listed as a presenter.
      Cliff: Yeah, ah, Kim Alexis. Boy, how - how often her lovely form has graced the pages of the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue", huh?
      Norm: Yeah.
      Cliff: And how often some youngster'd slip underneath the blankets with a flashlight and look at the same issue while their mother pounds on the door and says, "It's past your bedtime, Clifford"... heh - heh... oh, or whatever the lad's name happens to be.

    • Carla: I'm sorry Diane, I got a little carried away when I first saw you. I'm all right now. Lovely to see you.
      Diane: Thank you.
      Carla: When will you be leaving?

    • [The last scene. A customer knocks on the door to the bar:]
      Sam: Sorry, we're closed.
      [Sam then walks into the pool room. Cue credits.]

    • Reed Manchester: [to Kevin] Muffin, come back!

    • [Frasier is talking to Woody.]
      Frasier: Oh yes, the beginning of your political career, that started out as a small joke and turned into an enormous one.

    • [Cliff enters the bar]
      Sam: How's it goin', Cliffy?
      Cliff: Aah. I'm in no mood to talk. [everyone in the bar applauds loudly] Ah, guys, thanks for cheerin' me up with your humor. Oh, okay, uh, I'll tell you what's botherin' me.
      Carla: [looks to heaven] Oh, please, dear God, let this be a story about the post office.
      Cliff: There's this, uh, there's this guy down at work, Marty Furman...
      Carla: [looks to heaven] Don't you people know from sarcasm?

    • [Woody is rehearsing his swearing-in speech]
      Woody: "I believe I was elected to the city council as an agent of change, and I fully intend to live up to that pledge. I will make change."
      Frasier: No, change "change" to "a change."
      Woody: What?
      Frasier: No, see in here, you make change. There you make a change, so just make the change - change "make change" to "make a change" - OH, JUST CHANGE IT!!
      [storms out of the bar]
      Woody: I think I see why Dr. Crane never cures anybody.

    • [Diane has arrived in Boston to meet Sam's "wife"; Sam talks to Rebecca, on the office floor crying because she said no to Don]
      Sam: Please, you gotta be my wife just for lunch.
      Rebecca: No, I don't know.
      Sam: Oh, please, please, please... I'll owe you a big one, please.
      Rebecca: Alright. After losing the only man I ever loved... lunch should hit the spot.

  • Notes

    • This is the final episode of Cheers.

    • The series finale was filmed on March 31, 1993.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.

    • Clocking in at 98 minutes (including commercials) this is the 2nd longest sitcom episode ever broadcast, trailing only the 2.5 hour finale to M*A*S*H*.

    • This episode is shown in 3 parts during syndication.

    • In the pilot episode, the first scene features Sam walking out of the back room to open the bar. In this episode, the last scene features Sam going into the back to close it. Thus, the series comes full circle.

    • This is the only episode to feature both Diane and Rebecca.

    • In syndication, the part where Sam mentions that Norms bar tab must be calculated by NASA is cut out.

    • Kirstie Alley was nominated for an Emmy for Best Lead Actress for this episode.

    • Despite being the final episode, Bebe Neuwirth (Lilith Sternin-Crane) does not appear in this episode, although she is mentioned by Frasier in the end.

    • This is the only time Diane and Rebecca actually meet during the series entire run.

    • Shelley Long won an Emmy nomination as Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode.

    • Ted Danson, George Wendt and Rhea Perlman are the only regulars to have appeared in every episode of the series.

    • John Allen Hill (the owner of Melville's) does not appear in the final episode. This is particularly strange since Sam and Diane have dinner at Melville's.

    • Norm is the last of the regulars to leave the bar: he exchanges a few words with Sam and in going away, he leaves some beer in his glass!

    • The picture of Geronimo that Sam straightens in the last scene used to hang in Nicholas Colasanto's dressing room. That was Cheers' way of acknowleging him in the last episode.

    • This is the third time that Sam and Diane have broken up an engagement.

    • This episode was the third highest rated series finale of all time, after M*A*S*H and The Fugutive.

    • Director James Burrows received a 1993 Emmy nomination for his work on this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Sam: And you just brought along your one-man Warren Commission there, huh?
      The U.S. Commission to Report upon the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, set up Nov. 29, 1963 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, is commonly known as "The Warren Commission". This is because it was chaired by Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States. Investigation began Dec. 3, 1963, and the final report was issued on Sept. 24, 1964. The report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald , acted alone in the shooting from the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository Building in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The commission's findings have always been derided as a "cover-up" by many people.

    • Rebecca: I shoot for Donald Trump - and I end up with Ed Norton.
      Ed Norton, played by Art Carney, was the sewer worker friend of Ralph Kramden, played by Jackie Gleason, in the classic 1950's sitcom, "The Honeymooners". When Sam says, "See ya, Trixie", to Rebecca as she leaves, the reference is to Norton's wife, Trixie, played by Joyce Randolph.