Season 2 Episode 1

Power Play

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1983 on NBC
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The regular gang finds Sam and Diane's romance hard to believe, a view apparently shared by Diane, who throws Sam out of her apartment after only five minutes.

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  • This one could easily have been called 'Showdown, part 3'.

    Taking up right where the season ending 'Showdown' left off, Sam and Diane are ready to begin their relationship. This is the first episode that takes place mostly outside the bar. The quality of Cheers for me has always been the ensemble cast and the witty writing. So in Diane's apartment, we see only Sam and Diane, and the other regulars are missing from the scenes. For the story and character development this was necessary, so that the sexual tension could build between them. This is critical, since that major thread went on for five more seasons. Interestingly however, those scenes don't hold up for viewing over and over. Diane now seems as irritating to us as she did to Sam and the others.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

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 (2)

    • Wasn't Diane suppose to leave with Sam's brother in the previous episode? So why didn't he come back for her or why didn't she tell him that she wasn't going with him?

    • The teaser scene made such an impact that the writers of Frasier re-enacted it 20 years later in The Harrassed Frasier, Episode 10-12 (albeit with a different punch line). Sam interrupts a no-holds-barred argument with Diane to ask, "Are you as turned on as I am?" Diane replies "More."

      Twenty years later, Frasier attempts that line in an argument with Julia, and she replies quizzically, "No."

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Cliff: Hey Sam, what of you think about death?
      Sam: (Looks angry at Diane) Too good for her!

    • Diane: Oh wait Sam, it's so filthy.
      Sam: Oh no, it doesn't have to be not if we care about each other.
      Diane: No, I mean my apartment.

    • (Everyone is eavesdropping on Sam and Diane's fight)
      Cliff: It sure got quiet in there all of a sudden.
      Norm: You don't think he killed her.
      Carla: Nah, even in death she wouldn't be that quiet.

    • [The gang had been talking about reincarnation.]
      Cliff: Hey Sam, what of you think about death?
      Sam: [angry at Diane] Too good for her!

    • [On reincarnation.]
      Cliff: The Hindus believe that what you come back as depends upon your behavior in your this life. If you led a good life, you come back in an elevated state.
      Coach: Like Colorado?
      Cliff: No, Coach. Uh, more like a king or a prince. Conversely, if you've not led a good life, you come back in a more lowly condition.
      Norm: [chuckling] Last time out, I must have made a real ass out of myself.

    • Diane: You've been with a lot of women.
      Sam: No, I have not. There have not been that many women. I just exaggerated here in the bar. There have not been that many.
      Diane: How many have there been?
      Sam: Oh, I don't know. Maybe four hun...
      [Diane makes a startled gasp]
      Sam: Honeys. Honeys. Four honeys.

    • [Sam is being kicked out of the Diane's apartment]
      Sam: [angry] You want to know the truth? It wasn't four honeys. It was four HUNDRED women, easy.
      Diane: [coolly] They'd have to be.
      Sam: Damn.

    • [Sam and Diane are about to have sex for the first time.]
      Sam: [to God, muttering] She better be GREAT.

    • Sam: You've made my life a living hell.
      Diane: I didn't want you to think I was easy...

  • NOTES (6)

    • The start of each episode featuring the Cheers sign and the person saying "Cheers is filmed before the studio audience" is now featured for the rest of the series.

    • The episode takes place immediately after the finale of Season 1 - but was shot months later. Sam and Diane both look a little more well-fed (probably from the paychecks that came from being leads in a network sitcom.).

    • This is the first time we see Diane's apartment. This is also the first time in the series that on screen action takes place outside the bar.

    • Writers Glen Charles & Les Charles earned a 1984 Emmy nomination for their script.

    • There is a scene that was cut from this episode, there's a picture of it on one of the DVDs from the Season 2 set. I know it had to be from this episode because Sam and Diane were wearing the same clothes. It had Diane jumping on the back of Sam's shoulders grabbing his face.

    • From now on John Ratzenberger (Cliff) is a regular cast member, and his name appears at the start of the show during the main credits.