Season 2 Episode 1

Power Play

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1983 on NBC

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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.