Season 7 Episode 21

Sisterly Love

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 1989 on NBC
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Sam tries to reconcile Rebecca and her sister.

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  • Sam has been played

    this was a another great episode if cheers where sam finaly gets whats coming to him and this time he doent see it coming

    the episode starts off with a buetiful woman coming into cheers and sam attempting to hit it off at the start he relizes that this is rebeccas sister an is even more attracted to her. he wants the two to make up so he could get the you know what but that attempt does not work and he begin to see rebeccas sister and to get revenge on her sister rebecca starts to date sam. but isnt strange what could be up threre sleeves.moreless
  • Double trouble.

    Sam always reminds me of a certain coyote. You know the one. Interested in a road runner. Comes up with MacGuyver like ploys to hunt down his prey. Ends up face planting the ground after falling from a high cliff.

    What makes Wile E. and that pesky bird so funny is that the task is so simple, the plans are so complex, and the conclusions are so humorously predictable. With "Sisterly Love", we get "more of the same" in that regard, and for that, I can only be grateful.

    My favorite Cheers writer (David Lloyd) penned the episode, which features what appears to be an irreversibly strained relationship between Rebecca and her sister. When the other Miss Howe drops by Cheers, Sam immediately begins scheming. At first, he believes mending the ties between Rebecca and Susan will do the trick. Then, he thinks of his Moaning Lisa: fake a relationship between Rebecca and himself to make Susan go out with him, which will actually make Rebecca go out with him. The plan seems to work, but in the climactic final scene in the office, it quickly becomes clear that Sam is being played. In an uproariously over-the-top sequence, Rebecca pulls out a gun on Susan and begins firing. Susan (who happens to be an actress) "convincingly" plays dead, and Sam is mortified by Rebecca's actions. As Rebecca asks for his help in disposing of the body, he drags the body to the main bar, where the gang is there to greet his being fooled. Even Lilith is amused by the trickery, which (of course) adds to the humor.

    The very ending, however, is what makes the episode for me. Sam is dejected and a little embarrassed by the practical joke, but when Rebecca says she would do anything to make him feel a little better -- Sam says, "Anything?" Heh, back to the status quo. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Another great installment of Cheers.moreless
  • Rebecca's sister Susan comes to town and Sam spies an opportunity

    When Rebecca's gorgeous, famous sister comes to town, an old rift comes to light, concerning Susan stealing all of Rebecca's boyfriends. Sam sees this as an opportunity and starts pplaying the sisters off against each other with some trickery of his own. Rebecca tells Sam that she will date him if he doesn't date her sister. When Susan arrives for the date early and Rebecca sees her kissing Sam, she pulls out a gun and shoots Susan a lot. Sam freaks out thinking he has just witnessed a murder but the sisters Howe were just playing a little prank on him, and the rest of the bar was in on it too.

    Sam is hurt but soon bounces back when he thinks he can egt them in bed...he doesn't

    Another great installment, with some excellent lines and a great storyline, this is a season classic!moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd (1985-1993)

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross

Susan Howe

Guest Star

Richmond Harrison

Richmond Harrison


Guest Star

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr Lilith Sternin-Crane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Susan says that Rebecca hasn't been overweight since she was 12, however in the later episode "Take Me Out Of The Ballgame" Rebecca says that she weighed 300 pounds when she went to her senior prom.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sam: At this very moment, Rebecca Howe is in her house spending two hours getting into an outfit she's gonna spend two minutes getting out of.
      Norm: What are you going to do about that sister?
      Sam: Oh, I already made a phone call to postpone our date.
      Cliff: You gonna take her out tomorrow night?
      Sam: No, take her out in a couple of hours.

    • Sam: What did I miss?
      Woody: Have you had [Susan] scream for you, Sam?
      Sam: Later Woody later.

    • Sam: Carla, you hate your sister, don't you?
      Carla: Sure, why?
      Sam: What would I have to do to get the two of you back together again?
      Carla: Simple, Sam. Ask me to come down and identify her body.

    • Cliff: Sammy's done it again. How come he always spots the gorgeous ones first?
      Norm: Cause he doesn't spend all his time peeling dead skin off his elbows.
      Cliff: Are you gonna do it for me?

    • Sam: This is my masterpiece. This is my Moaning Lisa.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was the last one filmed for the season. Originally the big cliffhanger was going to be Sam meeting a woman and on a whim marrying her. The writers however did not like the way the script turned out and quickly wrote a story about Rebecca and her sister. It incidentally worked out well- as the writers won an Emmy award for this episode.