Cheers

Season 10 Episode 20

Smotherly Love

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 1992 on NBC
7.9
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Frasier wants Lilith to confront her overbearing mother and Rebecca wants Sam to make Norm pay his bar tab.

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  • A three-plot episode: 1) Dealing with Lilith's mother; 2) Norm's bar tab; 3) Sam's Atlantic City pick-up.

    9.0
    I liked this episode. There were some good script exchanges, such as between Woody and Frasier as documented in the Episode Summary: "Appaarently me, Dr. Crane." And Carla meets her match in Betty Sternin, the fire in Carla's sarcasm disappears.



    The theme of the magentic character of Sam is resurrected, as Sam persuades a total stranger to take him to Atlantic City. And as a sub-plot to that theme, there is an amusing spinoff plot regarding Norm's bar tab - presented as a filled loose-leaf binder.



    None of this diminished the primary plot: dealing with Lilith's overbearing mother, and Lilith's quest to stand up to her. Betty's reaction to her finally standing up is an interesting twist.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)

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Marilyn Cooper

Marilyn Cooper

Betty Sternin

Guest Star

Wes Stern

Wes Stern

The Stranger

Guest Star

Fredd Wayne

Fredd Wayne

Dr. Bramwell

Guest Star

Paul Willson

Paul Willson

Paul Krapence

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In Cry Harder, Sam celebrates getting the bar back by erasing Norm's tab.

    • Frasier and Lilith got married in February 1988. Here it is February 1992, yet they are celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary, not their 4th!

    • Sam says that Norm's bar tab goes back to when he first started coming to Cheers - but it has been paid off or cancelled in previous episodes, so presumbaly Norm would have started a new tab!

    • Finally, where were Niles and Martin this time? They didn't go to Frasier's real wedding, or Frederick's circumsion, and now they are a no show at this...

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Frasier: Paul, is this a toaster oven?

    • (Frasier is fretting about his mother-in-law coming to visit)
      Frasier: I suppose it's wrong of me to blame Betty for all our problems. I'm sure I'm not the way she wants me to be either.
      Woody: How does she want you to be, Dr. Crane?
      Frasier: Well... dead. The thing that really drives me crazy is the unrelenting tension between Lilith and her mother. You know, Lilith just holds it all in. She has to unload it somewhere and guess who gets to listen to it endlessly.
      Woody: Apparently me, Dr. Crane.

    • (Lilith is frustrated because her mother is controlling her)
      Cliff: Still can't get your mother off your back, huh? It's very difficult for me to relate to.
      Lilith: (sarcastically) Really?
      Cliff: Oh, yeah. Ma and I don't have any problems. You know, in fact, most people find it's hard to tell that we're even related. Folks down at Club Med are very surprised when they find out we're mother and son... shocked even.

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