Cheers

Season 7 Episode 19

The Gift of the Woodi

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 1989 on NBC
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Woody's rich girl friend doesn't fully appreciate his inexpensive but heartfelt birthday gift and Rebecca transforms herself to further her career prospects.

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  • So, where's my gift?

    9.2
    In perhaps one of the most memorable episodes from Season 7, Woody gives Kelly the gift of music. And Phoef Sutton (who scripted the episode) gives us the gift of genuine comedy.



    Whenever I watch this episode, I'm reminded of certain events in life that we are know are about to happen but are not able to do anything about it. This feeling of comedic dread (when the event itself is silly but also tragic and/or embarrassing) is such a unique feeling. It's one of those genuine, indescribable lumps in the throat. When Woody sits down to sing Kelly her song, the lump in the throat involuntarily grows. We know the song will be simple, innocent, somewhat naive. We know the song will be sneered upon by the richer crowd. And we know that Kelly will not understand that that is Woody's gift. But we watch anyway, and we laugh even though we know what will happen. I always think of this as "one road comedy", sort of Socratic philosophically and (even) artistically.



    It's like calling the movie "Road to Perdition" predictable. It's predictability is the entire point of the film -- it's in invalid criticism since it is the predictability of the movie's events that make the events of the film so tragic. And while the feelings evoked from "The Gift of the Woodi" are entirely different in tone, the means by which those feelings are created are exactly the same. The inevitable, predictable events of Woody's song are what make the events so comedic.



    An avid Cheers fan will instantly recall this scene whenever the words "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly" are uttered. Once you have seen this scene, it will forever be etched in your mind. This, to me, is a sign of brilliant comedy. Cheers was not a simple sitcom with one-dimensional characters. Most, if not all, episodes of Cheers had a complex structure with many methods of comedy that utilized talented actors in subtlely complicated roles. Sometimes the comedy was in situation (as in this episode), sometimes the comedy was physically presented, and sometimes the comedy was in the interaction of two or more characters.



    Whatever the case, the folks involved with Cheers knew how to make people laugh. And an episode like this is just one of the many ways in which it helped us do so.moreless
  • "Your hair is so clean..."

    8.8
    Woody can't get his girlfriend Kelly the finer things in life, so he must try to win her heart some other way. He takes up "the food of love"--music--and is considerably rattled when the rich girl at first does not understand or care about his efforts.



    The bartender's moment at the piano is sweet and charming, a truly memorable scene. Like the man himself, it's not complicated but it's very sincere. Kelly comes from a different world and brushes off his declaration, but love and determination eventually will conquer all.



    Rebecca, too, starts off on the wrong track in order to get ahead and must learn the hard way.



    It seems the old saying is still true--the best way to make people pay attention to you is to just be yourself.



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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)

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Diane Chambers (1982-1987)

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

Bruce French

Bruce French

John

Guest Star

Vaughn Armstrong

Vaughn Armstrong

Uncle Val

Guest Star

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr Lilith Sternin

Recurring Role

Richard Doyle

Richard Doyle

Lloyd Gaines

Recurring Role

Jackie Swanson

Jackie Swanson

Kelly Gaines

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Norm: For God's sake. Are you still going on about your stupid vegetable?
      Cliff: It's not my vegetable, Norm. It belongs to the whole world.
      Carla: Aren't you vegetable enough for the world?

    • Sam: Woody, I think you ought to lay off. How many have you had?
      Woody: 11.
      Sam: 11 beers?
      Woody: 11 sips.

    • Lilith: There are two approaches a woman can take in turning her look to her advantage. The first is to play upon the male sexual drive and turn yourself into an object of desire. I have opted for the second.
      Rebecca: What's that?
      Lilith: Scaring them stupid.

    • Rebecca: Lilith, I love the way you look.
      Lilith: Which is it? The radiant glow of impending motherhood or the 20 pounds of water I'm retaining in my fingers and ankles.

    • Woody: It took me an hour to figure out what to wear this morning.
      Norm: Yeah, you know I have that problem too.
      Carla: You only have three suits.
      Norm: Yeah, but I have five ties.

    • Woody: Now, I should tell you right up front that I'm not really a professional singer. I'm more of a vocal stylist.
      Lloyd Gaines: The song, Woody!
      Woody: Oh, right.
      (singing) Kelly my darling, you are my sunshine;
      When we're together I feel fine.
      Your smile is so lovely; your hair is so clean;
      You make me feel that the whole world is mine.
      Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly,
      Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, K-E-L-L-Y ...
      Why? Because you're

      Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly,
      (pause) Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly,
      Kelly of mine!

      (Applause)

      Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine,
      Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine,
      ... Mine!

      Kelly: Woody, that was beautiful.
      Woody: You really liked it?
      Kelly: Oh, I liked it more than anything.
      Woody: Thanks.
      Kelly: So, where's my gift?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Gift of the Woodi: In this episode Woody gives Kelly the song because he can't afford a good gift. However, when Kelly says "Where's my gift?" Wood goes out and spends every last dime he has to buy her an expensive gift. Hence the title. "The Gift of the Woodi" refers to the short story by O'Henry called "The Gift of the Magi" in which the wife sells her hair to buy her husband a chain for his watch. At the same time, he sells his watch to buy her a brush for her hair.

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