In the first season episode "Sam's Women",Gus, the previous owner of Cheers, is presumed dead. Perhaps a continuity error?
Pat Hingle guest stars here as "Gus O'Malley," visiting from Arizona. In 1977, Hingle portrayed an Arizona police officer in the movie "The Gauntlet," which co-starred Sondra Locke as a character named "Gus Mally."
In "Truce or Consequences", Norm said it was his 10th anniversary, which would have made them married since 1972. this supports the previous comment about the goof in this episode.
In a recent episode Norm said he and Vera had been married for 15 years (1978). In this episode Gus said, when he still owned the bar, he remembered them as newlyweds and described them dancing and happy. Sam said he bought the bar from Gus 17 years ago (1976). This would make Norm and Vera married at least 17+ years.
In an earlier episode..A guy comes in looking for Gus, the former owner of Cheers. Coach told him that Gus died. But Gus is alive in this episode.
Possible explanation: the Gus mentioned in the earlier episode ("Sam's Women") was two owners before Sam, and this Gus was the owner right before Sam, so it's possible that these are different guys who both just happen to be named Gus.
Gus mistakes Woody for Coach's boy.
At the drive-in, the guys point out an actress from the "Godzilla" films that left the series at its peak, and how it was a bad decision. This is an obvious jab at Shelley Long.
Woody: I don't understand, why would an actress leave right in the middle of a successful series?
This is referring to Shelly Long leaving Cheers in the middle of the series.
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