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March 28, 2007



I'm envisioning Joanne's reaction is similar to the AFLAC duck in the classic Yogi Berra commercial ("...and they give you cash -- which is just as good as money").

Willy B. Good

Ya I remember that episode and it was a g-g-g-great


God, I love these trips down memory lane. I remember that episode very well!


When they were trying to hide Sam's moonlighting gig as a sportscaster, I remember Norm and Cliff quickly changing the channel to something like This Old House. When asked by Rebecca why they weren't watching sports, Cliff drawled, "Well, they're about to put up some drywall." One of my fave lines, me and my friends recite it to this day....

Tom Quigley

Ken, Thanks for posting that whole scene! I still laugh out loud when I think about it and reading your words! (I got some of the details wrong in my post about it -- it's been a long time since I've seen the episode)


Remember when it was only five ducks to get into the ballpark?


God help me. The mere term "G-g-g-groin in-ju-ry" make me laugh my ass off to this day, much to my wife's despair.


Ouch, I just got an injury laughing my groin off.

Alan Sepinwall

Ken, did Woody's line at the end of the rap scene make final cut? I remember him dancing along (which elevated the entire sequence to another level of genius), but I have no memory of him reciting the lyrics afterwards.


Great episode, who on tv can write something like that today? I recall my astonishment at how far Sam was willing to go just to keep the sports job.After the dummy routine, about the next time Woody says something is when Sam returns to the bar and puts the dummy onto the counter. Woody walks over and asks Sam to make him say something. Sam pleads exhaustion, tells Woody his lips are tired.KEN, where can people buy copies of the Cheers scripts?


Great episode of cheers, thanks.I can still picture in my head Woody moving in time to Sam's words

Barking Pumpkin

Thanks for the classic script..The Sam and Lil' Sam routine made me think about Chuck from SOAP....Those were the days..Peace Out..D


Class stuff. A desperate Sammy. Very funny.And barking pumpkin - Chuck and Bob, very rare in a quality comedy in that they never had any plot or storyline themselves, just wandered into scenes to cause big laugh out loud moments then wandered out of them again.


REBECCAIf either of them mentions the bar I’m suing.That's still my favourite line from this episode. It still cracks me up.Stacey


I like when Rebecca finds out about Sam's moonlighting, and decides to let him continue, saying,"You'll either become so successful that they'll hire you full time and I'll never see you again; or you'll screw up, humiliate yourself, come back here a crushed and broken man. Either way, I win."


Ken, isn't this the same episode where no one is calling in, and then finally someone does? And it's Woody and his question is "Sam, where are the olives"? That's one of my favorite lines from the entire series.


FWIW, Jim Berry, a sports anchor at WFOR (CBS Ch-4) in Miami was known for rapping at the end of his segments. I am not sure if he still does that but the name of his Sunday night show (Sports Rap) still alludes to that bit.Dan from Miami

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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