Cheers: Season 6, Episode 2

'I' on Sports (1 Oct. 1987)

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Dave Richards is looking for a replacement television sportscaster to fill his position and thinks Sam would be the perfect person: he knows sports and he looks good. Although initially ... See full summary »



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Dave Richards is looking for a replacement television sportscaster to fill his position and thinks Sam would be the perfect person: he knows sports and he looks good. Although initially apprehensive about his abilities to do it, Sam agrees to fill in for the week. If he does well, this stint could lead to a whole new career in front of the camera. With Woody's help, Sam makes up a lie to Rebecca to get out of working at the bar for that time. Although Rebecca eventually finds out the real reason for Sam's absence, she allows him time off as she sees it as a win-win situation for her. If he fails, he's humiliated. If he succeeds, he's out of her life. Reading the actual sportscasts is one issue, but the sports commentaries, where he has to write his own material and come up with a point of view, is a whole different matter. Like his earlier lie to Rebecca, Sam needs Woody's help with regard to the result of his sportscasts. Written by Huggo

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Carla Tortelli: [about their new green uniform] I hate this uniform. It's ugly. It makes me look like a beached whale. And on top of everything, I can't find any earrings to go with it.
Sam Malone: Try some broccoli.
Carla Tortelli: Ha, ha. I mean it Sam, I really hate it.
Woody Boyd: I used to like it, but now I'm getting kind of tired of it. Feel like I'm wearing the same thing every day.
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29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

I love love Fred Dryer. He was one of the finalists for the role of Sam Malone before Ted Danson got the part, and his guest appearances on Cheers as rock-headed sports reporter Dave Richards are some of the best in the show's run. Here he recruits Sam to fill in for him on the news, and let's just say Sam's stint as the Channel 13 sports reporter is less than successful.

Rebecca's red dress in this episode is an inside joke: it's a slightly altered design from the Star Trek uniform she wore as Lt. Saavik in "The Wrath Of Khan." Sam's rapping is another kind of joke... watching him humiliate himself on TV is pretty funny, especially when his closest friends can't find the courage to tell him the truth. By the time Sam hauls out the "Little Sammy" ventriloquist dummy, it is clear that the show has gotten much more silly than it's early years where the focus was on wit and wordplay.

This episode loses a few points in my book only because the television sequences look particularly aged and dated... maybe it's that blinding red set. Sam's face-saving phone call at the end of the episode is a classic...

"Hang up the phone, Woody..."


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