Cheers: Season 3, Episode 12

A Ditch in Time (20 Dec. 1984)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 142 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Diane warns Sam not to go out with a friend she met at the mental hospital because she has obsessive issues with men. But Sam doesn't heed the warning, and puts himself in a situation that he's afraid to get out of.



(created by), (created by), 2 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5976 titles
created 10 Dec 2011
list image
a list of 921 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
a list of 700 titles
created 13 Jun 2013
list image
a list of 8926 titles
created 30 Aug 2014
a list of 266 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Search for "A Ditch in Time" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Ditch in Time (20 Dec 1984)

A Ditch in Time (20 Dec 1984) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cheers.
« Previous Episode | 56 of 271 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode complete credited cast:
Amanda Boyer
David Wiley ...
Larry Harpel ...


Sam hits on a woman in the bar named Amanda Boyer, and is successful in charming "the socks off her". They makes plans to go out, however Amanda has to wait to meet "a friend", who just happens to be Diane. When Diane finds out that Sam has made plans to go out with Amanda, Diane warns him not to go out with her, only implying that Amanda's crazy, the specific reason beyond that Diane won't give. Sam thinks Diane is just still full of sour grapes over their past relationship. Sam ignores Diane's warnings and goes out with Amanda. After Sam returns from dinner alone, Diane grills him about Amanda and his plans with her. Although he doesn't think Amanda's quite his type, he does plan on asking her out again. To spare Sam, Diane finally tells Sam about Amanda: the two met at Goldenbrook, the sanitarium. Amanda's problem is that she is obsessive and possessive with men with whom she is fixated. After Sam gets a taste of Amanda's possessiveness and fixation, Sam and Diane discuss the best ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

20 December 1984 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The title is a parody of the proverb - A stitch in time saves nine. See more »


Larry: Hey, Norm, what's the matter? Don't you like having sex with your wife?
Norm Peterson: We're not exactly what each other wants in a sexual partner, you know? For example, she wishes I looked a little more like Charles Bronson. And, um, I wished she looked a little less like Charles Bronson.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Ditch in Time (#3.12)
10 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam meets a woman named Amanda in the bar and arranges a date with her turns out that she is a friend of Diane and Diane is not happy that Sam goes out with her. But not because of why Sam thinks. Turns out she met Amanda in the institution and her problem is that she is obsessive with men. Sam tries to find a way to get out but it works out only when Diane tells Amanda that he is the guy she was talking about in group therapy.

Great episode. Loved the idea. Carol Cane also did a great job as Amanda, good performance so creepy ad yet funny. Besides that we also have the great dialogue between Sam and Diane at the end where she tells him what bothered her.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Curiously... McGannahanSkjellyfetti
Diane Chambers Season 5 is a deranged stalker kampanagroup
Thank you Ted! danisonted
The episode where Frasier gets revenge? Soujurn
Season 2 Episodes 17 and 18? drtaylor1979
If Cheers Came out Today... WWFoverWWE
Discuss A Ditch in Time (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: