Cheers: Season 3, Episode 12

A Ditch in Time (20 Dec. 1984)

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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.



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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

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


Sam Malone: [after a fight about their past relationship, where Diane is about ready to storm out of Sam's office] I'm sorry.
Diane Chambers: What?
Sam Malone: I'm sorry. I did the best I could when I was with you. I mean, you're right, I have blind spots, and I'm not a very good boyfriend. I have never tried harder with any woman in my life. I mean, we had some bad times, but I tell you, the good times with you were some of the best of my life.
Diane Chambers: That's the nicest thing you ever said to me.
Sam Malone: Diane...
Diane Chambers: No, Sam, stop. I want to get out of ...
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