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A Ditch in Time 

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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20 December 1984 (USA)  »

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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.
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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.

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