Cheers: Season 5, Episode 25

A House Is Not a Home (30 Apr. 1987)

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Diane finds the perfect house for her and Sam to buy. An elderly couple, Bert and Lillian Miller, currently live there and have for forty years. After hearing the Miller's stories of life ... See full summary »



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Diane finds the perfect house for her and Sam to buy. An elderly couple, Bert and Lillian Miller, currently live there and have for forty years. After hearing the Miller's stories of life in that house, Diane no longer thinks that it is the perfect house for her since it is Bert and Lillian's emotionally. Based on a statement by the Millers that they will miss the Christmases the most, Frasier suggests that Sam and Diane give the Millers one last Christmas in the house to rid Diane and Sam of any guilt. Sam thinks it's a screwy idea, but it's just what Diane needs. Despite it being the heat of summer, Diane decides not to wait until December and to have Christmas come in the summer this year, at least for the Millers and their extended family. The summer Christmas party has an unintended effect both for the Millers and for Diane, but Sam decides he needs to take control of the situation which isn't totally under control until he sees dogs playing black jack. Written by Huggo

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Diane Chambers: Sam, great news. I found a house.
Sam Malone: Hey, turn it in. Maybe you'll get a reward.
Diane Chambers: No, you goose. I found our house. I was driving to work today and as luck would have it, there was an eight-car smash-up.
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by the episode cast led by Marc Smollin
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A House Is Not a Home (#5.25)
29 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane finds a house that she wants to live in with Sam and even puts a deposit before talking to him. He agrees and they come to buy it and run into the old couple that lived there before. After meeting them Diane can't imagine live in that house anymore because she feels bad for them. Frasier suggest they give that old couple a chance to spend their last Christmas there to make it a closure.

Yes, I didn't like Diane in this episode. I already didn't like how she made a Deposit without asking Sam and how easily he let it go. but the whole thing with not wanting the house also made her stupid, she is not like that, she is annoying but not as dumb. But I must say I liked the Christmas, funny parts, especially the kids. And the best part was when Cheers gang comes to congratulate them on the house and Diane is hysterical.

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