Cheers (1982–1993)
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Any Friend of Diane's 

One of Diane's old college friends comes to the bar. She is vulnerable and looking for a man to give her an afternoon of unbridled passion, and Sam predictably jumps at the opportunity.



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Darrell Stabell


Rebecca, an old friend of Diane's from her Bennington years, stops by the bar for a visit. Rebecca breaks down that she has broken up with her long time boyfriend, and is looking for something she's never had before: a foolish night of unbridled passion with a man of "peasant stock", tall, dark, handsome, and most importantly unintellectual. Although Diane knows that description fits Sam to a T, she doesn't mention it to Rebecca. However Sam appears and Rebecca knows immediately he is what she's looking for. Diane confides to Sam that Rebecca is at a vulnerable state, however Sam goes off with her anyway for an afternoon tryst. After a couple of hours, Sam returns to the bar, alone, telling Diane that nothing happened between him and Rebecca, since she was such a depressing bore. Rebecca returns to the bar distraught that someone like Sam would find her so repulsive. To boost Rebecca's confidence, Sam and Diane concoct a lie which has some basis in reality that they don't yet realize.... Written by Huggo

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4 November 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The last eight minutes of this episode had to be rewritten and reshot because it did not work with the studio audience. The new scene was filmed after the filming of episode 1.10 "Endless Slumper". That episode's studio audience was used for the new scene. See more »


[Rebecca is telling Diane about how sad she's been since she broke up with her boyfriend]
Rebecca Prout: I used to find enormous comfort translating Russian poetry.
Diane Chambers: I know.
Rebecca Prout: But no more. Even when I went back over my favorite, Karashnakov's "Another Christmas of Agony," it failed to soothe me.
Rebecca Prout: [Reciting poem] Mischa the dog lies dead in the bog. / The children cry over the carcass. / The mist chokes my heart, covers the mourners. / At least this year we eat.
Diane Chambers: Well, if that didn't pick you up, I'm at a virtual ...
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »

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Any Friend of Diane's (#1.6)
2 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane's friend comes by the bar. She is very sad and wants to get a man for some passion and targets Sam for it, Diane asks him to tell her no, but even after saying no he goes with her. Yet he changes his mind and it makes her even more depressed, so Diane gets Sam to come up with some excuses to make her friend feel better.

This was a pretty good episode. I wish the friend could have gotten her passionate sex adventure and enjoyed it like most women would, but it was filmed in the 80's and they also did a great job to make me believe that Diane mainly wants Sam to refuse because she wants him herself and not out of worry for her friend. Lots of great moments and funny ones too.

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