Cheers: Season 6, Episode 25

Backseat Becky, Up Front (5 May 1988)

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Evan Drake wants to speak to Rebecca about something important. She thinks it is finally to tell her that he loves her. In her mind, all the signs are there: since his divorce, he has had ... See full summary »

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Evan Drake wants to speak to Rebecca about something important. She thinks it is finally to tell her that he loves her. In her mind, all the signs are there: since his divorce, he has had many of his business meals at Melville's so that he can be close to her, and he is currently in her office using her phone with his mouth inches away from where her own mouth is so often. He however tells her that he has accepted a job to take over the corporation's Japanese division and is off to Japan for good that evening. She is devastated. Sam feels that she needs to tell Drake how she feels before he takes off, or else she'll be in romantic limbo for the rest of her life. Sam even plans a party for Drake to give her such an opportunity. Opportunity after opportunity fails that evening for Rebecca to tell him what she wants, but as she finagles her way to drive him to the airport... What Rebecca does end up saying places a kibosh on Sam's own plans with Rebecca. Written by Huggo

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[Rebecca, who is driving unrequited love Evan Drake to the airport for his flight to Japan, finds out that he will be accompanied by his new lover]
Evan Drake: Anyway, you wanted to ask me something?
Rebecca Howe: [holding back the tears] Yes sir, I just wanted to tell you that... this is a lot of car to handle. I can't believe I have the strength to keep from swerving into the oncoming traffic and killing us both.
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Rebecca finally decides to tell Evan Drake of her affections... only to find out that he's moving to Tokyo with another woman.
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I thought this was a very sweet episode. Kirstie Alley's acting talents really showed through, as well as her radiant beauty. Even though it was obvious that Rebecca would never win Mr. Drake's heart, it was still very sad when she came to this realisation. There were some fantastic lines and the storyline was strong. I liked that they kept the focus primarily on Rebecca and didn't try to throw Frasier or Woody in too much. The parts with Sam were hilarious especially at the end when he's trying to be a good friend to Rebecca but can't contain his sexual urges. I know that some people aren't crazy about Rebecca, but I happen to think some of her episodes are best.


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