Cheers: Season 3, Episode 19

Behind Every Great Man (21 Feb. 1985)

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Sam makes plans for a romantic getaway with a local journalist. But Diane overhears parts of his conversations and jumps to the incorrect conclusion that he is making plans to spend the weekend with her.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso (credit only)
Paula Nelson
Al Rosen ...
Larry Harpel ...


Paula Nelson, a beautiful and intellectual reporter for Boston Scene magazine, is doing a story on the Boston single's scene. While at Cheers, she interviews Sam for her story. Sam being Sam, hits on her, but his womanizing approach gets him nowhere with her. He realizes that to get anywhere with her, he has to think like Diane. Although initially turned off by Sam, Paula eventually decides to go out with him based on his Diane-isms. She even agrees to go away with him for the weekend, to someplace that he once took Diane. Meanwhile, Diane and Frasier are having a tiff partly on what Frasier sees as Sam's attempts to win her back; this argument places Diane in a vulnerable emotional state. Diane is impressed by the new Sam she sees, the one who has a new passion for the arts, although she does not know that he is only using this information gleaned from her to impress Paula. A series of misunderstandings makes Diane believe that Sam wants to get back into a relationship with her, when... Written by Huggo

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The bar regulars create a mash-up of two unrelated traditions as Sam changes the beer keg. The proclamation of "The keg is dead! Long live the keg!" is a parody of a traditional proclamation that follows the death of a king in several European nations. "Hail to the Chief" is an American song that is traditionally played to introduce the President. See more »


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Norm Peterson: [finishing his beer] Delicious, Sammy. Fortunately, I saved room for another.
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Behind Every Great Man (#3.19)
11 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam gives an interview and wants to go out with the journalist, but she is not too into him. He even learns a bit about art that she likes, from Diane. Frasier thinks he wants Diane back, and Diane also starts believing it when she hears him having a conversation about wanting to go with that woman on a trip. And when he asks her to take over the bar for that day, she thinks that he was asking her on the trip and comes to the bar with a suitcase.

Oh man I was feeling bad for Diane in this episode and I don't even like this character too much. But I like how she hid the suitcase, poor old man! Also interesting how it will affect her relationship with Frasier.

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