Cheers: Season 4, Episode 1

Birth, Death, Love and Rice (26 Sep. 1985)

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Sam couldn't stop the wedding, but Frasier tells him that Diane left him at the altar and is now working at a convent. So Sam visits Diane to ask her to come back to Cheers. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Lois De Banzie ...
Sister Marie (as Lois de Banzie)
Patricia Huston ...
Sister Catherine
Arnold F. Turner ...


Sam couldn't stop the wedding, but Frasier tells him that Diane left him at the altar and is now working at a convent. So Sam visits Diane to ask her to come back to Cheers. Meanwhile, Woody replaces Coach and become Cheers's new bartender. Written by

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convent | nun


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Woody Harrelson's first appearance as Woody Boyd. It is explained that Woody and Coach were "pen pals", not exchanging letters, but actual ink pens. See more »


As Woody is about to serve Norm and Cliff for the first time, the beer mug in front of Norm inexplicably appears and disappears between camera shots. See more »


Dr. Frasier Crane: [about Diane leaving him at the altar] I've lost everything Malone: my tenure, my practice and my Diane. My life is ruined and it's all your fault. Don't you think someone should pay for that?
[Frasier pulls out a gun and points it in Sam's direction]
Sam Malone: If by someone you mean someone in this room, I, I can honesty answer no, I don't. Oh, come on.
[suddenly becomes calmer]
Sam Malone: Ah, wait a second. What are you doing? The gun's not even loaded.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Certainly it's loaded.
Sam Malone: No it isn't.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Oh, of course you know it's...
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Birth, Death, Love and Rice (#4.1)
13 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam returns to the bar with the news that he didn't stop the wedding.They also get a new guy to work who knew Coach who has now passed away. Later Frasier comes and tells that Diane left him at the alter and is now working in a convent. Sam goes to see her there and she tries to make a decision to return to Cheers or not.

So much happening in the first episode of the season! The Frasier/Diane relationship is over. Luckily for me I don't worry that we won't see Frasier again as I have heard about this show before, but I sure would if I watched it back then! Also great to see young Woody joining the team. He is not a replacement of Coach but a great new addition with similar character. Also nice to see them dropping a few lines in Coach's memory.

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