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Coach Buries a Grudge 

Coach accidentally finds out that his recently-deceased friend once made a pass at his wife.



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Coach has gone to Phoenix for the funeral of his best friend, T-Bone Scappagioni. T-Bone and Coach played together in the minors and coached together for the Red Sox. Sam admits that he personally never liked T-Bone, the reason he didn't go to the funeral. Coach, having returned to the bar, admits that the funeral was a bit impersonal since T-Bone had lived in Phoenix for only a short time, so not that many there knew him well. Diane suggests that they should hold a memorial at the bar in Boston where all his old friends still live. After the plans for the memorial are all set, Sam tells Diane the reason that he didn't like T-Bone: T-Bone once made a play for Coach's wife, Angela, who confided the incident to Sam in secret. Coach overhears their conversation. Despite the fact that Coach now hates T-Bone, Sam and Diane tell him to at least deal with his feelings. Coach decides to go through with the memorial, where he wants to spill his guts about his hard feelings toward T-Bone. The ... Written by Huggo

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16 February 1984 (USA)  »

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Nicholas Colasanto often had trouble remembering his lines and would write them on surfaces on the set. He wrote his line "It's as if he's still with us now" on a slat by the stairs. After Colasanto's death, the cast would pat the spot where he wrote his line upon entering in remembrance of him. The stairs were eventually repainted and the line was painted over much to the dismay of the cast. See more »


Tom: Let's hang him in effigy.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: To hell with that. Let's hang him right here in Boston.
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Lyrics by John Newton
Performed by the episode cast led by Shelley Long
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Coach Buries a Grudge (#2.19)
9 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A good friend of Coach has died and he is preparing a memorial for him. Only while he is doing it he finds out that this friends made a pass on his wife. This makes him mad and Sam and Diane are trying to convince him to forgive his friend. He doesn't want to until he hold his speech, but then he finds out he was not the only one the deceased friend has betrayed.

Well the episode has good parts. Mainly Coach who is always great and the more of him there is the better. Also the speech he made made me cry a bit.

But the ending was all too confusing, I feel they should have just left it simple without adding all that confusion at the end.

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