Cheers: Season 4, Episode 19

Dark Imaginings (20 Feb. 1986)

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Sam suffers a hernia while trying to prove that he's not getting too old.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Callaway ...
Jack Turner
Deborah Dalton ...
Nurse Louise
Bonnie (as Pamela Bach)
Tim Dunigan ...
Dr. Steve McDonough
Christine Dickinson ...
Lisa Vice ...
Judy Turner
Jere Fields ...
Nurse Brenda (as Jeré Fields)
Peter Neushul ...
139th Street Quartet Baritone
Larry Wright ...
139th Street Quartet 2nd Tenor (as Larry F. Wright)


Cliff brings in the next in the long line of home grown vegetables resembling something, this one being a turnip, with its green top, that he thinks looks like June Lockhart. The gang thinks Cliff has gone off the deep end, and Cliff himself finally agrees. Cliff wants to spend a little time with Frasier - in other words, Cliff wants some free therapy. The time with Frasier does Cliff some good, until... Meanwhile, Sam is dating a very young woman named Bonnie, who, generationally has more in common with Woody. To prove his 'youth' in front of Bonnie, Sam challenges Woody to a racquetball game. The game takes its toll on Sam, who, after the fact, is in pain, but hides it from the gang. He tells everyone he's off on a ski trip, but in reality, he has pulled a hernia - what he considers to be an old man's ailment - and goes to the hospital. Diane tracks him down to the hospital, where they have a philosophical chat about aging. Over the course of the day, Sam has a roller coaster of ... Written by Huggo

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20 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Diane Chambers: Does Sam's behavior give you pause? Me thinks the man doth protest too much.
Woody Boyd: Excuse me Miss Chambers, but shouldn't it be 'I thinks'?
Carla Tortelli: Not in your case, Woody.
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Dark Imaginings (#4.19)
18 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam is worried that people see him as too old and challenges Woody for a tennis match. After he goes to the hospital for hernia and tells the rest that he is going skiing. Diane comes to visit him and tries to convince him that getting older is not a bog deal. He does but then he hits on a daughter of a guy about his age.

Meh I don't like episodes about aging. All the pressuring people to believe that with age one has to be boring and that getting married is a must. But this one is pretty good, just because of Sam's character. Good acting.

And we have some great fun moments. Woody wanting to donate his hernia to Sam and Cliff with his vegetable issues!

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