Cheers: Season 3, Episode 8

Diane Meets Mom (22 Nov. 1984)

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Diane tries to make a good impression on Frasier's mother. But after their first meeting, Frasier's mother warns Diane that if she continues to see Frasier, that she will kill her.



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Frasier, his mother - Dr. Hester Crane - and Diane are having dinner together at Melville's. Diane is nervous enough meeting her for the first time because she's his mother and could be her future mother-in-law, but Dr. Crane senior is also an eminent psychiatrist who may analyze every minute detail of Diane's behavior. When they meet, everything is rosy as both women seem to like each other. However, the first moment Hester gets Diane alone, she threatens to kill her if she continues dating Frasier. Diane is shocked and stunned, and Hester continues the threat through what seem to be harmless innuendos to the uninformed. Diane, not knowing if Hester is serious or kidding, decides to take action which places Frasier in a precarious position. Elsewhere in the bar, it's Norm's 36th birthday, and he drops hints to everyone as such. Although his words say that he wants no special treatment, the tone of his words, on which everyone picks up, is that he wants special attention. He does get ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama






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Frasier's mother Hester was played by Nancy Marchand. In Frasier (1993), she was played by Rita Wilson. See more »


Coach pops the champagne cork which hits Norm and he falls backwards off his bar stool. When the others get him back up on the stool, the cork is stuck on his forehead. But, as he fell, you could clearly see the cork wasn't on his forehead yet. See more »


Hester Rose Crane: [about Diane] I understand you used to date that woman. I want to know how much you charge to start things up again.
[starts writing out a cheque]
Sam Malone: You don't have enough money.
Hester Rose Crane: How would you know?
Sam Malone: There isn't enough money.
Hester Rose Crane: I know what you mean.
[rips up the cheque]
Sam Malone: No, I don't think you do.
Hester Rose Crane: I think I do.
Sam Malone: Oh, no.
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Diane Meets Mom (#3.8)
10 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane gets to meet Frasier's mother and it seems to all go way, but when Frasier leaves them alone his mother tells Diane that if she doesn't stop dating Frasier she will shoot her. Diane is shocked but then she thinks it was a joke and tries to joke like this as well, but Mrs. Crane doesn't appreciate it. The three of them have a conversation and Frasier's mom explains why she was so upset about him dating Diane and promises to work on it but then tries to bribe Sam into dating Diane again.

A fun episode with great characters. I must say though I don't completely understand why Sam is so against dating Diane again their fight during the break up didn't seem too dramatic.

The Norm's birthday part of the episode was pretty funny too.

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