Cheers (1982–1993)
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Endless Slumper 

Sam loans out his good luck charm to a slumping Red Sox pitcher. The pitcher immediately goes on a winning streak, but Sam begins experiencing a series of accidents.



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Rick Walker
Miss Gilder


New Red Sox relief pitcher, Rick Walker, is in a slump. The Red Sox pitching coach mentions that Sam might be able to help, just because no one knows better about pitching slumps than Sam. After Rick turns down a bunch of suggestions, Sam says that a lucky charm might do the trick, Sam having one himself, that being a bottle cap. Willing to try anything, Rick asks Sam if he can borrow the bottle cap, to which Sam reluctantly agrees. As soon as that bottle cap leaves Sam's possession, Rick's slump ends and bad luck befalls Sam, starting with a crashing beer mug when he tries his infamous bar slide trick. After several weeks, Sam, with his continuing string of bad luck, is desperate to get the bottle cap back. He soon learns that Rick lost it and was putting off telling Sam. Sam, in a state of panic, admits to Diane that the bottle cap represented something significant in his life: it was off the last bottle of "anything" he drank in his life and it stops him from drinking. More ... Written by Huggo

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2 December 1982 (USA)  »

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The trick where Sam curves a beer down the bar was done with a thin filament attached to the mug and the corner of the bar. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Gilder: Excuse me, I'm here in response to the ad in the newspaper about Mrs. Tortelli's children.
Cliff: Oh. What, is she trying to sell them again?
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References The Endless Summer (1966) See more »

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Endless Slumper (#1.10)
2 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the Red Sox players who is having a very bad time comes to Sam for advice and also borrows a little bottle cap as a lucky charm. And he keeps on winning after while Sam is having issues. He confesses to Diane that it was a cap from his last beer that also kept him from drinking, but the other player lost it.

The episode had some fun moments. Mainly with Sam and his great beer glass sliding skills.

But the best part of this episode is actually the more serious one. The did it great bringing Sam's addiction into it. Very emotional both by the way they addressed it and the great acting.

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