Cheers: Season 4, Episode 21

Fear Is My Co-Pilot (13 Mar. 1986)

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Sam and Diane have a harrowing near-death experience as passengers on a plane flown by one of Diane's ex-lovers.



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Jack Dalton, a daredevil of a man from Diane's days of carousing in Europe, is coming by the bar. Diane isn't overly pleased to see Jack again as he was a part of her life she'd like to forget. He is bigger than life, and wants to live it to the fullest. Ultimately Diane tells him that she is no longer the same person, is settled in her life and no longer feels the need for the dangerous life Jack leads. Jack asks for just one last night out with her, up for a spin in his plane. Diane wants nothing to do with him anymore, but finally concedes if only Sam comes along. She needs Sam for protection from the will of Jack. Up in the plane, Jack hands the controls over to Diane as pilot and Sam as co-pilot while he needs to deal with something in the back. Diane and Sam are nervous but somewhat exhilarated. They are less so when Diane finds Jack dead at the back of the plane. With their life flashing before their eyes, Sam and Diane have to decide what they will tell each other in their ... Written by Huggo

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The title is a parody of the autobiography/movie God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) about pilot Robert Lee Scott, Jr and his experiences in the Chinese theater in World War II. See more »


Diane Chambers: [about her post-Frasier Europe life] I guess for a brief while I was danger's mistress.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Is there anyone who's mistress you weren't?!
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References God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) See more »

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Fear Is My Co-Pilot (#4.21)
18 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A guy Diane dated after breaking up with Frasier in Europe comes by to visit her. He is a pilot and remembers her as a wild person but she disappoints him when she doesn't want to go fly with him. Then she agrees and brings Sam with her. On the plane Jack goes to the back and leaves Diane and Sam at the front, they go to check on him and find him dead. Now they are scared not to crash the plane. But as it turns out, he is alive and just played a prank on them.

I have seen such episodes before, where somebody has to land a plane when left alone on it, but this episode came out earlier than others and the ending is funner and more realistic.

Also it was very funny how Jack lifted everyone besides Norm!

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