Cheers: Season 8, Episode 16

Finally!: Part 2 (1 Feb. 1990)

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Despite being a self-professed womanizer himself, Sam can no longer support Robin's cheating on Rebecca since she is his friend. Sam managed to get Rebecca out of Little Wally's with an ... See full summary »

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Despite being a self-professed womanizer himself, Sam can no longer support Robin's cheating on Rebecca since she is his friend. Sam managed to get Rebecca out of Little Wally's with an exaggerated lie without her spotting Robin with his other date, but he is now regretting doing so, that is until Robin bribes Sam's silence by promising to buy Cheers back for him. Sam ultimately decides to decline the bribe and tell Rebecca the truth. When he does, she doesn't believe him. She thinks he's just jealous. But Rebecca learns the truth when she hides in Robin's limousine to surprise him, when in turn he surprises her when his other date, ballerina Christine Davi, bounds into the limousine. Christine has some morals and dumps Robin right then and there. Perhaps Rebecca has some morals as well, but it's going to take a little while for herself to figure that out. With Christine out of the way, Robin's affections are down to two: Rebecca and a chargé d'affaires at the French consulate. ... Written by Huggo

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Woody Boyd: I always model myself after you. Well, not the way you're always hung up on your looks, that's kind of shallow really. And not the chasing after women part, 'cause that's kind of silly, but the other part.
Sam Malone: There is no other part.
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I... Feel... BAD
7 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Robin and Rebecca finally screw, and the very next night Sam spots Colcord with another woman. Does he tell his friend the truth or cover for Robin? What if his silence could help him achieve his dream of getting the bar back?

The magic of Season Eight is that the character of Robin Colcord energized Sam and Rebecca- romantically, financially, morally- they were rejuvenated and redefined, and the two of them gained a new vitality that brought the show back to greatness. This episode has a classic plot, one that's been done since the dawn of Drama, but the writing and performing is so vibrant that it all seems brand-new. Brilliant work.

Here's an interesting note: the writers had Robin involved with three women- Rebecca, Christine Davi (the ballerina seen in this episode), and a Charge D'Affaires in the French Consulate. The French woman- who we will later learn is named Jeanne-Marie- is never seen in the series' run, despite being mentioned multiple times and being the subject of at least two episodes. It's reasonable to assume that the writers had intended to cast the part and feature Jeanne-Marie as an actual person… but in the end they decided to take the Vera Peterson approach and leave Jeanne-Marie as a phantom.

Kirstie Alley is great again here, and this episode could have been slowed down in pace just to draw out some of the pathos and tragedy inherent in the situation. Here's a lonely woman- as much of an outsider in the bar as Diane was- who finally finds love with a man who can make all her corporate and financial dreams come true. Whether through choice or against her wishes she has not been intimate with a man for over three years, and when she finally does open herself up- physically and emotionally- she is instantly betrayed. In real life this would be devastating, and while I don't expect Cheers to become a maudlin drama I long for the pace and rhythm of its sister show "Taxi," and the achingly-funny humanity they could have brought to an episode like this. Cheers was always rushing toward the next punchline, and the writers sometimes forgot the emotions behind the laughs could be just as powerful.

Rebecca decides to stay with Robin, aware that he's cheating, and in some ways this finally completes her character: She's been a Victim all her life, and now she finally has the Abuser to balance out her equation. Rebecca won't even go out on a date with Sam after three years of friendship- but she's willing to MARRY Robin who is openly cheating on her. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad...

GRADE: B+


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