Cheers: Season 4, Episode 12

Fools and Their Money (19 Dec. 1985)

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Sam's good intentions backfire on him when he doesn't place a risky $1,000 bet for Woody with his bookie, only to have Woody win his bet.



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Frasier is taking stock of his relationship, or ex-relationship with Diane, and although he wants to move on, he isn't dealing with it very well. He and Diane get into several words, none of them kind. Frasier tries to take some solace - very little solace at that - by "hanging out with the guys" who are watching football on this typical Sunday. Woody is having the best time as this week will be the third in a row that he will have won the bar's football pool. Norm offhandedly muses about how much money Woody would have won through real betting. Woody feels mentally ready to do so, and asks Sam, who knows a bookie, to place a $1,000 bet for him, that amount his life savings. Sam is reluctant to do so, even more so when he sees that many of Woody's picks are underdogs, but does agree when Woody seems determined to find anyone to do it for him. The next week, everyone is surprised that Woody actually won his bet, netting him $10,000. But an act by Sam may threaten those winnings, which ... Written by Huggo

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The title has been taken from the common expression: A fool and his money are soon parted. See more »


Diane Chambers: [about a correct bet that Sam never placed with the bookie] We know that Woody actually did pick the winning teams.
Sam Malone: Yeah, so?
Diane Chambers: So, why don't you go to the...
Sam Malone: Bookie.
Diane Chambers: ...bookie and tell him that you honestly intended to wager on the winning teams and see if he won't give you the money.
Sam Malone: That's a good idea. While I'm at it, why don't I just tell him that I meant to bet on all the winning teams since 1975?
Diane Chambers: Can you do that?
Sam Malone: Please!
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Home on the Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Performed by Ted Danson & Woody Harrelson with the episode cast
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Fools and Their Money (#4.12)
14 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The gang enjoys watching the football games on Sunday. And Woody decides to place a bet with all the money he has which is $1000. To protect him Sam doesn't place this bet, but as it turns out Woody was right and would have won $10000. Now Sam has to explain it to Woody who actually takes it very well.

Woody is an absolutely sweet character. And seeing him yell this time was not something one is used to, but it was a greatly done storyline that not only made me laugh but also feel bad for everyone involved. And it was sweet to hear all the mentioning of Coach, they even used his trick at the end how not to be mad.

And it was also very Funny to see Frasier criticize Diane's language skills.

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