Cheers: Season 1, Episode 1

Give Me a Ring Sometime (30 Sep. 1982)

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Diane is stranded at the bar by her fiancé, who has reunited with his ex-wife. Sam feels sorry for her, and offers her a job at the bar.



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One afternoon, Dr. Sumner Sloan, a Boston University English professor, and his Teaching Assistant, Diane Chambers, stop into Cheers, a local Boston watering hole, on their way to catch a flight to Barbados where they plan to marry the following day. The bar is owned and tended by Sam 'May Day' Malone, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, a recovered alcoholic, and in the words of one of his girlfriends "a magnificent pagan beast". Before heading to the airport, Sumner wants to retrieve his grandmother's wedding ring to give to Diane, the ring currently in the possession of his ex-wife Barbara. While Sumner is off getting the ring, Diane patiently waits at the bar for his return, in the meantime learning about the lives of the many Cheers regulars, and they learning about Diane. After Sumner returns to the bar, Diane receives another offer in light of Sumner's implied message to her, which could be the start of Diane's fish-out-of-water association with Cheers, its ... Written by Huggo

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According to writer/director James Burrows, during the first audience run-through of 'Cheers,' Norm entered the bar and said, "Afternoon everybody," and Coach responded, "What do you know?" Norm answered, "Not enough," and to the crew's surprise, this simple, straight phrase got a huge laugh. "It was a great surprise that the audience laughed," Burrows wrote, "and not so great because it made his entrances harder to write." See more »


There is a reflection of a studio light in a large glass picture frame on the wall behind Norm. See more »


Sam: [about Diane] No Coach, she's going to be sitting here for a while...
Diane: [taps on her glass to get Sam's attention] Uh, excuse me. I hate to keep asking for special attention, but could you not discuss my private life with everyone that comes in?
Sam: What would you like me to tell them?
Diane: I don't care.
Sam: [to Coach] She's a hooker.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Stranded At Bar Waiting For Never Land
15 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This first episode is a slow start for the series. It has to be as it introduces the main characters- Ted Danson's Mayday Malone, Norm, Cliff, Coach, and Diane. Shelly Long's Diane starts this series the way she ends it, as the ditsy empty headed blonde who thinks she knows everything including what she wants, but is totally clueless how to get it.

Diane comes into Malone's bar to wait for her married boyfriend who is supposed to be leaving his wife and running away with her to live happily ever after. Of course the air headed blonde not only loses him to his present wife, but then out of desperation gets a job as a bar wench at the bar by the time the show is over.

The priceless part of this show is that while it is slow, it hooks the viewer to come back for more. This really was ensemble comedy as most of the players in it with the exception of Danson never really went on to do anything much better even though most of them tried. Since this is before Woody, it really applies.

Rhea Perlman gets an excellent start in this opener. While it is nowhere near the best episode of the show, it does set the tone for most of Diane (Shelly Long's) stay on the series.

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