Cheers (1982–1993)
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Give Me a Ring Sometime 

Diane Chambers makes her home at Cheers when her fiancé leaves her.

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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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Trivia

Sumner's proposal to Diane, "Come with me, and be my love / And we will some new pleasures prove," incorrectly quotes John Donne's poem, "The Bait". The first line of the poem actually reads, "Come live with me, and be my love". See more »

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When Norm say the line to Sam, "Maybe you are drinking a little more than you should", he has an empty beer glass. The scene cuts to Sam momentarily then back to Norm where he now has a full glass of beer. See more »

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Diane: [about baseball] Well, if you were so good, why aren't you still playing?
Sam: I developed an elbow problem.
[Sam simulates hoisting a bottle to his mouth]
Sam: I, uh, bent it too much.
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Referenced in Frasier: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (1998) 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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