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
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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 Sam 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
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No Coach, she's going to be sitting here for a while...
[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?
What would you like me to tell them?
I don't care.
She's a hooker.