Cheers (1982–1993)
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Golden Boyd 

Rebecca is asked once again by one of the corporate bigwigs to organize a party. This time, Vice-President Walter Gaines wants her to organize a luncheon at his house as a European ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Rebecca Howe
Carla Tortelli
Cliff Clavin
Norm Peterson
Tyrone Power Jr. ...
Mr. Walter Gaines
Gary Bergher ...
Mr. Howell
Mr. Osborn
Josef Rainer ...
Mr. Drysdale


Rebecca is asked once again by one of the corporate bigwigs to organize a party. This time, Vice-President Walter Gaines wants her to organize a luncheon at his house as a European homecoming for his daughter Kelly. Rebecca drags along Sam and Woody to tend bar. Sam has a great time as he figures out the way to big tips is to use his ex-celebrity status. Woody doesn't have as good a time as he butts heads with Kelly's boyfriend Nash, the two taking an instant dislike to each other. It goes as far as them making a date for a fight at Cheers the following day. What transpires can't really be called a fight. Kelly finds out about the fight and comes to the bar, although she's too late to stop it. Sam, Carla and finally Woody think that Woody dating Kelly would be a good way to get back at Nash. He goes about it the old fashioned way by asking Mr. Gaines for his permission. Although Mr. Gaines admires Woody's old fashioned approach, he basically laughs at Woody for his presumption. But to... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama






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9 February 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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First appearance of Walter and Kelly Gaines. See more »


When Woody tells Nash he's a good-enough boxer to beat him, Nash replies "The proof is in the pudding" (rather than "The proof of the pudding is in the eating"). See more »


Kelly Gaines: Thanks again for a wonderful evening, Woody. You introduced me to a whole new world.
Woody Boyd: Man, it's hard to believe a girl like you's never been to a monster truck and tractor-pull before.
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References Exodus (1960) See more »

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Class Distinction, Young Love and the Marquis of Queensbury Rules! Whatt an unbeatable combination!
6 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OCCUPYING pretty much the same cinematic niche and functioning in very much the same manner as did the old one and two reel comedies; the TV sitcom has been the most popular and long lasting of Television's programming genres. Getting a winning premise, format and cast are essential for success; but once these are attained, a series is good for several years of first run and seemingly an eternity of reruns in syndication.

SO it is with CHEERS (Charles/Burrows/Charles Prod./Paramount Television/NBC, 1982-93), we have a fine example of a winning combo; which has managed to become an important road stop in our pop cultural highway. Just how this is accomplished is often times a mystery; as one can never be certain just what will tickle the collective fancy of the viewing audience. With the only certain necessary element being good old Dumb Luck; a creative team can only try to strike a balance in character, subject matter and setting, hoping for success.

CHOOSING the main venue of a bar gives a good, natural reason for moving characters through the stage. Much like the precinct house in BARNEY MILLER, motivational driving forces flow very naturally. There is never any need to waste any energy of exposition in order to carry a storyline; as most of it is already there in the Bar and its denizens; both of which are well known to the viewers.

TODAY'S dissectee, the CHEERS Episode, "Golden Boyd" starts out an obvious play on the title of the Clifford Odetts Broadway Stage Play, "THE GOLDEN BOY"; which is about a young Boxer. Having gotten that out front, the audience is prepared to laugh along with young Woody BOYD (Woody Harrelson). We know there will be some fisticuffs in some form.

THIS brings up the highly important ingredient of having well developed, continued characters. Once they are established, there is no need of serving up each and every episode as an experimental cinematic guinea pigs.

WHEN we view a CHEERS episode, we know the idiosyncrasies of each character. While one could classify them by painting with a broad brush as being "dumb", there are much better descriptive terms available. When examined closely, each one is not exactly lacking intelligence; but suffer more from misplaced motivation. This is true from top to bottom, with the exception of the Late Nicholas Colosanto's characterization as "Coach".

WOODY, to our way of thinking, is more of a naïve and innocent kid; who will grow out of it some day, with the addition to his persona of a generous helping of life experience. Hence, the humor generated by his character is very similar to that of Andy Griffith's Will Stockdale in NO TIME FOR SERFEANTS (Warner Brothers, 1957).

IN this episode, Woody gets into a fight with the Rich Kid (Tyrone Power, Jr.) over a Wealthy young debutante-type, Kelly Gaines(Jackie Swanson). It all starts when Woody and Sam (Ted Danson) are working a private party at the Gaines Home. AS it turns out, Nash was a Collegiate Boxing Champion and Woody bravely takes his lumps. But, whereas Woody has lost the battle, he wins the war; for the fair Miss Kelly seems to be a female version and fine match for him, because her personality seems to have much of the same traits displayed by Woody.

THE Kelly character proved to be a great success; as she became a semi-regular, appearing sporadically in episodes featuring Woody as the main character.

Schultz and I both give it ** ½.


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