Cheers: Season 2, Episode 4

Homicidal Ham (27 Oct. 1983)

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Against Sam's better judgment, Diane tries to help her former homicidal blind date Andy become an actor.



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Prof. Sebastian DeWitt


Andy 'Andy' Schroeder, the ex-con murderer who Sam once paid to take Diane out, returns to the bar. He holds up the bar, but in the process of, his true intentions come out: he wants to go back to prison since he feels that he can't make it on the outside. Feeling sorry for him, Diane uncovers what he really wants to do: to be an actor. She wants to be his savior, and calls upon the assistance of Professor Sebastian DeWitt, an old acting teacher of hers, to adjudicate Andy's talent or lack thereof. But first, Diane has to get Andy into acting shape. Because of her help, Andy falls for Diane, but also is still on the brink of "hearing THOSE voices" that caused his original act of murder. When Andy finds out that Diane and Sam are an item, he is hurt but says he will use this experience in the upcoming scene he will be doing with Diane from "Othello". Will Andy's real emotions mirror that of Othello? And what fate will befall Diane's Desdamona? Written by Huggo

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Diane Chambers: I happen to know Professor Sebastian DeWitt, one of America's foremost drama coaches. He can spot an actor a mile away.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Boy, that could come in handy at a drive-in.
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Referenced in Cheers: Diane's Nightmare (1985) See more »

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Homicidal Ham (#2.4)
7 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Andy, the murderer Sam got a blind date with Diane a few episodes ago, is back to the bar. First Diane is worried but then she feels bad for him as he doesn't have many opportunities in life and arranges him an audition for his acting skills. Th perform a scene of Othelo only he is now in love with her and really tries to kill her for being with Sam.

A great episode. Nice to see Andy's character back, too bad that he may now not be with us for a long time after his attempting murder. Very well thought through, liked how they used Othelo for this and the scene of Diane struggling with him on stage was very well done, very high quality acting.

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