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Admiral William J. Crowe Jr. (as Admiral William J. Crowe Jr. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
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Sam and Rebecca each have a date to attend the same black tie event at the USS Constitution, and both are stood up. Sam suggests that they go together, but Rebecca would rather do anything else than go on a date with Sam. Sam goes alone and after the event brings back to the bar Admiral William J. Crowe Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The admiral has a good time at the bar, as does everyone there hearing his stories. After he leaves, Rebecca is in a panic when her $32,000 borrowed diamond earrings that she had left in a tumbler in a her office go missing. She thinks the admiral has stolen them as he was the only person alone in her office during the evening. These are treasonous words in the mind of patriotic American, Cliff. As she turns everything upside down in her office in search of the earrings, Rebecca says she will do anything to get the earrings back, and yes, that anything includes sleeping with Sam. Carla suggests to Sam that they recreate the scene of the ... Written by Huggo

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Cheers writer Ken Levine states that the guest role was originally written for the boxer Larry Byrd, but when he passed on the opportunity they ended up with the Admiral instead. See more »

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Cliff Clavin: Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. Voted admiral, 1974. 1983: Commander U.S. Pacific Command. 1985: appointed eleventh Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Wife: Shirley.
William J. Crowe Jr.: I'm impressed young man. How come you know so much about me?
Cliff Clavin: Simple sir. I'm an American.
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30 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

"The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff stole my earrings!!!"

Yup, that's the plot of this episode. I would love to know which member of the Cheers staff actually requested a guest appearance by Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. Or was this forced on them by the shadow government that really runs the United States, a request by the military machine that couldn't be refused? I can't imagine why anyone would want to have this type of character on the show. The leader of the military-industrial complex just stands there, acting woodenly, speaking in an amateurish mid-western drawl while his minions bomb third-world countries off the map and overthrow governments for the "betterment" of America. And we're supposed to laugh.

Politics aside, this is just terrible, an episode built around a pointless guest appearance, with few genuine jokes and lots of genuine filler, like Carla biting a Wint-O-Green Lifesaver to make a spark in the dark. The show opens with Sam and Rebecca in formal wear, each heading to the same formal event at the USS Constitution. Time for a little reality check: since when did alcoholic ex-baseball players and screwball bar managers rise up to the top of Boston's A-List? Both of them are left stranded by their entirely fictional dates for no particular reason. Too bad we never got to meet that good-looking cardiologist and gorgeous fashion model... maybe next week?

Then the Admiral shows up and starts to display his particular style of comedy: unfunny. "I wish our missiles flew as high and as far." HA!!! You mean the missiles that kill human beings all over the world?!? Stop it, you're killing me! The corpse in uniform hangs around long enough to insult Cliff and drop off promotional hats that celebrate War and Brutality as our national pastime. Then Frasier crosses the room in order to make one of the corniest psychology jokes ever committed to film. The War Criminal finally leaves for the Pentagon so he can get back to Killing people and Destroying property, and we're left with a half-ass mystery concerning Rebecca's magical earrings.

This is a mess, and it's not salvageable in any way, shape or form. Bad things happen when you let people into your show who have absolutely no right being there. Just move on... there must be something better coming along.

GRADE: F


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