Cheers: Season 7, Episode 1

How to Recede in Business (27 Oct. 1988)

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Rebecca is still smarting from Evan Drake's departure to Japan. So instead of men, she focuses her energies on furthering her career - she figures that Evan Drake took all the key players ... See full summary »



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Rebecca is still smarting from Evan Drake's departure to Japan. So instead of men, she focuses her energies on furthering her career - she figures that Evan Drake took all the key players from the company to Japan with him, and thus all those that knew she is a "washout" are now all gone - and buying a Mercedes. But realistically, her defenses are weakened, so when Sam asks her out again, she accepts, albeit without much enthusiasm. Just as Rebecca and Sam are about to go on their first date, Rebecca's new boss, Greg Stone, comes to the bar. Rebecca, having a boss fixation, drops Sam at the sight of Mr. Stone. For her, it is love at first sight all over again. He bursts her bubble though. He figures the bar did better under Sam's direction, so he appoints Sam as the new manager and fires Rebecca. This news sends Rebecca into a deep shock, but also makes Sam miserable as he hates managing a bar in a corporate style. Sam tries to get Rebecca her job back all the while hoping that ... Written by Huggo

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Sam Malone: I don't know, Carla. Either managing a bar is getting a lot more complicated, or I'm getting a lot dumber.
Carla LeBec: You couldn't be getting any dumber, Sam.
Sam Malone: So it must be that other thing.
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30 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Welcome to Season Seven! Rebecca is still heartbroken over the loss of Evan Drake, and desperate enough to actually agree to a date with Sam. Producers weren't sure how much longer the show was going to continue, so they used this Season Premiere to put Sam back in charge of the bar, a move they would probably regret if they knew at the time that there would be four more seasons after this.

In this episode Rebecca officially goes from screw-up to Tragic Wreck, as she shows up in the bar filthy, weeping and disheveled. She also gets about five times funnier... there's something about her being absolutely helpless and doomed that just gives me the giggles. She's the perfect 80's corporate cautionary tale.

If they had the Season Seven premiere to do over again I believe the writers and producers would stick to a simpler, more lighthearted storyline, because the ending of this episode handicaps the show's premise and as a result would shortly be reversed: Rebecca ends up a waitress and co-manager of the bar with Sam. This episode marks the first appearance of Melville's, the seafood restaurant above Cheers which was frequently referenced but never before seen. A very funny episode but there would be better ones to come.


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