Sumner Sloan, Diane's ex-fiancé and old English professor, tells her that he submitted one of her old unfinished novels to an editor at a publishing house, the editor who sees promise in it and sees the possibility of it being published. Diane hasn't yet finished it, in fact she hasn't written anything since she started working at Cheers. Sam secretly overhears their conversation, and thinks that their impending wedding may be holding Diane back in her writing career, something she's always wanted. Sam and Diane discuss her writing career in relation to their marriage, they both feel that in the immediate future only one of the two will happen. Each has his/her own feeling of what should happen, each being so steadfast in their view to an extreme. Sam's perspective is based on a daydream he has about himself and Diane in old age together, she having forgone her writing career. When push comes to shove, one of the two makes a unilateral decision for the two of them, that person who has... Written by
Did You Know?
final appearance as a regular. She would return for the finale six years later in a guest starring role. See more
Sam emerging from under the pool table with the 8 ball in his mouth after hearing Sumner tell Diane about her manuscript being accepted has several problems, even ignoring the impossibility of the ball becoming lodged in his mouth as a comedic gag. First, there is no way in the preceding shots out in the bar that Sam could have beat Sumner and Diane back to the pool room to hide without them seeing him, as the leave him at the front of the bar and he's never seen walking past before the go down the hall. Second, Diane throws the 8 ball into the corner pocket. The ball would have traveled to the ball-return slot, clearly visible in the shot, not under the table. See more
[after Diane walks out of the bar
Have a good life.