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... See full summary »

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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 feeling that in the immediate future only 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 Huggo

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In a flash-forward sequence, grandfather Sam Malone asks Cliff Clavin when he is going to retire. Exactly one week before the 15-year anniversary of this episode, Cliff celebrated his retirement in an episode of "Frasier." Also in attendance was Carla Tortelli and Norm Peterson. See more »

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Prof. Sumner Sloan: Sam's bludgeoned all the spirit out of you and dragged you back down to his level.
Diane Chambers: No one was dragged, Sumner. Sam and I walked arm in arm to his level.
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A Return To Episode 1
24 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was so relieved that this episode happened that I cheered when it ended. Shelly's Longs Diane had long ago worn out her welcome for me as the longer she was on this show, the more of an idiot her character had become. She was making all blond Liberal women look like well, a blonde joke. Her phony intellect had been here since the show started.

This was a good finale for her. It helped breath fresh air into the show the next year. This is the show which allowed this series to continue. In fact, you already knew that Diane was not smart enough to succeed by leaving Cheers, but you really could feel that it had to happen. This was the right time for it.

Granted they will being her back in the series finale, and when they do you will find out had badly her leaving has failed. This one is funny and a little sentimental just the same. It paved the way not just for Ted Dansen to get better but for other characters on the show to grow their characters as well. Getting Diane out of the way is the best thing that happened for Cheers.


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