Cheers: Season 8, Episode 19

Indoor Fun with Sammy and Robby (22 Feb. 1990)

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Robin is taking a day off work to spend with Rebecca doing her spontaneous planned dream date that she's fantasized about since puberty: a walk along the beach, a picnic in the park, a ... See full summary »

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Robin is taking a day off work to spend with Rebecca doing her spontaneous planned dream date that she's fantasized about since puberty: a walk along the beach, a picnic in the park, a paddle-boat ride, a trip to the zoo, The Phantom of the Opera, a late supper and a roll in the hay. But competitive Robin and equally competitive Sam get into a continual war of oneupmanship in bar games of darts and pool, each won by Sam. However, Robin challenges Sam to a game of intellectual cunning: chess. Robin makes the challenge irresistible for Sam with a wager of a week's salary, Sam figuring that he can use the winnings to buy back the bar. Sam accepts despite the fact that he doesn't know how to play chess. Using some transmitting equipment and Norm and Pete sitting in front of a computer chess game, Sam takes on Robin with Norm and Pete's computer help. Could this cheating get Sam his bar back, or will the computer lose, or...? Meanwhile, Rebecca does go on her dream date, her actual date ... Written by Huggo

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Robin, the multimillionaire, works for one dollar per year and bets Sam a week's salary, yet pays him only one penny when Sam wins. Using very simplified math and rounding off, the winnings should be two pennies since there are 52 weeks in a year and not 100. See more »

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Dr. Frasier Crane: So where did you get all this expensive listening equipment anyway?
Norm Peterson: It's Pete's stuff. He uses this stuff all the time.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Pete? Are you a surveillance expert?
Pete: No. My wife sleeps around a lot.
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Written by Gary De Carlo, Dale Frashuer and Paul Leka
Performed by Ted Danson, George Wendt, Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman and extras
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7 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Robin Colcord takes a day off from work and gets sucked into competition with Sam.

What a perfect juxtaposition- the rich, powerful, British Colcord in a blue-collar American sports bar. It's easy to see how Robin can get sucked in by the stupidity around him. Roger Rees is great as always- look at the way he turns down Rebecca when she picks out a cap for him to wear. You can see the subtle frustration on his face after Sam beats him at darts. It's easy to see how the same competitive nature that makes him a financial giant gets the better of him during his leisure time with the Cheers gang.

This is the point in the series where Norm Jokes just became endless, unfunny variations on the fact that he's a lazy slob who likes beer. It would go on to become painful and insulting: "Welcome to Norm World- keep your hands inside the car at all times." You see, because he's fat and lazy and likes beer.

Rebecca and Woody's subplot about living out her romantic fantasy is hilarious. Even the simple sitcom plot like Sam using a computer to cheat at chess is done well, with the help of some great lines: "Perhaps you'll sneeze one day and I won't hear it." Robin's sneaky admission that his weekly salary is just one penny is brilliant. It's a shame this is the only real episode in which we get to see Robin interact with the Cheers gang. It's a perfect mix and makes for a great episode.

GRADE: A-


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