Cheers: Season 6, Episode 18

Let Sleeping Drakes Lie (18 Feb. 1988)

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Evan Drake is in Europe and has hired Norm to paint his house, Norm tells Rebecca that she can come over and look around the bedroom, which is what he is up to. While Rebecca is up there Mr... See full summary »



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Evan Drake is in Europe and has hired Norm to paint his house, Norm tells Rebecca that she can come over and look around the bedroom, which is what he is up to. While Rebecca is up there Mr. Drake comes home early and so Rebecca has to hide. Mr. Drake, a very light sleeper is tired as hell and just wants to sleep. Norm can't think of anything and so has to leave her there, after telling the gang at the bar he is sent back there to bail her out. After many failed attempts Norm finally succeeds in two things one getting Rebecca out, and two convincing Mr. Drake that he(Norm) is crazy. Fraiser tells the gang about a patient he saw that morning who is REALLY hot for dancers or anything having to do with dancing, after Fraiser leaves a beautiful girl comes to the bar looking for Fraiser because she had a session with him that morning and left a package in his office Sam likes her and decides to dance his way into her pants. Sam is dancing his brains out and nothing so he asks Fraiser about... Written by Dagny

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The title is based on the common phrase: Let sleeping dogs lie. See more »


When Rebecca is sneaking out of Evan Drake's closet, a red paint bucket on the mantelpiece behind her disappears in a long shot and reappears in the close-up. See more »


Norm Peterson: [to Evan Drake] Anyway, this is my fantasy sir. It's a little outrageous, so just stay with me. Even though I was born poor and I'll never be a rich man, somehow it wouldn't make any difference if one time, sir, just one time, just one darn time, I could do something symbolic: carry a rich man across the lawn in his pajamas.
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So You Just Left Her In The Closet?
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

This is an episode so absurd, so outrageously bizarre, that it transcends mere sitcom and becomes sublime stupidity. Rebecca gets stuck in Evan Drake's closet and Norm has to rescue her... the episode may be part two of the painting adventure they started in "Paint Your Office." It is so original, so unusual, that you can't judge it by normal standards, and you have to love it.

Sam is stuck in a cheesy B-story about a dancing-addicted mental patient, but the heart of the story is in getting Evan Drake out of bed so that Rebecca can escape. The escalating absurdity of the situation as well as the sheer number of times that Norm returns is just hilarious. It plays like a fever dream, a hallucination so strange it can't possibly be real. Tom Skerritt plays Evan Drake completely realistically... you can feel his exhaustion and disbelief when his house-painter refuses to leave him alone for unknown reasons.

The final shot of the Cheers gang applauding Norm carrying Evan's tiny body is the perfectly outlandish sight gag that was the hallmark of this sixth season. Not to be missed.


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