Cheers: Season 8, Episode 24

Mr. Otis Regrets (19 Apr. 1990)

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Woody is looking for a roommate since his rent is being raised. He finds Terry Gardner - a she, not a he - who, despite her gender, he thinks is perfect, especially since she's from Indiana... See full summary »



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Woody is looking for a roommate since his rent is being raised. He finds Terry Gardner - a she, not a he - who, despite her gender, he thinks is perfect, especially since she's from Indiana. But as quickly as Terry moves in, she moves out as she reconciles with her jealous husband, Cutter, who just happens to be a hot tempered old acquaintance of Woody's from back home. Woody has to decide if he will confess to jealous and large Cutter about living with his wife. Meanwhile, Lilith is taking singing lessons as she wants to be able to serenade Frederick, a task at which Frasier scoffs. She may make Frasier eat his words. Elsewhere, Rebecca reads in the society column that Robin's other girlfriend, Jeanne-Marie, the chargé d'affaires with the French consulate, is in town to attend a gala Franco-American ball. Rebecca, jealous, asks Sam to attend to the ball to spy on Jeanne-Marie and report back to her. He does so. In fact, he ends up sleeping with Jeanne-Marie in what he considers the ... Written by Huggo

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The title is a parody of the 1934 song "Miss Otis Regrets" by Cole Porter from the musical "Hi Diddle Diddle" which opened October 3, 1934 at the Savoy Theatre, London. See more »


Carla LeBec: [about Sam sleeping with Rebecca] Did you ever think this day would come?
Sam Malone: As a matter of fact, I never had any doubt here, Carla. Behold the sealed envelope. Please open it and read the contents.
[Sam hands an envelope to Carla, who opens it and reads its contents]
Carla LeBec: "I, Sam Malone, will sleep with Rebecca Howe on the night of April 19, 1990." When did you write this?
Sam Malone: This morning. I write a new one every day.
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »


Sonny Boy
Written by Lew Brown, Ray Henderson and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Bebe Neuwirth
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Gimme My Five Bucks Back
8 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Woody gets a female roommate, while Sam preys on Rebecca's sexual insecurities in an attempt to destroy/bang her.

So now that Woody's girlfriend Kelly has gone overseas and is out of the picture, Woody is free to date other women, right? Well… not really. I don't think the writers knew what the hell they were doing when they came up with that plot line, and this episode is proof. Woody gets a female roommate who turns out to be a girl of the female persuasion (great gag naming her Terry so Woody couldn't tell! I'm being sarcastic.) She lives with Woody for a day and then reveals she's actually married and needed a place to stay for one night after a fight with her jealous, violent husband. This of course makes no sense. Said husband shows up at the bar and actually KNOWS Woody. In the most subtle writing in comedy history the husband asks Woody to help him find the man who spent the night with his wife so he can "bash in his brains."

Woody- in a story twist that would leave the Three Stooges red-faced with shame- points at Cliff, and we fade out as the husband chases the bellowing mailman around in circles. Brilliant! Woody never dates again and we never find out how much time Cliff spent in his coma. Meanwhile Sam's Perv-O-Meter goes off the charts again as he lies to Rebecca about having slept with Robin's mistress while trying to violate her on an elevator. Elevators were invented by Elisha Otis, and that's where this episode gets its clever name.

It the end, everyone involved is cheapened by such a weak and silly storyline, especially the pathetic antics of Woody & his roommate. We can only go up from here.


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