Cheers: Season 5, Episode 16

Never Love a Goalie: Part 1 (29 Jan. 1987)

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Eddie Lebec, a newly acquired goalie for the Bruins, comes into the bar prior to a game. Eddie is currently the hottest goalie in the league. Since the start of his winning streak, Eddie, a... See full summary »



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Eddie Lebec, a newly acquired goalie for the Bruins, comes into the bar prior to a game. Eddie is currently the hottest goalie in the league. Since the start of his winning streak, Eddie, a superstitious person, will not stray from his regular routine, which includes a drink of club soda, no ice, 2 slices of lemon and a red straw. Eddie and Carla hit it off and start dating. Carla is excited but anxious that something will go wrong to ruin the relationship. On the day Eddie publicly declares Carla as his girlfriend, a game against the Flyers goes into OT, and as soon as Carla blows him a kiss of good luck, Eddie's winning streak comes to an end. Is the only difference in his routine the fact of Carla being in his life? With others in the bar, Diane is called to jury duty, to which she is named foreman for an attempted murder trial. Despite being sworn to secrecy, Diane talks about the trial to anyone who will listen, that really being no one. And a depressed Frasier is sad about the ... Written by Huggo

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The Bruins goalie in the hockey footage shown in the bar is actually Doug Keans (#31). See more »


Cliff says Eddie LeBec's jersey is #33 but during the game televised in the bar, the Bruins' goalie is wearing #31. See more »


Woody Boyd: [about a professional hockey goalie] Wow, Eddie Lebec. Sure is exciting seeing a sports figure in real life.
Sam Malone: What about me, Woody?
Woody Boyd: Well, I can't speak for you, Sam. All I know, I'm excited.
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Never Love a Goalie: Part 1 (#5.16)
22 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One day Eddie Lebec, a hockey goalie, comes to Cheers and Carla talks to him. He gives her tickets for his game. She takes Frasier with her who ends up getting into a fight. Eddie comes back and starts dating Carla, even her kids don't bother him. But the next game night, on the game he dedicates to Carla he loses.

Fun episode. Carla dating this goalie had many great moments. Like the whole story about him passing by and spit, so romantic! Although I already feel bad for her as I don't think it will end well.

Frasier is a hilarious character. Him being upset over Bobo was great (I would be too, love animals), so was his getting into the fight story, I wish we saw it on screen.

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