Cheers: Season 1, Episode 18

No Contest (17 Feb. 1983)

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Diane reluctantly enters the Miss Boston Barmaid contest, but only so she can publicly denounce the competition as sexist and chauvinistic.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Tessa Richarde ...
Renee Gentry ...
Sharon Peters ...
Paul Vaughn ...
Judge #1 (as Daryl Roach)
James Sherwood ...
Judge #3 (as James Shamus Sherwood)
Judge #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill ...
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill (as Speaker 'Tip' O'Neill)


"Perky", "pert", "congenial", "fun"? Are these adjectives to describe Diane? If so, she could become the 45th Miss Boston Barmaid, as Sam has entered her into the annual contest without her knowledge. Realistically not a contest to test wait skills, the event is to be held at Cheers this year. Diane, who feels degraded, hates such contests and chastises Sam for entering her. However she changes her tune when she thinks that she can use any speech opportunity during the contest as a platform to air her feminist views, especially of such contests. She doesn't tell anyone of what she plans to do. With a little help from Sam who has his own ulterior motives, Diane has an up and down contest, the downs including quashed speech opportunity after opportunity and the appearance of her infamous nervous facial tick. But is there anything that could change her plans for making her big speech? Written by Huggo

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The title refers to the Latin legal term "Nolo contendere" a plea in a criminal court case, also known as no contest which is a guilty plea without admitting guilt. See more »


Carla Tortelli: I always say, all great friendships start with one small act of vengeance.
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Referenced in Cheers: Carla Loves Clavin (1991) See more »

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No Contest (#1.18)
4 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam enters Diane into a contest of bar waitresses in Boston. She is against such contests as they are anti women, but she goes on with it because she wants to use the opportunity of winning it and hold a speech on why those contests are wrong. Yet as she wins she also gets a trip to Bermuda and "sells out on women kind".

An amusing episode. I pretty much agree with Diane about those contests, especially this one which really was putting the value of a woman on her body and very condescending to her talking. But I can also see why she decided to go against holding her speech, hell if I had a trip to Bermuda I would do it too, she can always write a letter into a newspaper after the trip!

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