Cheers: Season 6, Episode 21

Our Hourly Bread (10 Mar. 1988)

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One by one, Woody, Sam and Carla go into Rebecca's office asking for a raise. All three come out of her office only with superficial new titles. In other words, Rebecca has duped them. ... See full summary »



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One by one, Woody, Sam and Carla go into Rebecca's office asking for a raise. All three come out of her office only with superficial new titles. In other words, Rebecca has duped them. However she confesses first to Sam then to everyone in the bar that she cannot afford to give anyone a raise since the bar has been losing money for the past three months and the corporation is threatening to close the bar and take its losses. After brainstorming, the gang at the bar come up with an idea for a raffle for a Caribbean cruise to raise money and bring customers into the bar. Despite thinking it's futile, Rebecca goes along with it. The bar ends up being packed for the duration of the contest and the idea is a success. But an incident regarding the raffle may threaten the bar regardless. Sam, however, comes up with a solution that has an unwitting and absent Frasier and his one month anniversary with Lilith at its core. Written by Huggo

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Sam Malone: Norm, you've worked for the big firms. What do they do when they need a lot of money?
Norm Peterson: All right, first off, they go and fire all the dead wood.
Sam Malone: And then what?
Norm Peterson: I'm long gone by then Sam.
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Bar Going Bankrupt
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

It's only after Sam, Woody and Carla ask for raises that Rebecca reveals the bar is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Obviously nothing brings financial stability like a one-time Caribbean-themed raffle, and away we go! The B-story is Frasier buying a "Tidwell" painting for Lilith, which somehow becomes the booby prize after the raffle is botched by the brain-damaged Woody. It's not exactly a smooth blending of the two stories, and it's not exactly a great episode either, but it'll do. Check out Cliff's "mexican hat dance" while the steel drums play.

NOTE: This is the season in which the show switched over almost entirely to a laugh track, which features the infamous aggressive, abbreviated, throat-clearing man's laugh that would be used until the series' end. This was convenient for a show with so many jokes to fit in because the laughter came on strong and disappeared quickly.


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