Cheers (1982–1993)
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Personal Business 

Diane decides to find a new job because Carla now thinks Sam is playing favorites for his new girlfriend. But finding a job is harder than it seems.



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Episode cast overview:
Tony Brafa ...
Mrs. Anderson #1
James Ingersoll ...
Mrs. Anderson #2
Customer #1


After a workplace dispute between Diane and Carla puts Sam in an awkward position, Diane decides that it might be best if she no longer worked at the bar for the betterment of her and Sam's relationship. After two weeks of no bites, Diane finally gets a job as a proofreader at a small publishing company, pending a good reference from her last employer (Sam). During the reference discussion, Sam and Diane find out that her prospective new employer only has sex on his mind. Once again without a job or any other prospects that haven't included sexual favors, Diane is asked by Sam to return to the bar. However she comes to the conclusion that the situation at Cheers is no different than what she has faced in her job search: she is not the best employee and is the boss' girlfriend. Sam counters that he too feels used since Diane's original motives for wanting to work there were solely to bed Sam. For both to regain their professional dignities, they vow that her return would include a set ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama







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20 October 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Carla makes reference to her having four mouths to feed. In the previous episode, Carla had given birth to her fifth child. See more »


Diane Chambers: I propose that you and I abstain from any sort of physical contact for a period of one month. Strictly business for one month. I think that's the only way that each of us can regain our self respect.
Sam Malone: I think that's a very good idea. It would help me out a lot.
Diane Chambers: Fine. One month it is. Mr. Malone.
Sam Malone: [as Sam and Diane shake hands] Miss Chambers.
Sam Malone: [as Diane is about to walk out of the room] Oh, there is just one more thing. I think... Please have a seat. I think my self respect bounces back a little ...
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Final credits incorrectly show Tony Brafa as "Mrs." Anderson #1 and James Ingersoll as "Mrs." Anderson #2 when both should be "Mr." See more »


Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Written by Roy Turk, Lou Handman
Performed by John Ratzenberger
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Personal Business (#2.3)
7 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Carla is unhappy because she feels that Sam is taking Diane's side and so Diane tries to find a new job. But it looks like all of them are interested in her sexually. So Sam offers her to stay. And Norm in the meantime has troubles with his wife who separates from him and has Carla help him by pretending to be his date.

Didn't really like this episode. It had good potentials about dating at work place, hired with sexual intentions etc. But it made no sense how they wrapped it up. Diane obviously started the job out of desperation so the joke that she was after Sam was kind of missed by me. And unlike all the other episodes it lacked on a lot of fun parts.

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