After a health scare, Norm gives up his old life and says he's moving to Bora Bora. However, he chickens out at the last minute and hides out in Sam's office. Meanwhile, Carla becomes depressed after losing a tip wager with Diane.



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Diane and Carla make a bet about who can make the most tips in one evening, the tips a measure of who is the better waitress. Even giving her a $10 head start, Carla is $9 ahead with 1 minute to go, however a last minute $20 tip puts Diane over the top. Diane is elated, but Carla is crushed by the defeat and mopes around for weeks. The only thing that will get her over the funk is Diane admitting she cheated. Although she didn't, will Diane do so if only to get Carla out of her funk? Meanwhile, Norm, who just landed a new job, had to take a physical for such, and the x-ray showed a spot on his chest. He questions his mortality and what little he's accomplished in his life. Later, he luckily finds out that the spot was just an error. He breathes a big sigh of relief but still does question what he's accomplished in his life. He now wants to stop and smell the roses. Ultimately, he decides to quit his new job and live his fantasy life: to sail to Bora Bora on a cargo ship and live in a ... Written by Huggo

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13 December 1984 (USA)  »

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The title references the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe about an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Venezuela, encountering Native Americans, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. The story has been the basis for plays, radio dramas, movies and television shows. See more »


[Norm is about ready to head off for good to Bora Bora]
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Goodbye Normie.
Norm Peterson: Goodbye Coach.
[they give each other a big hug]
Cliff Clavin: Coach, Coach, you're going to feel pretty silly when he pulls the plug on this gag, you wait and see.
Norm Peterson: You understand, don't you Coach?
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: No, Normie, but they'll tell me later.
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Peterson Crusoe (#3.11)
10 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Norm has a medical test and there is a spot seen on his chest. Turns out the machine was just dirty. but he takes advantage of it, quits his job and goes to fulfil his dream of living in Barabora in the hut. Only Sam then finds him hiding in the office, turns out he chickened out. But he is afraid that others will make fun of him.

Great episode. Norm was great in it, the time when he came into the bar with a bird, or when he walks into Sam's office were hilarious. The dreams the gang was telling him at the door also were very funny.

The story about Clara and Diane's contest was also very amusing and well done.

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