Cheers: Season 2, Episode 1

Power Play (29 Sep. 1983)

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Sam and Diane's new relationship together gets off to a shaky start, which comes as no surprise to anyone at the bar.



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After Sam and Diane's admission of mutual attraction and their passionate embrace and kiss, where do they take it next? Diane wants their first time to be special for both, and although Sam knows that this relationship with Diane may be something more than just a fling, he is still just more interested in satisfying his animalistic needs. After some debate, they end up at Diane's apartment. Once there, they get into another of their heated arguments based on the differences in their personalities, initiated by Sam's ridiculing of Diane's menagerie of stuffed animals. Diane eventually kicks Sam out, who storms back to the bar for support. Carla however says to Sam that she knows how he can get Diane back: exert his manly power over her. Sam heeds the advice. Diane has her own reaction to Sam's manly power, but Diane's reaction isn't all it appears on the surface. Sam's reaction to Diane's ultimate reaction is unequivocal in its intent. Written by Huggo

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Every scene in Season 1 took place inside the bar. The first scene to take place outside the bar was, when Sam went to Diane's apartment in this episode. See more »


The exterior shot of Diane's residence shows it to be light outside when she and Sam enter and turn on the lights, but when the camera switches to the interior moments later, it appears to be completely dark outside. See more »


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Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Like Colorado.
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Power Play (#2.1)
6 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

So we start where the last season ended. Sam and Diane decide to date and they figure out where to go for their first encounter. After they announce it to the rest of the bar but they are not too enthusiastic. And the first date really doesn't go too well. So Sam breaks into her apartment and acts all macho but she tells him she called police. After they talk it out.

Well, Diane seems even more annoying in this episode than ever. And lots of the things in the episode were annoying, except of how it ended, that scene was hilarious. Greatly performed and very funny hope there will be more of those.

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