Sam is still aiming to buy back the bar, but is still a lot short on capital. Robin is getting death threats and thus is surrounded by a mass of security guards. The situations in Sam and ... See full summary »



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Sam is still aiming to buy back the bar, but is still a lot short on capital. Robin is getting death threats and thus is surrounded by a mass of security guards. The situations in Sam and Robin's lives intersect when Robin, who was planning on sailing his boat, aptly named The Rebecca, in the Cape Cod Regatta that afternoon, is called off on emergency business. Sam would love to sail the boat in Robin's place since the winner's purse is $10,000. Without Sam needing to ask Robin, Robin does let Sam sail The Rebecca in his place. Now, all Sam needs is a crew, so he enlists the help of Carla and ex-Coast Guard employee Norm. During the race, Sam is working his butt off, but Carla and Norm concede defeat when they drop into last place early on. All three change their minds as to their priority when Norm discovers a bomb on board the boat. They also discover the radio has been dismantled, the lifeboat no where in sight and although the life jackets are there, they can't jump overboard as ... Written by Huggo

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14 December 1989 (USA)  »

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After Sam, Carla, and Norm return to the bar and tell their story to the rest of the gang, Woody address Sam as "Ted". See more »


Woody Boyd: Miss Howe? Can I have tomorrow off?
Rebecca Howe: Woody, I pay you for a forty hours a week. I expect forty hours work. Besides, I need you to take me to go get my car once it's finished being detailed.
Woody Boyd: What time will that be?
Rebecca Howe: Right after my beauty shop appointment. I'm getting cellophane highlights put in my hair, then I'm going to have a manicure then a pedicure.
Woody Boyd: Pedicure?
Rebecca Howe: Yeah. I have a date with Robin tonight and I may want to play footsie.
Woody Boyd: All right, I can drive you Miss Howe.
Rebecca Howe: Good.
Woody Boyd: But after that, if ...
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References Dead Calm (1989) See more »

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Abandon Sammy
5 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Sam enters Robin's boat in a regatta only to discover it's rigged with a bomb. Wow, I can't believe I wrote that sentence. Can't even believe that sentence became an episode of Cheers. It's not awful, of course- few Cheers are- but it is unusual and very broad and not very memorable.

Carla agrees to accompany Sam on the boat because she's "used to being around sailors" (?) and Norm is convinced to join them when he is assured there will be a cooler of beer on board.

You see, because, Norm likes beer.

Brilliant writing aside the three schnooks hit the high seas and then start panicking when they find the bomb, beginning a series of high-energy physical gags that won't make anyone forget the Stooges. Whoever said every punchline was funnier when it was howled in fear needs to re-read the book of comedy. The magical boat has curtains over the windows so we never see sky, water, or any other establishing shot that would convince us these people are anywhere other than Studio 12 on the Paramount lot.

The nicest part about this episode is the late-night bull session at the bar, when the group listens to the exciting story of survival. The after-hours meeting has a nice relaxed vibe. Then Robin shows up and we finish out on a weak laugh. There's just not anything substantial in the whole show. Sail on, sailor...


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