Cheers: Season 9, Episode 18

Sam Time Next Year (14 Feb. 1991)

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It's Valentine's Day, and it doesn't seem to be going well for anyone. The Drs. Crane are trying to bring their respective therapy groups - Frasier's a group of shy men, Lilith's a group of... See full summary »



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Lauren Hudson
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It's Valentine's Day, and it doesn't seem to be going well for anyone. The Drs. Crane are trying to bring their respective therapy groups - Frasier's a group of shy men, Lilith's a group of shy women - together as part of their therapy. They try party games to get the men and women together, games such as passing the orange from chin to chin, Twister and Spin the Bottle, with little to show for their efforts. Rebecca is depressed as after the recent break-up with Robin, she has no man in her life and thus no one to give her a Valentine. Just before midnight, Cliff comes to the rescue and gives Rebecca the Valentine he was going to give to his Ma. However, Cliff wants a little action in return. And Sam, who has had an on-going "only on Valentine's Day" date with Lauren Hudson for the past twenty years, slips and throws out his back just before he is off to see her. In such a state, Sam may be unable to perform sexually as he does his darnedest to hide his injury from Lauren and to make... Written by Huggo

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The original Broadway production of "Same Time, Next Year" on which the title is based is by Bernard Slade and opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on March 14, 1975, ran for 1453 performances and was nominated for the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play. Ellen Burstyn reprises her role in the movie for she won the 1975 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama. Bernard Slade also wrote the screenplay based upon his stage play. See more »


[Frasier is examining Sam's back after Sam takes a tumble down the stairs]
Dr. Frasier Crane: Let me see. I don't believe there's a fracture, just a serious sprain around lumbar 3. Does it hurt when I do this?
[Frasier manipulates Sams back]
Sam Malone: Ow-ow-ooh.
Dr. Frasier Crane: That's good, that's good.
Sam Malone: Why? Does that mean I'm going to get better?
Dr. Frasier Crane: No, 'cause it means that I know what I'm talking about.
Dr. Frasier Crane: [to Lilith] You see Lilith, I so could have been a real doctor.
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References Same Time, Next Year (1978) See more »

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Sam Time Next Year (#9.18)
21 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam is going for his Valentine's Date. He has been meeting the same woman one time a year just for this one night for about 20 years. Only this time when he leaves he falls own the stairs and hurts his back. He still has Woody drive him there, but he can't do what he always used to, so the two just spend the night talking.

A fun idea although I am not too sure how Sam managed to do it while he dated Diane. But who cares about little inconsistencies. Sam taking it like a trooper and going for it was pretty fun.

I absolutely loved the idea of Cranes's works shop. Too bad they didn't go too far with it. Could have been funnier, but a lot of great moments and lines in this as well.

And one sure is happy for Cliff getting his Valentine's kiss.

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