Cheers: Season 1, Episode 4

Sam at Eleven (21 Oct. 1982)

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Sam is to be interviewed for a sports segment on the evening news. What he doesn't realize is that he was only chosen because all the big-name players weren't available.



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Episode cast overview:
Paul Vaughn ...
Customer #1
Eapen Mathai ...
The Recordist
Michael Mann ...
The Guy
Cliff Clavin (credit only)


Sportscaster Dave Richards drops by the bar to ask Sam to do an on-camera interview for the evening sportscast that day. The gang at the bar all think it's a great idea except for Diane, who fears Sam will come across as a pathetic figure trying to relive his long, lost glory. Diane's explanation only spurs Sam into doing the interview, to be conducted at the bar. Before going off to get his crew, Dave admits to Carla and Diane that Sam was not his first choice for the interview, nor was he the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice. In going through with the interview, Sam, based on a mid-interview incident, comes to a realization that places a certain punctuation mark at this phase of his professional life. Meanwhile, Harry the Hat hangs out at the bar to practice his trickery and fraud, despite Sam banning him from the premises. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama





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21 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Fred Dryer was one of three finalists for the role of Sam Malone. William Devane was the other one. See more »


Diane "compliments" Sam's good looks by observing "...but you were standing next to a Cro-Magnon" (Fred Dryer). This is possibly the only mistake the bookish Ms Chambers makes in the series. We (homo sapiens sapiens) are Cro-Magnons. She meant "Neanderthal". See more »


Dave Richards: Well, well, what do we have here? Hi! Dave Richards. I'm an old team-mate of Sam's.
[Dave shakes Diane's hand]
Diane Chambers: Oh. Diane Chambers. I'm Sam's new waitress.
Dave Richards: Sam have his brand on you yet?
Diane Chambers: Hardly.
Dave Richards: Oh, well, good, then you're in for a lucky day. Not only am I incredibly good looking, I'm also incredibly rich and incredibly nice.
Sam Malone: And incredibly married.
Diane Chambers: Well, I am sorry to hear that.
Dave Richards: You are?
Diane Chambers: Yes. I was hoping to reject you based solely on your personality.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Here comes Harry
17 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When local sportscaster Dave Richards (Fred Dryer of future "Hunter" fame) wants to interview Sam about his past in baseball. Sam falls in love with the idea, not knowing that he wasn't Dave's first choice (or second, or third, or...) Diane sees this as the more-or-less mockery that it is, but can't convince a head-strong Sam to understand. Meanwhile, Good ol' Harry the Hat (Future star of Night Court, Harry Anderson) makes his first of several appearances throughout the years as a con-man swindling various Cheers patrons.A pretty solid and humorous early Cheers episode that has a few memorable scenes, not the least of which is Sam & Diane's first kiss.

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