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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Paul Vaughn ...
Customer #1
Eapen Mathai ...
The Recordist
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). Cro-Magnons were early homo sapiens, but were more robustly built and obviously culturally primitive than modern humans which was probably Diane's point of reference. See more »


[Sam is facing an emotional crisis regarding his former baseball career, and wants to be left alone to brood]
Diane Chambers: Sam, this could be a crucial moment in your life. It is vitally important that you handle your emotions properly. The worst thing that anyone in a situation like this could do right now is to repress his feelings.
Sam Malone: [calmly] Diane, get out. Please?
Diane Chambers: You need to lash out, to release yourself. Scream.
Sam Malone: [screams at the top of his lungs] Get out!
Diane Chambers: Wonderful. All right. Now, we need now to move away...
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Sam at Eleven (#1.4)
2 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A news reporter comes to take an interview with Sam. But as it turns out it happened only because hist first, second, third etc. choices weren't available. Sam is happy to give the interview but in the middle of it McEnroe calls and reporter takes off. Sam is upset, but Diane manages to lift his mood up.

Not a bad episode. I got lots of laughs from Harry the Hat who was trying to fraud Couch. Very amusing.

And we have some moments between Sam and Diane. I kind of figured out that they are supposed to end up together. And the show brings it with little steps closer and closer. Kind of wish they would deal with it faster. But their talk in the backroom was pretty good.

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