Cheers: Season 8, Episode 18

Severe Crane Damage (15 Feb. 1990)

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Cliff is downing prescription pills to relieve a work stress-related skin condition. He is, however, taking more than the prescribed dosage. Cliff finds out a side effect of massive dosage,... See full summary »

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Cliff is downing prescription pills to relieve a work stress-related skin condition. He is, however, taking more than the prescribed dosage. Cliff finds out a side effect of massive dosage, a fact the gang at the bar won't let him forget. Meanwhile, Lilith has written a new book, Good Girls/Bad Boys, the book's premise being that women are initially attracted to what she deems bad boys. However, as women get over that need, they will seek out stable good boys. Lilith is promoting the book on a local women's afternoon talk show. Frasier, not wanting to be the only man in the audience, talks Sam into going with him. At the show, Lilith wants the discussion to be on the scientific merits of her research, whereas Brenda Balzac, the host, is more interested in the salacious aspects of the book's title. In the audience, she sees both Frasier and Sam, who she deems to be the typical good boy and bad boy as portrayed in Lilith's book. An outcome of the show is that Frasier wants to become a ... Written by Huggo

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Radio/TV host Glenn Beck appeared briefly in this episode, wearing a dark jacket over a gray shirt. He is easily seen talking to a woman in a brown suit to his left. During the following scene in which Woody Harrelson and Rhea Perlman led the customers in singing "We Will Rock You", Mr. Beck pounded and clapped as well, with both hands. Ms. Perlman sometimes gets between Mr. Beck and the camera at different points in this scene. See more »

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Frasier: Now, all right everyone, pay attention. I have a little announcement to make, and I only have a minute.
Norm: What, are you in a hurry?
Frasier: No, I was referring to your relatively short attention spans.
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7 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

God I hate this episode... it's tossed together from six different story strands, and none of them make any sense or provide any genuine laughs. Lilith announces she's written a book and six seconds later she's appearing on live TV to promote it. Moments later the host of the show- who has evidently been lobotomized to appeal to her target audience of four year-olds- has asked Sam and Frasier to join Lilith onstage in order to demonstrate theories about "bad boys" and "comfortable old shoes." The very sight of Sam turns all seven members of the hideous female audience into gushing sex slaves who interrupt the broadcast with chants for Sam to take off his shirt. And then things start to get weird.

This first act must take place on Jupiter, because it bears no resemblance to any human behavior here on our home planet. It's rushed, it's sloppy, it's an insult to the intelligence of any Cheers viewer. Sam crosses that fine line between Womanizer and Assbasket and becomes a loathsome caricature of his former self. Just when the sequence couldn't get any worse the writers decide to have Lilith humiliate herself by attacking Sam. Ulgh! We then get thirty seconds of Frasier back at the bar in the only segment that even resembles a normal "Cheers" episode. He insults Lilith's book and then rebels by breaking The Most Important Safety Rule of All-Time.

Then the episode returns to "pure crap" as Frasier's stunt-double comes roaring down the stairs on a Harley. Frasier's a bad-boy biker now, and he's brought with him Lorelle Brina as "Viper," one of the worst-written, worst-performed guest characters in the show's run. Viper can't decide whether she's a bad-girl or a weekend warrior cyclist, can't decide whether she likes Frasier or is humoring him, can't decide if she's going out for a latte or a trip to Florida. She's all over the map- literally- and using phrases like "Dweebville" really don't help her case. It was about this point in the episode that I actually considered gouging my eyes out just to END THE PAIN.

Oh wait, the pain's not over yet- Cliff is taking medication that could cause male breast enlargement. I'm not going to dignify this B-story with a single word.

Viper The Plot Device is left in the bar holding two helmets while Frasier and Lilith run out to have sex in front of their neglected infant son. A terrible, terrible episode that should be avoided at all costs.

GRADE: F


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