Sam's brother, whom he feels inferior to, shows up at the bar and sweeps Diane off her feet. Sam doesn't want her to go off with him because he wants her for himself, but he doesn't have the guts to admit it.



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George Ball ...
Derek Malone (voice)
Alan Koss ...
Paul Vaughn ...


Sam has an inferiority complex with his brother Derek: he's apparently good looking (we the viewer never do see him), is rich, is an international lawyer, owns a Lear jet, has a beautiful rich baritone singing voice, can make trick pool shots, can tap dance, finds Norm a good job and teaches Coach how to speak Spanish. While at the bar, he's the center of attention, except with Sam. All of this Sam can tolerate. The one thing he can't is the fact that Diane is smitten with Derek, and Derek with her - Derek has asked her to go to Martha's Vineyard in his jet - something she doesn't admit to Sam to massage his fragile ego. Even when Sam later tells his date that he wants to focus only on her and the two of them that night, his mind wanders to Diane and Derek when he hears a jet flying overhead. Written by Huggo

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24 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Sam, a nuclear bomb just got Boston.
Sam Malone: What?
[Sam and Diane exchange glances]
Diane ChambersSam Malone: Derek's here.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: They're catching on.
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Show Down: Part 1 (#1.21)
6 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam's brother is coming to the bar. Turns out that Sam always felt inferior to him and he tells it to Diane. She tries to reassure him but it is hard as everyone in the bar including her likes him. She is about to leave with him but Sam doesn't want it, only he has trouble to say it to her face.

Well this is the beginning of the season finale and it looks like we are getting closer to Sam and Diane getting closer together. I am looking forward to see it in the second part.

The episode had great moments of both Sam dealing with his inferiority complex, very well performed by Ted Danson. And the great scene where he tells Diane not to go when she is with her back to him, very moving.

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