Cheers: Season 5, Episode 21

Simon Says (5 Mar. 1987)

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Frasier's colleague from his Rhodes scholar days, Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, is a world renowned marriage counselor and is in Boston to accept an honorary degree. Despite Sam not wanting to do ... See full summary »

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Frasier's colleague from his Rhodes scholar days, Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, is a world renowned marriage counselor and is in Boston to accept an honorary degree. Despite Sam not wanting to do it, Diane asks Finch-Royce to provide a counseling session for her and Sam, to which the doctor agrees with Frasier funding the session as his wedding gift. After the Q&A session with Sam and Diane, Finch-Royce pronounces that Sam and Diane are the most ill-matched couple ever and that they should never see each other again let alone get married; he then leaves the bar to return to his hotel, as he wants a quiet evening of calling his wife in England, eating a quiet dinner, having a soothing shower and going to sleep early. But his evening doesn't go as planned as Diane, incensed with the Finch-Royce's assessment, is determined to prove the good doctor wrong for the sake of her and Sam's future. The one person who is glad that Finch-Royce's evening does not go according to plan is Frasier, who has ... Written by Huggo

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Diane: You know, you are a very clever man. It wasn't until after you left, that we realized you were merely testing our resolves. So, we stand before you, as proof that we are steadfast in our devotion to one another.
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: Well that's very lovely, but it wasn't a test.
Diane: [thinking he's joking] Oh, listen to him Sam: it's yet another test!
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: I'm afraid I haven't made myself sufficiently clear: You two, are, an accident, waiting, to marry.
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A very entertaining roller-coaster ride, and John Cleese is screaming along (on the inside)
12 January 2012 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

When Frasier Crane's friend (acclaimed marriage counselor Simon Finch-Royce) stops by Cheers to visit him, Diane requests that Simon analyze her and Sam. However, after a few questions, Simon tells the couple that their chances for a happy marriage are close to nil. What follows are several well-placed comedy scenarios that would just be giving away too much if I said any more.

John Cleese won a Golden Globe award for his guest-spot as Frasier Crane's friend Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, and watching him in "Simon Says," it soon becomes pretty easy to see why. Cleese's portrayal of Simon has him acting a bit snooty, but pretty 'mild' if his acting in Monty Python springs to mind. The humor in his role comes more from asides than all-out sight-gags.

In a way, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers is probably the most 'excitable' role in the entire piece, and she plays Diane's over-analytical nature here so well, that you can't help but look at Sam Malone's face and say, "I understand, man. I understand." A format very similar to this episode's was later reused (a tad) in an episode of "Frasier" entitled, "A Lilith Thanksgiving." I won't say anymore, but if you see both that episode and "Simon Says," you will most likely draw the same conclusion that I did and feel someone possibly looked to this episode for 'inspiration.'


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