Diane and Sam are given a bleak prognosis from a noted marriage counselor.



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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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5 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: Well, moving on. Now, what are the keys to a successful marriage? Well there are numerous schools of thought. Many experts claim that the most important single ingredient in a marriage is...
[both Sam and Diane are silent]
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: Quickly now.
Diane: Love.
Sam Malone: Sex.
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: Honesty. Because from honesty springs...
Diane: Fidelity.
Sam Malone: Sex.
Dr. Simon Finch-Royce: ...Yes: trust.
Diane: I was going to say that.
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One of the greatest Cheers episodes of all time
29 January 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

John Cleese from Monty Python plays Dr. Simon Finch-Royce in this episode and his acting performance plus Peter Casey and David Lee's wonderful script make this one delight to watch, even almost twenty years after the original broadcast and after repeated viewings. Finch-Royce is a marriage consultant and as Sam and Diane plan to marry they want to hear his opinion first. The results differ from what they expected....

Both Ted Danson and Shelley Long are quite simply brilliant in this episode and the script is one of the best in the whole show. In the final scenes Finch-Royce gets very angry about Sam and Diane because they keep disturbing him at his hotel room and don't allow him either peaceful dinner or sleep. Because John Cleese is such a fine actor, the results are endlessly funny. "Sam and Diane are officially the most perfect couple that ever existed on this planet". He was rightfully awarded a best guest star Emmy for his performance and it remains of the best guest performances I've seen in an American sitcom.

Isn't it a pity all those great shows like Cheers or Seinfeld are not on the air any more? Anyway, this is one episode of Cheers you really should see, even if you're not a fan of the show, or simply to see the brilliant John Cleese.

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