Cheers: Season 4, Episode 24

Strange Bedfellows: Part 1 (1 May 1986)

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Sam begins dating a city Councilwoman who is running for reelection, but Diane is convinced that she is just using him and will dump him after she is reelected.



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This is a story of old relationships and new relationships with a little politics thrown in. Sam and Diane, still in the rocky period following Diane Chambers day at the opera, are trying to ignore each other romantically and one-up each other with the passion of their respective dates. Frasier is celebrating the first anniversary of Diane leaving him at the altar by spewing venomous words in Diane's direction, although deep in his heart he still loves her. Thrown into this mix is beautiful City Councillor Janet Eldridge, who comes by the bar on her re-election campaign tour. Diane, who is politically at odds with the Councillor, is spurred to work on the campaign of Janet's opponent, Jim Fleener. Asking for volunteers to work on the Fleener campaign, Diane gets Frasier, who has no idea who Jim Fleener is or what he stands for but who just wants to spend time with Diane. Unlike Diane, Sam gets along very well with Janet, who he starts to date. Diane is suspicious of Janet's intentions... Written by Huggo

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The title refers to the common expression "Politics makes strange bedfellows" commenting on the odd compromises and partnerships that come in the political arena. See more »


Cliff Clavin: [about a beautiful woman who walks by] Holy guacamole. Terre hauttie Indiana. I wouldn't throw her out of my bed for eating crackers.
Norm Peterson: Why else would she be there?
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References Kitten with a Whip (1964) See more »

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Strange Bedfellows: Part 1 (#4.24)
19 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane and Sam have some issues after their day in the opera. Also a politician comes to Cheers to answer some questions. She is a conservative that works against normal people in benefit of big corporations. Sam goes on a date with her. Diane and Frasier help her opponent in the run but she wins. Diane is also sure that she is using Sam for her benefit.

This is the beginning of the 3 episode finale and as it looks it will be pretty intense.

I like how it is developing and it seems as if at the end of the season Sam and Diane will end up together.

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