Cheers (1982–1993)
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Sumner's Return 

Diane doesn't tell Sam that she is going out to dinner with her ex-fiancé Sumner and his wife, because she thinks he will embarrass her if he comes along.



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Diane's ex-fiancé, Sumner Sloan, returns to Cheers looking for Diane. He has come to apologize and suggests to Diane that they go out for dinner so that she can meet his wife Barbara. Diane reluctantly agrees, but when Sumner mentions that Diane is welcome to bring any significant person in her life to the dinner, she does not mention Sam. Finding this out, Sam is hurt and offended, thinking that Diane is ashamed of him, especially in the company of brutally intellectual Sumner. Although she does eventually agree to bring Sam along, he suddenly realizes that he has agreed to a dinner with three intellectuals and that he will come across looking like an idiot. Cliff suggests that a good conversation piece with English professor Sumner would be Tolstoy's massive novel War and Peace, so Sam has five days between now and dinner to read the novel. Staying up for five days and nights, Sam finishes the novel just prior to dinner, however the five sleepless nights has physically and mentally ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama






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3 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Norm wore a toga in (#1.7) "Friends, Romans and Accountants," making this episode the second time he appears in something other than a jacket and tie. See more »


Sam Malone: [looking at Norm] What time is it?
Norm Peterson: Cliff, how many beer have I had so far?
Cliff Clavin: Eleven.
Norm Peterson: 8:05.
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References War and Peace (1956) See more »

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Sumner's Return (#2.5)
7 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The guy who left Diane in the bar at the beginning of the show is back and he wants Diane to go with him to dinner to meet his Barbara. She reluctantly agrees but doesn't want to bring Sam to not look bad. But when Sam gets upset about it she brings him and it doesn't go too well. Turns out Sumner wants her back, only Diane chooses Sam.

A good episode to progress the relationship Sam and Diane have. Felt pretty bad for him but it all ended up well, glad to see Diane going for the one who loves her instead of the one who abandoned her, but that would mean the end of the show I guess. It was hilarious how Sam read War and Peace for her. Respect, I had a Russian literature class but when for the movie!

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