Cheers: Season 4, Episode 14

Suspicion (16 Jan. 1986)

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Diane plays a prank on the guys in the bar, but she becomes paranoid as she waits for their inevitable payback.



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A strange man has been in the bar all day and is giving everyone, especially Carla, the creeps. He just sits there, drinks coffee, scribbles some notes every once in a while, and watches the gang. Increasingly, they all get paranoid. Could he be a spy? Could he be a detective? Could he be a detective spying on one of them? Everyone thinks he is a detective but that he is spying on anyone else but him/herself. Finally Sam is about to confront the guy and throw him out of the bar, when Diane confesses that "Irving" is a friend and classmate of hers, in the bar to conduct an experiment for her on paranoia - introduce a foreign element into an established secure setting and see what happens. The gang don't take too kindly to Diane's experiment and imply that they will get even with her. It's a few days later and they haven't struck yet. Diane is jumpy, thinking the most innocent gestures are the act of revenge, which affects everyone around her negatively. Diane becomes not only paranoid ... Written by Huggo

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16 January 1986 (USA)  »

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The title is derived from the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. See more »


Diane Chambers: Good Lord, Sam, have you been swimming laps in that cologne of yours?
Sam Malone: [wiping his shoes] No, I just dropped the bottle all over the floor in there. Another two dollars and fifty-cents down the drain.
Diane Chambers: Ah, the big bottle.
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References Musty Musketeers (1954) See more »


My Mind is Gone
Written by Peter Williams
Performed by Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Song on jukebox to which Carla dances in the pre-credits scene
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Suspicion (#4.14)
14 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There is a guy coming to the bar all the time and he just sits there and observes them. The gang gets worried and then Diane confesses that he is from her class and she just wanted to use him to test paranoia. After she is worried they will pay her back and when a guy comes and says that he is going to use her for the show about part time poets, she thinks it is a revenge and makes a fool of herself on TV.

What an entertaining episode! It was fun from the start until the end, when they were trying to figure out who the guy is. And when Diane started freaking out about the upcoming revenge as well as the final scene when this revenge finally happened!

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