Cheers: Season 7, Episode 2

Swear to God (3 Nov. 1988)

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Sam is in the middle of picking up an attractive woman named Suzanne in the bar, when he's telephoned by another former lover named Denise who wants to see him as soon as possible. So many ... See full summary »

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Sam is in the middle of picking up an attractive woman named Suzanne in the bar, when he's telephoned by another former lover named Denise who wants to see him as soon as possible. So many women, so little time. He chooses to see Denise, while he puts current prey, Suzanne, on hold. However, Denise doesn't quite want a liaison: she tells Sam that he is one of two possible men who fathered her newborn child. Sam is shaken at the news, and swears to God that he will forgo sex forever if the child isn't his. He decides to change that to three months, which is like a lifetime for Sam. He quickly finds out that he is not the father, and is relieved. He is just about ready to head off for an evening of debauchery with Suzanne when Carla reminds him of his vow to God. Because of Carla's strong Catholic background, she convinces Sam, with a little unwitting help from Woody, that a vow to God is something one should not take lightly. Sam asks for advice from Father Barry and Frasier, the ... Written by Huggo

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[after Sam has made a vow to God to give up sex, Sam and Carla argue about what they see as possible signs from God]
Carla LeBec: Let's face it Sam, that was a warning and you better take heed.
Sam Malone: OK, come on, what's he going to do?
Carla LeBec: Well, my cousin Tino...
Sam Malone: Yeah?
Carla LeBec: ...swore he'd give up meat. That night, he ate a burger. The next day, his teeth fell out.
Sam Malone: Oh, come on Carla, there's no connection, here. I swore would not have sex, so... Oh, oh, oh...
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No Sex For Sam Malone
30 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Sam's reckless sex life catches up to him when an ex-girlfriend claims he's the father of her child. Of course it's a false alarm, but as thanks to God Sam vows to give up sex for one month. Can he do it?

This is a fun and lighthearted episode that might have worked better as the Season Seven premiere. The only over-the-top sight gag here is Woody showing up to the bar dressed as Moses and screaming "Halt, infidel!" for no apparent reason. As someone involved in community theater I can assure you that no actor ever leaves the theater in costume and makeup, for any reason, that no local theater group has understudies and that even if they did there would be no reason for them to ever get in costume. Oh well...

I always found the ending of this episode especially well-written. The fact that Sam finds his faith by not knowing there are Bibles in every hotel room in America is just unrealistic enough to be brilliant. This episode introduces the character of Father Barry as played by actor Eric Christmas, and the scene between he and Sam is a nice change of pace for the show, genuinely heartfelt and funny. A very good episode.

GRADE: B+


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