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Take My Shirt... Please? 

Sam donates his old Red Sox jersey for a public television auction, but is humiliated when nobody bids on it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Carla Tortelli
Cliff Clavin
Woody Boyd
Earl Houston Bullock ...
Announcer (as Earl H. Bullock)


Norm brings prospective new clients into the bar, and pleads with especially Cliff to help his cause in landing the job by not shooting off his mouth. Norm changes his mind after he meets the clients, the Brubakers, and finds out a little about their background. Meanwhile, Diane is off to a public television station auction, which spurs Sam into donating one of his old baseball jerseys. He is doing it in part to help the cause, but also to relive some of his former glory as a local celebrity. The jersey doesn't seem to be a public draw, and thus may be relegated to Mr. Bobo's table: Mr. Bobo is a chimpanzee who draws viewer's names to which to give the items that don't sell. That fate is worth than death for Sam. As time goes on, the jersey sells and returns based on someone close to Sam doing him a favor by buying the jersey, then returning it after the ruse is discovered by Sam, who wants it to sell legitimately. Although the jersey doesn't end up on Mr. Bobo's table, the experience... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama






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9 January 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based upon the Henny Youngman signature joke, "Take my wife . . . Please!" See more »


[first lines]
Diane Chambers: [Diane walks into the bar] Hello, everyone.
Sam Malone: [quietly] Hey.
[there is a general quiet acknowledgment by everyone in the bar to Diane's entrance]
Diane Chambers: Oh, come on! What kind of a greeting is that? When Norm comes in, you all yell, "Norm!" - make a big fuss over him. Is it asking too much for me to get the same treatment once in a while?
Sam Malone: She's right. Try it again, sweetheart.
Diane Chambers: Yeah. Thanks.
[Diane walks out of the bar, and re-enters]
Diane Chambers: Hello, everyone.
Everyone in the Bar: [shouts] Norm!
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References PBS NewsHour (1975) See more »

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Take My Shirt... Please? (#4.13)
14 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane volunteers for a charity auction on TV and Sam donates his old Jersey. As nobody wants to be on it Diane does a bet. Sam finds out and wants it to go back. Then he loses his nerves and buys the Jersey. Then he gives it back. He catches people from the bar collecting money to place a bet. And then somebody else makes a bet so he invites them over to the bar to sign it, but turns out the guy isn't even a baseball fan and was just tired to see it on TV.

Yes, one sure feels bad for Sam in this one. Although, should one? So many people cared for him to place the bet just to make him feel better (Diane, Carla, Woody etc), this is even better than fans from an ended career.

Norms' interview was an amusing addition to the show as well.

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