Cheers: Season 5, Episode 9

Thanksgiving Orphans (27 Nov. 1986)

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Thanksgiving is approaching and no one has anything to do except Diane, who is among a select few graduate students one of her professors has asked to spend Thanksgiving with his family, celebrating in the pilgrim's tradition. Diane suggests that the rest of the gang spend Thanksgiving together in Carla's new home. Carla agrees to a potluck dinner, with Norm in charge of the humongous turkey. Woody, Cliff and Frasier are solo for the day, but Sam is to bring his date Wendy and Norm is to bring his never seen wife Vera. They all vow to make this Thanksgiving the best ever. But some invited guests end up being no shows, and one uninvited guest makes an appearance. The guest list ends up being the smallest of the problems that ultimately befall this Thanksgiving. Regardless, this Thanksgiving does end up being a memorable one for all involved and in some ways the best ever. Written by Huggo

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turkey as food


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27 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Norm Peterson: Everybody get enough to eat?
Dr. Frasier Crane: You know, I never had a chance to try the potatoes.
Sam Malone: [scooping mashed potatoes off the mantelpiece onto Frasier's plate] Oh, well here, let me...
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Thanksgiving Orphans (#5.9)
20 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is Thanksgiving. Diane is invited to her professors house and is very excited about it. The rest of the gang all have their families away so they end up celebrating it in Carla's new home. Diane soon arrives as well since her professor invited her as a serving help. They have some bad times waiting for the turkey, but they still end up having lots of fun with food fighting.

A great Thanksgiving episode. A nice setting and every character is hilarious. Too bad we don't get a lot from Cliff, but Frasier with his grumpiness was awesome. Ad Norm with the turkey as well as Vera coming at the end were also a highlight.

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