Cheers: Season 1, Episode 5

The Coach's Daughter (28 Oct. 1982)

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Coach is distressed when his daughter, an insecure spinster, comes to town to introduce him to her boorish, obnoxious fiancé.



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Episode cast overview:
Tim Cunningham ...
Jacqueline Cassell ...
Woman #1 (as Jacqueline Cassel)
Teddy Bergeron ...
Man #1


Lisa, the Coach's Plain Jane daughter, stops by the bar so that she can introduce Coach to her fiancé, Roy. Roy is an obnoxious lout which is obvious to all. Even though Diane initially gives Roy the benefit of the doubt, she also eventually comes to the same conclusion as everyone else. The Coach has a heart-to-heart with his daughter regarding his feelings about Roy. Lisa realizes that Roy is a lout and that he is only marrying her to advance his career - she is his boss - but she wants to be married and have a family. She feels Roy may be her only chance. A realization by Coach about Lisa may make Lisa come to an important realization about herself and in turn her current engagement. Elsewhere in the bar, Diane embarks upon drawing caricatures of bar patrons; like most of Diane's creative endeavors, her ambition far exceeds her talent. And Coach makes an admission about the glasses in the bar. Written by Huggo

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According to producer Ken Levine, when Coach tells Lisa that she looks just like her mother, the audience howled with laughter. The laughter was deleted from the final print because the line was supposed to be poignant. See more »


Norm Peterson: What do you sell?
Roy: I sell suits door-to-door.
Sam Malone: [pointing at what Roy's wearing] Is this one of the suits, here?
Roy: You took the bait, Sam.
Sam Malone: I did?
Roy: [handing over his cigar to his fiancée, Lisa] Hold this.
Roy: [standing up to show off what he's wearing] I'm wearing an Omni suit right now, and man am I comfortable. The best part is it's versatility. This suit comes with two coats, three pairs of pants, and five reversible vests. This ensemble makes one hundred twenty combinations, everything from dignified to ...
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The Coach's Daughter (#1.5)
2 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Coach's daughter comes over to introduce her fiancé. But the coach and the rest of the people don't like him because as they say he is obnoxious. Coach talks to her and says that he can't stand him and doesn't want her to marry him. But she says that she wants to be married and sees him as her only chance, but her dad still convinces her to look for a better guy.

It is always hard to rate an episode like this. I mean it was filmed over 30 years ago. So while I find it great that the coach's daughter was told that she should not be desperate to marry the next best guy she doesn't even like, it was sad that the coach had any voice in it at all. And the reasons they didn't like the guy, so he doesn't like baseball and lets the woman pay? oh what a horror. But considering the year it was filmed and great acting by Nicholas Colasanto in his sweet character of Coach it is still above average.

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