Cheers: Season 3, Episode 21

The Executive's Executioner (7 Mar. 1985)

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Norm gets a promotion as a "corporate killer," but he's not sure that he can handle being the guy at the office who fires people.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso (credit only)
Mr. Hecht
Mark Schubb ...
Billy Richter
Phil Wagner
Raye Birk ...
John Parker
Michael (as Randy Miller)
Larry Harpel ...


Norm's boss, Mr. Hecht, comes into the bar looking for Norm. Norm's afraid that Hecht has come to fire him for slacking off. Hecht does indeed want to talk to Norm about being fired, but it's not quite what Norm thinks. Hecht wants him to the "corporate killer" i.e. the person who notifies employees that they're being fired. He states that the company wants to find someone as non-threatening as possible to do the job, as studies have shown that people having just been fired feel more humiliated when done by someone in power. Norm has nothing in his life that anyone could envy or resent, thus he's the perfect person. This job change is not a request from Hecht, but a directive, albeit one with a 300% salary increase. After doing his first firing with much difficulty which results in Norm in tears, Norm thinks that he isn't well suited to the job. A company henchman, who witnessed the firing incognito, disagrees, he who tells Norm that the way he did the firing was brilliant: the victim... Written by Huggo

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7 March 1985 (USA)  »

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It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live and Tape Sound Mixing and Sound Effects for a Series. See more »


In the closing credits, guest star Raye Birk's character, Walt Twitchell, is listed as "Wait Twitchell". See more »


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The Executive's Executioner (#3.21)
12 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Norm gets a promotion and now has to fire people in his company. HE really has trouble wit the first assignment and breaks down in tears when he finally does the firing. The company loves it and this is what he does with many many more of his colleagues. Until one day he just can't cry anymore.

Norm is an awesome character and he is at some of his best so far in this episode. I couldn't stop laughing during his crying beak down and just wanted to hug the poor guy. The last firing was very funny as well, him trying to do the fake crying but not succeeding was hilarious, and awesome episode!

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