Cheers: Season 8, Episode 1

The Improbable Dream: Part 1 (21 Sep. 1989)

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Rebecca is in agony. She's not sleeping because she's having erotic dreams about Sam. She's used to dreaming about the rich and powerful, like Evan Drake, Donald Trump, Ted Turner and Robin... See full summary »



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Rebecca is in agony. She's not sleeping because she's having erotic dreams about Sam. She's used to dreaming about the rich and powerful, like Evan Drake, Donald Trump, Ted Turner and Robin Colcord. To help her over her troubles, she asks Frasier and Lilith for some free advice. The problem with that act is not so much their advice or lack thereof, but that Sam overhears. To capitalize on this new information, Carla suggests to Sam that he make Rebecca go to sleep, and as she gets to the part in her dream where she and Sam are getting it on - and Sam should be able to tell by Rebecca's moaning and rolling around - he translate the fantasy of the dream into reality by actually being there in the flesh. He thinks it's a good idea. Rebecca reluctantly takes a nap in her office. When she's asleep, Sam sneaks into her office and places what he thinks are suggestions into her head. Sam's move doesn't have quite the effect he was hoping but he still may end up with the girl after all, unless... Written by Huggo

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James Burrows earned a 1990 Emmy nomination for Best Direction in a Comedy Series for his work on this episode. See more »


In the opening sequence, the guys in the bar wonder whether an olive could float in beer, so Cliff drops an olive in Frasier's beer to find out. Norm says that the olive didn't float when the camera clearly shows the olive floats to the top. See more »


[Rebecca has been having erotic dreams about Sam]
Rebecca Howe: [ranting, while pointing at Sam] Look at what I'm dreaming about. A bartender in an off the rack shirt with a button missing.
Sam Malone: It's not missing. I always keep it unbuttoned so that I can scratch my stomach.
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Written by Paul Anka
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Look At What I'm Dreaming About!
1 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Season Eight opens with a brilliant premiere, and here is the story behind it: Supposedly producers decided the show needed a change, so they wrote an episode about Sam running off to Europe and getting married! He comes back to the bar and the season was going to focus on him dealing with- and possibly divorcing- his new exotic wife. Legend has it they were ready to begin shooting when they scrapped the idea, and in just 48 hours the writing/producing team of Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner (who would later marry) came up with the idea of Rebecca having erotic dreams and the character of Robin Colcord. And this episode would go on to win James Burrows an Emmy for Directing.

The idea of Robin Colcord was genius. This was the late 1980's when robber barons were plundering Wall Street and greed was a religion. So the thieving Robin was a perfect addition. And the episode is spectacular... the characters all come back to life with this new juicy plot line, especially Rebecca who becomes genuinely sympathetic- and comically tragic- during the course of the season.

The name is perfect as well- Robin Colcord spends his time robbin' from people, and since his name is dropped casually between Donald Trump's and Ted Turner's you never doubt that he is a real millionaire financier.

This is beautiful across the boards, an episode that rejuvenated the series and set the pace for the great Season Eight.


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