Cheers: Season 11, Episode 18

The Last Picture Show (25 Feb. 1993)

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Cliff and Norm mourn the closing of the Twi-Lite Drive-In Theater and its associated memories of simpler times. In Ma Clavin's classic convertible, Cliff, Norm, Woody and newbie drive-inner... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Gus O'Malley
Security Guard
Nicholas R. Oleson ...
Man at Drive-In (as Nick Oleson)


Cliff and Norm mourn the closing of the Twi-Lite Drive-In Theater and its associated memories of simpler times. In Ma Clavin's classic convertible, Cliff, Norm, Woody and newbie drive-inner Frasier - who ends up being trunk boy - head off to watch a Godzilla (1954) triple-header on the theater's last night. The foursome have a mixed evening at the theater, which includes enduring Cliff and Ma's rules of car etiquette and several run-ins with an angry car neighbor. But it's Ma's convertible that takes the brunt of the evening's battles. While the foursome are at the drive-in, Gus O'Malley, the previous owner of Cheers, stops by the bar. Sam offers Gus the opportunity to relive old times not only by tending bar, but managing the bar for the evening. Gus resorts to his old tactics of yelling and intimidation to get the staff to get working. Despite Carla and Rebecca's protests against Gus' tactics, Sam, who doesn't agree with how Gus is running things, figures that he can make an old man... Written by Huggo

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25 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


They hide Frasier in the trunk to get into the drive-in cheaper and Cliff breaks the key off in the lock when trying to let him out, which is the same scenario from Cheech & Chong's classic routine 'Pedro and Man at the Drive-Inn' from their 1973 album Los Cochinos. See more »


In episode #1.2 Cheers: Sam's Women, Coach discovered that Gus, the former owner of Cheers, had passed away. However, in this episode, Gus returns to work at the bar for one evening. Coach's source was obviously wrong about Gus. See more »


Sam Malone: [about Cheers] I bought this place from Gus.
Woody Boyd: Sam, you've been had. You already own this bar.
Gus O'Malley: [to Sam about Woody] He must be Coach's boy.
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References The Love Bug (1968) See more »

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The Last Picture Show (#11.18)
12 July 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is about reliving the past. The drive in Cliff and Norm used to go to is getting closed. Them, Woody and Frasier go there to watch Godzilla. They do it by taking Cliff's mom's convertible and they also get in trouble with some other viewers and get the car damaged. And in Cheers the guy who used to own it comes by and Sam lets him be in charge that night.

It is an alright episode. Not extraordinarily funny but the theme is pretty good. The drive in trip is really a sort of reliving high school. There is the sneaking out mom's car, a mean bully, Cliff being ditched at different spots and so on.

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