Cheers: Season 6, Episode 20

The Sam in the Grey Flannel Suit (3 Mar. 1988)

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Rebecca is upset that Evan Drake has promoted Sam to an executive position at corporate, the position of Eastern Regional Sales Manager to be more precise. Rebecca thinks something is fishy... See full summary »

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Rebecca is upset that Evan Drake has promoted Sam to an executive position at corporate, the position of Eastern Regional Sales Manager to be more precise. Rebecca thinks something is fishy about the promotion. Despite having nothing to do even after asking Drake about his job responsibilities, Sam is oblivious to any ulterior motives for his promotion. Even after playing in the corporate league's first playoff game for the company, Sam is still oblivious but Rebecca catches on: Sam is the company's softball ringer, and once the playoffs are over, Sam will be let go from his executive position. Rebecca relishes the opportunity to rub Sam's smug nose in it, but a story by Sam make may her change her mind in telling him. Regardless, Sam uses any opportunity to reach his ultimate goal with Rebecca. Written by Huggo

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[Rebecca has just heard that Evan Drake has promoted Sam to an executive position at corporate]
Rebecca Howe: Something funny is going on here. Why did he hire Sam? Why is he making him an executive? What's the matter with me?
Woody Boyd: For one thing, Miss Howe, you talk to yourself an awful lot.
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Sam Goes Corporate
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

This is a fun and easy episode in the heart of the transitional sixth season. The writers were capitalizing on the bar's corporate ownership storyline and the yuppie craze of the 80's by having Sam take an executive position. He soon discovers that the real reason he's been hired is to play on the company softball team and returns to work at Cheers. Can he really be that stupid to believe he's successful when he does nothing all day but listen to the laughing box? It's best not to ask too many questions.

Cliff uses the line, "not for all the bridges in Bridgeport," which is a reference to actor John Ratzenberger's actual hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Rebecca is rapidly becoming the neurotic whack-job that she would be for the rest of the series' run.

CLASSIC LINE: "Okay, I admit it: I'm not a sad guy... I'm a happy, horny guy"

GRADE: B+


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