Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One 

An Englishman enters the bar claiming to be a spy, but Diane exposes him as a fraud. Everyone is mad at her for humiliating him just to show off her own intellect, until he plays a joke on her.



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Episode cast overview:
Bob Evan Collins ...
Chauffeur (as Robert Evan Collins)
Kurt Woodruff ...
Sailor (as Kurtis Woodruff)


A mysterious man named Eric Finch walks into the bar one evening. He has the persona of James Bond, and does let it slip that he is indeed a spy. Diane doesn't believe his story. Sam reminds her that the bar is a place to escape from reality and if Eric wants to spin this story, real or not, there is no harm. Despite Sam's advice, Diane keeps pressing Eric, and he finally does admit that he has indeed been lying to everyone. This admission deflates everyone in the bar, including Diane, since he was only trying to escape from his hum-drum life. The next "story" he tells hits a little closer to Diane's sensibilities, and thus she falls under his tales. However, is it the truth? Will the next story he tells be the truth? Will anything he says be the truth? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama





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16 December 1982 (USA)  »

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Diane takes off her apron, tosses it on the bar and says, "I'm a total washout as a cocktail waitress." When she brings her hand down as she says the word "as", there is a very audible metallic "ping" as her hand hits the brass rail of the bar. See more »


Sam Malone: What's new, Norm?
Norm Peterson: Most of my wife.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One (#1.12)
3 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A British guy comes to their bar and pretends to be a spy. Diane calls him out on lie but feels very bad and believes him when he says he is a poet, which turns out to be a lie. Then he says he is a rich guy who wants to buy the bar and even writes a cheque but Diane doesn't believe it, and this time he is telling the truth.

Another amusing guest story. I would think many episodes in this show will include the guests as it is a great opportunity in a show about a bar. Because of this I am very happy that Sam doesn't plan to sell it as this kind of characters add something new and end up being more hilarious than just regular stories. And we have about 11 seasons more to go.

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