Cheers (1982–1993)
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They Called Me Mayday 

Dick Cavett encourages Sam to write a book about his playing days, and Diane helps him do it. Meanwhile, Norm's old rival for Vera wants to make a move on her now that she and Norm are separated.



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Dick Cavett stops by the bar for a drink. Diane can't help but monopolize his time with readings of her poetry, that is until Sam pulls her away from him. Dick recognizes Sam and suggests to him that there may be some public interest in his memoirs. Diane is hurt by this as she sees herself as the writer, not Sam. So Sam enlists her help in writing his memoirs. Unfortunately, Dick and his publisher don't see the material as being quite right for them, but perhaps another publisher might if the story is spiced up a little. Sam and Diane, aka Jessica Simpson Bourget (her nom de plum), get to work on turning it into a steamy hot story. Meanwhile, Norm, still separated from Vera, is living at the bar. An old high school friend and wrestling teammate, Wally, recognizes "Moonglow Peterson" in the bar. Wally is an old rival for Vera's affections and goes after her much to Norm's consternation. Norm and Wally ultimately get into what is supposed to be a wrestling match for the hand of Vera. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama






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1 December 1983 (USA)  »

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The title is a parody on the movie They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970). See more »


Sam Malone: [about Diane] I don't like the look on her face.
Carla Tortelli: I haven't seen one I do like.
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References The Twilight Zone: A Kind of a Stopwatch (1963) See more »

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They Called Me Mayday (#2.9)
10 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A writer comes to their bar. And as he finds out who Sam is he tells him to write a book about his life, career and alcoholism. Diane helps him out.But as they finish it the book is not seen as a good one to publish as there are not many scandals. And Norm fights with his friend who wants to go after his ex wife.

The episode has some great scenes. I liked how Diane was talking to he writer and Sam told her that somebody wants to see her at another table and as she asks who he says "Everybody at this table". A pretty good joke and well done.

Norm's story is not too exciting but the fight was funny.

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