Cheers: Season 8, Episode 9

Two Girls for Every Boyd (23 Nov. 1989)

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When Sam comes into work with a day's facial hair growth, he, Cliff, Norm and Frasier decide to have a $20 per person 1-month beard growing contest, judged by Carla and Rebecca on length, ... See full summary »

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When Sam comes into work with a day's facial hair growth, he, Cliff, Norm and Frasier decide to have a $20 per person 1-month beard growing contest, judged by Carla and Rebecca on length, body, fullness, luster, sheen, bounce and the ever important beer absorption ability. The day before the end of the contest, Sam, Norm and Frasier's beards are looking full and lush, while Cliff's is still straggly. The day of the judging, Cliff miraculously comes in with a full beard, which he attributes the the Clavin genes of sporadic but quick hair growth. Carla thinks he's lying and has a glued on beard but a hard tug at his beard proves that it is real. Is it? Meanwhile, Woody is offered his first leading role at his theater group, that of the young lover George Gibbs in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". He is excited about doing the part but doesn't tell Kelly as he doesn't want her to know that he has a romantic scene with an actress, even though it's just make believe. However, the scene isn't ... Written by Huggo

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A black-haired Lisa Kudrow guest-starred as Emily. See more »

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Frasier refers to his father, who he claims was a scientist and deceased. The spinoff show "Frasier" would prove that neither of those was true. See more »

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[Emily and Woody are rehearsing a romantic scene. Emily kisses Woody, when Kelly walks in. Kelly has no idea Woody is in a play]
Kelly Gaines: Woody. I can't believe it.
Woody Boyd: Oh wait Kelly. It's not what it looks like.
Kelly Gaines: Don't make excuses, Woody. Now I see what's going on. You're busy every night and you won't tell me why. I walk in here and find you two kissing in the back room of a bar. It all adds up. You're in a play and you didn't even tell me.
[Kelly rushes out. Woody chases after her]
Woody Boyd: Wait, maybe I was just ...
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Ahh! Wolfman!
5 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Woody Boyd finally gets the lead in a play, but he has to hide it from his girlfriend Kelly because he fears she won't understand. Lisa Kudrow- who would later become famous for being unfunny on FRIENDS- is unfunny here as Woody's co-star and erstwhile mistress.

Meanwhile the gang takes part in a beard-growing contest, a B-story that's much less funny than it sounds. Pete Schriener- yuppie pervert and Cheers extra- gets a big line of dialogue here that surely extended his SAG benefits for another six months. This is the first time Kelsey Grammar grew a beard during his run on Cheers, and I get the feeling that the beard storyline was written after Kels expressed his intention to producers to grow his own.

Back in the main story Woody's acting skills leave a lot to be desired... but the scenes of him struggling with the role are not exactly hilarious. Emily hits on Woody- kind of- and you get the idea that the writers muted and dulled this aspect of the story after extensive re-writes. Does Woody really believe that Kelly couldn't handle him acting in a play? Does Emily really want Woody or is it just a half-hearted pass, a cowardly attempt at a cheating storyline?

No one knows, not even yours truly, who has seen the episode so many times I can do it by heart. Good laughs throughout, and I'm not here to nitpick.

GRADE: B-


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