Cheers (1982–1993)
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Where There's a Will... 

A dying man wants to leave $100,000 in his will to the gang at Cheers. But everybody fights over how much money each person will get.



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Episode cast overview:
Malcolm Kramer
Alan Koss ...
Tom (as Tom Babson)
Tim Cunningham ...
Elizabeth Hill ...
Female Customer #1
Jacqueline Cassell ...
Female Customer #2 (as Jacqueline Cassel)


Malcolm Kramer, an older gentleman in the bar, has just found out he only has six months to live. He mentions to Sam that he was happiest when he used to tend bar when he was a student, so Sam suggests that he go behind the bar and relive his old college days. He does so and has a great time, and so does everyone in the bar. Before he departs, he leaves a note in the tip jar to show his appreciation, this note unbeknown to anyone else until after he leaves. It is an amendment to his will, written on a bar napkin, bestowing $100,000 to the gang at Cheers. After getting advice from Cliff and wannabe lawyer Tom on the legalities of the bar napkin, the gang want someone to go get Malcolm back to legalize the will amendment. They also fight amongst themselves for what they feel is their rightful individual share - that is, everyone except Diane, who does not like what the prospect of money is doing to her friends. After Malcolm comes back and legalizes the document, he leaves it up to Sam ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama





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22 December 1983 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the common expression: Where there's a will, there's a way. See more »


Sam Malone: [on Malcolm's news that he only has 6 months to live] You know this may be none of my business, but, ah, have you ever thought about getting a second opinion? I mean, doctors do make mistakes.
Malcolm Kramer: Every doctor I've been to has given me the same diagnosis, and I've been to twelve of the world's leading specialists.
Sam Malone: Well, maybe you'd get better news if you went to a quack.
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Performed by George Gaynes
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Where There's a Will... (#2.12)
8 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the customers tells Diane that he has only 6 months to live and the bar gang makes him a great night by letting him having a good time as a bartender. As it turns out he is also rich and has no family so he lives them a lot of money. Only this results in them fighting over who gets more and they end up destroying it.

Well, of course the ending is a bit stupid. Who would think it is a good idea to burn such a will, easier just to sit down and talk it out or at least really give it to charity. But making them rich would of course ruin the show so it is good they at least came up with that, and have Sam burn it three times was actually a good joke.

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