Cheers (1982–1993)
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Woody or Won't He 

Woody is meeting Kelly's mother, Roxanne Gaines, for the first time. Roxanne and Kelly's father, Walter, have been divorced for years, hence the reason why Woody has yet to meet her. He ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roxanne Gaines
Bill Geisslinger ...
Conrad Langston
Alan Koss ...
Peter Schreiner ...


Woody is meeting Kelly's mother, Roxanne Gaines, for the first time. Roxanne and Kelly's father, Walter, have been divorced for years, hence the reason why Woody has yet to meet her. He figures she's his last opportunity for someone in Kelly's family actually to like him. She does like him, a little too much as displayed by her tongue down his throat and the game of footsie she plays with him under the dinner table. At a dinner part at the Gaines household, Woody blurts out in front of all the dinner guests that he wants her to stop hitting on him. He thinks that act will ruin his relationship with Kelly. Contrary, Kelly believes that Woody has misinterpreted Roxanne's actions. Roxanne says as much to Kelly. Roxanne later makes her true intentions crystal clear. Meanwhile, one of Lillian's restaurants in Texas is closing down and is moving its unliquidatable inventory to its other properties. Cheers is the lucky recipient of a mechanical bull. Carla goads Cliff into riding the bull. ... Written by Huggo

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8 February 1990 (USA)  »

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[the family gathers for a picture.]
Photographer: Okay, ready? One...two...
[Roxane pinches Woody's rear.]
Woody Boyd: Woop! Sorry, it's just that where I'm from, everybody says "Woop" just before their picture is taken.
Photographer: Okay, do it again. One...two...three.
everybody: Woop!
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You Don't Get Thighs Like These From Cracking Coconuts
7 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Woody meets his girlfriend's Mother, whose innocent flirtations might not be so innocent.

Melendy Britt guest-stars as Roxanne Gaines, Kelly's Mom and upper-class cougar. She's playful and sweet and sexy enough that if I were in Woody's shoes I'd have a hard time turning her down- I'd be more likely to turn her inside out. Britt is believable as Jackie Swanson's mother AND as a naughty seductress: it's her breezy charm that makes the episode successful.

The mechanical bull B-story is pure bull: we've accepted the single-set sitcom that is "Cheers" but the idea of an entire invisible sub-plot taking place just offscreen is too obnoxious to accept. If we're not even going to show the machine, why stop at a mechanical bull? Why not just claim to have a nuclear missile in the poolroom? Or Bigfoot? Or Fenway Park? To have an unexpected character like Carla get stuck on the bull might have been funny, but to dump on bar punching-bag Cliff is repetitive and offensive.

Luckily the main story features Woody squirming in high society, doing his best to fend off Roxanne's advances while trying to remember which fork to use for his salad, and the strength of these sequences more than make up for the bogus bucking bronco. My favorite part is Mrs. Gaines' apology letter:

"I ache for you my strong young coconut... I live for the moment I can harvest your lusty fruit..."

How could they have not brought Melendy Britt back as Roxanne Gaines?!?


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