Cheers (1982–1993)
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Paint Your Office 

Rebecca cuts off unemployed Norm for being unable to pay his hefty bar tab. To pay off Norm's bar tab, Sam convinces Rebecca to give Norm a job at the bar, ultimately deciding on painting ... See full summary »

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Rebecca cuts off unemployed Norm for being unable to pay his hefty bar tab. To pay off Norm's bar tab, Sam convinces Rebecca to give Norm a job at the bar, ultimately deciding on painting her "unneeded to be painted" office. Based partly on a telephone call that Rebecca receives from her boss and unrequited love Evan Drake, Norm and Rebecca begin to bond, this being the first human emotion Rebecca has shown anyone at Cheers. Based on this new bond, Rebecca asks Norm to paint her apartment. Since Norm tells Sam and Carla a bit about what happened between him and Rebecca, Sam sees this new painting job as his next "in" into Rebecca's personal life. Written by Huggo

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5 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Rebecca, played by Kirstie Alley, tells Sam that she was born in San Diego. Sam asks "San Diego, California," to which Rebecca responds "No, Kansas." Alley was born in Kansas. See more »

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After Norm accidentally paints the door frame then tries to clean it off, streaks of paint appear and disappear between shots. See more »

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Sam Malone: [angrily] You know, I'll tell you something lady. There was a time when I was considering making love to you, but now it's out of the question. As a matter of fact, you know, I wouldn't make love to you if asked me - if you begged me - to make love to you, I wouldn't. Go ahead, just ask me. Just try. See what happens.
Rebecca Howe: Would you make love to me?
Sam Malone: Well OK, but just once.
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Coolish... In The Brisk Area
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

This is the episode in which Norm changes professions: he goes from out-of-work accountant to out-of-work house-painter, but first he puts a new coat of paint on the walls of Rebecca's office, getting to know her in the process.

The first part of this episode is a lot of fun... it pairs the new character of Rebecca with the under-used Norm, and we get to learn about her personal life in a low-pressure scenario: she's in love with her boss Evan Drake, who considers her a screw-up at best. There's something sweet about the combination of Ms. Howe and Mr. Peterson, and it gives the episode an easy charm. The last act, however, goes wrong when Sam attempts to exploit Rebecca's sensitivity in a crass attempt to get her in bed.

He shows up at her house with champagne hidden in a paint bucket and a sports coat under his jumpsuit, making him seem more like a sexual predator than a good-natured everyman. What would he have done if there hadn't been a flood at Norm's house calling him away? Who winds up painting Rebecca's apartment? A flawed finish to a good idea.

GRADE: B-


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