Cheers: Season 8, Episode 10

The Art of the Steal (30 Nov. 1989)

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Rebecca is afraid that Robin is getting tired of her since after four dates they have not yet slept together. So in an effort to spice up their relationship, she decides to wait for him in ... See full summary »



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Rebecca is afraid that Robin is getting tired of her since after four dates they have not yet slept together. So in an effort to spice up their relationship, she decides to wait for him in his apartment stark naked. However, Sam finds out Robin's delayed by a few hours so he rushes off to Robin's apartment to tell Rebecca, in large part in his wish to see her naked. But neither Rebecca or Sam get their wish when ready to leave the apartment, Rebecca, thinking that she's pushed the elevator button in Robin's apartment, accidentally triggers the security system instead. All the doors and windows are secured and Rebecca and Sam are trapped inside. What's worse is that they also trigger the electronic laser sensor system, so they can't even move for fear of cutting one of the laser sensors. They have to figure out how to get out of their predicament without setting off the alarm before Robin returns. Meanwhile, back at the bar, Norm tries to teach Woody about economics. That lesson ... Written by Huggo

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The title is a parody of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal." See more »


[Woody, Norm, Frasier and Cliff are playing Monopoly]
Woody Boyd: I'm buying Renton Railroad and I'm putting up a house.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Woody, you can't put a house on railroad tracks.
Woody Boyd: Why not? My Uncle Jim used to do it all the time back in Hanover, on these tracks near where we lived. I mean, it wasn't a real house though, it was just a fake one made out of sticks and canvas. Yeah, he used to hide in the bushes and take pictures of the engineers screamin'.
Woody Boyd: He was funny. But he had a twisted side.
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Hang A Louie At My Undies
5 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

"Sam & Rebecca are trapped in Robin's high-security apartment building and can't get out!"

Thanks for the episode summary, Carla, but I'll take it from here. In one of the worst openings in series' history Norm and Carla rip up Cliff's cash to ostensibly explain economics to Woody. Shredding someone's hard-earned money must have been side-splittingly hilarious in November of '89, because today it's loathsome and cruel.

Rebecca- hot and wet after an extended period of abstinence- decides to sneak into Robin's house and bang the British accent out of him. Of course his flight is delayed and he never makes it home. And obviously Sam gets over there in an attempt to bang the hair off Rebecca's legs. And sure, a high-tech system of motion-detecting laser-beams imprison the two of them in the house. Wish I had a nickel for every time this happened to me...

Sam's character is oddly stoned in this episode... he looks like he's on some powerful Vicodin. He speaks in a sing-songy voice and seems more like Otto from "The Simpsons" than Mayday Malone. He is also smug and obnoxious.

This week's B-story feature the boys playing Monopoly, and the sequence contains just about every Monopoly/economics joke you'd ever expect. Like the beard-growing contest in "Two Girls For Every Boyd," this sounds a lot funnier on paper than it plays on TV.

Sam and Beck-Beck eventually escape, but Sam playfully mentions that he may have molested/raped her as she was sleeping. What a lovable nut that Sam is! Walk on...


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