Cheers (1982–1993)
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Call Me, Irresponsible 

There are a lot of transactions taking place in the bar this evening. Despite Rebecca's concern about its legality and its affect on the bar's license, Sam organizes the first sets of ... See full summary »


James Burrows


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
Jay Thomas ... Eddie LeBec
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Marge Thornhill (as Ann Guilbert)
Fredric Cook ... Detective McGuiness
Michael G. Hawkins Michael G. Hawkins ... Delivery Man #1
Herb Caen Herb Caen ... Delivery Man #2
Mark Arnott ... Mark
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Tim


There are a lot of transactions taking place in the bar this evening. Despite Rebecca's concern about its legality and its affect on the bar's license, Sam organizes the first sets of transactions: a basketball betting pool worth $500, $125 for each of the four quarters. Two reluctant bettors are Woody, who doesn't like to lose money or take money from his friends, and Rebecca, who eventually sees that $500 is more than she normally makes in an evening's work. The second transaction happens between the Cranes and Norm, the former who have hired the latter to decorate their unborn child's nursery in as neutral and unbaby-like a scheme as possible. And the third sets of transactions happen primarily between the gang at the bar and the local florist. It's Carla's second wedding anniversary to Eddie, and she is without Eddie for the evening as he's on the road with the ice show. Carla is certain that he'll come through with a romantic gesture for their anniversary regardless. He's got ... Written by Huggo

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The title is a take on the jazz standard "Call Me Irresponsible", written in 1962 by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. It was introduced in the film Papa's Delicate Condition (1963), sung by Jackie Gleason, for which it won an Oscar for Best Original Song. It was also a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1964. See more »


Woody initially doesn't want to enter the basketball pool because he says he doesn't like taking money from his friends. Then when he wins he is a poor sport by gloating, implying that he has never won a betting pool and doesn't know how to behave properly. However, in season 4, in Cheers: Fools and Their Money, the main story line revolves around Woody having been active in the Cheers football pool, and having won three weeks in a row - without gloating. See more »


Marge: Say, aren't you Sam Malone?
Sam Malone: Guilty as charged.
Marge: Small world. Marge Thornhill here. Don't you remember me?
Sam Malone: Ah, boy, you know, I can't quite place the face. Where did we meet?
Marge: Oh well, we didn't actually meet, but I know you remember me. I went to every home game you ever played.
Sam Malone: Ah, Marge, there are a lot of people up in the stands there.
Marge: Sure, but you got to remember me. I always sat behind first base, five rows up, remember? I used to get there early so that I could watch you warm up in the bullpen.
Sam Malone: ...
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References Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985) See more »

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29 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The primary focus of this episode involves Carla, waiting for Eddie to call on their anniversary. She goes through gyrations to convince everyone that Eddie is a good guy. There is also some funny stuff involving a basketball betting chart. Woody has some really funny lines.

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13 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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