Cheers (1982–1993)
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Coach Returns to Action 

Coach wants to ask out an attractive younger woman, but he doesn't have the guts. Sam sets his sights on her too, but he keeps getting shot down--badly.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Murphy Cross ... Nina
Bill Wiley ... The Tour Guide
Keone Young ... Tourist #1
Barry Cutler ... Tourist #2
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Tourist #1
Julia Hendler Julia Hendler ... The Little Girl
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


Coach is attracted to Nina, a young woman who has just moved into his building. Excited, he tells Diane of Nina, swearing her to secrecy if only because of his and Nina's age difference. Nina shows up at the bar to wait for the heat to be turned on in her apartment. Diane has asked Sam not to hit on Nina, although she doesn't tell him the reason in keeping Coach's confidence. This request only intrigues Sam more, and he tries repeatedly to get Nina to go out with him. Meanwhile, Diane urges Coach to pursue Nina, thinking that Nina is indeed interested in him. Coach ends up using an old and painful trick from his baseball days to try and get the girl. Elsewhere in the bar, the pipes have backed up in the men's room, forcing the patrons to use the facilities up at Melville's. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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The first time the Cheer's Bathroom is utilized as a scene setting. See more »


The characters talk of it being 30 degrees outside and Nina waits at the bar until the heat is fixed in her apartment. Yet, during a cutaway scene to the outdoors, the sky is bright and the leaves are green and full. Uncommon for Boston in the winter. See more »


Carla Tortelli: That St. Mathias is a great school. I've had two kids thrown out of there.
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References 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

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Sam Gets Shut Down
5 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

An attractive young woman moves into Coach's apartment building. They are just becoming friends. She comes to the bar because her heat hasn't been turned on. Coach is attracted to her but she is much younger than he is. Sam sees her and starts putting on the moves which leads to conflict because Coach is keeping his feelings to himself. Not a terribly funny one but OK. The bet scene is when a little schoolgirl comes into the bar and Diane thinks this is the woman Coach is interested in.

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25 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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