One afternoon, Dr. Sumner Sloan, a Boston University English professor, and his Teaching Assistant, Diane Chambers, stop into Cheers, a local Boston watering hole, on their way to catch a flight to Barbados where they plan to marry the following day. The bar is owned and tended by Sam 'May Day' Malone, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, a recovered alcoholic, and in the words of one of his girlfriends "a magnificent pagan beast". Before heading to the airport, Sumner wants to retrieve his grandmother's wedding ring to give to Diane, the ring currently in the possession of his ex-wife Barbara. While Sumner is off getting the ring, Diane patiently waits at the bar for his return, in the meantime learning about the lives of the many Cheers regulars, and they learning about Diane. After Sumner returns to the bar, Diane receives another offer in light of Sumner's implied message to her, which could be the start of Diane's fish-out-of-water association with Cheers, its ...
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Diane's is reading "Selected Poems and Two Plays of William Butler Yeats," in keeping with Sumner's mentioning that when he proposed earlier in the day, "she had her nose in her Yeats." See more
An old lady customer is seated in a wheelchair; no one else is with her, and she could not have gotten down the stairs of Cheers by herself. See more
[a man and a woman enter Cheers
Hello. Welcome to Cheers. My name is Diane. I will be serving you. Why don't you sit down right over here. You know, I should tell you, parenthetically, that you are the first people that I have ever served. In fact, if anyone had told me a week ago that I would be doing this, I would have thought them insane. When Sam over there offered me the job, I laughed in his face. But then it occurred to me, here I am, I'm a student - not just in an academic sense, but a ...
Early syndicated versions of the episode have an edited teaser, omitting Sam's entrance from the pool room in the original version and instead begin the teaser at the point to where the boy enters the bar to buy a beer with his fake ID. Home video versions and recent cable and broadcast syndication versions have the teaser in its entirety. See more