Cheers (1982–1993)
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Give Me a Ring Sometime 

Diane Chambers makes her home at Cheers when her fiancé leaves her.

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Michael McGuire ... Professor Sumner Sloan
John P. Navin Jr. John P. Navin Jr. ... Boy
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Swedish Customer
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Ron
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[a man and a woman enter Cheers]
Diane: 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 ...
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Frasier: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (1998) See more »

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Stranded At Bar Waiting For Never Land
15 May 2009 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This first episode is a slow start for the series. It has to be as it introduces the main characters- Ted Danson's Mayday Malone, Norm, Cliff, Coach, and Diane. Shelly Long's Diane starts this series the way she ends it, as the ditsy empty headed blonde who thinks she knows everything including what she wants, but is totally clueless how to get it.

Diane comes into Malone's bar to wait for her married boyfriend who is supposed to be leaving his wife and running away with her to live happily ever after. Of course the air headed blonde not only loses him to his present wife, but then out of desperation gets a job as a bar wench at the bar by the time the show is over.

The priceless part of this show is that while it is slow, it hooks the viewer to come back for more. This really was ensemble comedy as most of the players in it with the exception of Danson never really went on to do anything much better even though most of them tried. Since this is before Woody, it really applies.

Rhea Perlman gets an excellent start in this opener. While it is nowhere near the best episode of the show, it does set the tone for most of Diane (Shelly Long's) stay on the series.


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