Cheers (1982–1993)
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No Contest 

Diane reluctantly enters the Miss Boston Barmaid contest, but only so she can publicly denounce the competition as sexist and chauvinistic.


James Burrows


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill ... Self (as Speaker 'Tip' O'Neill)
Charlie Stavola Charlie Stavola ... Emcee
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ... Bonnie
Renee Gentry Renee Gentry ... Yvonne
Sharon Peters Sharon Peters ... Jocelyn
Paul Vaughn Paul Vaughn ... Paul
Daryl Keith Roach ... Judge #1 (as Daryl Roach)
James Sherwood James Sherwood ... Judge #3 (as James Shamus Sherwood)
Bob Ari ... Judge #2
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


"Perky", "pert", "congenial", "fun"? Are these adjectives to describe Diane? If so, she could become the 45th Miss Boston Barmaid, as Sam has entered her into the annual contest without her knowledge. Realistically not a contest to test wait skills, the event is to be held at Cheers this year. Diane, who feels degraded, hates such contests and chastises Sam for entering her. However she changes her tune when she thinks that she can use any speech opportunity during the contest as a platform to air her feminist views, especially of such contests. She doesn't tell anyone of what she plans to do. With a little help from Sam who has his own ulterior motives, Diane has an up and down contest, the downs including quashed speech opportunity after opportunity and the appearance of her infamous nervous facial tick. But is there anything that could change her plans for making her big speech? Written by Huggo

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beauty contest | See All (1) »


Comedy | Drama



Did You Know?


The title refers to the Latin legal term "Nolo contendere" a plea in a criminal court case, also known as no contest which is a guilty plea without admitting guilt. See more »


Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: What can I get for you, Norm?
Norm: Well, I am gonna need something to kill time before my second beer. Uhh... how about a first one?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/The Fixx (1984) See more »

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Good Old Diane!
7 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Same sneaks a picture of Diane in the application for the Miss Boston Barmaid contest, and she becomes a finalist. Her feminist views cause her to use this as a platform to denounce the contest. But, as is often the case, things aren't quite so simple. Average offering with a few pretty good laughs.

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17 February 1983 (USA) See more »

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