Cheers (1982–1993)
2 user

Relief Bartender 

Sam hires a new bartender and appoints himself as host/manager of Cheers. But when his new strategy goes belly-up and he is forced to return to the bar, somebody has to be fired.


James Burrows


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Tony Carreiro ... Ken Charters
Patricia Veselich Patricia Veselich ... Mrs. Charters
Judith Barsi ... Child #1
Edan Gross ... Child #2
Kim Robinson Kim Robinson ... Andrea
Madgel Dean Madgel Dean ... Mrs. Benfer
Paul Eiding ... Fred
Jack Lindine ... Caribou #1 (as Jack M. Lindine)
Terrence Beasor ... Caribou #2


Although Diane and Sam were on the verge of rekindling their relationship following Diane Chambers Day at the opera, the flame subsides a bit when Sam goes on a date with another woman, despite the fact that Sam and Diane aren't officially dating again yet. But Sam has other things on his mind, namely business. Another sports celebrity is opening a chain of pubs which is bound to take away business from Cheers. So Sam proposes a new management structure, where he hangs up his bartender hat to become the full-time manager/host, welcoming guests and devising new ways to drum up business. This scheme opens up another bartender position. The staff at the bar think this idea is bad, but Sam goes ahead with it anyway. Sam hires a new bartender, Ken Charters, a young family man struggling to make ends meet before this job. A week goes by, and Sam's plan is a failure, as he isn't really good at coming up with money raising concepts and patrons are off-put by his hosting. This failure means ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama



Did You Know?


The little girl was Judith Barsi, who two years after this episode was murdered along with her mother by Judith's father. She was 10 at the time. See more »


At the beginning, when Sam is talking to Diane about the their relationship, Cliff's sleeve is visible outside the door every time the door opens although he hasn't entered the set yet. See more »

User Reviews

The Cost of Creativity
21 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Sam decides to leave the bar and meet and greet his guests. This leads to hiring a new bartender and a lot of expense. He overdoes it on expensive seafood for a lodge that has only three members. We get to see Woody as much more shrewd than we have assumed. The scene in Sam's office is really quite funny.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

27 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed