Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Norm Who Came to Dinner 

Carla, questioning Rebecca's potential parenting skills, bets her $5 that she can't take care of an egg for three days. Despite a rocky start, Rebecca seems like she's going to win the bet.... See full summary »


Tom Moore


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

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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Paul Willson ... Paul Krapence
Philip Perlman ... Phil
Peter Schreiner Peter Schreiner ... Pete


Carla, questioning Rebecca's potential parenting skills, bets her $5 that she can't take care of an egg for three days. Despite a rocky start, Rebecca seems like she's going to win the bet. Or does Carla have other things on her mind? Meanwhile, Norm is doing another paint job for the Cranes, during which Frasier accidentally falls on top of Norm, causing a bruised disk in Norm's back. Because Vera is away and Norm is immobile, Frasier suggests that Norm stay at their house on the couch until Vera returns. Lilith reluctantly agrees. Lilith ends up being at Norm's beck and call, especially getting him one beer after another. Just as Lilith is at the end of her rope, Norm offers his gratitude to her - she can't now kick him out. But there's another problem: Norm can't go to the bar, so the bar comes to Norm. How much will Lilith be able to handle of people, especially the Cheers gang, invading her house? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

10 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on the 1939 play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner." In the play a blowhard critic breaks his hip at a dinner party and must stay with the host until he heals, during which time his presence wreaks havoc on the host family. It was adapted for the screen in 1942 starring Monty Wooly, Ann Sheridan, and Bette Davis. See more »


Entering Frasier & Lillith's apartment, Sam (Danson) rolls a dolly loaded with two supposedly full kegs of beer. Those would weigh approximately 300lbs, but Sam easily wheels the dolly into place with one hand, revealing that the kegs are not full, and are most likely empty. See more »


Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: [to the Cheers gang, partying late in the Crane living room] Stop this right now! I want you people out of my house!
Sam Malone: Hey, Lilith, what's wrong?
Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: You've taken advantage of our hospitality! You should be ashamed of yourselves!
Sam Malone: Lilith, don't you think you're overreacting a little bit?
[phone rings, Sam answers]
Sam Malone: Cheers.
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Alternate Versions

On the 10th season DVD, the gang singing "Those were the Days" is replaced by generic music, and when Lillith goes to get Norm, the scene of the gang resuming the song is cut. This is also the case on Netflix Instant. See more »


References The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) See more »


Those Were the Days
Music by Boris Foman
Lyrics by Eugene Raskin
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Norm Settles In
6 September 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When Frasier causes an injury to Norm's back, he feels guilty and insists that he stay at the Crane home. Lilith is forced to wait on the big guy and he soon has most of the Cheers clientele there. Sam comes with two giant beer kegs. Good offering.

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