Cheers (season 7)

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Cheers (season 7)
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Region 1 DVD
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original network NBC
Original release October 27, 1988 (1988-10-27) – May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04)
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The seventh season of Cheers, an American television sitcom, originally aired on NBC in the United States between October 27, 1988 and May 4, 1989. The show was created by director James Burrows and writers Glen and Les Charles under production team Charles Burrows Charles Productions, in association with Paramount Television.

Background[edit]

This season premiered on October 27, 1988, after a long period of reruns, indirectly led by the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike.[1] At the time of the premiere, Night Court moved to Wednesdays, prompting the new series Dear John to fill in that spot. Besides Cheers and Dear John, other series in the Thursday night lineup for the 1988–89 season were The Cosby Show, A Different World, and L.A. Law.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Ted Danson as Sam Malone, a bartender and ex-baseball player. He still womanizes with every beautiful woman but fails to impress some, including classier women.
  • Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe, a corporate bar owner and manager. After her former puppy love Evan Drake departed to Japan in the previous season, Rebecca fantasizes that her newest rich suitor will take over the Lillian Corporation. Whenever it does not occur, she instead often makes unsuccessful non-romantic attempts to impress her superiors in order to be promoted. Moreover, she completes duties (i.e. odd jobs) for her superiors, like organizing parties and pet sitting.
  • Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli, a waitress and mother of eight children, including five from a previous marriage. Carla is currently married to Eddie LeBec, who begins touring in ice shows outside Massachusetts, putting a strain on their marriage.
  • John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin, a postal carrier. He starts an on-and-off relationship with a trainee postal worker, Maggie O'Keefe.
  • Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd, a bartender. He starts dating Kelly Gaines (Jackie Swanson), the daughter of one of the heads of the Lillian Corporation, Mr. Gaines (Richard Doyle).
  • Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist, now married to Lilith. They are expecting a child.
  • George Wendt as Norm Peterson, a semi-employed accountant and painter. He also becomes a house decorator, especially for the Cranes.
Recurring characters
  • Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith Sternin, a psychiatrist now married to Frasier. She becomes pregnant with Frasier's child.
  • Jay Thomas as Eddie LeBec, a retired hockey player and husband of Carla. He currently works as an ice show performer, which puts a strain on their marriage.[3] Thomas reprises the role of Eddie in two episodes this season.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4] Directed by [4] Written by [4] Original air date [4] Rating/share
147 1 "How to Recede in Business" James Burrows David Lloyd October 27, 1988 (1988-10-27) 24.4 / 38[rat7 1]
Months after former CEO Evan Drake's departure, Lillian Corporation's new vice president, Greg Stone (Brian Bedford), fires Rebecca and rehires Sam as the bar's comeback manager, believing the bar was better-managed under Sam. However, having problems using a computer to send required corporate reports, Sam begs Stone to rehire Rebecca. Stone agrees if Rebecca will: 1) take a slight salary cut, 2) return to business school for a Master of Business Administration, 3) co-manage with Sam and consult him on major decisions, and 4) gain practical experience as a waitress under Carla's supervision during busy times. Sam plans to tell Rebecca these conditions after making love to her. However, at the restaurant Melville's, Sam reluctantly tells her when Stone enters the scene briefly mentioning the conditions. In vengeance, Rebecca fools Sam by acting passionate, planning to storm off and resign. However, Woody tells her that a luxurious red Mercedes-Benz car that she ordered earlier is ready for pickup. Rebecca, eager to afford it, reluctantly agrees to the conditions as she sobbingly begins to waitress.
148 2 "Swear to God" James Burrows Tom Reeder November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03) 21.8 / 33[rat7 2]
Sam swears to three months' celibacy to avoid being named the father of a former lover's baby, and his paternity is dismissed. Sam soon considers a fling with Suzanne (Shanna Reed), until Carla warns that God will curse Sam for breaking the vow. After two weeks' celibacy, Sam asks Father Barry (Eric Christmas) for advice, and is disappointed when told to keep the vow to God. A week later, Sam's casual partner Rachel Patterson (Kim Johnston Ulrich) arrives and tempts him away with a photo of herself in a bikini. The following day, Sam tells the gang that he did not sleep with Rachel—in fact, Sam and Rachel went from hotel to hotel, finding a Bible at each one, which he took as a sign from God. Despite this apparent miracle, when Rebecca asks Sam to zip-up the back of the dress, Sam struggles and eventually nearly unzips it until Frasier takes him to the bar piano, an earlier-suggested diversion of his sexual energy, where Sam poorly performs "Chopsticks". Meanwhile, Woody loses the theatrical role of Moses to another actor, who eventually becomes ill, prompting Woody to retrieve antibiotics from a drugstore for the actor.
149 3 "Executive Sweet" James Burrows Phoef Sutton November 10, 1988 (1988-11-10) 23.5 / 35[rat7 3]
Rebecca, relieved that Greg Stone has been fired, is scheduled to meet her new executive vice-president, Martin Teal (Alex Nevil) in his office at 4:30pm. Mistaking him in an elevator, mainly due to his youth and shortness, she rejects his advances, then mistakes Mr. Teal's secretary, Dennis (Gerald Hiken), as her new boss until she unexpectedly re-encounters Mr. Teal. Shocked, Rebecca apologizes for her early behavior but then names Sam as her faux boyfriend to avoid Mr. Teal's advances. He rehires her as the bar's sole manager and demotes Sam to bartender. Sam figures out her excuse when he receives a phone call from Mr. Teal, and fakes a breakup with Rebecca just to make her reluctantly go out with Mr. Teal. After the date, Mr. Teal takes her back to the bar and proposes to her, causing her to faint. Meanwhile, Woody buys a hive of more than 4,000 bees which he stores in the office for the day. Woody calms them down with a bee smoker and then takes the bees to his place.
150 4 "One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape" James Burrows Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner November 17, 1988 (1988-11-17) 21.4 / 31[rat7 4]
To interfere with Sam and Rebecca's nonexistent on-and-off relationship, used by Rebecca to avoid continuing a relationship with Mr. Teal or losing her career, Mr. Martin Teal offers Sam employment at another bar in Cancun, Mexico, and hires a one-month exchange bartender, Ramón (Marco Hernandez), who speaks fluent Spanish and is a womanizer, like Sam. Sam accepts, leaving Rebecca alone and miserable with Mr. Teal. One month later, Sam, enjoying his time in Cancun, purportedly misses his planned corporate flight and instead plans to stay there. Rebecca arrives with an unloaded handgun and tries to persuade him to return to Boston, but Sam calms her down and takes the handgun away. Dejected, Rebecca returns without Sam and gets drunk at Cheers. Mr. Teal, impatiently wanting to marry her, arrives with a justice of the peace, a man holding roses, and his secretary, Dennis, who is revealed to also be his father. However, much to Rebecca's relief, Sam returns to Boston, interrupting the wedding. After Mr. Teal and others exit, when drunken Rebecca passes out, Sam puts a sombrero and a serape on her and draws a moustache on her face.
151 5 "Those Lips, Those Ice" James Burrows Peter Casey and David Lee November 24, 1988 (1988-11-24) 17.3 / 31[rat7 5]
Eddie LeBec (Jay Thomas) returns for a Boston ice show with an attractive, sexy East German skater, Franzi Schrempf (Isa Anderson), making Carla jealous—and Sam desperate to seduce Franzi, who repeatedly rejects his advances. When Carla's jealousy grows out-of-control, Sam berates her for jumping to conclusions. To redeem herself, Carla hosts a poker night for Eddie's buddies and forcibly acts nice. However, when Sam tells Carla that Franzi has a boyfriend—who Sam saw in her dressing room while attempting to woo her—Carla throws out Eddie's friends along with the food and poker chips wrapped in the tablecloth. As the couple argue, Eddie admits that Franzi mistreated him, that Carla's phony housewife act falsely signaled her nonexistent pregnancy, and that Eddie is Carla's always-faithful husband. In the end, Carla reverts back to her normal, angry demeanor and tells Eddie to do chores. Meanwhile, Rebecca gives Woody season tickets to football games, including the PatriotsDolphins night game. Wanting to go with Woody to the game, Norm, Cliff, and Frasier race laps until Norm wins on a technicality, though all of the men are left too exhausted to accompany Woody.
152 6 "Norm, Is That You?" James Burrows Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner December 8, 1988 (1988-12-08) 23.7 / 37[rat7 6]
Frasier and Lilith fire interior decorator Ivan (B.J. Turner) for mocking their taste, and notice house-painter Norm artfully rearranging their furniture. Although fearful of losing his reputation as a beer-guzzling, lazy nobody, Norm decorates the Cranes' home, leading to a lucrative offer from Robert and Kim Cooperman (George Deloy and Jane Sibbett). Norm's boorish manners appall the Coopermans, so he pretends to be flamboyantly gay. At Cheers, which they mistake as a gay bar, the Coopermans praise Norm's talent and ask him to decorate their mountain resort. However, they also set him up with a male blind date. Unable to continue the charade after Sam refuses to act as his boyfriend, Norm admits the truth. The Coopermans are reluctant to give Norm the resort job until he halves his fee, and they order him to say he's their "plumber" if anyone asks. The bar gang, astonished by Norm's secret talent, demands he redecorate their homes. Meanwhile, a man (Craig Branham) mistakes Rebecca as pregnant, and Sam preys on her insecurity with fat jokes. The gang make fun of Cliff's brain with situational questions, such as one involving dead flies, a bowling ball, and a murder mystery.
153 7 "How to Win Friends and Electrocute People" James Burrows Phoef Sutton December 15, 1988 (1988-12-15) 23.7 / 37[rat7 7]
Cliff has appendicitis but the gang are more interested in Frasier and Lilith's planned countrywide trip, and only Frasier visits Cliff at the hospital. Cliff concludes his behavior is annoying and Frasier sarcastically suggests shock treatment, which Cliff takes as an intriguing idea. The following day, Cliff bribes therapist Mr. McManus (Edward A. Wright) to give Cliff shock aversion therapy whenever he is his usual know-it-all self at Cheers. However, McManus goes overboard with the treatment on Cliff, who retrieves the shock button during a struggle, sending McManus running while Cliff accidentally shocks himself (intending to shock McManus). Cliff admits everything and exits the bar, pretending to run off. The astounded gang is reluctant to chase after Cliff to take him back except Norm (when Cliff prompts him). The gang then apologizes to Cliff for not visiting him in the hospital. Cliff orders champagne to celebrate, but Al (Al Rosen) shocks him with the button for the fun of it. Meanwhile, Sam gives Lilith driving lessons for the countrywide trip, but becomes furious when she flips-off and races another driver. Overconfident with her reckless driving abilities, Lilith frightens Frasier in their Mercedes-Benz.
154 8 "Jumping Jerks" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs December 22, 1988 (1988-12-22) 20.6 / 34[rat7 8]
After watching The Magnificent Seven (an earlier reference was in "Diane Chambers' Day"), Woody, Cliff, and Norm decide to seek thrills. When Woody comes up with skydiving, Norm and Cliff are reluctant, even when the trainer Bob Speakes (J. Kenneth Campbell) encourages them. However, when Carla calls the trio "weenies" for their reluctance, they grudgingly agree to attend a training session with Bob. The following day, the three chicken out, so they fabricate their nonexistent courage to their bar mates. Sam, who wants to try it with them, finds out about this during their next session. Ironically, the four of them chicken out; when they re-fabricate their courageous move, Rebecca begs them to do it again with the "Cheers" flag banner on-camera as a corporate marketing tool, a customer's suggestion from the comments box. At first reluctant, the men decide to go at Sam's behest because Rebecca yearns for a man who never fears danger. Finally the men skydive, including Cliff, who is fooled by Bob into thinking that the jet fuel tank is empty when the pilot actually turns off but then restarts the engine. Despite Sam's best, Rebecca goes out with the trainer, Bob, instead.
155 9 "Send in the Crane" James Burrows David Lloyd January 5, 1989 (1989-01-05) 25.1 / 37[rat7 9]
Rebecca throws a children's birthday party for the son of her boss, Mr. Ridgeway. When Woody, whom she hires as a clown at Frasier's suggestion, decides to substitute as Mark Antony in a theatrical play for an actor who had a fever, a reluctant Frasier is pressured into substituting as Binky the Clown. Frasier performs poorly until he squirts a water gun disguised as clown suit's flower, causing the kids to cheerfully laugh. When the party dies down, Rebecca relates a warning from Woody about the handkerchief gag: if pulled from the shirt pocket, the pants fall down, revealing the supposed clown underpants, although Woody forgot to give these to Frasier (Woody was wearing them himself). Her boss's wife, Mrs. Ridgeway (Patricia Morison), introduces Frasier to her mother. When Mrs. Ridgeway's mother sneezes, Frasier habitually offers the handkerchief for her, which reveals himself wearing nothing underneath (since he took off the skimpy French underwear that Lilith gave him earlier), causing Mrs. Ridgeway's mother to faint. Meanwhile, Sam is attracted to both his old girlfriend Judy Marlow (Sandahl Bergman) and her grown daughter Laurie (Chelsea Noble), who is later revealed to be engaged to her high school sweetheart, devastating Sam.
156 10 "Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs January 12, 1989 (1989-01-12) 25.4 / 38[rat7 10]

Cheers is hosting a Bloody Mary contest, and the gang seek to win against their rivals, Gary's Olde Towne Tavern. The gang taste-test a sample of Gary's recipe, obtained by Rebecca using her feminine charms, before Woody spits it out and accidentally spills the remains. The following day, Gary (Joel Polis) broadcasts a commercial showing hidden camera footage of the Cheers gang giving positive feedback of his recipe. To prevent retaliation, Woody eavesdrops at Gary's bar disguised as a nun, but ends up tied and hanged upside-down outside Cheers. When the gang scold him, Woody becomes angry, quits Cheers, and goes to work at Gary's bar. One week later, Woody tells Gary that the contest already started and admits that his "failing" to notify Gary is part of Sam and Woody's plan to set Gary up. Woody escapes from Gary's gang and later poses as a bearded contest judge, fooling them. Woody admits to the Cheers crowd that the events starting from the nun disguise were steps of Sam and Woody's scheme—but Gary's gang eavesdrop and then re-enters Cheers, winning the retried "contest". However, after Gary's gang leaves, Carla pays money, taken from Gary's wallet, to a phony "judge" she arranged. The Cheers crowd loudly chants "Gary won't win!", but Gary astoundingly re-enters to retrieve his wallet, still unaware of Carla's scheme. After he leaves, the crowd whisperingly resumes the chant.


Joel Polis and Robert Desiderio alternately reprise the role of Gary in other episodes. The actor who portrays Carla's neighbor posing as the judge remains uncredited.
157 11 "Adventures in Housesitting" James Burrows Patricia Niedzialek and Cecile Alch January 19, 1989 (1989-01-19) 22.7 / 34[rat7 11]
Rebecca pet-sits for her boss, Mr. Sheridan (Michael Currie), who is going away on corporate business. Sam enters Sheridan's manor one night and fails to seduce Rebecca while he also leaves a door open for Sheridan's champion dog Sir Broundwin the Gallant, also called Buster, to escape. To conceal this negligence, Woody brings in Satan, a wrecking yard's attack dog resembling Buster. A neighbor retrieves Buster just as Mr. Sheridan returns. Rebecca sends Sam out the backdoor, while she sends Woody into the kitchen with Satan. Mr. Sheridan enters and pets Satan, which is calm but aggressive. However, Woody reveals that Satan will attack upon hearing the word "Cochise". Sam brings Buster in the front door, and Rebecca instructs him to switch the dogs, while Rebecca distracts Mr. Sheridan by discussing a huge trophy-like urn containing his late wife's ashes. When Sheridan catches Sam and Woody in his home, Rebecca claims they're her "boyfriends". Back at Cheers, Frasier accidentally says "Cochise" from the sign saying not to, but the dog does not respond. Woody realizes that "Cochise" is not the word, so Cliff samples a few Indian names until he says "Geronimo", causing Satan to chase him into the men's restroom. Carla snatches the phone number from Woody and calls the wrecking yard but then leaves the bar with Cliff still trapped. Meanwhile, Frasier imagines people around him naked at Carla's suggestion to ease his nerves over his upcoming speech at a convention, causing him to be late the following day.
158 12 "Please Mr. Postman" James Burrows Brian Pollack and Mert Rich February 2, 1989 (1989-02-02) 24.7 / 37[rat7 12]

Cliff trains a new postal worker, Margaret O'Keefe (Annie Golden), and they begin a forbidden relationship at a motel. However, Maggie parked a postal vehicle at the motel, raising suspicions. Cliff fabricates a story of armed thugs hijacking the vehicle for a joyride, but their relationship sours over the deception. Maggie confesses to their superiors and is fired from the US Postal Service, while Cliff is reassigned to a postal district full of Rottweilers. Maggie emigrates to work at Canada Post and tempts Cliff to join her. Ultimately, Cliff decides to stay when the gang sing and hum the "Ballad of the Green Berets", reminding him that he has friends in Boston and pride in his uniform. Meanwhile, Sam learns that an old song made Rebecca aroused when she was in high school, and suspects from a telephone call with her mother that the song was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' ". Sam plays a recording of the song in the bar office and dances with Rebecca, but she becomes motionless and appears disinterested. When Sam leaves the room, Rebecca's calm façade breaks, and she accidentally kisses Norm when he enters the room to discuss his beer quota.


In original broadcast and some syndication prints, the Righteous Brothers song played is "You've Lost That Loving Feeling".[5][6][7] However, in DVD and other prints, the substitute song by the same musical duo is "Unchained Melody".
159 13 "Golden Boyd" James Burrows Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner February 6, 1989 (1989-02-06) 17.3 / 25[rat7 13]

Rebecca organizes a party for her boss Mr. Gaines's (Richard Doyle) daughter, Kelly (Jackie Swanson), enlisting Woody and Sam to serve guests. Woody gets into trouble conversing with sophisticated but brutish Nash (Tyrone Power Jr.) and his friends, almost leading to a brawl. Sam, penalized by Rebecca for fabricating stories to earn tips, belays the fight—which resumes the following day at Cheers when Nash knocks-out Woody with one punch. To get even, Woody realizes from the gang's hints that he can date Nash's girlfriend, Kelly Gaines, who apologizes for Nash's behavior. Woody asks Mr. Gaines permission to date Kelly, but neither he nor Nash approve of Woody's lower-class status. However, Kelly decides to date Woody to spite Nash for domineering her. Woody and Kelly enjoy their time together, but after a week Nash apologizes for the way he treated Kelly, and she agrees to rebuild their relationship. Woody is reluctant to pursue Kelly, but with Sam's encouragement Woody decides to chase after Kelly who, realizing that she likes Woody more than Nash, returns to the bar. Woody and Kelly reciprocate their feelings for each other and go out for another date.


This episode originally aired on Monday, February 6, 1989, at 10:00pm Eastern / 9:00pm Central.[8] The series' original timeslot was preempted by George H. W. Bush's live Presidential Address three days later (February 9, 1989) at 9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific.[9]
160 14 "I Kid You Not" James Burrows Teleplay: Rod Burton
Story: Rick Beren
February 16, 1989 (1989-02-16) 22.8 / 35[rat7 14]
Frasier and Lilith, seeking parental experience and wanting to have children, encounter Carla's son Ludlow (Jarrett Lennon), whose biological father and Frasier's former mentor Bennett Ludlow (from "Whodunit?") never visited despite providing financial support. Realizing that Ludlow is intelligent and likes upper-class delights, the Cranes take Ludlow to the opera. Afterwards, a cheerful Ludlow wants to watch a documentary film with them and have a sleepover at the Cranes' house. Carla, devastated by lacking Ludlow's interests, reluctantly agrees. The following day, the Cranes make reservations at fancy restaurant Magritte's, conflicting with Carla's planned family dinner. Sam prompts the Cranes to invite Carla; Frasier reluctantly agrees when Lilith hurts his hand. At Margritte's, Ludlow, under pressure, tastes a shellfish entrée and dislikes it. Then he ducks under the table and gives Frasier a hot foot (prank), causing Frasier to sever ties with Ludlow. Carla escorts Ludlow to a hamburger joint, and Frasier feels distraught about his parenting until Lilith reveals her pregnancy. Meanwhile, Rebecca is irritated by the gang's mistaken assumption that she slept with Sam in his red Chevrolet Corvette, a car Woody wants to borrow for his latest date with Kelly. Sam initially refuses until Woody tells him that Sam is his best friend, which Sam mistakes as Woody's scheme to guilt him, so Sam gives him keys. Sam borrows Woody's car to closely follow the couple, giving him directions along the way.
161 15 "Don't Paint Your Chickens" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs February 23, 1989 (1989-02-23) 23.3 / 35[rat7 15]
To impress her superiors, Rebecca promotes Norm's painting business, blackmailing him with his bar tab to accept her gimmicky promotions (mascot "Carl Chameleon" and branding "AAAA Painting" to come first in the phone book despite confusion with AAA auto club). After a client hires Norm, Rebecca learns that a rival was promoted to advertising director, prompting her to angrily confront Mr. Anawalt (Stefan Gierasch) for under-appreciating her. However, Norm's client signs a contract with other painters, and Norm rushes to stop Rebecca, using a suspended platform to show Rebecca a "NO JOB" sign outside the window. Rebecca dismisses Norm as an unemployed window cleaner and initially backs down for fear of losing her job, but then confronts Anawalt for overlooking her talents. Anawalt is impressed with her courage and wants to promote her, but ends up arrested by the FBI for inside trading. Forgotten, Norm is left stuck on the platform in the rain. Meanwhile, Sam is exhausted by his casual partner Erin's (Lisa Aliff) sports activities, like cycling. He breaks off the relationship, but when she invites him for a bubble bath he tries to follow her and collapses outside the bar's entrance.
162 16 "The Cranemakers" Andy Ackerman Phoef Sutton March 2, 1989 (1989-03-02) 24.3 / 37[rat7 16]
Frasier scolds Lilith for embarrassing everyone with melodramatic pregnancy speeches. The following day, the Cranes reconcile using a stethoscope to hear their unborn child's heartbeat, and decide to leave civilization and settle in nature. Sam loans the Cranes a cabin in northern Maine for a week's trial, postponing their permanent move. Frasier struggles to make fire by striking rocks together, while Lilith, not knowing any work songs, continually sings "My Funny Valentine" until Frasier angrily stops her. After hurting his hand in one try, Frasier creates a spark in another. While they prepare old newspaper to catch a spark Frasier struggles to recreate, Lilith notices a review of an elegant restaurant called La Porta's. They eventually discuss it, become homesick, and decide to return to Boston particularly for La Porta's. Meanwhile, Woody is sent on a one-week corporate-paid vacation to Italy, but misses his flight and joyously spends the week at the airport, where he meets a man from India. Woody tells the gang about his journey and decides to have another vacation at a bus depot. Carla receives her rich grandfather's inheritance which, after pilfering by his illegitimate son, amounts to 25 cents.
163 17 "Hot Rocks" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs March 16, 1989 (1989-03-16) 22.7 / 36[rat7 17]
Sam and Rebecca are dressed-up for the USS Constitution tour, but their respective dates cancel. Rebecca is reluctant to go with Sam, who brings Admiral William J. Crowe (himself), the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from the tour and introduces him around the bar. Hours later, after the Admiral leaves, Rebecca cannot find her $32,000 diamond earrings and assumes that the Admiral stole them. Sam interrupts the gang's experiments—making noises (like stretching fingers, whistling, and doing armpit sounds) and a "blue spark" by chewing a Life Savers candy—enlisting Woody, Cliff, and Norm to reenact what happened. During this, Rebecca recalls that the Admiral had a glass of water while using the phone and put it next to another glass that might have had her earrings, leading Sam to realize that the earrings are still in an empty used glass. Sam retrieves and returns the earrings, and then lies down on the table hoping for her to seduce him. Rebecca still resents him, so they have a heart-to-heart conversation about each other and kiss as a test. Rebecca secretly feels aroused and says "Maybe" but is embarrassed when Sam overhears that and teases her.
164 18 "What's Up, Doc?" James Burrows Brian Pollack and Mert Rich March 30, 1989 (1989-03-30) 24.3 / 37[rat7 18]
Sam is attracted to Frasier and Lilith's colleague, Dr. Sheila Rydall (Madolyn Smith), who rejects his advances. Sam has the gang help him feign impotence to get an appointment with her, where he plans to have her cure him. Sheila sees the ploy and counters it by assigning him to group therapy, prompting him to admit the charade. To make up, she reluctantly goes to dinner with him the following night at Melville's. Afterwards, Sam and Sheila head downstairs to the bar at closing time, and their conversations goes well until she tells him under pressure that, as a psychologist, she thinks he has meaningless sex to fill the void of his empty life. Aghast, Sam tells Sheila to leave as she tries to excite him without avail. Rebecca exits the office and tries to help Sam, prompting him for something he does that is not in pursuit of sex. As Sam struggles to answer, Rebecca asks him about the Three Stooges; Sam eventually grasps that enjoyment of the Stooges is a simple pleasure having nothing to do with sex. Sam and Rebecca imitate the Stooges by pinching and slapping their noses until his nose bleeds.
165 19 "The Gift of the Woodi" James Burrows Phoef Sutton April 6, 1989 (1989-04-06) 22.2 / 36[rat7 19]
Mr. Gaines invites Woody to Kelly's birthday party at his manor, and the gang convinces Woody that he is set up to be embarrassed in front of Kelly's wealthy peers for not affording expensive gifts. Frasier suggests that Woody give her something priceless, coming from his heart. At the party, Woody plays a piano and sings "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly..." (also called "The Kelly Song") as her birthday gift. Although she likes the song, Kelly is unconvinced that it is his real gift; humiliated, Woody runs off. The following day, when Kelly visits Cheers looking for his gift, Woody explains that they come from different class backgrounds and tells her to leave. After she exits, Sam, while consoling Woody, sarcastically suggests that Woody buy her jewelry, which Woody takes seriously as a smart idea. Woody buys a pendant and gives it to Kelly at the manor. She is initially excited until Woody convinces her that he could not afford expensive things, like the pendant. She eventually feels bad and gives him back the pendant, so they reconcile. However, she mentions that she gave up her plan to give him a Porsche on his upcoming birthday, stunning him. Meanwhile, Cliff makes recipes containing the hybrid ingredient "beetabega", a fictional hybrid of beetroot and rutabaga. Rebecca, feeling too attractive and sexy, dresses like Lilith to impress her superiors; instead, they give Lilith a vice president position for the corporation's Eastern Seaboard.
166 20 "Call Me Irresponsible" James Burrows Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson April 13, 1989 (1989-04-13) 22.3 / 36[rat7 20]
Carla anticipates surprising Eddie on their second anniversary, but he fails to arrive. Hiding her devastation, she sends herself flowers to the bar, but Woody notifies her in front of everyone that the florist phoned wanting cash rather than credit cards. A while later, her son Anthony drops off a box of laundry, leading her to near despair. Eddie phones Carla, saying he was called at the last moment to rehearse for the rewritten ice stage adaptation of The Three Little Pigs. Although she is pleased, Carla asks if Sam told Eddie about their anniversary. Sam denies this, and Carla places a curse that Sam's tongue will swell if he lies. When Carla exits, Sam's tongue becomes swollen. Meanwhile, Woody wins three bets on a basketball game, with Rebecca winning the last betting round. The bar patrons are almost caught by police detective McGuinness (Fredric Cook) for illegal gambling, but Rebecca convinces him that it's a charade and gives the money back to the patrons, though she retrieves the money when he leaves. Frasier and Lilith hire Norm to redecorate their unborn child's room as gender-neutral and without popular children's icons (that might lower a child's intellect).
167 21 "Sisterly Love" James Burrows David Lloyd April 27, 1989 (1989-04-27) 20.8 / 34[rat7 21]

Rebecca's actress sister, Susan (Marcia Cross), arrives for work and to reconcile with a displeased Rebecca. Sam sees their estrangement as seduction leverage and takes them to lunch at Melville's. Sam questions why the sisters argue, and Rebecca admits to battles over past love interests before storming out. Exploiting their rivalry, Sam claims that Rebecca is attracted to him, gaining a date with Susan. When he notifies Rebecca, she becomes furious and tells Sam to break it off so she can date him, albeit reluctantly. Sam postpones his date with Susan to date Rebecca instead. At closing time, while Sam is expecting Rebecca, Susan enters the bar appearing too excited to wait and kisses him in the office. Rebecca catches them and apparently shoots Susan several times. Shocked, Sam helps Rebecca carry Susan's body into the bar, where the gang surprise him by appearing behind the counter. Susan's "murder" was a charade to spite Sam for his behavior, and the sisters finally reconcile. Meanwhile, Lilith grounds Frasier for six weeks for making fun of her mother, though Frasier escapes from the women and has Susan write a disturbing note (supposedly Susan's autograph to Frasier) to Lilith's mother.


Joan Severance was originally cast as Susan Howe. She and Sam were supposed to have a whirlwind romance, and Sam was supposed to propose marriage in her. Producers found this unsuitable for promiscuous Sam. Also, Severance had scheduling conflicts. Therefore, the character and the story were rewritten as one-time, and producers picked Marcia Cross instead.[10] Marilyn Cooper would later portray Lilith's mother, Betty Sternin, for the episode "Smotherly Love" (season 10, episode 20).
168 22 "The Visiting Lecher" James Burrows David Lloyd May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04) 20.8 / 33[rat7 22]

Marriage specialist Dr. Lawrence Crandall (John McMartin) arrives in Boston for a book tour and a drink with Frasier. Dr. Crandall asks Rebecca whether she is attracted to him; annoyed, she repeatedly rejects the idea. Sam and Frasier convince her that the question was professional, so Rebecca goes to Dr. Crandall's table to apologize, but is repulsed by his foot apparently contacting her leg. Unable to convince Sam and Frasier that she is being sexually harassed, Rebecca drags Sam to Dr. Crandall's hotel room. There, they find a maid, Maria (Fabiana Udenio), in the closet and a violinist, Zoltan (Nicholas Miscusi), entering the room. Dr. Crandall admits that he planned to seduce Maria and fears that his career and fifteen-year marriage with Valerie (Joanna Barnes) would be over if exposed. When Valerie arrives, the guests go inside the closet at Lawrence's behest. The Crandalls plan to have dinner together, but Lawrence accidentally puts on Maria's blue coat, so Valerie senses someone inside the closet. When Valerie demands they explain, Rebecca reveals Lawrence's conduct. Valarie is unconvinced as Lawrence passes the claims as coincidences, so Rebecca insults Valerie and then physically attacks her. Sam and Zoltan restrain and remove Rebecca.


This episode originally intended to reprise Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, John Cleese's character from the fifth season episode "Simon Says". However, Cleese was unavailable, so this episode was rewritten in order to replace his character with Dr. Lawrence Crandall.[11]

Production[edit]

Writers and producers David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee left the series in March 1989 for an upcoming production company, which became Grub Street Productions.[12][13]

Reception[edit]

This season landed in fourth place with an average 22.5 rating and 35 share as of April 20, 1989.[14] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described the character of Rebecca Howe as "annoying", and expressed pleasure at rumors that Joan Severance (originally set to play Susan Howe, a role eventually portrayed by Marcia Cross) could replace Kirstie Alley, contending that Shelley Long's departure in the fifth season was still affecting the series.[15] Another syndicate columnist Joe Stein found the sixth and seventh seasons "good [yet] somewhat watered down", and found Rebecca not as "compelling" as her predecessor Diane.[12] Conversely, Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle praised this season, including the cast ensemble and their performances, but still missed departed characters Coach and Diane.[16]

Todd Fuller of Sitcoms Online called this season "strong".[17] David Johnson of DVD Verdict rated the story 90 percent and the acting 95 percent, praising its episodic approach and departure from story arcs, like Sam and Diane's relationship or Rebecca's failed attempts to win Evan Drake last season. He praised Alley as "a solid comic force" for her "over-the-top portrayal of neurosis".[18] Jeffrey Robinson of DVD Talk gave this season three and a half stars out of five and gave a replay value of four, calling it "good" and its episodes "fun and amusing".[19] Current Film called this season a "strong roll" with "fine performances".[20]

The scene of Woody Boyd singing "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly..." (also called "The Kelly Song"[21]) at Kelly Gaines's birthday party from the episode "The Gift of the Woodi" has been discussed in the media. Andy Greene of Rolling Stone magazine called it memorable to Cheers fans. Greene also mentioned that the song was later performed by The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when Kelly Ripa was entering the set as Fallon's guest.[22] David Hofstede, in his book 5000 Episodes and No Commercials, called the scene one of "great moments" of the series.[23]

Accolades[edit]

In the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards (1989), this season won three Emmys: Outstanding Comedy Series of 1988–1989, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Woody Harrelson), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Rhea Perlman).[24] In the 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, Perlman was awarded as the Funniest Supporting Actress for her character Carla Tortelli.[25]

DVD Release[edit]

Cheers: The Complete Seventh Season
Set Details[19]
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
November 15, 2005 May 18, 2009 April 27, 2009

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stein, Joe (October 24, 1988). "Prime-time battles finally begin in earnest this week". Evening Tribune. San Diego. p. C-4. 
  2. ^ "Night Court tops Nielsens in Thursday time slot". The Daily Union. Junction City, Kansas. December 14, 1988. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Raftery, Brian (October 2012). "The Best TV Show That's Ever Been". GQ. 
  4. ^ a b c d Bjorklund, pp. 375–389
  5. ^ "Cheers – Please Mr. Postman (transcript)". mReplay. June 11, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Brown, J.T. (June 4, 1993). "Bravo, Cheers" (Letter). Letter to Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Wertheimer, Alan (2003). "Intoxication". Consent to Sexual Relations. Cambridge University Press. p. 237. Retrieved June 12, 2016 – via Google Books. 
  8. ^ "Monday's TV Programs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 6, 1989. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "Thursday's TV Programs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 9, 1989. p. 17. 
  10. ^ "Severance pay?". Los Angeles Daily News. April 25, 1989. p. L20.  Record no. 8901190594. Under same article, "TV News & Notes - One Last Fling for Moonlighting", by Jim Benson.
  11. ^ "Why John Cleese never appeared on Cheers a second time". ...by Ken Levine. November 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Stein, Joe (March 3, 1989). "Defections to Hurt Cheers: 3 Writers, Producers to Leave". The Press-Courier. Copley News Service. p. 10. 
  13. ^ "Obituaries: David Angell". The Telegraph. 13 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Feder, Robert (April 20, 1989). "NBC, ABC and CBS keep losing viewers". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 61.  Record no. CHI349816.
  15. ^ <surname illegible>, Gary (March 23, 1989). "Kirstie Alley may lose Cheers lead to 'another woman'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 21. 
  16. ^ Caen, Herb (March 23, 1989). "A Star Is Born". San Francisco Chronicle. p. B1.  Record no. 569588.
  17. ^ Fuller, Todd (November 9, 2005). "Cheers: The Complete Seventh Season". Sitcoms Online. 
  18. ^ Johnson, David (November 15, 2005). "Cheers: The Complete Seventh Season". DVD Verdict. 
  19. ^ a b Robinson, Jeffrey (November 15, 2005). "Cheers - The Complete Seventh Season". DVD Talk. 
  20. ^ "Cheers: Season 7". Current Film. 
  21. ^ "Cheers". Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. 1 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc. 2011. p. 182. Retrieved June 18, 2016 – via Google Books. 
  22. ^ Greene, Andy (November 20, 2014). "Flashback: Woody Sings 'The Kelly Song' on Cheers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  23. ^ Hofstede, David (2006). 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows on DVD 2007: What to Watch, What to Buy. New York City: Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 57. ISBN 978-0823084562. Retrieved June 18, 2016 – via Amazon.com. 
  24. ^ Bjorklund, p. 461.
  25. ^ "American director's 1st film wins top prize at Cannes". Milwaukee Sentinel. May 24, 1989. pt. 1, pg. 3. 

References[edit]

Ratings notes[edit]

Unless otherwise, the main source of Nielsen ratings is the newspaper Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to that main source, ratings of 1988-89 were based on 90.4 million households that have at least one television.

  1. ^ "Top 10: Oct. 24–30, 1988". November 2, 1988. p. 21. 
  2. ^ "Top 10: Oct. 31–Nov. 6, 1988". November 9, 1988. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Top 10: Nov. 7–13, 1988". November 16, 1988. p. 33. 
  4. ^ "The Ratings (Nov. 14–20, 1988)". The Dallas Morning News. November 24, 1988. p. 21C. 
  5. ^ "The Ratings (Nov. 21–27, 1988)". The Dallas Morning News. December 2, 1988. p. 12C. 
  6. ^ "Top 10: Dec. 5–11, 1988". December 14, 1988. p. 27. 
  7. ^ "Top 10: Dec. 12–18, 1988". December 21, 1988. p. 25. 
  8. ^ "Top 10: Dec. 19–25, 1988". December 29, 1988. p. 15. 
  9. ^ "Top 10: Jan 2–8, 1989". January 11, 1989. p. 27. 
  10. ^ "Top 10: Jan. 9–15, 1989". January 18, 1989. p. 24. 
  11. ^ "Top 10: Jan 16–22, 1989". January 25, 1989. p. 19. 
  12. ^ "Top 10: Jan. 30–Feb. 5, 1989". February 8, 1989. p. 27. 
  13. ^ "Using this chart (Feb. 6–12, 1989)". USA Today. February 15, 1989. p. 3D. 
  14. ^ "Using this chart (Feb. 13–19, 1989)". USA Today. February 22, 1989. p. 3D.  Record no. 170085.
  15. ^ "Top 10: Feb. 20–26, 1989". March 2, 1989. p. 15. 
  16. ^ "Top 10: Feb. 27–Mar. 5, 1989". March 8, 1989. p. 21. 
  17. ^ "Using this chart (March 13–19, 1989)". USA Today. March 22, 1989. p. 3D. 
  18. ^ "Top 10: Mar. 27–Apr. 2, 1989". April 5, 1989. p. 21. 
  19. ^ "Top 10: April 3–9, 1989". April 12, 1989. p. 28. 
  20. ^ "Top 10: April 10–16, 1989". April 19, 1989. p. 21. 
  21. ^ "Top 10: April 24–30, 1989". May 3, 1989. p. 19. 
  22. ^ "Top 10: May 1–7, 1989". May 10, 1989. p. 19. 

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