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Woody Interruptus is the twelfth episode of Cheers 's ninth season. It first aired on NBC in the United States on December 13, 1990. In the episode, Kelly returns from France with a male friend who says he's going to steal her from Woody. Woody deals with this by deciding to sleep with Kelly. This episode earned its director James Burrows accolades for Best Directing in 1991 and gained high viewership at its first airing.
Kelly (Jackie Swanson) and Henrí (Anthony Cistaro) return from France. Henrí swears to Woody (Woody Harrelson) that he is attempting to steal Kelly from Woody. Woody becomes angry, while Kelly often passes his attempts as jokes. When Woody becomes worried about losing her to Henrí, Sam (Ted Danson) suggests a motel to improve Woody and Kelly's relationship. Therefore, Woody takes Kelly out to a cheap motel for their evening together, but Carla (Rhea Perlman) arrives to stop them from doing it in the motel. Carla tells them that making out in a cheap motel is a bad idea, that she got pregnant when she was sixteen in the same motel, and that their love is too precious to do the moment immediately. Then the couple decide to save their moment for the right time, so they leave, while Carla brings in and then tries to seduce Henrí.
The episode placed first in the Nielsen Media Research Ratings for the week. It drew 22.6 million viewers and a 36 share, which placed it ahead of second place finisher 60 Minutes, which had 20.6 million viewers and a 36 share.