I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
The Classic Sitcoms Guide to...
Season Ten: 1991-92
1991-92: THE TENTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 17.6 (4th place)
Although Sam and Rebecca indulge a sudden urge to become parents in
the show's tenth season, it's Woody and Kelly who finally tie the knot
in the season's grand finale. Les Charles, Glen Charles, and James Burrows
continue to serve in their ongoing capacity as executive producers in
season ten, when they are joined by fellow executive producers Cheri
Eichen, Bill Steinkellner, and Phoef Sutton. Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson
are supervising producers in the tenth season, which is produced by
Tim Berry and co-produced by Dan Staley and Rob Long. Also returning
to the show's masthead are creative consultants David Lloyd, Ken Levine,
and David Isaacs and executive script consultant Bob Ellison.
Prospective parents Sam and Rebecca seek pre-natal advice from Lilith
and Frasier when they discover that the road to conception is somewhat
rockier than anticipated.
The guys embark on an ill-advised road trip; and Carla's cousin Frankie
finds temporary employment at the bar.
Carla is surprised to discover that her soon-to-retire mystic advisor
has chosen the barmaid to serve as her successor in the fortune-telling
Frasier and Lilith find themselves saddled with an unwanted house guest
when Norm is laid low by a back injury while painting their living room.
Cliff's mother takes an unexpected shine to her son's girlfriend; and
Rebecca's latest attempt to increase her fertility leaves Sam cold.
Sam and Rebecca get a first-hand look at the harsh realities of parenthood
when they babysit Carla's unruly brood; and Cliff volunteers to direct
Woody's latest home movie.
The gang wonders if the latest prank in their ongoing war with Gary's
Old Towne Tavern might actually have scared arch-rival Gary into an
The Boston Celtics' Kevin McHale is driven to distraction after the
gang drags him into a barside debate over the number of bolts in the
floorboards of the Boston Garden.
Basketball star Kevin McHale and his wife, Lynn, appear as themselves.
Sam accuses Carla of sleeping with the enemy after the randy barmaid
enjoys a fling with John Allen Hill.
Woody is forced to put his engagement plans on hold while Kelly debates
the wisdom of entering into a paper marriage with her French friend,
Sam begins to doubt his own ability to deliver the goods when Rebecca
returns from her fertility specialist with a glowing medical report.
Sam and Rebecca re-evaluate their baby-making plans after they spend
an eye-opening weekend at a honeymoon retreat.
According to Cheers producer Dan Staley, Sam and Rebecca's
half-hearted run at parenthood was doomed well before the couple finally
decided to throw in the towel at the conclusion of this episode. "Nobody
liked that story arc," recalls Staley. "It was such a bizarre idea,
that two people who weren't romantically involved would suddenly decide
to have a baby together. It was hard to find the comedy in that situation--it
just seemed like one of those ideas that might make sense in Hollywood
circles, but went right over the head of everybody else in the country."
Under the circumstances, it's hardly surprising that there was little
debate over the producers' decision to jettison the storyline with this
episode. "By that time," observes Staley, "it was obvious to everyone
that the story arc wasn't going to work, so we just decided to end it
there. It was over fast, but I still get chills thinking about some
of those shows."
Barber Woody bungles his attempt to give Sam a trim; and Norm and Cliff
wreak havoc with Frasier's therapy group.
Dead tired from working the graveyard shift, Woody practically has
to be propped up for his first meeting with Kelly's grandmother.
Hollywood veteran Celeste Holm plays Grandmother Gaines.
Carla is stunned when her son announces that he plans to enter the
priesthood; and Cliff takes his stand-up act to a local comedy club.
Lilith is none too pleased when an old flame of Frasier's who has made
good as a children's singer invites the psychiatrist and his family
to one of her recitals.
Future Oscar winner Emma Thompson guest stars as the children's troubadour,
Nanny Gee. The original material sung by Thompson's character was composed
for the episode by Cheers musical director, Craig Safan, along
with writers Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner.
Woody's visiting cousin finds himself hopelessly smitten by Rebecca;
and Cliff protests the postal service's adoption of non-traditional
Singer Harry Connick, Jr. guest stars as Woody's visiting cousin.
Rebecca struggles to placate a roomful of thirsty patrons after she
discovers that the bar's liquor license has lapsed.
After spending a vacation in merrie olde England with Kelly, Woody
returns to Cheers a changed man; and Sam shows no mercy when he agrees
to act as Frasier's personal trainer.
Frasier tries to convince Lilith to stand up to her overbearing mother;
and Rebecca casts a dispassionate eye at Norm's bulging bar tab.
Lilith's domineering mother, Betty Sternin, is played by veteran stage
actress Marilyn Cooper, whose long list of Broadway credits included
starring roles in Woman of the Year, Brighton Beach Memoirs,
and Broadway Bound, among many others.
Sam attempts a major-league comeback; and Frasier is in danger of winding
up in the dog house after he misplaces Lilith's pet lab rat, Whiskers.
Rebecca launches an ill-considered campaign to rekindle the very cold
embers of an old high-school romance; and Sam mourns the loss of his
Rebecca's high-school flame is played by Harvey Fierstein, the playwright
and star of the acclaimed Broadway hit Torch Song Trilogy, which
was later made into a film of the same name, with Fierstein reprising
his leading role.
The Cheers gang wonders if the mysterious new owner of Gary's Old Towne
Tavern might actually be an organized-crime boss.
Veteran actor Harry Guardino plays tough guy Frank Carpaccio. Also
featured in a cameo role is U.S. Senator John Kerrey.
Norm convinces Cliff that Johnny Carson plans to use one of the postman's
one-liners on The Tonight Show, a bluff that backfires when Cliff
books passage to Burbank to watch the taping.
Johnny Carson and Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen appear
Despite odds that seem hopelessly weighted in favor of disaster, best
man Sam is determined to see that Woody and Kelly's wedding ceremony
proceeds without a snag.