I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
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Season Three: 1984-85
1984-85: THE THIRD SEASON
Year-End Rating: 19.7 (13th place)
Cheers's love story forms a triangle in the third season when
Kelsey Grammer is introduced as Diane's new beloved, Dr. Frasier Crane.
Producers for the third year are Ken Estin and Sam Simon; Heide Perlman
is the season's executive story consultant; and David Angell serves
as executive story editor. Glen Charles, James Burrows, and Les Charles
will serve as executive producers for the remainder of the series's
Coach tries to reunite Sam and Diane after he sees the shambles their
lives have become in the wake of their soured romance.
In flashback, Cliff reveals how Sam and Diane spent their summer vacation:
Sam went back to the bottle and has emerged a boorish drunk, while Diane
spent her hiatus in a rest home after a nervous breakdown. Though alcoholism
and mental instability seem unlikely subjects for comedy, the wisecracking
gang at Cheers keeps the bleaker aspects of this latest wrinkle in comic
perspective. Diane also reveals a newly blossomed romance with her hapless
psychoanalyst, Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer--who makes his
debut as Cheers's latest regular character in this episode. The
character would, of course, eventually headline his own sitcom, Frasier,
undoubtedly one of the most successful sitcom sequels of all time.
Diane's analyst helps Sam get back on the wagon; and Diane reluctantly
returns to Cheers.
Frasier turns the tables on his patient when he seeks advice from Sam;
and Cliff faces the wrath of a vengeful co-worker.
Cliff attends a masquerade party dressed as a suave ladykiller and
discovers that sometimes clothes do make the man.
Sam accidentally shoots himself in the rear while tussling with an
irate husband and then builds his blunder into a tale of barside valor.
Coach and Sam make a play for a mother and daughter who wander into
Cheers--and by the end of the evening, Coach finds himself engaged.
Coach refuses to believe that his new fiancée has dumped him
just because she won a fortune in the state lottery.
Diane encounters unexpected wrath when she meets Frasier's mother for
the first time.
Carla is unexpectedly cooperative when her loutish ex-husband returns
to demand custody of their son.
Diane is convinced that the source of her sudden acute allergy can
only be Frasier.
Diane bests Carla in an extemporaneous waitress competition; and Norm
decides to chuck it all and start a new life in Bora Bora.
Despite Diane's warnings, Sam gets involved with an unbalanced young
woman who makes marriage plans after their very first date.
Frasier is appalled when one of his most respected colleagues admits
that he's smitten with Carla.
After rebuffing the professor's advances and, finally, his proposal
of marriage, the flinty barmaid offers a sad and sweet description of
the white knight she's certain will one day walk through Cheers's door.
Sweet, because it reveals the Tasmanian devil of a waitress as a misty-eyed
dreamer; and sad, because--with a few minor adjustments--the man she
describes could be Sam.
Diane pressures the guys into taking Frasier along on a camping trip,
where they can't resist having a little fun at the gullible psychiatrist's
Sam reveals a vicious competitive streak when he returns to the mound
in a charity ball game and then wages a marathon Ping-Pong match with
While Coach studies diligently for a night school course, Sam discovers
that his own grade-point average rises sharply once he begins dating
Norm is charged with postal theft after he substitutes on Cliff's route
as a favor to the ailing postman; and Diane gets wedged into a broken
Trapping Diane in an air duct was one of the more creative solutions
concocted to conceal Shelley Long's blooming pregnancy. The producers
toyed with the idea of making Diane Chambers an unwed mother in the
third season, until reason prevailed. "I don't think America would have
stood for it," explained Glen Charles. "We figured Sam had to be the
father, and the more we considered that, the less acceptable
For his latest conquest, Sam sets his sights on an attractive reporter
who's doing an in-depth survey of the Boston singles scene.
After his new wife dumps him to go on tour with a singing group called
the Grinning Americans, Carla's ex-husband turns over a new leaf to
win the waitress back.
After Norm is charged with the task of firing one of his fellow employees,
he discovers a hidden talent as a corporate hatchet man.
In the aftermath of a long-forgotten drunken bet, Sam stands to lose
Cheers unless he can meet--and marry--Jacqueline Bisset by midnight.
Diane decides to leave Cheers when Frasier is offered a job at the
University of Bologna.
In a scene that generated more erotic heat than is usually registered
on a situation comedy, sam bids Diane farewell with a good-bye embrace
that neither is anxious to release. Though the couple's separation bore
the earmarks of classic melodrama, Diane's sudden trip to Europe was
actually motivated by the writers' desire to conceal the actress's problematic
pregnancy. "We thought it would be easier to sit her down behind sidewalk
cafés," confides producer Glen Charles.
To avoid any more on-the-job romantic entanglements, Carla insists
that Sam hire a dowdy older woman as Cheers's new waitress.
Carla is hot for revenge when the high school teacher who once made
her life miserable wanders into Cheers.
Diane calls from Europe, hoping that Sam will talk her out of accepting
Frasier's sudden marriage proposal.