I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
The Classic Sitcoms Guide to...
Season Seven: 1988-89
1988-89: THE SEVENTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 22.3 (4th place)
Cupid's arrow finds its mark behind the bar in season seven, when
Jackie Swanson arrives in the role of heiress Kelly Gaines, who will
come to play an increasingly large role in bartender Woody's romantic
life over the course of the show's remaining seasons. Behind the scenes,
longtime producers David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee are promoted
to supervising producer status for the season, which is produced by
Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner, and co-produced by Tim Berry. Other
notable contributors to the show's seventh-season scripting sessions
include co-producer Phoef Sutton, executive story editors Brian Pollack
and Mert Rich, executive script consultant Bob Ellison, and creative
consultant David Lloyd.
Sam receives a promotion in the wake of the bar's latest management
shake-up, while Rebecca finds herself left out in the cold.
Playboy Sam struggles to live up to a celibacy vow he made during a
moment of rash judgment; and Woody is cast as an unlikely understudy
for the role of Moses.
Eric Christmas makes his debut as the bar's resident clergyman, Father
Barry, who would continue to drop into the bar on an as-needed basis
throughout the show's remaining seasons.
In a desperate attempt to ward off the unwanted advances of her underage
boss, Rebecca convinces Sam to pose as her steady beau.
Writers: Cheri Eichen, Bill Steinkellner
Rebecca's elaborate scheme to keep her unwanted suitor at bay begins
to unravel when Sam is dispatched to tend bar at a remote Mexican resort.
Carla is convinced that Eddie is having an affair with a figure skater
from an ice show.
Norm frets over the ribbing he'll get from the gang at the bar after
he accepts a string of lucrative assignments as an interior decorator.
Cliff goes to shocking extremes when he embarks on an ill-fated self-improvement
The guys at the bar put their courage to the test when they take to
the skies for a death-defying skydiving excursion.
Rebecca taps Frasier to play the clown at a children's party; and Sam
is forced to choose between an attractive woman and her equally fetching
Woody is the bar's designated mixer when Cheers competes against Gary's
Old Towne Tavern in a Bloody Mary making contest.
Rebecca hopes to curry favor with her boss by volunteering to dogsit
his prize-winning pooch.
Romance blossoms in the post office when Cliff's new postal trainee
develops a crush on him.
Annie Golden makes her debut as Cliff's new sweetheart, Maggie O'Keefe.
The love-struck postal worker would continue to pay occasional visits
to the bar throughout the show's remaining seasons.
After Woody is bested by a blueblood during a party scuffle, the bartender
plots to salvage his flagging self-respect by making a play for the
wealthy bully's date.
Jackie Swanson arrives in the role of Woody's fiancée-to-be,
heiress Kelly Gaines. Actor Richard Doyle also logs the first of many
appearances as Kelly's father, Mr. Gaines.
Frasier and Lilith test their parenting skills when they babysit Carla's
precocious six-year-old son.
Child actor Jarrett Lennon is introduced in the first of his occasional
appearances as Carla's child prodigy, Ludlow.
Determined to prove her management skills, Rebecca signs on as marketing
consultant for Norm's painting business; and Sam struggles to keep pace
with a fitness-obsessed woman.
A newly pregnant Lilith decides to become one with nature when she
and Frasier embark on a woodland retreat; and Rebecca presses Woody
to take a well-deserved vacation.
Rebecca flies in the face of protocol when she accuses a visiting government
dignitary of pocketing her diamond earrings.
Admiral William J. Crowe, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appears
Sam implies that he's struggling with a bout of impotence in an effort
to invoke the sympathies of Frasier's attractive psychology colleague,
an expert on human sexual dysfunction.
Woody runs afoul of Kelly's materialistic tendencies when he tries
to present her with a heartfelt musical tribute in lieu of a more tangible
Carla worries that Eddie, on the road with the team, will forget their
second wedding anniversary.
Actress Ann Guilbert, fondly remembered for her role as Millie Helper
on The Dick Van Dyke Show, contributes a cameo in the show's
Sam attempts to soothe a long-standing rift between Rebecca and her
Rebecca's feuding sibling is played by Marcia Cross, who would eventually
return to prime time--with a vengeance--in the role of the decidedly
deranged Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the Fox-TV melodrama Melrose Place.
The gang suspects that Rebecca may be crying "wolf" in more ways than
one when she insists that a visiting authority on marital fidelity has
been making passes at her.