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Season Eight: 1989-90
1989-90: THE EIGHTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 22.7 (3rd place)
Rebecca continues her star-crossed search for romance in season eight,
when Roger Rees arrives to play the lovelorn bar manager's latest romantic
foil, corporate raider Robin Colcord. Cheri Eichen, Bill Steinkellner,
and Phoef Sutton serve as co-executive producers for the year, which
is produced by Tim Berry and co-produced by the show's longtime film
editor and sometime director, Andy Ackerman. Also on board for season
eight are executive story consultants Brian Pollack and Mert Rich, executive
story editors Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson, and creative consultants
David Lloyd, Ken Levine, and David Isaacs.
Rebecca's romantic fantasies are ignited by the arrival of a fabulously
wealthy Wall Street raider, Robin Colcord.
Roger Rees debuts in the role of Robin Colcord, who would figure prominently
in the show's storylines through the middle of the ninth season.
It's Sam who starts having nightmares when Rebecca's dreams of a romantic
interlude with Robin Colcord appear to be coming true.
Sam is determined to open a bar of his own, despite the fact that the
site he's chosen for his new watering hole has clearly seen better days.
Cliff suffers a bout of temporary blindness when his post-office paramour
returns from Canada with serious plans for their future together.
Norm transforms himself into a tyrant in an effort to whip his painting
crew into shape; and Sam suffers a bout of separation anxiety after
he sells his cherished Corvette.
The bar's 100th anniversary festivities go up for grabs after Lilith
unexpectedly goes into labor.
Boston's Mayor Raymond Flynn appears as himself.
Carla is stunned by the news that Eddie has met his maker in a bizarre
hockey accident, but the real shocker comes when she discovers that
she may not be his only surviving widow.
The following season, guest star Thomas Haden-Church would resurface
in the role of maintenance man Lowell Mather on Wings, the long-running
NBC sitcom created by Cheers producers David Angell, Peter Casey,
and David Lee.
Frasier flinches at the thought of witnessing the bris of his infant
son; and Carla tries to convince Eddie's hockey team to retire her late
Woody is skittish about kissing his leading lady in a production of
Our Town; and the guys at the bar stage a beard-growing competition.
Guest star Lisa Kudrow would eventually land a featured role in the
ensemble of Friends, which would debut under the direction of
Cheers co-creator Jim Burrows in the fall of 1994.
Rebecca and Sam spend a disquieting evening as unwitting prisoners
of Robin Colcord's elaborate home-security system.
Norm is unsettled by the discovery that he's become the object of his
former secretary's romantic obsessions.
Norm's secretary is played by Cynthia Stevenson, reprising the role
she'd played in "The Two Faces of Norm" a few months earlier. The actress
would go on to play a choice role in the 1992 film The Player,
before returning to prime time as a star of the 1995 series Hope
Sam faces a seagoing surprise when he borrows Robin Colcord's yacht
to compete in a local regatta and finds Rebecca stowed away in the hold.
Rebecca is unnerved by Sam's romantic involvement with her business
professor; and Carla faces an IRS audit.
Cliff tries game-show emcee Alex Trebek's patience when the pontifical
postman is booked as a quiz-show contestant on Jeopardy.
Quizmaster Alex Trebek and Jeopardy announcer Johnny Gilbert
appear as themselves.
Rebecca is forced to revise her plans for a romantic evening alone
with Robin after the mercurial millionaire invites Sam to tag along
on their date.
Guest star Gail O'Grady would eventually earn considerable acclaim
for her portrayal of Donna Abandando, the outspoken administrative assistant
on NYPD Blue, which would debut on ABC in the fall of 1993.
Still flying high after her date with Robin Colcord, Rebecca's spirits
tumble abruptly back to earth when she discovers her unfaithful millionaire
in the arms of another woman.
Pop singer Bill Medley--one-half of the musical Righteous Brothers--appears
as himself in both installments of this two-part episode.
Woody is at his wit's end when he begins to suspect that Kelly's mother
has designs on him; and Cliff is determined to get the better of the
bar's mechanical bull.
Sam creates quite a stir when he appears on a local talk show with
Lilith to promote her new pop psychology book, Good Girls, Bad Boys.
Rebecca's plans for a perfect romantic date with Robin are derailed
when the millionaire is side-tracked by a childish game of one-upsmanship
Carla agrees to split her late husband's estate with his other widow,
until she discovers that Eddie was carrying a substantial life-insurance
policy when he died.
The theft of the bar's wooden Indian mascot kicks off the latest skirmish
in the gang's ongoing war with the guys at Gary's Old Towne Tavern.
Woody suffers premature separation anxiety when Kelly announces her
intention to continue her schooling in France.
Carla consults a mystic after her dead husband's ghost pays an unexpected
Sam irritates Rebecca with his boast that he's had a romantic encounter
with her arch-rival on an elevator.
Rebecca is crestfallen to discover that Robin Colcord has been using
her as an unwitting accomplice in a ruthless game of corporate espionage.
Rebecca faces her bleak romantic prospects after Robin Colcord is indicted
on insider trading charges; and, after being richly rewarded for his
own role in bringing Robin's crimes to light, Sam offers the distraught
bar manager a compassionate shoulder to cry on.