I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
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Season Nine: 1990-91
1990-91: THE NINTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 21.3 (1st place)
Sam meets a worthy foil when Keene Curtis is introduced in the role
of restaurateur John Allen Hill in the show's ninth season, which is
once again co-executive produced by Cheri Eichen, Bill Steinkellner,
and Phoef Sutton. Tim Berry and Andy Ackerman are producers for the
year, which is co-produced by Larry Balmagia, Brian Pollack, Mert Rich,
Dan O'Shannon, and Tom Anderson. Other important players on the show's
ninth-season roster include story editors Dan Staley and Rob Long, creative
consultants David Lloyd, Ken Levine, and David Isaacs, and executive
script consultant Bob Ellison.
Sam struggles hard to remain discreet about what went on behind closed
doors during his spontaneous romantic interlude with Rebecca.
The players from Gary's Old Towne Tavern cry foul when Sam recruits
a basketball pro to play on the Cheers team as the rival bars prepare
to face each other on the court.
Boston Celtics star Kevin McHale appears as himself.
Though not officially numbered as such, this episode would serve as
the fourth installment in the "bar wars" series that had been launched
with Ken Levine and David Isaacs' eponymously titled sixth-season entry,
"Bar Wars"--an episode that was itself inspired by Peter Casey and David
Lee's fourth-season show, "From Beer to Eternity."
Rebecca takes a dim view of her post-Cheers employment prospects after
she's forced to accept part-time work as an auto-show model.
Rebecca tries to play it cool when her rival for Robin Colcord's attentions
boasts about her own lock on the jailed financier's affections.
Talk-show host Arsenio Hall contributes a cameo appearance, as himself,
in this episode.
Cliff's mother takes a shine to Woody, whom she fancies to be the son
she never had.
Norm launches a campaign to keep his favorite local eatery from closing
The legendary actor and television pioneer Sheldon Leonard guest stars
as Sid Nelson, the feisty proprietor of Norm's favorite all-beef restaurant,
The Hungry Heifer.
Rebecca schemes to arrange an unscheduled conjugal visit with the incarcerated
Robin Colcord; and Frasier and Lilith cope with the demands of parenting
a gifted child.
Rhea Perlman's real-life dad, Philip Perlman, logs his first credited
appearance on the show with this episode. Perlman's elderly barfly,
Phil, would be a fixture at the bar throughout the show's remaining
Political pundit John McLaughlin hosts a retrospective look at highlights
of the show's first eight and a half seasons.
Designed to commemorate the filming of the show's 200th episode, this
hour-long special was anchored by an in-depth panel discussion with
the series's creators, as well as most of the show's past and current
cast, including Shelley Long.
Sam finds himself caught up in a feud with the haughty owner of Melville's
restaurant, John Allen Hill.
Keene Curtis--best known for his long-running role as Little Orphan
Annie's Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway warhorse Annie--debuts
in the role of John Allen Hill in the 200th Cheers episode filmed.
Woody lands a job as spokesperson in a commercial for a new vegetable
drink; and know-it-all Cliff faces unexpected competition from the bar's
new trivia napkins.
Norm and Cliff ferment a feud between Sam and Frasier; and Woody finds
himself addicted to a televised home-shopping show.
Woody's girlfriend Kelly returns from overseas with an attractive Frenchman
in tow; and Cliff decides to have his brain cryogenically preserved
after his death.
Anthony Cistaro debuts in the role of Frenchman Henri Fourchette,
who would continue to make regular appearances at the bar throughout
the show's remaining seasons.
Carla rebels against her domineering mother after the dotty matriarch
issues an impossible deathbed decree.
Carla's eccentric Mama Lozupone is played by Sada Thompson, a veteran
character actress best-remembered by TV audiences for her portrayal
of Kate Lawrence on ABC's mid-'70s dramatic series Family.
Sam hopes to get John Allen Hill's goat by romancing the restaurateur's
unsuspecting daughter; and Carla is convinced that the bar's foosball
table is possessed.
Rebecca debates the wisdom of accepting an ill-timed marriage proposal
from Robin Colcord; and Frasier fancies himself a crooner after the
bar installs a karaoke machine.
In spite of her initial doubts, Rebecca appears surprisingly gung ho
as the hour of her wedding approaches.
The singer Bobby Hatfield, formerly of The Righteous Brothers, appears
Rebecca struggles to recover from her break-up with Robin; and Frasier
attempts to regale the gang with a reading from Dickens.
Sam finds himself unexpectedly incapacitated on the eve of his annual
Valentine's Day tryst with an old girlfriend.
Sam's anniversary waltz partner is played by Barbara Feldon, who co-starred
as Agent 99 on the long-running 1960s sitcom Get Smart. Former
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Dukakis also logs a brief appearance
in the episode's pre-credit teaser.
Willson, Philip Perlman, Tony DiBenedetto, Peter
Schreiner, Adele Baughn, Anadel Baughn
Rebecca and Sam compete for John Allen Hill's favor after word leaks
out that the bar's long-term lease may be up for grabs.
The bar celebrates Frasier's birthday, but it looks as though the party
may be over for Norm when his wife, Vera, lands a job upstairs at Melville's.
The voice of Norm's wife is provided by George Wendt's real-life spouse,
Bernadette Birkett. The actress had earlier appeared on the show--in
a different role--in the third-season episode "Fairy Tales Can Come
Sam is skeptical of Rebecca's latest marketing brainstorm, an ill-conceived
plan to transform the bar's pool room into a chili parlor.
Carla is forced to observe an uneasy truce with Cliff after she discovers
that the postman has been chosen to serve as a judge in the annual Miss
Boston Barmaid contest.
One of Sam's old baseball rivals shows up to challenge the former pitcher
to one final battle on the mound.
Lilith grieves the passing of her favorite lab rat; and rotund Cheers
regular Paul is taken aback by the unexpected advances of an attractive
Sam plays part-time papa when Frasier and Lilith draft him into service
as Frederick's babysitter; and Woody has his hands full when Kelly lands
a part-time job at the bar.
Sam is surprised to discover that playing surrogate dad to Frasier's
kid has put him in touch with his own latent parental yearnings.