6.01 Home Is the Sailor - Cheers

Episode: 6.01 Home Is the Sailor



1982 - 1993

Number of episodes:
275 Episodes in 11 Seasons


Cheers - Episode 6.01
Cheers - Season 6
Season 6
Number of episodes:
First Air Date:
September 24, 1987

- Season 6

6.1 Home Is the Sailor - Cheers Episode Guide

Home Is the Sailor

Things at Cheers have changed. Sam has sold the bar to a large corporation and with the proceeds of the sale, bought a boat and is sailing around the world. As employees, Woody and Carla are forced to wear corporate uniforms. The new manager, Rebecca Howe, is a beautiful but tough as nails boss who has worked her way to this position from a business school background. Norm and Cliff no longer frequent the bar, as don't many of the old regulars, except Frasier. Norm gave the "new" Cheers a shot, but as a new crowd started populating the bar, the old refrain, "Norm!" as he enters, has left their vernacular. Diane's book deal didn't work out, and is in Hollywood writing for television. And Carla and Eddie have broken up. But the one constant: Carla is again pregnant, this time with Eddie's child. Into this new world, Sam throws everybody for a loop and returns to Cheers; apparently, he sank his boat when he hit a reef in the Caribbean. He came back to the bar, not in an effort to buy it since he has no money, but rather to find a job as a bartender. However there aren't any positions available. The other bartender, Wayne, is a dour man who knows how to make every drink known to man. Sam decides that a good approach to getting a job at Cheers is to go through Rebecca. When he meets her, he is amazed at his luck since he figures he can get a job AND sleep with her. Rebecca however takes an instant dislike to him. Sam honestly appeals to her on an emotional level: he sold the bar to run away from the memory of Diane, but now that he has returned and sees the changes, those memories are no longer a problem, yet the bar is as close to a home as he has ever had. Rebecca feels sorry for him, and offers him a part time relief bartender job. But Sam thinks he has the upper hand when he secretly overhears a telephone conversation between Rebecca and Evan Drake, a VP with the company for which, as a side note, Rebecca has the hots. Mr. Drake wants her to hire Sam full time for his "marquee" value. She does so, but needs to fire another one of the bartenders, that person being Woody. However Carla has hatched a plan to get Wayne fired or to have him quit voluntarily instead. Wayne, in a bet with Carla, says he will quit if that night, he can't make a drink for which a customer requests. All the old gang, who haven't been into the bar in ages, including Norm, Cliff, Alan, Steve and Tim, come in and ask for a "Screaming Viking", a drink that doesn't exist, but that Woody happily prepares. Wayne, knowing that he is being had, storms off in a huff and quits. Although Sam thinks his problems are solved, Rebecca ends up firing him since he has shown her up. Sam asks for a second chance, and Rebecca, needing a bartender, does give him the opportunity. Sam and Rebecca come to an understanding about their professional relationship.
First Air DateSeptember 24, 1987
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Ted Danson als Sam Malone bei Cheers
Image: Ted Danson as Sam Malone in Cheers


as Sam Malone

270 Episodes (1982-1993)

from Episode: 1.01 - Give Me a Ring Sometime

Birth Name:
Edward Bridge Danson III

Born December 29, 1947
in San Diego, Kalifornien, USA

Kirstie Alley als Rebecca Howe bei Cheers
Image: Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe in Cheers


as Rebecca Howe

147 Episodes (1987-1993)

from Episode: 6.01 - Home Is the Sailor

Birth Name:
Kirstie Louise Deal

Born January 12, 1951
in Wichita, Kansas

Rhea Perlman als Carla Tortelli bei Cheers
Image: Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli in Cheers


as Carla Tortelli

270 Episodes (1982-1993)

from Episode: 1.01 - Give Me a Ring Sometime

Birth Name:
Rhea Jo Perlman

Born March 31, 1948
in Brooklyn, New York, USA

John Ratzenberger als Cliff Clavin bei Cheers
Image: John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin in Cheers


as Cliff Clavin

268 Episodes (1982-1993)

from Episode: 1.01 - Give Me a Ring Sometime

Birth Name:
John Deszo Ratzenberger

Born April 6, 1947
in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Woody Harrelson als Woody Boyd bei Cheers
Image: Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd in Cheers


as Woody Boyd

198 Episodes (1985-1993)

from Episode: 4.01 - Birth, Death, Love and Rice

Birth Name:
Woodrow Tracy Harrelson

Born July 23, 1961
in Midland, Texas, USA

Kelsey Grammer als Dr. Frasier Crane bei Cheers
Image: Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers


as Dr. Frasier Crane

201 Episodes (1984-1993)

from Episode: 3.01 - Rebound: Part 1

Birth Name:
Allen Kelsey Grammer

Born February 21, 1955
in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

George Wendt als Norm Peterson bei Cheers
Image: George Wendt as Norm Peterson in Cheers


as Norm Peterson

270 Episodes (1982-1993)

from Episode: 1.01 - Give Me a Ring Sometime

Birth Name:
George Robert Wendt

Born October 17, 1948
in Chicago, Illinois, USA

†  August 24, 2017

as Eddie LeBec

9 Episodes (1987-1989)

from Episode: 5.16 - Never Love a Goalie: Part 1

Birth Name:
Jon Thomas Terrell

Born July 12, 1948
in Kermit, Texas, USA

Jay Thomas died August 24, 2017 in Santa Barbara, California, USA, passing away at the age of 69


as Wayne

1 Episode (1987)

6.01 - Home Is the Sailor

Birth Name:
Gordon Johnston Stark

Born February 16, 1952
in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

†  August 2, 1990

as Al

45 Episodes (1984-1989)

from Episode: 1.16 - The Boys in the Bar

Born May 9, 1910
in Maryland, USA

Al Rosen died August 2, 1990 in Hollywood, California, USA , passing away at the age of 80

as Tim

37 Episodes (1982-1993)

from Episode: 1.05 - The Coach's Daughter

as Steve

28 Episodes (1984-1993)

from Episode: 2.14 - No Help Wanted

as Alan

40 Episodes (1983-1993)

from Episode: 1.14 - Let Me Count the Ways

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