Season 10 - Cheers
Cheers - Season 10
Cheers - Season 10
Cheers - Season 10
Sam and Rebecca have definitely decided that they are going to have a baby together. Rebecca wants the conception not just to be a technical exercise, but a special night that they can tell their child about. The night should be a romantic one. Just before they are ready to do it, Rebecca's talk of "making a baby" makes Sam realize what they are doing and he gets nervous and runs out on her. He needs advice and turns to Frasier. Frasier thinks Sam's nervousness is related to the fact of the purpose, as opposed to the act of making love. Sam needs to make the evening more about making love than making a baby. Concerned that she did something wrong, Rebecca turns to Lilith for advice on the situation. Lilith thinks that Sam's nervousness was due to the fact that he has never made love with the purpose of having a child, and to make the act of this lovemaking special and different than the umpteen million other times he's made love to women, Rebecca should focus on the purpose of siring a child. When Sam returns to Rebecca's apartment, their evening obviously gets worse as they are working at cross purposes to each other. Finally, the truth as to their lovemaking problems comes out. They figure that if they can't even communicate their needs to each other, they perhaps would not make very good parents. But they again change their minds when the evening takes a romantic turn, that is until Rebecca, in the heat of the moment, inadvertently says something to turn Sam off. They'll have to wait until another evening.
Spurred by Frasier's desire to find his inner "hairy man", Frasier, Sam, Norm and Cliff embark on a spontaneous one-week road trip across America. They need to take Cliff's car since it is the one that will comfortably fit the four and their gear. One dark evening out on a deserted back road in the desert, Sam falls asleep at the wheel and crashes the car. The guys are physically all right, but the car needs repairs. Their emotions start to fray when all attempts to fix the car - many of the problems due to the booby traps Cliff has placed on the car in the name of theft security - fail, they're locked out of the car, Frasier's cell phone dies and ultimately pragmatist Frasier states that they may be in real trouble. Perhaps things will look better in the morning. They do look better for Norm. While Frasier, Sam and Cliff slept outside during the night, Norm found a nearby resort where he had a great night. But at least Frasier, Sam and Cliff can enjoy the resort's breakfast buffet. Back at the bar, Carla has had to hire extra help since Woody is currently on vacation. She hires her naive, but handsome tight jeans and shirt wearing nephew, Frankie. All the women at the bar can't stop ogling his tight butt. Finally Carla, protecting her naive nephew, tells him he should leave the bar for good so that sex-starved Rebecca can't get at him.
Woody is appearing in a local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The local theater critic gives the production a good review, but he deems Woody's performance weak. Stung by the critique, Woody decides to quit the show. Lee Bradken, the director, convinces Woody that all he needs to do to have a better performance is get to his true emotional feelings by writing them down on paper. Buoyed by the fact that the critic is coming back to re-review the play, Woody takes his task to heart. He gets a better review, but Woody is forced to quit the show anyway when the other actors and Bradken read what Woody said about them in his "feelings writing" exercise. Meanwhile, Carla is worried because Madame Lazora, her spiritual advisor since she was seventeen, is coming by the bar to see her. Carla thinks it is to tell her some devastating news about her life. Instead, Madame Lazora comes to say that she is retiring to Florida, and that Princess Katja, her spirit guide and connection to the afterlife, has named Carla as the person who should take Madame Lazora's place. Carla is skeptical at first since she doesn't think she has the gift. Initially this is true, but once she puts her mind to it, she can read people's minds... or so she thinks. Later she finds out and realizes that the story she told of Sam's childhood was not Sam's life, but in fact was a story from her own childhood. She tells Madame Lazora that she feels she doesn't have the gift to take over her job. Then all of a sudden after Madame Lazora chastises her for having no faith, Carla starts channeling the spirit of Princess Katja. Carla does have the gift. Later at Madame Lazora's studio just as Carla is about to start her new life as a spiritualist, Carla admits to Madame Lazora that she really didn't channel Princess Katja's spirit; she just pretended to do so not to disappoint her soon to be predecessor. Madame Lazora also makes an admission to Carla: she's a total fraud as a spiritualist and has been for the entire time she has foretold Carla's life. Carla is mad and disappointed with Madame Lazora for duping her all these years. Carla refuses to take over Madame Lazora's business, that is until she figures out she can make lot's of money by duping other people.
Carla, questioning Rebecca's potential parenting skills, bets her $5 that she can't take care of an egg for three days. Despite a rocky start, Rebecca manages to do so. Rebecca wins the bet, but Carla still has the upper hand: she made wagers with everyone in the bar that she could make Rebecca carry around an egg for three days. Carla made $150 in the process. Meanwhile, Norm is doing another paint job for the Cranes, during which Frasier accidentally falls on top of Norm, causing a bruised disk in Norm's back. Because Vera is away and Norm is immobile, Frasier suggests that Norm stay at their house on the couch until Vera returns. Lilith reluctantly agrees. Lilith ends up being at Norm's beck and call, especially getting him one beer after another. Just as Lilith is at the end of her rope, Norm offers his gratitude to her - she can't now kick him out. But there's another problem: Norm can't go to the bar, so the bar comes to Norm. The gang, much to both Norm and Frasier's glee, invade the Crane household and treat it like Cheers. In fact, they stay all night. Lilith finally blows up. But she notices something: Norm is gone. His back was feeling better, so he left to go back to Cheers. Lilith storms out of the house and heads to Cheers to chastise Norm for being rude. Norm apologizes. In a moment of openness, Lilith admits to Norm that she has never been one that made friends easily, to which Norm says she just needs to loosen up a little. Lilith takes Norm's advice to heart, and decides to head home and be the life of the party, Lilith style. Luckily for those at the Crane household, Norm gives them a head's up to clear the house, pronto, before Lilith comes home.
Margaret O'Keefe, Cliff's mail carrier girlfriend living in Canada, has come back to Boston wanting to rekindle her relationship with Cliff. Cliff also wants to do so, but he isn't thinking marriage just yet. The biggest hurdle in the relationship is that Ma Clavin and Margaret have never met. When Cliff tells Ma about Margaret, Ma is hurt - she feels like Cliff wants to replace her with another woman. But Ma and Margaret do meet, and after an initial coolness between them, Ma and Margaret get along famously. They get along so well that Ma proposes to Margaret for Cliff and Margaret accepts, without Cliff even being there. Ma and Margaret announce this news to the gang at the bar. Ma is dictating the details of the wedding. Although Cliff loves both Ma and Margaret, Cliff decides that he's not ready for marriage but can't stand up to Ma. Frasier convinces Cliff to stand up for what he wants in life. Cliff manages to tell Margaret, but he has more difficulty telling Ma. Although he finally does tell Ma to which she has to accept, Ma ultimately has to do Cliff's work in his relationship with Margaret. Meanwhile, Rebecca and Sam are still trying to have a baby. It's been two months without success. Rebecca is being scientific about it, and thinks the problem is that Sam is too warm "down there" due to the fact that he wears constricting bikini briefs. She suggests he try boxer shorts that contain freon to freeze his testicles. Sam doesn't like them as their coldness is causing him to become a little testy.
Everyone at the bar is questioning Sam and Rebecca's want to have a baby. Some are dismayed that they have decided to take this measure out of wedlock, while others doubt the ultimate parenting skills that either Sam or Rebecca possess, or as is the case may be don't possess. To address the latter, Lilith suggests that Sam and Rebecca should have an evening alone babysitting someone else's child. Without Frederick available for the job, Rebecca decides she and Sam should give themselves the ultimate test: looking after Carla's seven kids (the eldest Anthony, won't be around as he's serving time) for one evening. Carla is all for the idea if only to have an evening away from her unruly mob. But what will Sam and Rebecca think about having a child after this evening is over? Meanwhile, Woody wants his parents to meet Kelly. Since he doesn't have the money for Kelly and him to take a trip back to Hanover, he decides on the next best thing: to make and send to them a videotape of Kelly and himself. Cliff and Frasier volunteer to be director/videotaper, which may prove an obstacle in and of itself in getting the video shot and sent.
It's Halloween, and the Cranes are arguing about how much of the Halloween tradition, if any, they should expose Frederick to. Another argument going on, one more traditional, is that between the gang at Cheers and the gang at Gary's Olde Towne Tavern - Halloween is a day that bar wars of the prank kind happens. As Sam and the gang decide what to do to Gary and his bar - as Carla states, she wants to be on a winning side of a scam - Gary already hits. But the pranks come to a screeching halt from Gary's side when he comes into Cheers and announces that he wants a truce as he was just diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure. Sam doesn't believe him and continues to plot. Frasier comes up with what he thinks is a brilliant plan: project a 3-D hologram of a scary figure over Gary's bar. Sam goes ahead with this plan, with Carla offering her disembodied head as the scary apparition. Checking how the prank went over, the Cheers gang goes over to Gary's and finds him alone unconscious on the floor. Frasier checks: Gary isn't unconscious but dead. Seeing Gary on the floor, Sam doesn't believe Gary's dead. After the police and coroner confirm Frasier's check, Sam doesn't believe Gary's dead. When one of Gary's bartenders gives Sam one of Gary's prized possessions, Sam doesn't believe Gary's dead. As Gary's funeral is announced, Sam doesn't believe Gary's dead. After Sam sees Gary inside the casket, Sam doesn't believe Gary's dead. And as the casket is buried, Sam doesn't believe Gary's dead. Later, the gang are finally able to convince Sam that Gary really is dead which leads Sam to admit that his immaturity was the cause of Gary's death. Regardless, Carla got her wish that she was on the winning end of a Gary/Sam scam. The winning end, however, is not quite what Sam was envisioning.
After Frasier suggests that she change her hair style, Lilith does get a new hairdo - an afro - to which Frasier in particular cannot stop laughing. Lilith is hurt by Frasier's reaction. Ultimately, Frasier supports his wife, but needs a little help from Rebecca to do so. Meanwhile, it's Norm's birthday and among his gifts is a Boston Celtics jacket personally delivered by Kevin McHale. Before Kevin leaves the bar, he gets caught up in the typical trivia talk of Norm and Cliff, namely how many bolts there are in the Boston Garden basketball court. Carla warns Kevin of the obsessive power of bar trivia, but she's too late. Kevin is obsessed with knowing the number of bolts, which no one can tell him conclusively. He's up in the middle of the night wondering, but what's worse, his basketball skills plummet as he's busy counting the bolts rather than paying attention to the game. Sam, Norm, Cliff and Woody decide to go the Garden to count the bolts so that Kevin can get back on track. While there, Woody also wonders about the ice surface for the Bruins games, and he lifts up one of the basketball court floorboards. Just then, the guys are forced to take off immediately or else get caught by security. The next game, Kevin is playing well again as Sam told Kevin the number of bolts, albeit a made up number. Despite Kevin's prowess on the court, he faces a mishap when he steps on the floorboard Woody loosened, causing him to crash and leave the game with an ankle injury. That's when the guys confess to Kevin that they were responsible for his injury. Sam also confesses that he didn't know the number of bolts. Finally to get Kevin's life back on track, Kevin and Sam and Norm and Cliff and Woody count the bolts one by one.
Cliff has been chosen to re-enact the first postal run cum pony express in Boston. The problem is is that Cliff is scared of horses. During the ride, Cliff goes missing. Apparently, non-rider Cliff has let the horse take him where ever the horse wanted to go and is lost somewhere in the seedy part of the city. Friend Norm goes looking for him. Cliff manages to finish his run, three hours late, but Norm is now missing wandering the seedy part of town. Unlike what Norm did, Cliff leaves Norm out there to fend for himself. Back at the bar, Sam is in his continual battle with upstairs neighbor, John Allen Hill. At the end of his rope, Sam decides to pull out the big guns to get back at Hill by using the meanest, evilest thing to his disposal: Carla. Sam leaves it to Carla's discretion what to do, but Carla only promises to make Hill cry. Later, Carla comes back in a panic. She confides to Lilith and Rebecca that she did the worst thing she possibly could have done: she slept with Hill. Lilith explains to a confused Carla that she and Hill have the classic compulsion/repulsion relationship. Carla is not only confused but she feels that she betrayed Sam, who she can't tell. This news quickly spreads around the bar, ultimately back to Sam. Carla is apologetic, but Sam explodes and Carla storms out. That night, Sam stops by Carla's place to apologize. Carla accepts and apologizes back. Things between the two are back to normal, when who should come out of Carla's bedroom but Hill.
Frasier has a massive headache, and no matter what he does, it won't go away. For Frasier, Lilith suggests he take an extreme measure: acupuncture. He initially won't do it, until he sees the beautiful Dr. Lee. During the session, Lilith is concerned hearing Frasier's moaning, and asks Sam to investigate. Sam is mesmerized by the work of the beautiful Dr. Lee, but it's not what Lilith is expecting: Frasier looks like a pincushion with several hundred needles sticking out of his body. What will go away if the US government and Woody have their way is Henrí, whose Visa has run out. Henrí mentions that a way he could stay is to marry a US citizen, an idea on which Kelly picks up, with her being the bride. Woody doesn't like the idea. Woody and Kelly have an argument over it, which pushes Kelly into marrying Henrí. Sam and Woody rush down to City Hall to stop the wedding. Although what Woody says doesn't directly convince Kelly not to go through with it, Kelly's admission to the Justice of the Peace that the wedding is a scam does stop the wedding. Further, Woody guesses that the deportation letter was also a scam written by Henrí himself, which Henrí admits is the truth. Finally, Woody does what he should have a long time ago: he proposes to Kelly, and she gladly and lovingly accepts.
Everyone isn't loving Norm, but rather trying to gross him out. They're trying to see what gross things they can think of that would be so off-putting as to make him stop drinking beer. It ends up being a near impossible task, until Cliff tells the story of a naked Paul. Paul isn't feeling the love from the guys. He feels left out of the outings of Norm and Cliff. When Cliff and Norm try to make it up to him, they fail miserably due to their selfishness. Sam isn't feeling the love from Rebecca. After six months of trying to have a baby unsuccessfully, Rebecca thinks they should go to a fertility clinic to check themselves out. Sam is squeamish about doing so. Once Rebecca finds out that there is nothing wrong with her, she assumes that Sam's lack of fertility is the problem. Still squeamish, Sam finally does end up going to the clinic for tests. But Sam is still so anxious about the results and bothering Carla so much about it, Carla decides to take matters into her own hands and burns the envelope with the results. Sam is relieved as he is content not to know. And Frasier isn't feeling the love from Lilith. They are preparing their wills and Frasier, squeamish about talking about his mortality, feels Lilith is being too clinical about the life and death of the supposed love of her life. After much complaining, Frasier does complete his will. However, about thirty five years later, when Frasier has passed away and Lilith and Frederick are at the lawyer's for the will reading, the lawyer opens the envelope containing the will and instead reads Sam fertility test - Carla burnt Frasier's will by mistake. By the way, Sam was not infertile.
It's freezing outside and so is Sam and Rebecca's relationship. The stress of not having yet conceived a baby is causing Sam and Rebecca to fight continually, so much so that sex-machine Sam doesn't want to have sex, even on Rebecca's ovulating day. Sam talks Frasier into giving him and Rebecca a stay at a luxury hotel suite that Frasier and Lilith can no longer use. Sam thinks it might rekindle some romance into their sex life. At the hotel room, Sam fantasizes about his perfect son, also named Sam, who idolizes everything about his Dad. Back in reality, Sam then meets a hotel guest - a father - who tells Sam that the main ingredient in a happy family is love. Back in Sam's fantasy, young Sam has turned into a juvenile delinquent since there is no love between his parents. Meanwhile Rebecca meets a newlywed couple, who are so much in love. Rebecca's fantasy turns to her and Sam in a house filled with yelling and infidelity since they don't love each other. Back in reality, Sam and Rebecca both individually come to the conclusion that it best not to have a child without love, and decide to call the whole thing off. Sam's vision of his namesake son slowly fades away. Meanwhile back at the bar, the guys need a way to beat the winter blahs. Paul suggests they try a polar bear swim, something he did as a child. Norm and Cliff and Woody and Frasier all go off enthused and invigorated by the idea. What Paul failed to mention was he grew up in Hawaii. But the guys being guys, they all chicken out - that is except for Frasier who comes back a Popsicle.
It's Elvis' birthday, and Elvis-fanatic Carla believes that he will make his presence known today. By the end of the day, nothing has happened, until she gets a delivery of roses from the King. She rushes off home to await the King's arrival. She will get a visit from a King of a different sort: it was John Allen Hill who sent the roses, and he will go woo Carla donning an Elvis wig. Meanwhile, Sam has some hair problems. He needs a hair cut - in his own mind, it is a need. Tony, his hair stylist, has been in a serious car accident, and is thus unable to cut Sam's hair. Sam is devastated, not for Tony but for himself. Woody offers to cut Sam's hair for him, and although initially reluctant, Sam does let Woody do the job. Joking around, Woody feigns error after error while cutting Sam's hair. However a real issue does arise when Woody drops his gum into Sam's hair and needs to cut it off, causing a gaping hole in Sam's hairline. Sam, needing to wear a hunting cap to cover the mistake, first gives Woody the silent treatment, then vows revenge by doing something to Woody's hair. But then Sam comes to the realization that Woody is his friend and decides not to do anything, but not after giving Woody a shave job: every inch of hair off his body except off the top of his head. Frasier decides to bring yet another one of his therapy groups, namely a low self-esteem group, into the bar to expose them to a real world social situation. They start off slowly, but Norm, Cliff and Paul, with their regular bar chatter, help them out. Ultimately, they all come to a common point of discussion: pompous fool Frasier Crane. Frasier is hurt and storms out, but not before his therapy group, on the advice of Norm, pants Frasier. Frasier is angry at the guys, that is until Norm explains that the therapy group was scared stiff of him and the ribbing was just to make Frasier seem more human to them. The therapy group concurs, saying that Frasier's act of humiliation made them feel special and elevated their own self-esteem. Frasier is back up on his high horse as the self-professed genius. The gang decides that there is only one thing they can do: pants Frasier - again.
The bar's furnace is on the fritz, so Rebecca calls the furnace company to fix the problem. While she's got them on the phone, she has to crawl in through the vent in the wall - usually covered by a grate - to get some information. Carla uses this opportunity to put the grate back into place and leave Rebecca locked in the vent in the wall. Later, Paul tells Rebecca that she can get back at Carla by throwing her purse in the vent, so that Carla will have to climb in and retrieve it. Rebecca does so, but it happens to be her own purse, so she has to climb back in and retrieve it. Carla paid Paul to do it, and Carla once again locks Rebecca in the vent in the wall. With other official bar business, Sam offers the bar employees a medical plan. Each employee must take a blood test. Carla refuses as she's scared of needles. Frasier uses his psychiatric skills to get Carla under the needle. Meanwhile, Woody and Kelly are having their official engagement party, at which Woody will meet for the first time Grandmother Gaines, who has a reputation for being tough as nails. Equally as troublesome for Woody is that he cannot afford Kelly's engagement ring and is forced to work a second job at a graveyard to pay for it. The second job takes its toll on Woody as he's not getting any sleep and is further exhausted by selling his blood. This day is particularly bad as he further took his employee blood test at the bar, and had a tough night at the graveyard with the difficult burial of Mrs. Jane Vanderhoeven, whose casket kept on popping open. What's worse is that he forgot that the Gaines' moved the day of the party up one day to today. Woody's in no real shape to go, but he has no choice. At the party, Woody is still a little woozy, but he has to meet Grandmother Gaines. Woody is totally freaked when he meets Grandmother Gaines: he swears that she is the supposedly deceased Mrs. Jane Vanderhoeven, the woman he buried last night. Grandmother Gaines wants to have a private talk with Woody, for which he is obviously frightened. At the end of their short talk, Grandmother Gaines states that Woody tried to bury her the previous evening. Woody's darkest nightmare has come true. In reality, Grandmother Gaines, in an effort to catch Woody in his true light but to also play a joke on him, pretended to be the deceased Mrs. Jane Vanderhoeven the night before at the graveyard. Woody is mad and really wants to kill Grandmother, but Grandmother really likes Woody, likes his grit and honesty, and gives her blessing to Kelly and Woody on a happy marriage.
After getting one of his jokes published in a postal newsletter, Cliff thinks he's the jokemeister of Boston. However, only Lilith appreciates his brand of humor. He wants Rebecca to have a comedy night at Cheers starring himself, but Rebecca suggests he go to a comedy club open mic night instead. He thinks it's a great idea. However the comedy club and the patrons of ultimately don't think so - he bombs. Back at the bar, Sam breaks a tooth on a shell that was in some crab salad from Melville's. Despite the fact that the salad was given free to Woody, Sam vows to sue to get even with his nemesis, John Allen Hill. Beyond that, Sam pickets outside of Melville's, telling his story, or a more fanciful version, to anyone who will listen. Hill admits that Sam's act, however futile, is causing his business harm and thus decides to settle with Sam: $500 and dental costs. Sam agrees. Just then, Hill chomps down on a rock he says he found in a bowl of peanuts at Cheers. Hill knows he's lying and Sam knows he's lying. But when Hill snaps a photograph with Sam holding the rock and the peanut bowl, Sam knows Hill has once again beaten him. Elsewhere in the bar, Carla is proud to announce that second oldest son, Gino, has decided to become a priest. Carla is the proudest she's ever been, not so much for Gino's sake, but for herself. She believes that the parents of priests and nuns have what she calls a "free ticket out of hell" card. In other words, she will go to heaven no matter how evil her life is. She takes this opportunity to be mean to everyone in sight and relishes the act. Later that afternoon, Gino announces that he has changed his mind and wants instead to become a male model. Carla now fears for her eternal soul since she mocked God so blatantly. Only one act can atone for her evil acts of the day: to listen to Cliff refine his comedy routine.
For Frederick's second birthday, Sam takes Frederick, and by association Frasier and Lilith, to a Nanny Gee concert, she being a famous children's entertainer. Woody tags along just because he loves Nanny Gee. Someone else once loved Nanny Gee as well: Frasier. At the theater, Frasier is certain that he knows her from somewhere, and he finally figures out that she is really Nanette Guzman, his first wife about who he has never told Lilith. Frasier and Nanette married and divorced when they were very young - when Frasier was still in medical school - and he hasn't seen or thought about her since then. When Nanny Gee wanders through the audience, she instantly recognizes him, a fact Frasier, Lilith and the rest of the audience realize when Nanny Gee passionately kisses Frasier. After that display, Lilith is angry, but Frasier and Nanette apologize. As an act of good faith, Nanny Gee offers to perform at Frederick's private birthday party. Lilith reluctantly lets it happen despite the fact that the emotions between Frasier and Nanette were once obviously very strong, and still very well may be. The emotions from Nanette's end are still obvious as at the party, in the guise of singing a a birthday song for Frederick, Nanny Gee sings a romantic love song to Frasier. A cat-fight ensues between Lilith and Nanny Gee, and Lilith wins her man. Lilith forgives Frasier for not telling her about Nanette earlier. As a parting shot, Nanette gives Frederick a gift of a singing Nanny Gee doll, the doll which continually sings what is obviously Nanette's home telephone number.
There is a new postal uniform which Cliff refuses to wear despite never having seen it. Twitchell, the bar's postal delivery man, threatens to report Cliff unless he complies. He does do so, bringing in postal inspector Henderson, who will suspend Cliff unless he complies. Once Cliff sees the flashy, sequin trimmed uniform, Cliff changes his mind and wears the new uniform proudly. However, Cliff doesn't know that this is a made up uniform by Twitchell and his brother-in-law Henderson. Everyone is kicking themselves, including Ma Clavin, for not coming up with this ruse. Meanwhile, Woody's naive cousin, Russell, comes to Boston for a visit. Once they hear him, Sam and Rebecca hire Russell to sing and play the piano at the bar for tips. Russell is somewhat obsessive once he gets his mind set on something, and his newest fixation is Rebecca. Rebecca knows that she has to let him down gently. When she confronts him about his supposed crush, he says he doesn't have one. In reality he has an all consuming love, as expressed by the semi-clad mural of Rebecca he's painted on his motel room wall. Rebecca doesn't know what to do, beyond avoid him. She decides to be direct with him. After she tells him that she's not the right woman for him, he's heartbroken but respects her wishes. She then comes to the realization that she doesn't often get the devoted attention of men, and rushes back to Russell. However, Russell has moved on with life and has a new obsession: Carla.
The guys decide to have a poker game in the back room. Woody feigns his country bumpkin background in not knowing how to play poker, but he's hustling them, and ends up winning most of the money, a fact he gloats over the guys. Sam is a bit hesitant to play as he doesn't want to leave Rebecca alone in charge of the bar. Rebecca is offended by this notion, so Sam does join the poker game and leaves Rebecca in charge. Rebecca is invigorated by this challenge. One of her first challenges is that a letter comes back with insufficient postage - it is the bar's liquor license renewal which is now overdue. Rebecca was supposed to send it in two weeks ago. Rebecca doesn't want Sam to know about this blunder, and does whatever she can to manage and run the bar without the license for the day (Carla finds out that they can get the renewal in person tomorrow). Rebecca decides to give away drinks for free, which would not contravene the state's liquor laws. $1,200 later, Rebecca thinks this not the best idea. The next idea is to serve non-alcoholic drinks masquerading as alcoholic drinks. Cliff gets drunk despite not having any alcohol. They manage to make it to the end of the night undetected. Just before closing, the state's liquor inspectors raid the bar. Apparently, John Allen Hill, who could hear all the goings-on in the bar through a vent, called the authorities to close down Cheers. Sam finds out the problem and chastises Rebecca for being so careless as to let the license expire. However, Rebecca proves that no liquor was served, getting the inspectors off the bar's back. But they also determine that it was Sam that put the insufficient postage on the letter. Rebecca ends up getting a little respect until another incident comes crashing down on the bar courtesy of Rebecca.
Frasier has decided that he needs to get in shape. Rather than go with his original plan of hiring a personal trainer, Frasier takes Sam up on his offer to train him for free. After one hellish day of training for Frasier where Sam just sits and watches and eats donuts, Frasier has had enough and will do whatever he needs to to keep Sam away. Meanwhile, Woody has just returned from an all expenses paid trip to London with Kelly, paid for by the Gaines family. Woody has returned a changed man: pompous and affected by the English ways. After everyone in the bar gets mad at him, Woody makes a Freudian slip and calls himself Woody Gaines. He then realizes that he has indeed changed because of this trip and his access to the Gaines family money. He thinks perhaps it wouldn't be a good idea to marry Kelly and her money. Kelly is heartbroken when Woody tells her, and she turns to the only person around for support: an uncomfortable Norm. Norm suggest she try living like Woody, an example being to travel via the subway. This task may be difficult since she doesn't even know what the subway is. The next day, Woody has a change of heart when he hears that Kelly is exposing herself to the underbelly of life, and is concerned about her safety when he hears about her subway experiment. While Woody goes searching for her, Kelly bounds into the bar with tales of her new exciting adventures on the subway. Woody returns with a slightly less successful subway trip: he got mugged. Woody and Kelly come to an understanding about their married life: Kelly will live off her income, and Woody will live off his.
Betty Sternin, Lilith's mother, is coming to Boston for a visit. Frasier is dreading the thought as Betty is not the most easy going person in the world and Lilith cannot stand up to her mother. Frasier vows not to argue with Betty during her visit. Even Betty gets the best of Carla. Since Betty missed her daughter's wedding, she wants Frasier and Lilith to renew their vows. Betty takes control of the situation. Lilith, feeling steamrolled into doing something she doesn't want to do, has to get up the nerve to stand up to her mother for the first time in her life. Meanwhile, Sam finagles a trip to Atlantic City with Debbie, a dumb blond he meets in the bar. Norm asks Sam to make a large bet for him, which comes through. Rebecca and Sam hope Norm will apply his large windfall to his ever growing bar tab. Subtle hints don't seem to be working. Less than subtle hints don't seem to be working. But Norm has his own plans for the money.
As Lilith is going away for family business, she entrusts Frasier with taking care of her beloved lab rat, Number 17A, or who she coins Whiskers. Frasier brings Whiskers to the bar, and promptly loses him. Frasier hasn't found Whiskers by the time Lilith comes back, so Frasier decides to buy a rat from the pet store and train it to pass it off as Whiskers. Lilith immediately knows the rat is not Whiskers. As Frasier is adamantly vowing that the new rat is Whiskers, the real Whiskers, attracted to the sound of Lilith's voice, suddenly appears on Frasier's shoulder. Lilith might have Whiskers back, but Frasier doesn't have Lilith back, at least in the sexual sense for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, with the arrival of Mitch Ganzell, an old baseball buddy, Sam decides to follow Mitch's footsteps and try-out for the Red Sox' farm team as a relief pitcher, this despite their respective ages. Miraculously, they both make the farm team. However only Sam makes it to the team as Mitch comes down with a sudden injury (courtesy of Whiskers). Carla decides to visit Sam while he's on the road pitching. Although Sam is pitching well, he admits to Carla that he really hasn't been able to go back, namely to the carousing and pranks of the younger guys. In other words, he hates his new situation. Just as the guys are about to pants Sam, Carla calls them off and allows Sam to leave the team in peace. However Carla decides to stay and join in the fun with the guys.
Prior to their wedding, Kelly wants to get to know all of Woody's friends. She's been spending quality time with them at the bar. Buying them rounds of beer doesn't hurt her time with them in their eyes. Sam's beloved Corvette has been stolen, after which he starts a support group for people who have had their high performance cars stolen. The group is beneficial to Sam and to the others in the group, but its usefulness becomes moot for Sam when something more beneficial happens. And something beloved returns to Rebecca's life, namely Mark Newberger, her high school boyfriend and her first real love. Rebecca is excited to see Mark again, even more so after the fact as it supports what she thought she would feel: that Mark is and was the one man for her, the one she shouldn't have let get away and the one she won't let get away now that she has this second chance with him. But what is obvious to the rest of the world isn't obvious to Rebecca: Mark's gay. In her oblivion, Rebecca pursues Mark like a banshee with a predictable end result.
Rebecca has been chosen as one of six Boston businesswomen to get a makeover for Redbook magazine. She's excited by it, but ultimately goes a little overboard with the makeover itself. Meanwhile, Sam has found out that Gary of Gary's Olde Towne Tavern has sold the bar. Sam wants to start a new rivalry with the new owner of Gary's, a guy by the name of Frank Carpaccio, especially since they won't have any history of Cheers' underdog status in the bar wars. Woody, Carla, Norm and Cliff go along with Sam on the continued rivalry, the initial prank being an old fashioned toilet papering of the bar. The Cheers gang awaits whatever "weenie" retaliation from Frank Carpaccio. It ends up being a bomb at Cheers' entrance, which blows down its front door. Once the police come to investigate, Sam learns that Frank Carpaccio is a mob boss, whose nickname is the Angel of Death. Because of Carpaccio's evilness, the police will not provide Sam and Cheers any protection. Because of this, Frasier goes running from Cheers until things with Carpaccio simmer down. But Sam believes that Gary is still behind this, wanting to see the Cheers gang humiliated by pandering to a supposed mob boss. So Sam, Woody, Carla, Norm and Cliff go down to Gary's to meet with Carpaccio, who ends up looking like the stereotypical Italian mob boss. Pretending to apologize to Carpaccio and ask for forgiveness, the Cheers gang instead pull the fire alarm, setting off the bar's sprinkler system. Carpaccio vows to kill them all, their families and pets. After this, the FBI stops by Cheers. They heard about what the gang did to Carpaccio, and want them to testify against Carpaccio. The gang then realize that Carpaccio really is a mob boss and not hired by Gary. The FBI offers witness protection to the five, and they have to take off immediately in a bus waiting outside the bar. Woody, Carla, Norm and Cliff decide to go, but Sam wants to stay since the bar is the only thing in his life and he can't abandon it. The foursome are dropped off in the North Dakota back country, 200 miles from civilization, with no one or nothing in sight except a pay telephone. The telephone rings, and they expect it to be the FBI agent assigned to pick them up. It's Sam, with the two words "Got ya". This prank was totally orchestrated by Sam against Woody, Carla, Norm and Cliff, who last Hallowe'en were in cahoots with Gary in a prank against Sam. Sam admits that this prank cost him a fortune - so much so he had to take out a huge loan. Back in North Dakota, the foursome aren't mad but rather admiring of Sam's prankster acumen.
Norm convinces Sam to install a satellite dish at Cheers. Carla finds a cheap, used dish, however it does not come installed. Despite not knowing how to do it, Sam and Woody tackle the installation task. During their work, Sam and Woody have a philosophical chat as, while they think of satellites, ponder the meaning of the universe. Meanwhile, Cliff has submitted a joke to _"Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The" (1962)_ hopefully for Johnny Carson to use in his opening monologue. The joke: "Today is Doc Severinsen's birthday. You know, Doc is so old, when he was a kid, he never blew out candles on his birthday cake. They didn't have fire yet." It is obviously rejected. However Norm doctors the rejection letter to make it look like a acceptance letter, since Cliff is feeling so down today. When Cliff reads the letter, he's elated, so much so, he buys three round trip tickets to Los Angeles, planning to watch _"Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The" (1962)_ live when his joke should be used. The three lucky souls are Cliff, Ma and Norm. Cliff expects not only that his joke will be used but that Johnny will invite him on air. Although nervous about ultimately revealing the truth to Cliff, Norm has a great time in Hollywood, as does Cliff and Ma. At the show, Norm still can't tell Cliff the truth, and instead bribes the cue card guy into putting the joke into the monologue. Johnny ends up telling the joke, but it bombs and Johnny can't believe the writers put that joke in. From the audience, Cliff pipes up that he was the writer of that superlative joke, the only reason why it bombed being Johnny's delivery. Cliff is promptly hauled off by security. Ma stands up for her son and convinces Johnny to tell the joke again, with specific details on how to tell it. It's third time lucky as the audience laughs uproariously on Johnny's third telling. Johnny is so enamored with Ma that he invites her down on stage. She in turn brings Norm on stage. Back at the bar, the gang, watching live, are all agog as is Cliff, who is watching from the security room. Despite being under guard, Cliff feels vindicated.
Hilarious return to form in the penultimate season finale. Except for the teaser, a photo session in the bar where we learn Woody and Kelly finally consummated their relationship the night before their wedding, the entire episode takes place in the kitchen of the Gaines mansion. The family has recruited Sam and crew to provide liquor and bartending services at the wedding, and as we'd expect, everything goes wrong. Woody is randy for Kelly, while the rest of the gang learns Mr. Gaines would gladly have Woody killed if he learned Woody and Kelly had premarital relations; Kelly tears her dress, and it's seamstress Cliff to the rescue; and the minister has a heart attack and dies in the kitchen, leading the gang to try and keep the dead body hidden in the dumbwaiter and to recruit a last-minute replacement, a completely wasted member of the Gaines family who we learn, after the gang sobers him up, that he hates weddings, leading them to re-inebriate him. And outside the kitchen in the courtyard, the family Dobermans attack everyone who tries to walk past.