Season 5 - Cheers
Cheers - Season 5
Cheers - Season 5
Cheers - Season 5
Sam refuses to accept Diane's reconsideration of his proposal, and brags to her about a romantic weekend he has planned in Cape Cod. Diane follows him up there, and Sam doesn't want her to know that his date had to leave early.
Cliff sees dollar signs in his future when he successfully schemes to get his mom engaged to a wealthy bar patron. However, his plan soon backfires when his future father-in-law announces that he's giving his fortune away to charity.
House of Horrors with Formal Training and Used Brick
Season 5, Episode 5
First Air Date:
October 30, 1986
Season 5, Episode 5
First Air Date:
October 30, 1986
Carla finds out that the new house she bought was built on top of a 17th century prison graveyard. Cliff comes over to help her spend her first night in the house.
Diane goads over Sam the fact that she is dating other men, namely Chad. Sam doesn't seem to care, but does. Diane probably is only doing it to bother Sam. After a few dates, Diane calls it off with Chad, she's says because she knows that it is bothering Sam. Once again, Sam feigns indifference in front of her. Meanwhile, Norm has added financial counselor to his resume and has made a tidy profit for one of his grateful clients. The gang at the bar all want in on Norm's next big investment opportunity, but he is reluctant to even tell them what it is as business and friendship don't mix. Easily plied with free beer by Sam, Norm does reveal his next investment: Tan 'N' Wash, a combination tanning salon, coin operated laundry. Norm swears the timing is right for such a venture - winter is approaching, and everyone always needs clean clothes. Everyone is skeptical as to the concept, but Sam, Diane, Cliff and Carla all buy in fearing losing out on Norm's winning streak. The timing may not be perfect after all as Boston is experiencing an Indian summer, and the public is continuing to get their tans the natural way outdoors. The four investors are all antsy at the investment, some are mad at Norm, but all want out. Reluctantly, Norm lets them out of their financial obligations. Immediately after that, the weather in Boston changes to snow, and Tan 'N' Wash becomes a big success. Norm is making a lot of money and is flounting his riches. The four investors are now mad because they didn't stay in, and mad again at Norm for his success of which they could have been a part. Just as Norm is about ready to leave Cheers forever due to the ill will, they all come to their senses and apologize to Norm for their childish behavior. That's when he tells them that he didn't take their money out of Tan 'N' Wash after all, and he hands them all their first big dividend checks. They're elated. As they all bask in the glow of their riches, the roof literally and figuratively falls on Tan 'N' Wash: the weight of the snow collapsed the roof of the building and they had no insurance. That's the break in venture capital investment.
Woody is determined to mix a new drink. However his concoctions are either an existing drink or taste like sewer water. Drink after drink after drink he tries, until finally he comes up with something tasty and new. Now if he could only remember what he put into it. Diane is a little happier in her latest quest. She and her date, Jordan Brundidge, have managed to secure reservations at the latest "it" restaurant in Boston called The Cafe. Sam thinks that perhaps he should take his latest conquest, Darlene, there as well. Diane laughs in his face as The Cafe is not the type of place one can call up on the spur of the moment and expect a table. Sam thinks that he can seeing to his local celebrity status. He calls and Diane seems to be right. Even Frasier can't manage to call in a favor from an old colleague, Dr. Julian Weinstein, a world famous transplant surgeon and gourmet, who would be able to get a last minute reservation there. To exert his superiority over Diane, Sam calls The Cafe to cancel Diane and Jordan's reservation, and then calls back immediately in expectation of getting Diane's canceled table - it doesn't work, but he has still managed to cancel Diane's reservation. At the restaurant, Diane is miffed when they inform her and Jordan that the reservation has been canceled, and they probably cannot be seated that evening. Diane wants to wait anyway on the slim chance of getting a table that evening. Just then, who should waltz into the restaurant but Sam and Darlene. How did he manage to get a reservation?: he is pretending to be Dr. Julian Weinstein. Diane is furious. But Sam manages to make it through the night as the great doctor despite Diane's attempts to expose him, and several people in the restaurant who either know Dr. Weinstein or who are doctors that want to talk shop. Diane perseveres in her wait, but Jordan gives up and opts for a bucket of Colonel Sanders' best. Just as Sam is leaving, Diane is still waiting and The Cafe is no longer seating any more guests that night. Sam as Dr. Weinstein convinces Paul the Maitre d' to seat her as a favor to him. Diane is grateful after a long hungry evening. Sam, feeling guilty, places Darlene in a cab and comes back to have a second dinner with Diane, Dutch treat. However, what Sam doesn't count on is that he doesn't have enough cash to cover this second meal. And of course he can't use his credit cards with the name Sam Malone emblazoned on them. So Sam does the only thing he can do: he makes a run for it.
Diane is doing some part-time teaching at the college and tells Sam that one of her students is falling in love with her. The problem is that she prides herself on being attracted to men solely on their inner beauty, but this guy is drop dead gorgeous which is stirring animal passions in her. But he is also young and a student. Sam thinks she is making this story up to make him jealous, especially since the student's name is Lance Apollonaire, as made up a name as you can get. Regardless of if Diane's story is real or not, it is starting to bother Sam. He is beginning to feel old and unattractive. To make matters worse for Sam, Lance is indeed real, is indeed in love with Diane, and is indeed drop dead gorgeous. Diane considers her options with Sam's blessing, but really Sam and Diane are in another battle of wills. A trio of passionate kisses, including one with Carla, helps Diane make up her mind. Meanwhile, Cliff has reached one of his goals in life, that to become a member of a lodge called Knights of the Scimitar. He wants to invite all the guys into the lodge as well, they all really not wanting to join. He talks Norm into joining as it's a good place to make business contacts. Norm breezes through the interview and gets into the lodge. Upon joining, he finds out that lodge members are not permitted to do business with each other. Norm decides to stay regardless since he really does like these guys. However, when they pass a motion to ban beer at lodge functions, Norm's out of there in a flash.
Thanksgiving is approaching and no one has anything to do. No one except Diane that is, who is among a select few graduate students one of her professors has asked to spend Thanksgiving with his family, celebrating in the pilgrim's tradition. In her excitement, Diane suggests that the rest of the gang spend Thanksgiving together in Carla's new home. Carla agrees to a potluck dinner, with Norm in charge of the humongous turkey with the little pop thermometer. Woody, Cliff and Frasier are solo for the day, but Sam is to bring his date Wendy and Norm is to bring his never seen wife Vera. Both end up being stiffed, Wendy spending it with her out of town sister, and Vera, in the biggest argument ever with Norm, vows to her tradition of spending Thanksgiving with her mother. A surprise attendee to the festivities is Diane; she left her professor's house in a huff when she found out she and the other students were invited solely as domestic help. Despite all these set-backs, they all vow that this will be the best Thanksgiving ever. Much to Diane's dismay, they end up spending the afternoon watching football game after football game followed by professional wrestling. But the end of the afternoon marks the anticipation of dinner. The turkey however is not cooperating. "Birdzilla" as coined by Carla, is still stark white and the little pop thing won't pop. They all vow not to eat until the turkey is ready; nerves get more and more frazzled the longer they wait for birdzilla. The rest of the hot food gets cold and the cold food gets warm. The simple act of Norm flicking a pea at Carla starts an all out food fight among the entire gang. But at least it lightens the mood, and sopping wet in food, they finally get to enjoy a cooked birdzilla and each other's company. Vera even shows up at the end. However a misplaced pumpkin pie in Vera's face leads to a chastised Norm being dragged home.
Diane receives what she believes is a "promising" rejection letter from a literary magazine for a poem she submitted. To prove that the letter is nothing more than a form letter, Sam bets her that if he submits a poem to the same magazine, he too will receive the same letter. Much to Sam's surprise, the poem he submits gets published in the magazine. Diane, believing that Sam has plagiarized a previously published work, lives for a week solely on coffee and cigarettes as she madly rifles through every poetry book to find the poem Sam submitted. She hits the furthest deeps of despair when offhandedly Woody mentions to her that he too submitted a poem to the magazine and received the exact same rejection letter as Diane. Feeling that Diane has gone through enough anguish, Sam admits to Diane the source of what was truly his previously unpublished poem. Meanwhile, Carla, the Elvis Presley fanatic, takes a trip to Graceland on the 10th anniversary of his death.
When Sam goes away on vacation, he chooses Woody to hold down the fort at the bar. Woody is prepared to do so, but unprepared for the Dear John letter he receives from Beth. Wanting to explain in person, Beth and her fiancé, Leonard Twilley - who Woody knows - plan on stopping in Boston on their way to Niagara Falls. Although Woody is sad, he is more fearful of looking pitiful in Beth's eyes by not having a girl on his arms. Seeing that Beth and Leonard's stopover is a short one, Diane thinks that making up a girlfriend for Woody is not a bad idea. However Beth and Leonard's stopover is a bit longer than either Diane or Woody thought, and Beth suggests that they, including Woody's girlfriend, go out for dinner. As a last resort, Woody picks a name out of Sam's little black book - Desiree Harrison - who, according to Sam "is the best" and has multiple stars next to her name. When Desiree comes to the bar at the appointed time, she is not what Woody expected. She is slightly older and a bit rough around the edges. She is, in fact, Sam's cleaning lady. But it's too late for Woody to back out of a date with Desiree as Beth and Leonard have arrived. After dinner, they return back to the bar. Diane thinks that it best that Woody tell Beth the truth. He does clear the air with her about his true feelings for her and Desiree's true identity. Beth likewise tells Woody that she still loves him but that a long distance relationship just isn't going to work, and she's not prepared to move to Boston just as Woody's not prepared to move back to Indiana. With Beth and Leonard on their way, Woody still has to deal with Desiree. He also clears the air with her. He did have a good time with her and just needs someone with who to talk. Desiree's there for him.
Diane admits to the gang that she has been taking a ballet class at the local community college under the tutelage of world renowned Madame Lihkova. The final exam for the class entailed performing a solo to be videotaped for adjudication. The gang at the bar intercepts the tape and the critique before Diane has a chance to see it; the critique is negative as Diane truly has no dancing talent. To spare Diane's feelings, Frasier decides to write a glowing review for Diane instead thinking that this act of kindness will cause no harm. After reading the altered review, which states that she has "the soul of a dancer", Diane decides to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina, despite her advanced age. She crashes a closed practice for Boston Ballet, and is about ready to perform for the company when Frasier rushes out on stage and tells her the truth.
Diane waltzes into the bar full of cheer, announcing to Sam that she had a premonition that he would ask her to marry him today; he mocks her and laughs in her face. Superstitious Carla warns Sam not to test the fate of woman's intuition. Diane does whatever she can to set the mood for a proposal and Sam does everything he can to prove to Diane that he won't propose. When they're finally alone just prior to midnight, Sam states that her insistence is driving him nuts and adamantly states that he will never ask her to marry him again. When Diane comes to the realization that it might not happen, her tears start to flow which prompts Sam to ask her to marry him. She says no, again! For a split second, he dreams that he has murdered Diane and is on death row - he chases her out of the bar to perhaps do the deed?! The following day, we find that Diane has had Sam arrested for assault and battery, and has asked newly minted but inept lawyer Tom, who has finally passed the bar examine after umpteen tries, to be his lawyer. At the bail hearing, Diane walks with a cane into the courtroom with a brace around her neck. Sam denies even laying a hand on her. Despite the fact that the judge has waived bail and released Sam on his own recognizance, Diane feels the need to tell the court of their relationship and their proposal history. Suggested by Tom and agreed to by the judge, they can get themselves out of this entire situation if Sam just proposes to Diane again.
Sam and Diane announce to the gang at the bar that they are engaged, however Carla goes into deep denial which she finally comes out of by the end of the episode. Diane loves this one engagement ring, and so does Sam until he finds out the $5,200 price. Norm mentions to Sam in secret that he has a jeweler friend, the term jeweler used very loosely, who can reproduce the ring for a fraction of the cost ($1,200). Sam agrees with the ruse. After giving Diane the fake ring, he in turn needs to tell one lie after another to protect his secret, each lie costing his some money. After he figures he can no longer support the lie, he goes and buys the real ring - now having paid in total $9,000 - and without Diane's knowledge, switches it for the fake ring. Afterward, Diane, without Sam's knowledge, finds out that Sam bought this fake ring, and in a fit of rage, throws what she believes is the fake ring, but what turns out to be the real ring, out the car window. Because of both Diane's act of throwing away the ring and Sam's of perpetrating the ruse, they have a heart to heart about the real meaning of love, marriage and an engagement ring.
Diane and Carla console Loretta, who has caught Nick cheating on her. They counsel her to stand on her own two feet and leave Nick. When Nick comes into the bar to claim her back, a chivalrous Sam stands up for her, Nick taking that as a sign that Sam has stole Loretta from him. So Nick threatens to steal the same from Sam, that being Diane. Nick makes an attempt to wine and dine Diane, then Loretta, then Carla and then back to Diane, who ultimately convinces him to go back to his wife. Meanwhile, Frasier, the chess expert, has met his match in simpleton Woody.
Eddie Lebec, a newly acquired goalie for the Bruins, comes into the bar prior to a game. Eddie is currently the hottest goalie in the league. Since the start of his winning streak, Eddie, a superstitious person, will not stray from his regular routine, which includes a drink of club soda, no ice, 2 slices of lemon and a red straw. Eddie and Carla hit it off and start dating. Carla is excited but anxious that something will go wrong to ruin the relationship. On the day Eddie publicly declares Carla as his girlfriend, a game against the Flyers goes into OT, and as soon as Carla blows him a kiss of good luck, Eddie's winning streak comes to an end. Is the only difference in his routine the fact of Carla being in his life? With others in the bar, Diane is called to jury duty, to which she is named foreman for an attempted murder trial. Despite being sworn to secrecy, Diane talks about the trial to anyone who will listen, that really being no one. And a depressed Frasier is sad about the passing of beloved lab chimp Bombo. To cheer him up, Carla takes him to a hockey game. The game does get him out of his funk, a little too much however.
Carla and Eddie are now in a relationship. Ever since Carla blew him the kiss and Eddie let in that cheap goal, Eddie has been on a slump. The most superstitious couple ever, Eddie and Carla analyze Eddie's life routine since the slump started, the only change in routine being Carla in his life. Not only does Carla come to the conclusion that she may be a jinx, but so does every one else in the bar. So she dumps Eddie, admitting to the gang that she did it just to prove that she isn't Eddie's jinx. At the game that night, Eddie's slump ends. Later, he and Carla have a heart to heart about their relationship and Eddie's career. A couple of weeks later, as Eddie is continuing to play well, Eddie and Carla seemingly are back in a relationship when they replay almost to a T the scene of Carla dumping him - this has now become their new winning routine before every game. Meanwhile, Diane is still at the trial and still talking to whoever will listen to her. Reminiscent of 12 Angry Men (1957), Diane stands alone in the jury as the dissenting voice thinking that the accused is guilty, comparing the relationship of the accused and his victim wife to Sam and herself. However the wife drops the charges since she has changed her mind about his guilt and admits that she still loves him. This act ends the trial much to Diane's dismay. Later the husband and wife coincidentally show up at the bar. Based on a sly comments from Diane, the wife storms out of the bar once again afraid of her husband, followed closely by him, not before he throws a few angry parting shots to Diane. At least, in Diane's mind, justice has now been served.
For the bachelor party the guys at the bar throw for Sam, Woody offhandedly asks Diane if she would be the girl who jumps out of the cake. Although she abhors such male sexual rituals, she agrees if only to stop someone else from "pleasuring" Sam. At the party, just as Diane is ready to come out of the cake, Norm makes a comment which makes Sam reexamine out loud for the first time this wedding and the fact that Diane will now be the one and only woman in his life. After jumping out of the cake mad at Sam for his comments, Diane later offers Sam a proposition: she will give him a last 24-hours of freedom to do whatever he pleases with whomever he pleases. Excited, Sam agrees when Diane throws in that she too will have her last 24-hours of freedom to do whatever she pleases with whomever she pleases. This throws Sam's 24-hours into a different mode, as he spends the entire time thinking about Diane and what she's up to, even as far as spending the night in his car outside her apartment waiting for her to come home, which she never does. Just before the end of their 24-hours, Sam admits to Diane what he had done and is angry at her for not coming come, obvious to him that she did have her last fling. Knowing that her leap of faith worked, Diane admits that she was down the street in her car watching him!
On his postal route, Cliff is bitten by a dog, and decides to sue the owner for $200,000. Madeline, the dog's owner, ends up being a beautiful, voluptuous woman, but one that is up front about wanting to help Cliff despite the fact that she has little money. Cliff and Madeline start dating, the gang at the bar thinking that it only a ploy on her part for Cliff not to sue. Cliff realizes this is the case, but is still dating her in hopes of trading dropping the lawsuit for a roll in the sack. Madeline announces to everyone that her lawyer wants her to get Cliff to sign a waiver to absolve her of any responsibility, but she refuses to do so. Perhaps Madeline really does like Cliff. Or maybe she's got other methods of getting her way. Madeline and Cliff make it all the way to bed in a nice suite at the Ritz, when... Meanwhile, Diane is off on a Buddhist monastery retreat for a couple of weeks.
Frasier and Lilith announce that they are moving in together and as the instigators of the relationship, they invite Sam and Diane over as their first dinner guests. Just prior to Sam and Diane's arrival, the new couple analyze their relationship and who manipulated who into doing what, which starts an evening long argument. As Sam and Diane arrive, the evening goes on a roller coaster of emotions, the major downturn initiated by Diane revealing to Lilith that she and Fraiser were once engaged, something that Frasier had not yet mentioned to Lilith. Thus Diane becomes the third member embroiled in the emotional battle for the evening. Sam ultimately becomes the voice of reason calming everyone down. As the evening looks to come to a final calm end, both Lilith and Diane storm into the bathroom over other separate issues, to which Frasier finally takes matters into his own hands.
Frasier's colleague from his Rhodes scholar days, Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, is a world renowned marriage counselor and is in Boston to accept an honorary degree. Diane asks the good doctor to provide a counseling session for her and Sam, to which the doctor agrees. Frasier wants to pay for the session as a wedding gift to Sam and Diane; Dr. Finch-Royce charges Frasier $1,500 for the session, to which Frasier steams quietly. After the Q&A session with the couple, the doctor pronounces that Sam and Diane are the most ill-matched couple ever and that they should definitely not get married; he then leaves the bar to return to his hotel, as he wants a quiet evening of calling his wife in England, eating a quiet dinner, having a soothing shower and going to sleep early. Diane is incensed by the doctor's assessment. She and Sam go to his hotel for a first time as Diane thinks he was testing their resolve for each other (which he denies), a second time as Diane says she answered the questions incorrectly (which he says doesn't matter), a third time as Diane has additional published information on why he's wrong (which he doesn't care), and finally a fourth time as Diane pleads for her and Sam's life. Of course, they are egged on by Frasier, who wants to get back at his colleague for the exorbitant fee. Finally, the doctor, totally fed up with the couple who he has grown to hate, goes into a wild man and obviously sarcastic rant about how Sam and Diane are the most perfect couple there ever was and ever will be. Diane is now content she got the assessment she wanted.
The Coach's niece, Joyce, comes to Boston to attend BU. She comes to the bar bearing a letter from her father, the Coach's younger brother, for Sam: he asks Sam keep an eye out for his little girl, for if anything was to ever happen to her, he would blow his brains out. This is a heavy burden on Sam, and by association Diane. To keep her out of trouble, they ask the most innocent person they know to show her a good time, that person being Woody. Woody and Joyce have a good time together, so good in fact that after a couple of days, they announce that they are engaged. This news throws Sam into a tizzy. He first tries to reason with them to no avail. He second tries to bribe them, also to no avail. And third and finally, he begs them on his knees, to which they think Sam may be right. Thinking that he has won the battle, Sam is satisfied. However Woody and Joyce come back and say that they have decided to live together instead. It's Diane's turn to try and talk them out of this, first by reasoning with them, and finally she ends up begging as well. After that works, Sam and Diane compare notes, both admitting their tactic and contemplating how bad they will be as parents, vowing off sex to avoid having children. But then again, this is Sam and Diane. Meanwhile, Frasier and Lilith are celebrating an anniversary of their first meeting. Frasier buys Lilith an antique armoire, while he leaves clues around the apartment for what he wants, a new set of golf clubs. His extra special gift ends up being a plain old every day tie.
Norm announces to the bar that he has a great new job at a prestigious CPA firm. Although happy for him, everyone at the bar gives Norm little jibes about the job. After Norm leaves to go back to work, Diane is upset at the bar's treatment of Norm and suggests they all go down to his new office and surprise him with a gift as a show of their support. When they arrive, they find Norm in his office, which is the size of a phone booth and which used to be the supply room. What's worse, he has to share it with an obsequious brown-noser of a colleague named Tompkins. When alone with Diane, Norm shows his frustration at which Diane chastises him for not being more of a go-getter in his life in general. This act and his lot within the company makes Norm think he can move up the corporate ladder, and he drafts a proposal to save the company some money, the proposal which, with Diane's support, he intends to present to the Board of Directors. While preparing for the presentation, Norm leaves the proposal unattended, which is quickly snatched up by Tompkins, who immediately goes into the Board Room to pitch the idea as his own. Tompkins is shot down as the proposal is bad. This shows Norm that he really has found his lackluster lot in life. In his own words, "the world needs bench warmers". Meanwhile back at the bar, Sam and Diane discuss where they should go on their honeymoon. Will it be Tibet or Disney World?
After Woody's Uncle Fergie has a mugging filled trip to Boston, Woody's father thinks that Boston too dangerous a place for his son and wants him to return back home to Indiana. The gang at the bar thinks that showing Woody's friends through the making of a home movie would settle Woody's father's concerns. The first attempt has Diane as writer, director and cinematographer. Her "cast" rebels at the unnatural for them dialog in Diane's script and they fire her; she then absolves herself from the project. The final product of the second attempt has Woody shown individually with each of his friends in each of their natural settings: Sam in his office, Carla at a backyard BBQ at her house with her rambunctious kids, Cliff on his postal route, Norm at the Hungry Heifer and Frasier at his psychiatrist's office. After viewing each agrees that they all come off as boobs, that is except for Diane, who sees this version as the start of something great, all it needing is a few Chambers touches. The third and final version has Diane's hands jazzing up the second version, complete with 1950s/1960s new wave touches such as nuclear explosions and Nazi soldiers. Although Diane is happy with this version, the rest of the gang isn't. Unfortunately she has already sent a copy to Mr. Boyd senior. The film did not do the trick. Just as Woody is ready to leave the bar and Boston for good, his father gives him a call and says that he can stay. What made him change his mind was an anonymous letter he received stating "let your son choose his own path and it will always lead back to you". But who sent the note?
Diane finds the perfect house for her and Sam to buy. An elderly couple, Bert and Lillian Miller, currently live there and have for forty years. After hearing the Miller's stories of life in that house, Diane no longer thinks that it is the perfect house for her since it is Bert and Lillian's emotionally. She states emphatically, "I cannot live a single day in this house." Sam reasons with Diane that they can change the cosmetics of the house and start making their own memories by living there. These arguments do not work. Based on a statement by the Millers that they will miss the Christmases the most, Frasier suggests that they give the Millers one last Christmas in the house to rid Diane and Sam of any guilt. Sam thinks it's a screwy idea, but it's just what Diane needs. Despite it being the heat of summer, Diane decides not to wait until December and to have Christmas come in the summer this year, at least for the Millers and their extended family. During the summer Christmas party - complete with all the trimmings, a blazing fire, hot apple cider and Sam in a heavy wool Santa suit - the Millers get all sentimental about the Christmases and all the other holidays in the house. Diane breaks down and invites them over the following week for Easter. Sam finally puts his foot down and kicks the Millers out. Contrary to what Sam might think, Diane actually now feels that the house is theirs since Sam has claimed it for her. Life in the house is now almost perfect for Diane, all she needs is to convince Sam not to hang in the house his favorite picture: dogs playing poker.
Sumner Sloan, Diane's ex-fiancé and old English professor, tells her that he submitted one of her old unfinished novels to an editor at a publishing house, the editor who sees promise in it and sees the possibility of it being published. Diane hasn't yet finished it, in fact she hasn't written anything since she started working at Cheers. Sam secretly overhears their conversation, and thinks that their impending wedding may be holding back Diane in her writing career, something she's always wanted. He tries to talk her into postponing the wedding to finish her novel. She in turn suggests that they get married that night at the bar instead of waiting for their original wedding date. Sam daydreams about himself and Diane in old age together, she having forgone her writing career. The picture is a happy one, and back in reality, he agrees to Diane's request to get married that evening. With the exception of the guys at the bar betting on them actually going through with it and Carla's wailing at the prospect of Sam marrying Diane, the wedding is going smoothly until a phone call comes through for Diane: the publisher has decided to publish her novel and give her a huge advance to finish it. Despite Diane saying "I do", she is obviously distracted. Just before they are announced man and wife, Sam calls it off, as he doesn't want to be the person standing in the way of the one thing she really is good at and which she loves doing. He convinces her. This is only supposed to be a six-month postponement of the wedding while she finishes her book, but Sam knows he is saying goodbye to Diane for good.