Season 6 - Cheers
Cheers - Season 6
Cheers - Season 6
Cheers - Season 6
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.
Dave Richards is looking for a replacement television sportscaster to fill his position and thinks Sam would be the perfect person: he knows sports and he looks good. Although initially apprehensive about his abilities to do it, Sam agrees to fill in for the week. If he does well, this stint could lead to a whole new career in front of the camera. With Woody's help, Sam makes up a lie to Rebecca to get out of working at the bar for that time, and although Rebecca eventually finds out the real reason for Sam's absence, she allows him time off to do his sportscasts. Sam's reporting of the news is adequate enough, however it is his commentaries that are the problems. They start off being bland, worse than watching paint dry. When everyone advise him on how to make the commentaries better, Sam makes the next commentary not only bland, but bland and incorrect and indecisive. Then to make them more exciting, he decides to deliver the next one in a rap style. Sam thinks he is doing well. Then the final sportscast goes from the sublime to the ridiculous as he tries what he thinks is the pièce de resistance, ventriloquism. It is then that he realizes that he was not cut out to be a sportscaster. Much like his earlier lie to Rebecca, Sam enlists Woody's help to regain a little dignity with the gang in the face of his on-screen humiliation.
A week after Carla tells Eddie that she's pregnant with his child, Eddie walks into the bar; Carla feels this could be her lucky day. He indeed does ask her to marry him. She's excited beyond words. She's even more excited in the fact that Eddie tells her that she no longer has to work since he can support them both. They start planning their wedding, but being the two most superstitious people in the world, they have a lot of superstition obstacles to overcome. With all that to consider, they figure they have to marry in exactly eight days, or postpone the wedding until 2042. Sam plans on having a reception for them at the bar, Rebecca initially indignant that Sam suggests doing so without her authorization, until he suggests she invite her unrequited love and boss, Evan Drake, who is a sports fan, to meet famous goalie Eddie. All the plans for the wedding go smoothly enough, until the wedding day, when Carla and Eddie inadvertently break the most superstitious rule of them all: he sees her on their wedding day before the wedding. Carla thinks they're doomed. Although deep down still superstitious, Eddie on the other hand states that superstitions are nonsense and starts tempting all the superstition fates by purposely breaking them, such as breaking a mirror and spilling salt. One by one, bad things, according to Carla, start to happen, but Eddie sees the bright side. Carla learns she's going to have twins; Eddie says they're twice blessed. Carla's son and his wife, Anthony and Annie, come in with the news that Nick's TV shop, where Anthony was working, has gone under, they have no money and thus need to move back in with Carla; Eddie says it is then a good excuse to buy a bigger house with the salary increase he is expecting. Anthony hates the fact of "a new father"; Eddie brushes it off as regular kid behavior, and sees it as a sign of a son who loves his mother. The next bad sign is that Eddie's mother hates Carla on first sight. Mama Lebec thinks Carla is a gold-digging hussy who is trying to trap her son by getting pregnant. Mama Lebec runs off and Eddie follows after her. Eddie comes back, which makes Carla change her mind - she now thinks their impending marriage can withstand anything life has to throw at them. However Eddie has also changed his mind: he calls off the wedding because of Mama.
Eddie and Carla's wedding is off because Mama LeBec doesn't approve of her intended daughter-in-law. Eddie can't go against Mama, and Carla is pissed off at Eddie for not doing so. But the person who seems most upset is Rebecca because it will look badly upon her if Evan Drake, her boss and unrequited love, shows up to a wedding reception with no bride and groom. Sam assures Rebecca he can get the wedding back on track so that the reception will happen, but will do so only on the condition that they lose the uniforms. Rebecca reluctantly agrees. Sam ends up doing a juggling act, maneuvering all the players back into place. Sam convinces Eddie that he loves Carla, and Sam makes Carla forget about being mad at Eddie once she puts on her wedding gown. So the wedding is back on. Now if only they can overcome the backlog now happening at the church as they need to get married by 4:00 for their superstitious planets to be in alignment. The church monsignor does manage to accommodate the wedding - albeit in the church vestibule - but they are pronounced man and wife at 4:01. Despite being married, they feel their life is doomed. At the reception, Eddie is miserable, Carla is miserable. And Rebecca is miserable - and drunk - since Evan Drake got stuck at a meeting and couldn't make it to the reception. For Eddie, the final nail in the coffin for the evening is the news that the Bruins just cut him and they couldn't trade him, so he's now out of a job. Although a bad thing, Carla comes to a slightly different conclusion: Eddie was cut because he was a lousy goalie. So if Eddie being cut wasn't due to superstition, perhaps everything else that happened that day wasn't either. Perhaps it was just life. Carla also realizes that it is unfortunately her life. Regardless, she's now married to a great guy, which does make her happy. But the day's other events also dawn on her: she is now the sole breadwinner of the family and immediately goes back to work, even if it is at her own wedding reception.
Frasier is feeling pressured by Lilith to get married, and he doesn't like it. He wants to be the man in the relationship and make the decisions. But this relationship is the first one he's ever had where he does feel sexually desirable in an animalistic sense, and wants to know what that may feel like with another woman. Norm, Cliff, Tim and Alan convince him that Rebecca has the hots for him, and Cliff even manages to get Rebecca to inadvertently give Frasier that impression. Based on this, Frasier decides to pursue Rebecca and dump Lilith, the latter in the coward's way by leaving her a note. When he hits on Rebecca, he quickly finds out that not only is she not interested in him, she doesn't even know who he is. Humiliated but panicked, he wonders if he can retrieve the note he left for Lilith before it's too late. He originally thinks so, but she has read the letter and is furious. Frasier tells her a condensed version of the truth. When she is even more furious that he dumped her on only the mere possibility that another woman might be interested in him, he lies and says that he did have an affair. Lilith forces him to reveal the name of this woman, and he does so under duress. Lilith feigns some forgiveness, but secretly rushes off to the bar to confront Rebecca to fight for her man, albeit in a civil and controlled way. When she finally speaks to Rebecca, she realizes that Frasier lied to her about a relationship with Rebecca. As a result, Lilith is even more hurt that he would perpetrate such a lie just to get away from committing to her. Frasier shows up at the bar looking for Lilith, who hatches a plan to force Frasier to continue perpetrating the lie to who he thinks is an unsuspecting Rebecca, but who in reality now knows the story behind Frasier and Lilith. Amazingly, Frasier does continue with the lie, although obviously nervous in doing so. Finally he gets to a point where he is totally backed into a corner with the lie, and the only way he feels to get out of it is to use one of the oldest tricks in the book: he gets down on his knees and proposes to Lilith. She accepts. And the look on both Lilith and Frasier's faces show that they really are happy. Meanwhile, the power struggle between Sam and Rebecca at the bar continues, the biggest bone of contention being who's photograph should hang in the bar: the ex-bar owner and pseudo-celebrity Sam or the current bar manager Rebecca.
Rebecca cuts off unemployed Norm for being unable to pay his bar tab. Sam convinces her to give Norm a job at the bar, ultimately deciding on painting her "unneeded to be painted" office. As an aside, Cliff shows an obvious distaste for the painting profession. While Norm is in the office painting, Rebecca gets a call from boss and unrequited love, Evan Drake. He chews her out for the poor last fiscal performance at the bar. She's crushed and breaks down in front of Norm. This act is the first glimpse of any real human emotion anyone in the bar has seen of the previously cold-hearted Miss Howe, who admits herself that everyone sees her as being cold. Although the nature of this human connection is a secret between Norm and Rebecca, Norm does admit to Sam and Carla, to their utter amazement, that Rebecca showed some real emotion to him. Rebecca asks Norm to paint her apartment, and in an act of desperation in more ways than one, Sam pleads with Norm to let him come along as his assistant to see what Norm sees in Rebecca as a human being. Norm reluctantly agrees. Sam is a poor excuse for a painter's helper, but of course painting is not on Sam's mind. In the middle of the job, Norm is called away, leaving Sam and Rebecca alone in her apartment. Sam admits to Rebecca his real reason for coming over and Rebecca in turn does open up to Sam. Among her stories is an overachieving family and a desperate want on her part to please her father, a military captain. Things are going well between the two of them until Sam takes it one step too far. They end up back where they started, although at least knowing and understanding a little more about each other.
Frasier finds out some juicy information about Rebecca from her college days, specifically that she was the party girl on campus and that her nickname was Backseat Becky. Although embarrassed by the information albeit one where how the nickname arose not divulged, Rebecca ultimately uses the incident to turn the tables on Sam. Meanwhile, Cliff and Ma Clavin, who we learn is just like Cliff in the "know-it-all" department, are on a roller-coaster of emotions regarding the possible selling of their house to commercial developers. Cliff wants to sell in the name of progress, whereas Ma Clavin wants to preserve the memories of their lives in that house and not sell. Ma convinces Cliff that she's right by reliving memories through the old scrapbook, which always gets to Cliff. However when they're offered $250,000 for the house, Ma Clavin jumps at the offer. Cliff is still steadfast in his resolve to keep the house. Ultimately, his arms around a column, he handcuffs himself to the house just as the demolishers are there to knock it down. Based on Cliff's resolve and passion, he convinces Ma that they really should keep the house. But they still need to uncuff Cliff from the house, not an easy task as Cliff's thrown away the key. Norm comes in with a chainsaw, first suggesting to cut the cuffs. They decide a better approach would be to chainsaw the column. Norm does so and Cliff is freed. As Ma, Cliff and Norm exit the house to decide how to stop the demolition and rebuy the house, the house collapses around the column, what ended up being a supporting column. Perhaps it was a good idea that they sold their dilapidated house after all.
Rebecca is planning a bachelor auction at the bar to raise money for Children's Hospital. She doesn't ask Sam to be one of the bachelors for auction, which results in a contest between the two regarding Sam's sexual power. In an effort to raise more money, she does ask Woody to be in the auction. Flattered, he agrees but lives to regret it as he is bought by a tough, chain-smoking woman who scares not only Woody but everyone in the bar. Sam ends up being the last auction item. Meanwhile, Lilith and Frasier are in pre-wedding mode. Frasier suggests something that is totally off the radar for Lilith, namely a pre-nuptial agreement. Lilith is shocked and hurt. This act by Frasier could jeopardize the wedding. It becomes even more of a possibility when Lilith, in a last minute coup over Rebecca, buys Sam in the auction for $2,000. Rebecca is relieved as she was only bidding for Sam on Carla's advice to jack up Sam's price. But both Sam and Frasier are stunned by Lilith's move. Before Sam and Lilith head off on their date, Sam and Frasier formulate a plan for Frasier to be Lilith's knight in shining armor and come and rescue her and sweep her off her feet while she's on the date with Sam. In the hotel room on their date at the Cape, Sam talks up Frasier while Lilith tries to seduce Sam. But Sam waits and waits and waits for Frasier to show up. Finally, Frasier bursts in on them just as Lilith has got Sam in a compromising position. Frasier is shocked, but Lilith eventually admits to him that it was all an act as she knew he was coming to rescue her. They clear the air and Sam quietly slips away to let the engaged couple continue on with their lives.
The Drs. Cranes are a little stressed at each of their respective practices, and Sam suggests they take a vacation. They immediately go on vacation mode in preparation for their impending Caribbean cruise. On the cruise, they both are sea sick for the entire time, but have a great time away from their patients regardless. Meanwhile, Woody has joined a local theater group. He tries out for the company's original 4-hour play called "Authors in Hell"; he ends up being the understudy for the Mark Twain role. He wears his costume into the bar each night in the hope that he will go on, and at work he spouts Mark Twainisms to everyone. Into the bar walks a new customer named Mary. Mary is an older woman who is a bit nearsighted and who has recently become a widow. Mary and Woody as Mark Twain hit it off. Carla suspects that Mary has no idea that Woody is really a young man and that Mary is falling for Woody. Carla convinces Woody as much as well. Woody as Mark Twain spends a lot of time with Mary on what could be construed as dates. He doesn't have the heart to tell Mary the truth. Finally he does. She knows that he's not really Mark Twain and that he is a young man, but didn't have the heart to face him with such information since he always starting spouting Twainisms whenever she tried. So instead of becoming lovers, they become favorite aunt/nephew.
Frasier is not having a good day. First his latest paper is attacked by a noted colleague, then second he comes down with an uncontrollable case of the hiccups. But his troubles are nothing compared to Rebecca's. Evan Drake, her boss and unrequited love, comes by the bar at a time when she is a physical mess as she has just finished changing the tire on her car. That and the fact that she has turned down every date from men in the company has led Mr. Drake to suspect that Rebecca is a lesbian. He states as much to Sam, who does not refute the statement. Rebecca is horrified. Mr. Drake invites Rebecca and whomever she chooses to be her date - perhaps a woman? - to a black-tie function. Since Rebecca has not had a date in the two years she's been lusting after Mr. Drake, she doesn't have a man upon who she call to bring. Sam volunteers, and based on circumstances, Rebecca takes him up on his offer. She needs to convince Mr. Drake that she is heterosexual by bringing a male companion. At the party, Rebecca asks Sam to be her spy on the life of Evan Drake. Sam finds out that Mr. Drake is separated from his wife. With that information, Sam convinces Rebecca to tell Mr. Drake her true feelings for him. Rebecca decides that Sam is right and approaches Mr. Drake, but instead of saying that she is attracted to him, she jumps on him, kisses him madly and just says to him, "take me". Mr. Drake is disgusted at her behavior, which he thinks is brought about by too much alcohol. He sends her home, and she is embarrassed and dejected. Sam takes Rebecca back to the bar where she mopes. Mr. Drake comes by as well, thinking that he has overreacted and wants to apologize to Rebecca. Sam intercepts the message and uses it to his own advantage with Rebecca. Sam tells Mr. Drake that Rebecca was trying to make Sam jealous after a tiff. Conversely, Sam tells Rebecca that Mr. Drake is angry at her, didn't buy the jealousy story and they need to make him think that they are indeed making up by being caught in a passionate kiss. As Mr. Drake walks in on Sam and Rebecca, Rebecca does grab Sam in a passionate embrace. She wants to change that embrace to a strangle when she finds out the truth about Mr. Drake's visit to the bar and that Sam was lying just to get her to make out with him.
Cliff has bought himself a new condo in a singles building. He starts dating Sally from the building. The guys at the bar are anxious to meet Sally, but Cliff says that Sally wants Cliff all to herself and would rather stay in all the time. In reality, Sally is a shy, Plain Jane who would really love to go out with Cliff, but Cliff is embarrassed by her looks. Cliff asks Rebecca for advice about Sally, although he tells her that it is Sally who is embarrassed by her looks, not Cliff. Rebecca suggests a make-over as described in beauty magazines. So Cliff becomes Sally's Henry Higgins and transforms Sally into a beautiful woman. When Cliff sees her, he suggests that they go down to the bar for the evening - he is no longer embarrassed. At the bar, Sally garners a lot of attention, which is making Cliff feel like he created a monster. Sally is happy with her new looks and the new attention she is receiving and won't revert back to her old Plain Jane self, even for Cliff. They just have to live with the transformation as part of their relationship. Meanwhile, Rebecca has started smoking again to relieve some stress in her life. However she quickly realizes that it was a mistake and wants to quit, a task more difficult than she anticipates. Frasier suggests that she associate smoking with the most vile act she can imagine. As such, she tells Sam that if she smokes another cigarette, she will sleep with him. Sam does whatever he can to catch her smoking, specifically enlisting the help of Carla to follow her into the ladies' room. When Sam finally catches her smoking, Rebecca resigns herself to doing the deed with Sam. Because of Rebecca's total disgust about the act and her resignation to actually doing it, Sam is no longer in the mood and says no to her. What was he thinking?!
While discussing exciting things in their lives, Woody tells the gang that he was just an extra on the TV show "Spenser: For Hire" (1985), and that he had rubbed elbows with its star, 'Robert Urich' . Everyone is excited until they see the episode on TV, where Woody claims that the ubiquitous "white shirt" on the screen is him. After that, everyone in the bar is skeptical of his story. Unfortunately for everyone, they miss 'Robert Urich' who stops by the bar and who chums off with Woody. Meanwhile, Norm is painting Cliff's apartment. Norm is expecting to get paid, Cliff expecting it to be a freebie, especially in light of the fact that Norm painted Ma Clavin's house for free - when Norm was not a professional painter - and that Cliff regards painting as menial work that even a trained monkey could do. Cliff demonstrates this by bringing in a monkey to act as a painter. Norm is not amused and he and Cliff are no longer on speaking terms. However being best friends, they mend their rift. But one good act deserves another, so Norm gets a monkey to come into the bar dressed as a postman to deliver a package. Elsewhere in the bar, Rebecca has booked the pool room to a woman's book club every Sunday night. The women are not as innocent and bookish as they appear as first they drink the bar out of its stash of alcohol, and second whoop it up with unwitting Sam and Frasier - Woody gets away from their pawing hands. But Frasier gets the upper hand in the situation when he gets more money stuffed down his pants from the ladies than Sam does.
Cliff goes into the mail order shoe business. At only $19.99 a pop, all the guys in the bar decide to get a pair. When the shoes arrive, the guys are all amazed at how comfortable and good looking the shoes are. However the shoes do have a flaw: they squeak. Nine pairs of squeaking shoes go running around the bar for that evening. Meanwhile, Rebecca thinks that she finally has her ticket out of the bar. Daniel T. Collier, the Chairman of the Board of the corporation - which by the way is called Lillian - has asked her to organize a party for him at his house. After much convincing on Sam and Woody's parts, Rebecca hires them for the party to tend bar. The party is going well until Woody empties some garbage into what he thinks is a garbage can, but is really a priceless antique vase. What's worse is that Rebecca accidentally breaks it while she's emptying it out. She's devastated. As he feels her job is more important to her that his to him, Sam decides to take the fall for Rebecca. But Woody beats him to the punch and tells Mr. Collier that he broke the vase. Mr. Collier is upset that this piece, significant to his collection, is gone forever, but more importantly he has a strong admiration for Woody, who stepped up to the plate in his admission. Mr. Collier a.k.a. Pinky spends the evening chumming around with Woody doing childish pranks, while Rebecca reluctantly takes Woody's place behind the bar schlepping drinks. Collier even invites Woody on a trip to Vail. But because Rebecca feels that Woody's good fortune should rightfully be hers, Woody admits to his buddy that Rebecca was really the one who broke the vase. Collier is livid and threatens to fire her, but only keeps her on on the recommendation of his good buddy, Woody. The next day, Collier comes into the bar with a look of consternation on his face. Rebecca thinks he's changed his mind and is going to fire her. However, he is mad that he found his broken vase in the kitchen and does not know who did it - he suspects it was one of her staff - as he was drunk during the party and can't remember anything from the evening. Initially Rebecca and Sam are going to deny everything until Woody comes bounding into the bar with the ski suit and pounces on his good buddy, Pinky, who now has no idea who Woody is. Finally, Sam does what he was going to do the previous evening and confesses to Collier about breaking the vase. Collier, as mad as he is about the vase, admires Sam's admission. Pinky has found his new Woody.
Carla has given birth to her twins, and this is causing some short term waitressing issues at the bar. Sam decides to hire Annie Tortelli, Carla's daughter-in-law, since the Tortelli's are facing some financial hardships. However, Evan Drake would like Rebecca to hire his "friend", Laurie. Having already hired Annie, Sam and Rebecca let Annie work solely for tips. Sam and Rebecca's waitressing problems don't end there. Annie is falling for Sam, especially since Anthony is unemployed and a bum by Annie's standards and since Sam made an offhanded comment about Annie being beautiful. Sam solves the problem by, behind the scenes and unknown to Anthony, getting Anthony a job as the assistant night manager at Burger Burger Burger. Anthony once again becomes Annie's macho stud husband. With Laurie, Rebecca suspects that she is Evan Drake's young lover, to which Rebecca is devastated. Rebecca has open animosity toward Laurie, and uses words like slut, harlot and tramp to describe Laurie. But Rebecca needs to find out for sure if Laurie is indeed Evan Drake's lover. When Laurie offhandedly makes a statement to the fact that Evan Drake wears boxer shorts, Rebecca has her proof - why else would Laurie know such a personal detail. Finally Rebecca confronts Laurie, saying that she knows why the powerful Evan Drake would want her hired. Rebecca asks her if there is mutual love between Evan and Laurie, Laurie responds yes. Out of reflex to the response, Rebecca strikes Laurie in the face. Rebecca is horrified at what she did, even more horrified that Evan Drake walks in at that particular second. But Drake and Laurie's mutual love is not what Rebecca thinks: she is his daughter. Rebecca manages to explain hitting Laurie by saying that she has a nerve disorder, the medication for which she hasn't been taking of late. Miraculously, he buys the story. Elsewhere in the bar, Frasier is angry at the guys for ruining the ending of book after movie, and gets back at them by divulging some of the biggest movie endings of all time.
Evan Drake invites Sam and a date onto his yacht for the weekend, Drake implying that it should be Rebecca since Sam and Rebecca are supposedly boyfriend/girlfriend. Sam has someone else in mind - Julie, perhaps the most superficial person in the world - instead. Rebecca finds out and of course insists that Sam bring her so that she can get closer to her unrequited love, Evan Drake. Sam reluctantly agrees, but brings along his "sister" Julie as well. Drake is enamored with Sam's sister and makes a play for her unbeknownst to Sam or Rebecca. Julie wants Evan Drake as well because he's rich. Ultimately Sam and Rebecca find out about the Drake/Julie tryst and are both hurt that they've lost their respective "playmates" for the weekend. Rebecca in particular feels that perhaps she's lost her chance at love while she's been pining for Drake, implying that that person may be Sam. Just as Sam and Rebecca are about ready to do it, Drake comes in and confesses that he was about to take advantage of Julie as he has been lonely since the break up with his wife, but ultimately did not act on his desires for Julie. This act reignites Rebecca's passion for Evan Drake. Sam on the other hand is all hot and bothered by his close encounter with Rebecca, who is again saving herself for Evan Drake. But Julie is now available again. Or perhaps she's found someone else on board, like Lorenzo the hunky shipboard steward. But Sam needs some relief from his sexual build-up, and tries once again with Rebecca. But Rebecca is one step ahead of him.
Frasier and Lilith's wedding is nearing, and their best man and maid of honor, Sam and a very surprised Rebecca, are throwing them each a bachelor/bachelorette party. However Lilith is annoyed at Frasier's increased frequency of snide remarks about marriage and sees it possibly as a sign he is having second thoughts. So she says to him directly that she will give him his freedom if he so desires, and will await a telephone call from him after the party to tell her he still wants to get married. At the bachelor party, Frasier is having a good time but things slowly become more contemplative after the stripper ends up being a client of Frasier's. That incident makes him think whether he really does want to get married at all. The gang give Frasier their own opinions, Sam's being that perhaps Lilith is the one having having second thoughts and that there is nothing that beats the freedom of being single. But Frasier really does love Lilith and calls Rebecca's, where the bachelorette party is being held, to speak to his wife to be. But Carla, the person who answers the phone, tells Frasier that Lilith is too busy with the male stripper to speak to him. Frasier is paranoid that Lilith will run off with the stripper. Lilith does end up crashing the bachelor party with Randy, the male stripper, she stating that she is running off with Randy. In reality, she's drunk and Randy and has brought her to the bar to sober up. Her drunkenness is due to the fact that Frasier didn't call, or at least she didn't know he called. The happy but drunk couple are in love and want to get married and head off on their merry way. The respective parties have ended and all have gone home except Sam. Perhaps the single life isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Evan Drake is in Europe and has hired Norm to paint his house, Norm tells Rebecca that she can come over and look around the bedroom, which is what he is up to. While Rebecca is up there Mr. Drake comes home early and so Rebecca has to hide. Mr. Drake, a very light sleeper is tired as hell and just wants to sleep. Norm can't think of anything and so has to leave her there, after telling the gang at the bar he is sent back there to bail her out. After many failed attempts Norm finally succeeds in two things one getting Rebecca out, and two convincing Mr. Drake that he(Norm) is crazy. Fraiser tells the gang about a patient he saw that morning who is REALLY hot for dancers or anything having to do with dancing, after Fraiser leaves a beautiful girl comes to the bar looking for Fraiser because she had a session with him that morning and left a package in his office Sam likes her and decides to dance his way into her pants. Sam is dancing his brains out and nothing so he asks Fraiser about the beautiful girl he counseled in the morning, Frasier tells him he saw two beautiful girls in the morning one dance-loving and the other fire-loving(pyromaniac), Sam is trying to figure out pyromania when he hears sirens and runs out of the bar.
After being cut by the Bruins, Eddie finally gets a job. He is a penguin, not of the Pittsburgh variety, but rather a dressed-up penguin in The World of Ice, an ice show. The first stop on the show's tour is Seattle. Carla is reluctant to visit Eddie on the extended Seattle stop as everyone finally finds out she is afraid to fly, or to be more precise she is afraid to crash. After the gang discusses ways to help Carla, Frasier decides that he could hold a week long pteromerhanophobia workshop ending with an actual flight on a plane. Carla agrees to participate. On the flight, Carla and her three other workshop participants are nervous, while Frasier tries to calm their nerves. Starting with a comment about ice on the wings from Carla, Frasier slowly becomes totally unglued and paranoid about flying. But Frasier's irrational behavior shows Carla that really there is nothing to fear about flying. Meanwhile, Murray Treadwell, a local restaurant critic, stops by the bar. When the bar was managed by Sam, Treadwell gave the bar a rotten review, so Rebecca will do anything to rectify that. Treadwell implies to Rebecca that he will give the bar a good review if she goes out with him. Rebecca does go out with him but does not compromise herself and sleep with him. Despite that, Treadwell does the give the bar a good review. But everyone makes the assumption that the review was not for the bar but for Rebecca's performance in bed.
Rebecca is upset that Evan Drake has promoted Sam to an executive position at corporate, the position of Eastern Regional Sales Manager to be more precise. Rebecca thinks something is fishy about the promotion. Despite having nothing to do even after asking Drake about his job responsibilities, Sam is oblivious to any ulterior motives for his promotion. Even after playing in the corporate league's first playoff game for the company, Sam is still oblivious but Rebecca catches on: Sam is the company's softball ringer, and once the playoffs are over, Sam will be let go from his executive position. Rebecca relishes the opportunity to rub Sam's smug nose in it, that is until Sam tells her stories of his recent talks with his estranged father, who is now proud of his son for the first time. Rebecca now feels like she has to tell him the truth out of compassion. Sam at first doesn't believe it, until he finds out that there is a sales meeting to which he wasn't invited. When Sam confronts him, Drake confirms as much. Finally Sam gives him an ultimatum: hire him for legitimate reasons, or off he goes back to the bar. Drake gives him the golden corporate handshake. Sam isn't really disappointed, as life at corporate wasn't his lot. But Rebecca tells everyone at the bar to treat him with kid gloves since he's probably shattered. Sam uses this information as usual to try to get into bed with Rebecca. Life between Rebecca and Sam has returned to normal.
One by one, Woody, Sam and Carla go into Rebecca's office asking for a raise. All three come out of her office with obligatory new titles. In other words, Rebecca has duped them. However she confesses first to Sam then to everyone in the bar that she cannot afford to give anyone a raise since the bar has been losing money for the past three months and the corporation is threatening to close the bar and take its losses. After brainstorming, the gang at the bar come up with an idea for a raffle for a Caribbean cruise. Despite thinking it's futile, Rebecca goes along with it. But the bar is packed for the duration of the contest and the idea is a success. Woody pulls and announces the winner as being number 99. Or is it? He looks at it again and announces that he was wrong, that it really was number 66. Both 99 and 66 argue that they are the rightful winner, and a mob mentality ensues in the bar. Rebecca appeals to both 99 and 66's sense of fairness, but that doesn't work. They both threaten to sue and complain to the corporate bigwigs. Rebecca's budget won't allow two winners. On Sam's advice, Rebecca resorts to tears and stories of her own personal bankruptcy if she awards two winners. 99 and 66 both cave in, but the mob mentality takes over again and the group feels that both, being such compassionate and down on their luck people, deserve to win. Finally, Sam comes up with a solution that has an unwitting and absent Frasier in it's core. Frasier bought a painting for Lilith for their 1-month anniversary, an abstract piece by Tidwell. The gang all think it looks like, in the words of Lilith "two dogs co-mingling". Lilith further states that she heard that Tidwell sold it for some ungodly amount to some ninny. Obviously Frasier ends up not giving her the painting, which leads to Sam giving it away as a co-first prize in the raffle. 66, a Tidwell fan, gladly accepts the painting and lets 99 take the cruise. That problem is solved. In Woody's mind, a further problem arises when he pulls the number for the consolation prize. He pulls number 11, and then looks at it upside down in panic. By the way, Frasier ended up giving Lilith his Mercedes for their anniversary.
In Sam's unfortunate presence (unfortunate for Sam in more ways than one), Anthony and Annie tell Carla and Eddie that they're expecting - meaning Carla will become a grandmother - and that they plan on continuing living at her house after the arrival of the baby. Carla is angry and goes into a deep depression. Carla implies that her issue is that she has gone from being a child herself to being a grandmother, missing out on her own growing up, including her adolescence and middle age. Being a grandmother means her life is almost over. This news in turn affects Rebecca as Carla is in hibernation while she awaits "the angel of death" so Rebecca is short staffed at the bar, and she herself has to schlep drinks to the customers; Rebecca is a reluctant and lousy waitress. The gang think that something that Carla referred to - a slumber party - might get her out of her funk, as in the words of Lilith, recreating a childhood ritual often helps in getting one out of depression around aging. However, Rebecca is unfamiliar with the rituals of slumber partying. She enlists the help of Lilith (equally unknowledgeable) and Lilith's childhood friend Dorothy (ditto), who can only be described as a clone of Lilith. With information from one of Lilith's teen-aged patients, Rebecca, Lilith and Dorothy throw Carla a surprise slumber party. Carla is not amused. She just wants to be left alone. She does agree to the party if they agree to leave her alone if after an hour she is not feeling any cheerier. The final act of the depressing party is the guys come over to crash it. Even that doesn't cheer Carla up and finally Carla convinces them all to leave and leave her alone. She tells them that she needs to work through this on her own. But it's an unwitting act by Cliff that finally gets Carla out of her slump.
The gang are celebrating their second anniversary of beating Gary's Olde Town Tavern in bowling, their one and only victory in the Gary war. But they are also on a winning streak. The act of Gary stealing and breaking the bowling trophy reignites their bar war, of which Rebecca is unfamiliar. She refuses to participate. The Cheers gang starts with dribble glasses, which even by Al's standards are "pretty weeny". Gary's retaliates with fake exterminators claiming Cheers has a rat problem. As this causes bar customers to run out in fear, Rebecca is now in war mode herself. Rebecca authorizes prune juice in the Kahlua bottles, sneezing powder in the ventilation system and greased bars stools, while Gary's chops off the legs of the Cheers' bar stools. Even after Rebecca agrees to a truce and a date with Gary, she finds sheep in her office. The war is still on and date off. The final Cheers act is overriding Gary's television system during a satellite access only prize fight with a showing of the Norm and Cliff poetry evening. Beyond the pranks, the gang at Cheers become paranoid about every stranger that comes into the bar. The first stranger is an innocent guy just wanting to relieve a little stress from his wife's hospitalization. The second is Red Sox power hitter Wade Boggs, who was sent by Gary to sign autographs at Cheers. It looks like Wade Boggs, sounds like Wade Boggs, but does that make him Wade Boggs? The gang thinks not and decide to pants him. After checking the wallet in his pants, his driver's license and credit cards do identify him as the real Wade Boggs. They however still need the sense of victory over Gary's, and celebrate the fact that they have THE Wade Boggs' pants. In their minds, "we're number one, we're number one..." But in the words of the sage Al, that's "pretty weeny".
Sam out to prove that he is STILL hot and Woody out to prove that he IS hot compete to see which one of them can kiss Rebecca first before midnight. While Woody asks Rebecca to help him rehearse a romantic scene Sam comes into the bar in Uniform because he has inlisted. Rebecca becomes suspicious over what's going on asks Carla who is happy to do something that will embarrase both Sam and Woody tells Rebecca who decides to set up the guys and in the end they both get a liplock, from each other.
Evan Drake wants to speak to Rebecca about something important. She thinks it is finally to tell her that he loves her. In her mind, all the signs are there: since his divorce, he has had many of his business meals at Melville's so that he can be close to her, and he is currently in her office using her phone with his mouth inches away from where her own mouth is so often. He however tells her that he has accepted a job to take over the corporation's Japanese division and is off to Japan for good that evening. She is so devastated, she faints right in front of him. Sam feels that she needs to tell Drake how she feels before he takes off, or else she'll be in romantic limbo for the rest of her life. Sam even plans a party for Drake to give her such an opportunity. At the party, she starts to tell him, but they are interrupted time and time again until he has to leave for the airport. She's missed her chance. Or has she? Sam apprehends Martin, Drake's chauffeur, which allows Rebecca to be Drake's chauffeur for his trip to the airport. The one time she does have both the guts and opportunity to tell him that she loves him, he doesn't hear since the dividing glass partition in the limousine is up. When she is about ready to tell him again, he mentions that they need to pick up Kristie, his girlfriend who will be accompanying him to Japan. She is once again devastated, even more so by the fact that Drake and Kristie make out in the back seat, causing Rebecca to crash the limo. While Drake and Kristie grab a cab to the airport, Rebecca gets stopped by a police officer and is hauled to jail for resisting arrest. Sam, in what he calls his vulture position, bails her out in every respect. He sees this as his opportunity finally to bed Rebecca. Things are going just as he planned as Rebecca is in as vulnerable a state as she's ever been. Then she says that he's the best friend that she has in the world. That puts a kibosh on Sam's plans, at least for the time being, as he can't take advantage of his friend in that way. He still wants to help her the best he can but knows he can't be trusted in her presence. The state of her bra is proof of that.