Season 8 - Cheers
Cheers - Season 8
Cheers - Season 8
Cheers - Season 8
Rebecca is in agony. She's not sleeping because she's having erotic dreams about Sam. She's used to dreaming about the rich and powerful, like Evan Drake, Donald Trump and Robin Colcord. To help her over her troubles, she asks Frasier and Lilith for some free advice. The problem with that is not so much their advice or lack thereof, but that Sam overhears. To capitalize on this new information, Carla suggests to Sam that he make Rebecca go to sleep and as she gets to the part in her dream where she and Sam are getting it on - and Sam should be able to tell by Rebecca's moaning and rolling around - he translate the fantasy of the dream into reality by actually being there in the flesh. He thinks it's a good idea. Rebecca reluctantly takes a nap in her office. When she's asleep, Sam sneaks into her office and places what he thinks are suggestions into her head. However Rebecca isn't asleep and is mortified to learn that Sam knows about her dreams. Although Rebecca is upset, Sam ultimately convinces her that it is useless to wait for a powerful dream man to show up in her life and to give a relationship with him a try. Just as they are ready to start this new phase of their relationship, Robin Colcord, multi-millionaire, comes waltzing into her office. His arrival is just in time for Rebecca, but extremely bad timing for Sam.
Rebecca is whisked off her feet by Robin Colcord. He has taken her on his private jet to several cities on the west coast, lavished with expensive clothes and jewelry, and pampered her with spas and facials. Sam on the surface is getting on with his womanizing life, but a dream with Rebecca turning into Al unmasks some deeper feelings. Telling the gang at the bar about the dream, Sam gets differing opinions from the gang, including differing professional opinions from the Drs. Crane. But Sam comes to the self-conclusion that he really does care deeply for Rebecca, something he feels that Robin doesn't. So he takes the chance and decides to tell her that he does really care for her. Just as he is ready to do so, Robin beats him to the punch and tells her that he cares very deeply for her. Sam has missed his chance with Rebecca, at least for the time being.
Sam is reevaluating his life in light of the fact that Rebecca has chosen Robin Colcord as the love of her life, with whom, by the way, she has not yet slept. The guys at the bar convince Sam that what he should do is get his life back by buying another bar. Sam does find a place, and gives his notice to Rebecca. However, the new site of "Sam's Place" is not all that it's cracked up to be. It's a dump in need of major renovations and is located in the worst neighborhood in Boston. But underneath the maggot infested boardings are nice touches such as a lead pane stained glass window, hardwood floor and marble bar top. Sam is moving forward on the plans. It ends up that Robin owns some property close by and wants to hear Sam's plans for the property. After hearing the plans, Robin tells Sam that he making a go of this place is a pipe dream. But he also makes Sam really look into what he wants in life. In reality, Sam wants Cheers back. So Robin helps Sam get out of the deal of the new property. However Robin buys the property himself as it is adjacent to the property he is developing himself. The score of this round: Robin Colcord, 1 - Sam Malone, 0.
Rebecca has the opportunity for some free cosmetic surgery. There is much discussion among the gang what she should do if anything. She finally decides on her own to get a tattoo removed. Although she got more stuff removed - a mole - that is too much information for Sam, who only wants to fantasize about the tattoo. Meanwhile, Margaret 'Maggie' O'Keefe, Cliff's one time postal girlfriend in Canada, has left a message for Cliff, stating that she is stopping by Boston and needs to see him. Cliff is excited about this. Upon seeing each other, Cliff isn't disappointed as Maggie wants to "be his girl". However he immediately becomes afflicted with what he calls hysterical blindness. This condition happened to him only one other time, that when he almost got into a romantic relationship in high school. Then, as soon as he and Wendy Beeman started going steady, he lost sight only when she was around. His sight became normalized after they broke up. Frasier easily deduces that this is a psychosomatic reaction to commitment, and since he can't prescribe a quick fix for Cliff, Cliff begs Sam to at least help him through his first night with Maggie. Sam agrees. At Cliff's apartment, Cliff and Sam discuss a game plan and they do need it as Cliff immediately goes blind when Maggie shows up. Despite the blindness being a major problem for Cliff, he quickly kicks Sam out when Maggie shows interest in the workings of the sofa bed. But things quickly fall apart for Cliff who promptly falls off the balcony into the pool. Sam explains everything to Maggie, who tells Cliff that she will give him his space, including going back to Canada until he's ready for her, if ever. He goes after her and tells her he wants a commitment. Lo and behold, his sight issue is no more. As Maggie rushes off to get her things from the hotel, Cliff can still see, but is now afflicted with paralysis below the waist. Perhaps he's not ready for a commitment.
Sam is trying to save money to buy back the bar, but things are going slowly. Rebecca suggests he sell his beloved Corvette. After deliberating, he decides to do so. But he makes the process so difficult as the buyer has to be as committed a Corvette lover as he is. Finally he sells the car, but after snide remark and after snide remark about his replacement vehicle - a Volare - he needs to get his Corvette back. Finally Frasier is the one who convinces the buyer to give Sam his car back. The buyer was Lilith. Meanwhile, Norm is swamped with painting work, so Rebecca and Woody suggest he hire some painters to work under him. Norm is reluctant as he is not boss material. In other words, he figures he will have no backbone to demand work from his employees. But he does end up hiring Rudy, John and Scott, who end up being more buddies than employees. Their work ethic is lax. When Norm thinks out loud that he needs to hire another tough guy to handle the employee situation, Frasier suggests that all he needs to do is develop an alter ego. This alter ego become Anton Kreitzer, the last name being Vera's maiden name. Kreitzer is like a Nazi dictator. To further the masquerade, Norm even rents office space for him and Kreitzer, and hires a meek secretary named Doris, who obviously has never met Kreitzer despite sitting outside his office every day. Rudy, John and Scott want to confront Kreitzer for his rough treatment not only of them but of Norm as well. Norm has to rush down to the office before Rudy, John and Scott get there. Norm manages to avert Rudy and the others from meeting Kreitzer. However after that situation is averted, Rudy goes back to the office when Norm isn't there and finds that Kreitzer's office is all a front. Rudy assumes that soft-hearted Norm Peterson does not exist, and that Norm really is Kreitzer. The gang at the bar don't help Norm convince Rudy otherwise.
Rebecca discovers that it is the bar's 100th anniversary and plans a centennial type celebration, which is to include the Mayor of Boston, Raymond L. Flynn. The festivities don't end up being what she anticipates. First, she is the only one to dress in gay nineties costume. Second, the Mayor's office apprehends the ever over ambitious American, Cliff Clavin. Third, Mr. Weaver, a 106 year old man who Rebecca finds that lived in the neighborhood when the bar opened, is a lecherous dirty old man hitting on all the women. He even resorts to faking a heart attack so that women will bend over in front of him. Fourth, the barbershop quartet that Rebecca hires annoys all the bar regulars, especially Sam. And fifth, the two week overdue Lilith goes into labor. At the hospital, Lilith finds out that it was false labor. Lilith's hospital roommate, Gail Aldrich, is all alone in Boston while she's having her baby, so Sam and Frasier go off and help her out since Lilith is not in labor. In the meantime, the doctor sends Lilith home. So when Sam and Frasier return to Lilith's room after helping Gail give birth, they find that Lilith is carrying a baby of her own. She gave birth in their absence. Apparently after being discharged, Lilith couldn't find Frasier, so took a cab, where she promptly went into real labor and gave birth. Although not the ideal way Frasier and/or Lilith would have wanted the delivery to happen, they'll take it.
After Carla meets Darryl Mead, a Red Sox player whom she has been lusting after and who has a mutual attraction for her, she mourns the fact that she is married. With Eddie constantly away on the ice show, she has all the disadvantages of marriage and none of the benefits. Her mourning turns into that of another kind when she receives news that Eddie has been killed saving an ice show performer - another penguin - from being run over by a Zamboni. She doesn't allow herself to grieve properly by this news. Things turn worse however when she finds out that there is another Mrs. LeBec, a woman by the name of Gloria who also claims to be Eddie's widow. She even claims to have had twins with him. Carla is angry - demonstrated by the cat fight she has with Gloria - and confused, and would really like to know what was in Eddie's mind for marrying another woman and what was truly in his heart toward her. Gloria comes by the bar to speak to Carla to discuss their respective relationships with Eddie. They can talk until they're blue in the face and nothing will be resolved, until Gordie Brown comes into the bar. Gordie is the person whose life Eddie saved. Eddie confessed his true feelings to Gordie and wrote it in a note which Gordie was to deliver to Carla if anything happened to him. In Eddie's letter, he tells Carla about Gloria, but that he only married her because he got her pregnant, and that Carla is his one true love. This revelation allows Carla to show compassion toward Gloria, but it also allows Carla to grieve properly, alone and in the only way she can.
To memorialize Eddie, Carla's task is to get his number retired from the Bruins. She is circulating a petition to achieve her goal. She doesn't convince the Bruins to do so, but she does get them to give her season's tickets, which is what she really wanted in the first place. Rebecca's task is to throw yet another party, this time for Larry, a corporate middle manager who is retiring. Rebecca is as enthusiastic about this task as Larry is about his retirement and his feelings for the company, which are not very much. However, when one of the corporate Vice-Presidents, Mr. Sheridan, arrives for the party, Rebecca has to pretend that she put more effort into planning and implementing it than she has. She takes Sam up on his suggestion to liven up the party: hire girls for a wet T-shirt contest. Ultimately the girls get depressed from the party. The Cranes are having a party of a different sort. Little Frederick Crane is one week old and it's time for his bris. All the guys in the bar are invited to the ceremony, but they all chicken out from going since they're squeamish about the circumcision procedure. Despite being happy about instilling some religion into his son's life, Frasier is also squeamish and kidnaps Frederick before the knife hits. Despite the guys convincing Frasier to take Frederick back and support Lilith on this important day, Frasier ultimately can't and runs off with Frederick again back to the bar. Lilith and the rest of the party guests go down to the bar to find the male Cranes. Lilith finally convinces Frasier to go through with it, and the bris is to take place in the pool room, where Larry's party is currently being held. The two parties co-mingle into one, and everything ends up happily ever after. Mr. Sheridan is somewhat perplexed but happy. Larry is happy as he found one of the T-shirt girls to run off with. And Frederick has his bris, and Frasier is fine. He needs to be as he needs to comfort a distraught Lilith, who just hated to see a knife go down onto her son.
When Sam comes into work with a day's facial hair growth, he, Cliff, Norm and Frasier decide to have a $20 per person 1-month beard growing contest, judged by Carla and Rebecca on length, body, fullness, luster, sheen, bounce and the ever important beer absorption ability. The day before the end of the contest, Sam, Norm and Frasier's beards are looking full and lush, while Cliff's is still straggly. The day of the judging, Cliff miraculously comes in with a full beard, which he attributes the the Clavin genes of sporadic but quick hair growth. Carla thinks he's lying and has a glued on beard but a hard tug at his beard proves that it is real. After the judging, Cliff is deemed the winner. However, unbeknownst to anyone, Cliff's beard is fake which he affixed with a super strength but damaging to skin adhesive. Meanwhile, Woody is offered his first leading role at his theater group, that of the young lover George Gibbs in Thornton Wilder's Our Town. He is excited about doing the part but doesn't tell Kelly as he doesn't want her to know that he has a romantic scene with an actress, even though it's just make believe. However the scene isn't very romantic as there is no such chemistry between Woody and Emily, his leading lady. The fault is all Woody's as he feels like he is cheating on Kelly. Lee Bradken, the director, tells Emily that she has to coax a performance from Woody or else he is going to have to fire him. So Emily uses all her feminine wiles to seduce Woody, only to have their scenes be real. Woody construes Emily's come-ons as being real which makes his performance even less real in deference to his love for Kelly. Emily tells Woody the come-on was a fake purely to stir some emotions from inside him. Finally Emily takes matters into her own hands and gives Woody a passionate kiss, which Kelly witnesses. Kelly finds out that Woody has lied to her about being in a play, and is angry since she feels he doesn't trust her. Woody and Kelly clear the air. But nothing that Emily has done has evoked an emotionally charged performance from Woody. That all changes when Emily tells him that Lee is going to fire him unless he can tell her he loves her. In Woody's mind, fear is the key to great acting.
Rebecca is afraid that Robin is getting tired of her since after four dates they have not yet slept together. So in an effort to spice up their relationship, she decides to wait for him stark naked in his apartment. However, Sam finds out Robin's delayed by a few hours so he rushes off to Robin's apartment to tell Rebecca, and of course to see her naked. Sam gets his wish. But neither Rebecca or Sam get their wish when Rebecca, thinking that she's pushes the elevator button in Robin's apartment, accidentally triggers the security system instead. All the doors and windows are secured and Rebecca and Sam are trapped inside. What's worse is that they also trigger the electronic laser sensor system, so they can't even move for fear of cutting one of the laser sensors. Despite their predicament, Rebecca and Sam have a nice nice chatting about their lives. Luckily, first thing in the morning, Robin's maid disarms the security system and Sam and Rebecca escape undetected. Meanwhile, back at the bar, Norm vows to teach Woody about economics, culminating in a game of Monopoly with Cliff and Frasier. Frasier is frustrated by the lying and cheating in the game, but gives kudos to the gang for teaching Woody the truth about economics.
Due to declining business since he has decided not to work, Norm has to fire his secretary, the mild mannered Doris. He writes her a letter of reference, which she in her warped mind misconstrues as a love letter. She confesses her supposed mutual love for Norm. Despite subtle and not so subtle hints from Norm, Doris just won't leave him alone. Frasier tells Norm that she is suffering from lack of self-esteem and he needs to build up her confidence to get rid of her. Norm tells her that the letter was written by all the guys, which she construes as their love for her. Cliff takes her up on her neediness. Finally Frasier takes matters into his own hands and tells her that she is a worthwhile person who should not settle for just any man. She is however still attracted to Norm. When he questions her why she wasn't so when she worked for him, she admits then she had an identity as "Mr. Peterson's secretary", so to solve his dilemma, Norm hires her back. Meanwhile, Woody and Rebecca bore the gang with their respective stories. Woody's is about the coldest day ever in Boston. This knowledge however earns Woody a trip to Hawaii when that is the question on a morning radio show contest. Rebecca's is about the antique desk that Robin has given her as a gift. He has let her know that there is a ring associated with the desk, the 'where' he will divulge to her next he sees her in two weeks. She infers that it is a wedding ring and despite saying that she will wait for Robin to show her the ring, she can't wait. The gang at the bar find out the ring really is a mark on the desk - the desk used to belong to George Bernard Shaw, the ring being where he set down his teacup. The desk is worth a lot of money. But when Sam goes to tell Rebecca, it's too late - she has destroyed the desk looking for the supposed wedding ring.
Sam is still aiming to buy back the bar, but is still a lot short on capital. Robin is getting death threats and thus is surrounded by a mass of security guards. Sam and Robin's lives intersect when Robin, who was planning on sailing his boat, aptly named The Rebecca, in the Cape Cod Regatta that afternoon, is called off on emergency business. Sam would love to sail the boat in Robin's place since the winner's purse is $10,000. Independent of each other, Sam and Robin decide that Sam can sail The Rebecca in Robin's place. Now, all Sam needs is a crew, so he enlists the help of Carla and ex-Coast Guard employee Norm. During the race, Sam is working his butt off, but Carla and Norm concede defeat when they drop into last place early on. All three change their minds as to their priority on board when Norm discovers a bomb on board the boat. They discover the radio has been dismantled, the lifeboat no where in sight and although the life jackets are there, they can't jump overboard as the waters are shark infested. With 28 minutes left on the bomb's timer, they decide to sail as close to shore as possible and then jump if need be. They end up making it to shore just before the bomb detonates and the boat blown to smithereens. Although upset about the close call, they, but Sam in particular, are more upset about Robin's lack of sympathy for their ordeal, especially since it was his life the bombers were after. Robin does come to the bar and offers financial compensation to Sam. Sam is offended by this gesture and wants only some true compassion on Robin's part. Norm and Carla, on the other hand, want the money.
Alice Ann Volkman, Rebecca's old college professor and mentor, is coming by the bar to meet up with Rebecca. Rebecca is in awe of the woman and despite not being the best student and a bit of a suck up, Alice liked Rebecca for her sheer determination. Sam sees Alice's visit as an opportunity to pick the brain of a business professor as to ways to buy back the bar. Off to speak to Robin on the phone, Rebecca leaves Alice alone with Sam. As with Sam and any woman, they end up sleeping together. Rebecca is shocked that her mentor would slum with the likes of Sam. Although a one nighter in Sam's mind, Rebecca believes that for a woman with the class of Alice, she probably is expecting some sort of commitment with Sam. As it turns out, it too was just a casual fling for Alice. Rebecca is conflicted about her feelings. When Rebecca and Alice meet up, Alice tells Rebecca just to tell her what's really on her mind. After humming and hawing, Rebecca finally blurts that she thinks Alice is a slut. It's the first time Rebecca has ever said anything decisive without regard for the outcome. Despite the comment, Alice is happy that Rebecca is finally taking a stand. Meanwhile, Carla is being audited by the IRS and uses Norm's accounting services and advice. He tells her to make up fake receipts. Things get better for Carla when the auditor ends up being an old friend of Norm's. Things get worse again for both Carla and Norm when Norm makes off the cuff remarks about Carla's unreported tips - Norm now has the wrath of Carla to face.
What is... "Jeopardy!" (1984)? The answer is the show that is coming to Boston for a one-time only appearance and that Cliff has made it on as a Boston-based contestant. Cliff is cocky about his chances of winning and things go his way when the set of topics in the first round are Civil Servants, Stamps From Around the World, Mothers and Sons, Beer, Bar Trivia and Celibacy. At the end of Double Jeopardy!, Cliff has $22,000, a full $18,700 ahead of his nearest opponent. The final Jeopardy! category is Movies, and the answer is Archibald Leach, Bernard Schwartz and Lucille LeSoeur. Although Cliff's opponents both provide incorrect questions, Cliff's question of "Who are 3 People Who Have Never Been in My Kitchen?" is not going to be the acceptable correct question of "Who are Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and Joan Crawford" despite it being an accurate question. Cliff being Cliff bets "$22,000 big ones", loses to the $400 winner and cries foul on camera. Later Alex Trebek stops by the bar for a drink. He tells Cliff that Cliff's ambiguous situation on the show has made him reconsider his career; he has decided to quit being the host of "Jeopardy!" (1984) Cliff persuades him that he continuing to be host is more important than Cliff himself winning on "Jeopardy!" (1984); Alex reconsiders and decides to stay on as host. Cliff has saved "Jeopardy!" (1984) In reality, Alex made up the story of quitting only because he didn't know what else to say to Cliff, a person who scares him. Meanwhile, Sam's little black book is missing. Apparently the current holder of the book is working his way alphabetically through the book, calling up women and making dates as Sam to meet them at the roller rink, the women to wear a black leather mini-skirt and French cut panties. The mystery person is currently at the H's and so Sam enlists Rebecca's help to set a trap for the mystery man. When he calls, Rebecca, pretending to be hot for Sam in her French cut panties and black leather mini-skirt, changes the pattern only by requesting to meet at the bar. The mystery man ends up being a mystery 14 year old boy, who dreams of being a babe hound. Sam ends up mentoring the boy into being a future babe-hound, he first needing to be a babe-pup with a better haircut.
Robin invites Rebecca to Carl Yastrzemski's $1,000 a plate tribute dinner. Robin also invites Sam along to brief him on baseball. Third wheel Sam ruins Rebecca's plans for a romantic evening with Robin. But on the way to the dinner, Robin and Rebecca decide to get hot and heavy and Robin unceremoniously dumps Sam out of the limo in the middle of nowhere. The day after, the gang learns that Rebecca and Robin did it, not only the first time for them but the first time for Rebecca in four years. Rebecca and Robin's romantic evening made it's way to Little Wally's Pup and Burger - a greasy spoon - before they did the deed. The evening included Rebecca telling Robin about her sensory romantic button, the song You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous Brothers. In response, Robin had the song played on his radio station all night. The next day, he brings Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers to Cheers to serenade Rebecca with a personal rendition of the song. Rebecca is in seventh heaven already, but things are brought to an even more unimaginable state for her when on their next date, Robin tells her he loves her. Rebecca, in her euphoria, wants to celebrate her happiness with her friends at the bar, and invites them all the the place where it all started, Little Wally's Pup and Burger. After the group dinner, Sam and Rebecca are the last two to leave the restaurant. Rebecca needs to step into the ladies room for a second when Sam spots Robin on a date with another woman. What is Sam to do?
Despite being a self-professed womanizer himself, Sam can no longer support Robin's cheating on Rebecca since she is his friend. Sam managed to get Rebecca out of Little Wally's with an exaggerated lie without her spotting Robin with his other date, but he is now regretting doing so, that is until Robin bribes Sam's silence by promising to buy Cheers back for him. Sam ultimately decides to decline the bribe and tell Rebecca the truth. When he does, she doesn't believe him. She thinks he's just jealous. But Rebecca learns the truth when she hides in Robin's limousine to surprise him, when in turn he surprises her when his other date, ballerina Christine Davi, bounds into the limousine. Christine has some morals and dumps Robin right then and there. Perhaps Rebecca has some morals as well, but it's going to take a little while for herself to figure that out. With Christine out of the way, Robin's affections are down to two: Rebecca and a chargé d'affaires at the French consulate. When Rebecca stands up to Robin and declines the offer of a diamond bracelet bribe, Robin declares that her moxie has "put her in the lead" in the race against the chargé d'affaires. Rebecca decides that being in the lead means everything and she rushes off with Robin. Sam tries to make her change her mind by saying that she'll regret giving up something valuable, meaning her self respect. Rebecca does choose that something valuable: she decides to take the bracelet.
Woody is meeting Kelly's mother, Roxanne Gaines, for the first time. Roxanne and Kelly's father, Walter, have been divorced for years, hence the reason why Woody has yet to meet her. He figures she's his last opportunity for someone in Kelly's family actually to like him. She does like him, a little too much as displayed by the her tongue down his throat and the game of footsie she plays with him under the dinner table. At a dinner part at the Gaines household, Woody blurts out in front of all the dinner guests that he wants her to stop hitting on him. He thinks that act will ruin his relationship with Kelly. Contrary, Kelly believes that Woody has misinterpreted Roxanne's actions. Roxanne says as much to Kelly. But in a note Roxanne has written to Woddy, her true "tongue down his throat" and "footsie" intentions are made even more crystal clear. Meanwhile, one of Lily's restaurants in Texas is closing down and is moving it's unliquidatable inventory to its other properties. Cheers is the lucky recipient of a mechanical bull. Carla goads Cliff into riding the bull. He straps himself in and has the guys put it on the highest setting. The bull is bucking so hard, Cliff can't get off and no one can get close enough to shut it off. After getting expert advice, they find they can't shut off the power as it will cause the bull to stop immediately, which could injure Cliff. Finally the fire department lays down mattress pads against the wall so that when the bull stops, Cliff will be thrown safely against the pads. However Carla reads that he only has another five hours on the bull to break the world record. Cliff, rather than be world record holder, wants off. The rest of the bar want him to break the record and leave him strapped on.
Cliff is downing prescription pills to relieve a work stress related skin condition, more than the prescribed dosage. However, Cliff finds out that a side effect of masses doses is male breast enlargement, the fact of which the gang at the bar won't let him forget. Meanwhile, Lilith has written a new book, Good Girls/Bad Boys, the book's premise being that women are initially attracted to what she deems bad boys. However as women get over that need, they will seek out stable good boys. Lilith is promoting the book on a local women's afternoon talk show. Frasier, not wanting to be the only male in the audience, talks Sam into going with him. At the show, Lilith wants the discussion to be on the scientific merits of her research, whereas Brenda Balzac, the host, is more interested in the salacious aspects of the book's title. In the audience, she sees both Frasier and Sam, who she deems to be the typical good boy and bad boy as portrayed in Lilith's book - Lilith does not deny this. However, the show degenerates into the sexual peccadilloes of Frasier and especially Sam. At the end, even Lilith falls under the animal magnetism of Sam on camera, just about ripping off his shirt. Because of Lilith's display, Frasier wants to become a bad boy. He especially doesn't like the analogy of good boys being like comfortable old shoes, or worse yet ratty old slippers, not to be seen outside the house. So Frasier decides to don leather, and hooks up with Ellen aka Viper, a motorcyclist. When Viper suggest heading to Florida, Frasier wakes up to what the bad boy life he thought he aspired to really is, and runs back to a waiting and apologetic Lilith.
Robin is taking a day off work to spend with Rebecca doing her spontaneous planned dream date that she's fantasized about since puberty: a walk along the beach, a picnic in the park, a paddleboat ride, a trip to the zoo, The Phantom of the Opera, a late supper and a roll in the hay. But competitive Robin and equally competitive Sam get into a continual war of oneupmanship in bar games of darts and pool, each won by Sam. However Robin challenges Sam to a game of intellectual cunning: chess. Robin makes the challenge irresistible for Sam with a wager of a week's salary, Sam figuring that he can use the winnings to buy back the bar. Sam accepts despite the fact that he doesn't know how to play chess. Using some transmitting equipment and Norm and Pete sitting in front of a computer chess game, Sam takes on Robin with Norm and Pete's computer help. Things are going well until the computer crashes. Sam is on his own. That's when Sam makes some unusual moves, to which Robin is caught off guard. In a couple of moves, Sam calls check mate. Robin is flabbergasted. He knew Sam was cheating, knew Sam's every move, yet continued to play and was totally thrown by Sam's unorthodox last moves. Although Robin knew Sam was cheating, Sam calls the game fair and square since Robin continued to play. Robin pays up, but not what Sam figures. To avoid paying taxes, Robin pays himself a salary of $1 a year, making his weekly salary the equivalent of a penny. Meanwhile Rebecca spends her dream date with Woody, who at the end of their date is in tears by an offhanded comment from his date.
Woody's theater group is doing a production of Hair, and unbeknownst to Woody it has a nude scene. Despite everyone in the bar trying to convince him of the fact, he thinks they are all pulling his leg, that is until he reads it in black and white in the script. He is nervous about it until the director tells him that individuals can decide to take off their clothes or not based on how their mood sways them at the time. Being the professional that he is, Woody wants to be true to the production and wills himself to do it despite how uncomfortable he is. He is however the only one to strip when the time comes. Carla has her own problems. Eddie's will has finally been executed, and while Gloria, his other wife, got $100, Carla got everything else, which unfortunately was only debt. In discussion, Carla and Gloria negotiate splitting the $100, to which they also mutually agree that Carla would give Gloria half of everything that she would have got as well. Carla and Gloria end up being good pals, chumming around for the remainder of Gloria's time in Boston before she heads back to Kenosha. However, Carla soon finds out that Eddie may not have left anything of monetary value to Carla in his will, but he did have a life insurance policy from the ice show worth $50,000. Carla is elated, and despite her friendship with Gloria and more importantly her vow to Gloria, she decides to keep it all for herself. Carla is protective of her money, but is shaking uncontrollably, which she learns later is due to the guilt she feels. Finally after a week of this guilt and its physical manifestations which she can no longer take, Carla finally confesses to Gloria about the reason for her shaking and the money, half of which she does hand over. Gloria shows her true colors when she berates Carla for being such a chump for handing over the money so easily.
The gang thinks that since it's St. Patrick's Day - one of the busiest bar days of the year - Gary of Gary's Old Towne Tavern is about ready to strike on Cheers. Rebecca and Gary have however previously drawn an agreement to stop the pranks against each other. But Tecumseh, the Indian statue standing at the entrance of the bar, is missing, and the gang think that it's Gary at work. After Sam, Norm and Cliff close down Gary's with padlocks, toxic warning signs and police tape, they find out that Rebecca sent Tecumseh out solely to be varnished. Thus the gang await the wrath of Gary. When the Fire Marshal arrives for the bar's six month inspection, the gang thinks this is Gary's revenge and they torture the Fire Marshal. They find out the Fire Marshal is legitimate. Their collective nerves are so frayed waiting for Gary to hit, that Cliff suggests they, as an act of peace and good faith to Gary, sabotage themselves before Gary can. As stupid as some think the idea, they decide to go ahead if only to calm their nerves. Their act: Sam, Woody,Cliff and Norm shave their heads bald, except for the letters G A R Y - one on each head - shaved on top. They have news photographer come to shoot the Cheers guys advertising Gary's bar with the shaved heads. After that, Rebecca finds out that Gary's has been shut down for a month while the bar is being renovated, and Gary has been out of town, so doesn't even know what's been happening. So this war has ended up being one sided. What's worse, they find out that one of their own did not shave his head but wore a skull cap, none other than the one who treasures his hair: Sam. The war is now everyone versus Sam.
Norm is chosen the bar's designated driver for the evening. As such, it starts off to be the worst evening of Norm's life, that is until he's driven everyone else home and at the end of the night is left alone in the bar with an uncontrolled beer tap. Meanwhile, Mr. Gaines is sending Kelly to study in Europe for a year in an effort to break-up Kelly and Woody's relationship. Woody decides to give Kelly a promise ring before she leaves. She initially accepts it, but gives it back after she and Woody get into an argument about her father's motives. Distraught, Woody decides to rush off to the Gaines household and with Sam's help - solely to hold the ladder - to elope with Kelly. Eventually finding Kelly's window and Kelly in her room - with her over 1,000 Barbie dolls - Woody not only makes up with Kelly but also convinces her to elope with him. But while hiding in Kelly's closet, Woody overhears a heartfelt discussion between Mr. Gaines and his Kelly-Belle aka his former "toe-headed butterball", which includes a promise to allow Woody and Kelly to be together if that's what she so chooses after she returns from Europe. After that, Woody calls off the elopement since he can't take Kelly away from Mr. Gaines after that talk. But they do decide to get secretly engaged. Woody's next challenge is how to get out of the bedroom. He is left hanging by the windowpane as Sam has gone off with the ladder to rendezvous with one of the Gaines' chambermaids to eat popcorn and watch Ghost Busters (1984).
Rebecca is going to be on a consumer reports show as she wrote a letter to them complaining about an electronic depilatory that ripped off her skin when she shaved her legs. Rebecca is looking forward to exposing the crooked company that makes the product. On air, she finds that the manufacturer is a subsidiary of Colcord Industries. Right then, Rebecca does a 180 degree turn and praises the depilatory, even to the point of using it while being filmed. Despite bleeding profusely, she grins and bears it, all for her sweet baby, Robin. Meanwhile, Carla feels that the return of Darryl Mead - her fantasy Red Sox player - to Cheers is a sign that she's ready to date again, the first time after Eddie's death. When she and Darryl head off on their date, all Carla sees is Eddie LeBec's everywhere she goes. She figures that Eddie is haunting her since he doesn't want her to date. When she makes an announcement that she will not date, even more Eddie's appear. Eddie is haunting her for more than just not wanting her to date. Since she can't figure out why, she, Frasier and Lilith all decide that she needs professional help. Frasier and Lilith are thinking about her seeing one of their colleagues, whereas Carla is thinking a trip to her psychic, Madame Lazora. Frasier is appalled not only that Carla would confide in Madame Lazora, but that Madame Lazora even exists. Madame Lazora holds a séance in the bar to conjure up Eddie. On a diatribe against Frasier, Carla surmises that perhaps Eddie isn't haunting her at all, and that her visions are all in her head, a manifestation of the fact that she scared to go on her first date after three years. This revelation is enough for Carla, especially after Madame Lazora, hearing this, says that she has conjured up Eddie, who said just that. Frasier is even more exasperated at the end of the evening.
Woody is looking for a roommate since his rent is being raised. He finds Terry Gardner - a she, not a he - who, despite her gender, he thinks is perfect, especially since she's from Indiana. But as quickly as Terry moves in, she moves out as she reconciles with her jealous husband, Cutter, who just happens to be a hot tempered old acquaintance of Woody's from back home. Knowing Cutter's size and temperament, Woody offers up poor Cliff as the man Terry spent the evening with on her night away from home. Meanwhile, Lilith is taking singing lessons as she wants to be able to serenade Frederick. Frasier scoffs at her abilities. But she comes into the bar singing a heart wrenching rendition of Sonny Boy, which send all who listens the need to call home to Mom to tell her he/she loves her. Elsewhere, Rebecca reads in the society column that Robin's other girlfriend, Jeanne-Marie, the chargé d'affaires with the French consulate, is in town to attend a gala Franco-American ball. Rebecca, jealous, asks Sam to attend to the ball to spy on Jeanne-Marie and report back to her. He does so. In fact he ends up sleeping with Jeanne-Marie, in what he considers the best sex he's ever had - or so he tells Rebecca. In actuality, the hotel ballroom where the ball was to be held got flooded and the ball canceled, so he never even met Jeanne-Marie. Sam only told that story as he knew that Rebecca would want to know how to compete sexually. Of course the only way would be for Rebecca also to sleep with Sam. His plan works. In fact, Rebecca wants to recreate everything about the liaison with Jeanne-Marie, which Sam mentions included doing it in the hotel elevator, Sam tied up with Jeanne-Marie's scarf, and of course, various stages of undress of both parties. So, Sam and Rebecca go into the elevator, she ties him up and starts ripping off his clothes. After that, she leaves and leaves him tied up - she knew about the flooded ballroom and thus Sam's made up story.
The on-going battle between Jeanne-Marie and Rebecca for Robin's affections continues. Robin apparently bought Jeanne-Marie a house on the Left Bank. Because of that, Rebecca thinks Robin is going to dump her. Instead, he asks her to move in with him. She readily accepts, thinking he's going to dump Jeanne-Marie. While Robin is away on a business trip, Rebecca, with Sam, Norm and Woody's help, starts moving in to Robin's apartment. They discover a confidential Lily Corporation document coming through Robin's printer, the document which was obtained using Rebecca's secret computer password. Norm concludes that Robin is going to attempt a hostile takeover of the Lily Corporation, information for which he obtained using Rebecca's access to the company without her knowledge. Despite still being in love with Robin, Rebecca hums and haws about what to do. Finally the guys convince her to turn Robin in and inform Lily's Board of Directors, especially since she could go to jail herself otherwise. Robin apprehends Rebecca just before she's ready to head into the Board meeting and talks her out of reporting him by asking her to marry him. She again readily accepts. In this act, he gets the confidential document that came through his printer from her and shreds it right then and there. As Rebecca and Robin head off, Sam is left at the corporate office to deal with the Board. Jim Montgomery of the Board informs Sam that the Board knows that Rebecca has been receiving a lot of classified corporate information. As such, Sam decides to turn Robin in on Rebecca's behalf, but unfortunately the only proof he has is a pile of shredded paper.
Sam turned Robin in to the Lily Board of Directors, and as such, Robin has been indicted for insider trading. Rebecca is standing by Robin, although she, deep in her heart, knows that Robin, in her own words, is going to fry. But at least she has the solace in knowing that Sam, her friend, was not the one who turned Robin in. When she finds out that it was Sam - she finds out when the Lily Corporation sells the bar back to Sam for $1 (actually 85¢) - Rebecca is livid and wants to kill Sam. She decides to leave Cheers forever and forget it ever existed, and to head off to where ever Robin is. Just as she's about to leave, they all learn via the FBI and a personal fax from Robin to Rebecca that Robin has jumped bail and skipped the country. Not only does she feel used by Robin, but the corporation fires her. What's worse, they don't fire her because of her involvement with Robin, but because they didn't care for her work. Sam offers Rebecca a job as a waitress to tide her over in this transitional period in her life. A lousy and bitter waitress, Rebecca ultimately falls into the arms of the man who has been there for her all along: Sam. Just as Sam and Rebecca are about to do it in the bar office, Robin comes back announcing that life is meaningless without Rebecca, the love of his life. He walks into the office and...