Season 9 - Cheers
Cheers - Season 9
Cheers - Season 9
Cheers - Season 9
As Robin walks into the bar office, what he sees is Rebecca in a state of undress and Sam's shirt button stuck in her blouse's zipper. Rebecca tells Robin that something almost happened with Sam but that nothing did happen. It's a lie, which Sam is supporting. Robin's return prompts Rebecca to go back with him, and to support him during the time of his indictment. She will continue to work at the bar until she can find another, better job. Sam goes back to setting the bar back up the way he used to have it. As a show of gratitude for the support of his customers, Sam decides to wipe out all the bar tabs, including Norm's. But back with Sam and Rebecca, they decide to move on from their sexual encounter. However Rebecca confesses that it was one of the most powerful experiences of her life. As much as he says he had a good time, Sam, on the other hand, states that perhaps his expectations after three years was a little too much compared to the actual act. Rebecca is hurt by this statement, but Sam's behavior masks something else going on in his psyche. He refuses to tell anyone about his tryst with Rebecca, except Father Barry, to whom he goes for counsel and advice on why he isn't telling anyone. Sam finally realizes it's because Rebecca was both a friend and a lover, a first for him, and he wanted to protect his friend more than brag about his lover. After admitting this to Rebecca, they decide that Sam can tell the gang about their tryst. It's too late - the gang don't believe Sam and Rebecca since Sam took so long to mention it.
Frasier and Lilith are having a domestic spat, and Lilith is withholding sex. Frasier is going a little stir crazy because of it. Woody is having a spat in name only with Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics who is originally from French Lick, Indiana, from where people of Hanover, Indiana are considered the dufuses of the state. Hanover residents have the same opinion of French Lick residents. With the rest of the gang, they're preparing for the next contest with Gary's Olde Towne Tavern, namely a three-on-three basketball game of bar employees. Gary "hires" a couple of extremely tall ringers. Sam goes one step further and "hires" Boston Celtic, Kevin McHale. Sam tells Kevin that the game is for charity - an orphanage - to persuade him to do this for him. Because of the surety of winning, Sam bets Gary $5,000 on the game, Gary unaware that Kevin McHale is Cheers' ringer. When Kevin ultimately finds out he was duped about the charity aspect of the game, he's mad but agrees to play if the $5,000 is donated to an orphanage. At the game, Cheers wipes out Gary's, but Woody also wipes out Kevin at the end of the game with what initially looks to be a severe ankle injury. The injury ends up being not bad. However the Celtics doctor comes to the bar the next day with news that McHale's injury is season ending. Carla bribes the doctor to keep Cheers' name out of the news, the bribe being the $5,000 winnings. The doctor ends up being a plant by Gary, as Kevin is OK and comes to the bar with the orphanage's priest expecting the $5,000. Gary bounds into the bar with the $5,000 to donate to the orphanage. The gang at Cheers is dejected at their ultimately show-up once again by Gary. Sam is especially dejected, he who sees themselves as being pathetic. But in their never ending quest to be number 1 or not the worst, the gang at Cheers see themselves as being at least not as pathetic as poor Frasier in his battle with Lilith.
Sam is facing crises at work: his cash flow is minimal and he's having troubles with all the new technical gizmos installed by Rebecca, like the computer and fax machine. With the latter, he is wanting Rebecca back to manage the bar, but suspects she wouldn't come back. She says as much as she has a new job in public relations. So Sam hires Earl, a retired baseballer, and a whiz at bar management. Meanwhile, Rebecca really is the new Miss Miracle Buff at the car show, she who is asked to do demeaning and quite dangerous things like wipe acid and boiling tar off the cars. Sam and Woody see her at the car show, and discover that she really would like her job at the bar back. Sam decides to hire her back. The one problem however is that he's hired Earl, who everybody thinks is the perfect person, period. But being the perfect person, Earl gladly steps aside for Rebecca, but not before a firm but loving chastisement of Sam.
It's Indian summer - it really is a heatwave - in Boston. Carla is concerned since she's conceived all of her children during Indian Summers. Not only does she become more fertile, but she also, like a dog, goes into heat in more ways than one. She is even finding Cliff attractive. Meanwhile, the news media is reporting a rumor that Robin has a mystery women in his life, for whom he gave up his freedom and fortune. Rebecca is happy to be kept out of the spotlight, but she doesn't have to worry. Jean-Marie Beaulieu, the chargez d'affaires with the French consulate and Robin's old girlfriend, comes forward as the mystery woman. Rebecca is incredulous, especially when the stories become more sensationalistic. But the last straw for Rebecca is when Jeanne-Marie gets a spot on Arsenio Hall's talk show, becoming a national celebrity. Rebecca starts to doubt if she is/was Robin's true love. She can't ask Robin directly since she feels like she needs to trust Robin who supposedly gave up his freedom for her. So she gets Sam to go ask Robin for her. When Sam goes to see Robin in prison, he who is at the moment playing tennis - he's got to take advantage of the only three hours per week he's allowed on the prison's tennis court - Robin agrees to go to the press with the truth. By that time, the story has had its fifteen minutes in the spotlight. Even Jeanne-Marie, on _"New Hollywood Squares, The" (1986)_ , is relegated to the nobody bottom center square.
A public works crew is doing some construction at the top of the bar stairwell, which is causing a slow-down in bar business. Sam wants to grease the wheels by bribing the workmen with free beer, but Rebecca refuses. The workmen initiate a work slow-down. After that Sam, thinks they have to up the bribe ante, but again Rebecca refuses. As such, Rebecca suggests building a back entrance to the bar from the alley. During that work, Norm gets stuck between the iron bars in the back window. They call in the police to get him unstuck. While there, the police find out that Rebecca and Sam didn't get a permit for the construction work. As her calls on not bribing in the past failed miserably, Rebecca thinks this time it best to try a bribe and quickly gets hauled off to jail. Meanwhile, Ma Clavin comes back to Boston for a visit. Cliff, with his new bachelor lifestyle, doesn't want her to stay with him. Woody, on the other hand, offers his place to Ma Clavin. Woody becomes Ma Clavin's surrogate son. The two of them have a great time together. Cliff initially feigns disinterest in Ma and her relationship with Woody, but after Ma calls Woody "son", Cliff admits that he wants his Ma back. Cliff and Woody fight over Ma's affections, and after all is said and done, she's got two sons.
Rebecca is concerned for Robin's welfare as he is on a works crew picking up garbage, work unsuited to his previous white collar billionaire lifestyle. Sam relishes in rubbing Rebecca's nose about the situation. Carla relishes parading her scantily clad, blouse-wet body in front of the female-starved convicts and their muscled guards. Meanwhile, Norm's life is crumbling around him as The Hungry Heifer is forced to close due to a building sale and demolition. He's not only sad for himself, but for Sid Nelson, the owner and his friend. Norm goes on a mission to save The Hungry Heifer. He starts off with a petition, but achieves his goal when he finds out that the building is the only one on the Eastern Seaboard with a snorting bull on it, which the city planners see as reason to declare it a roadside landmark. Sid is not as enthusiastic about Norm's achievement as he really hates the restaurant and will do anything to see its demise. He even tries to emotionally blackmail Norm into setting it on fire. But Norm convinces Sid to keep the restaurant and change it to what he wants. Sid does change it to what he wants: a restaurant burnt to the ground. He found someone else to "light the match".
The Cranes have received some devastating news: their one-year old son, Frederick, is intellectually average, the manifestation of which is that he has yet to utter his first word. Lilith thinks that it's because they as parents don't spend enough time with him. Lilith decides that she will be a stay at home Mom. When Lilith uncovers her domestic inabilities, Frasier takes over. But Frasier's idea of care-taking his son is to take him to Cheers and hang out with the guys. Lilith is depressed that she sees Frasier as a better parent than her - that is until she finds that he has spent the day with Frederick at the bar. But Frederick's day at the bar has an unexpected outcome. Still, Lilith sees Frederick's act as success. Meanwhile, Rebecca receives a dirty love letter from Robin, which is making her pine for some physical contact with him. Unfortunately he is not allowed conjugal visits. Carla thinks Rebecca should make her next visit with Robin a conjugal one anyway, Rebecca thinking the usually deserted prison garden the perfect place. However, Rebecca sees that the garden is being used for a barbecue party. Rebecca goes for it anyway, but Robin refuses as it is against prison rules, and he will soon be up for parole and cannot risk getting a black mark on his record. So instead, Rebecca's going to have to be content flirting in front of some construction workers to relieve her sexual frustration.
John Allen Hill, a famous Manhattan restauranteur, has bought Melville's, which Rebecca thinks is going to boost business for Cheers. Hill and Sam's relationship starts off slowly and gets worse and worse. The first spoken threat from Hill is the fact that he actually owns the land on which the bar's pool room and washrooms are situated, implying that he wants Sam to meets all his demands or else. Hill wants a floor mat at the bottom of the interior stairs and wants to use the bar as the restaurant's lounge which includes treating Cheers' staff as Melville's staff. And a consequence of Hill's ownership of Melville's is that the bar is filled with a different yuppie clientèle, who most importantly don't know that Norm's bar stool is only for Norm. But the last straw for Sam is that Hill wants his parking spot back. Although the parking spot is rightfully his, Hill has Sam's beloved Corvette towed after he parks there. Sam and Hill refuse to do business with each other, which leads to Hill bricking off the bar's hallway - the one leading to his washrooms and pool room. Hill will only take down the wall when Sam starts to pay rent. Sam is slowly descending into madness from this situation. Ultimately, Sam loses the battle with Hill and has descended into the bottom of the madness pit. But the final nail in Sam's coffin is that they've taken wagers in the bar of when Sam would reach the bottom of the madness pit: the winner of the $200 jackpot is John Allen Hill. Meanwhile, Woody receives some somewhat suggestive pictures from Kelly in Paris. However, Carla notices a hairy large thumb in one of the photos, meaning the pictures were taken by a man. Woody can't stop thinking about who this man is. Finally Frasier talks Woody into calling Kelly in Paris to clear up the matter. When Woody calls, a man answers the phone - perhaps the man with thumb? Since Woody doesn't understand French, Frasier speaks to the man for Woody. Apparently the man on the phone and the photo taker is an elderly monsignor at the convent where she's staying - or so Frasier tells Woody. In reality, Woody dialed the wrong number and got a Belgian chocolateur instead.
Woody has a starring role in a television commercial for a health drink called Veggie-Boy. Woody is excited before the commercial shoot, during the commercial shoot and after the commercial shoot. It isn't until the commercial starts to air that Woody's excitement turns to horror. In the commercial, Woody explicitly states that he likes it, referring to Veggie-Boy, but he finally tastes it afterward and hates it. This endorsement is a lie from a man who doesn't lie. Woody has no idea how to resolve this dilemma. Despite the fact that Lilith doesn't agree, Frasier suggests to Woody that he try hypnosis. Woody does try it, and it works - Woody ends up liking it. He's now ecstatic, but his euphoria is short-lived. Due to poor sales, the manufacturers have stopped making Veggie-Boy. Woody now loves Veggie-Boy so much, he can't live without it.
Woody has developed a disease: Home-Shopping-Channel-itis. He has just discovered the channel's existence, and can't stop buying stuff from it. He realizes the stuff he is buying is crap, but just can't help himself. Although it doesn't cure his desire, his credit card company helps him out as he is over his credit limit, forcing him to go cold turkey. Meanwhile, Norm and his accomplice Cliff have decided to be puppet masters by putting people in situations they know will cause a conflict. They first start with Rebecca and Carla with a work situation. Their next target is Sam and Frasier. Frasier and Lilith are in the bar for drinks with some work colleagues and Frasier is going to pay with his gold credit card. Norm and Cliff manage to get the credit card number and report the card stolen to the credit card company just before Sam is about to call for authorization for Frasier's purchases at the bar. When Sam calls, the company informs Sam that he can't accept the card because it's been reported stolen. Frasier finds this incredulous since obviously he still had the card and thus would it make sense for himself to report his own "still in his possession" card stolen? Still, Sam cannot accept payment with such and offers to help Frasier out by having the drinks on the house, starting a bar tab for him or even giving him his own credit cards as replacements. Frasier finds these suggestions by Sam insulting. The one thing Sam cannot do is give Frasier his card back as Sam is required to cut up the card and send it back to the credit card company. Sam snips the card in half in front of Frasier's eyes, to which Frasier gasps in horror. Because he sees this act from his so-called friend as being intentionally hurtful and humiliating, Frasier vows to leave Cheers and never come back. For Norm and Cliff, this prank has gone a little farther than they anticipated or wanted. After Frasier has been gone from the bar for a day, Norm and Cliff know that they have to both rectify the act of the credit card issue, but more importantly mend Frasier and Sam's friendship. They obviously can achieve both by telling Frasier and Sam the truth. Norm and Cliff go to Frasier's house meaning to tell him the truth (and hopefully snag a free dinner in the process by arriving during the dinner hour), but once Frasier makes the assumption that Sam wants to apologize, they chicken out and let Frasier believe what he wants to believe, which at least will get Frasier back to the bar. Once Frasier is back at the bar, Norm and Cliff's plan doesn't come to fruition - thanks to Woody - and Norm and Cliff are forced finally to tell Frasier and Sam the truth. Frasier and Sam are equally mad at Norm and Cliff, but they do make up with each other. As retribution for this prank, Sam demands both Norm and Cliff's credit cards, not so that he can cut them up or report them stolen, but rather to give to Woody to feed his need to shop on the Home Shopping Channel.
Kelly has returned from France, and with her is Henrí, a Lothario of a Frenchman who is out to steal Kelly away from Woody. Including Woody, everyone is aware of Henrí's intentions, everyone that is except for Kelly. Kelly, in her naiveté, thinks that Henrí's overt attempts to steal her away from Woody are all in jest. Woody finally threatens Henrí, which Kelly thinks rude, impolite and immature on Woody's part. Sam thinks that Henrí might actually be able to steal Kelly away since Woody and Kelly have yet to consummate their relationship. Woody decides to do it, taking Kelly to a seedy motel as "Mr. and Mrs. Malone". They're both really nervous. Before they do it, Carla comes storming into their room. As the voice of reason, she tells them that they're having sex for all the wrong reasons. Woody and Kelly decide to wait, not until they're married but until Woody can afford to get a room at the Four Seasons (which probably would be after when they'd get married anyway). But Carla has ulterior motives as she wanted a motel room for herself and her new conquest, Henrí.
Woody, without authorization from Sam or Rebecca, has placed a free drink coupon into a coupon book. Rebecca and Sam hate the idea as it will only attract a gaggle of freeloaders into the bar. What's worse, John Allen Hill buys a round of drinks for everyone in the bar - solely using coupons. The bar's troubles are nothing compared to Carla's. Carla's mother, Mama Lozupone, has had the "death" dream. She and Carla are currently on the outs since Carla has not stuck to family tradition that has been handed down for generations. The tradition is that every female in the family has named one of her sons with the given name of her father and the maiden name of her mother. In Carla's case, that name would be Benito Mussolini. Carla refuses to name one of her kids after a fascist dictator, even if it would make her Mama happy before she dies. But she has a change of heart, thinking about herself and if her kids didn't do something she wanted while on her deathbed. She asks all of her kids if anyone would be willing to change their name, and Gino comes forward. Even then, Carla refuses to let him do it, that is until Mama Lozupone takes a turn for the worse. Once Carla swears to her dead mother that she will rename Gino, Benito Mussolini, Mama miraculously awakes from the dead. She didn't really have the death dream, and the rest of the family was in on the ruse. Carla and Mama are at each other's throats. Sam sides with Carla, telling Mama Lozupone that in this instance, she is treating Carla unfairly and is therefore a bad mother. This insult, especially in the fact that it was said in the Lozupone household, strengthens the bond of the Lozupone family, including Carla, against Sam. The Lozupones all make up and live happily ever after. Sam's fate?: he gets locked in the Murphy bed. Another Lozupone tradition: you cross Mama, you spend the night in the wall.
Sam is continuing his battle with upstairs neighbor and the landlord of his pool room and washrooms, John Allen Hill. Sam really feels like he needs to do something to really bug Hill. Just then, Sam meets Hills' daughter, Valerie. Sam is not exactly the type of man she usually goes out with, nor is she Sam's type, but he asks her out solely to get under Hill's skin. Valerie and Sam have dinner at Melville's. Sam starts to make the moves on Valerie, this in plain view of Hill. Hill initially feigns disinterest, but ultimately breaks down in tears, telling Sam that he'll give Sam anything if Sam stops seeing Valerie. From this, Sam gets his pool room and washrooms rent free, and he gets his parking space back. Immediately Sam drops Valerie, right in the middle of dinner. Valerie takes Sam rebuke graciously. But immediately after that, Sam decides he wants Valerie back. Rebecca thinks it's only because he can't have her. Sam is determined, and asks Valerie to go away for the weekend with him, and she's not to let her father know. Just as they are ready to head off, Hill discovers what's going on. But he tells Valerie that he will give her his blessing if Sam is the man that she wants. Sam thinks Hill just said that so that Valerie would no longer seem the forbidden fruit. But Hill must know his daughter as it is she that no longer sees Sam as the forbidden fruit, and immediately she breaks up with him. And since Sam broke his agreement, Hill is again charging rent and doubling the amount.
The bar's jukebox is going in for repairs, and for the week while it's away, Cheers gets a karaoke machine in it's place. After an initial reluctance by the gang as to it's usefulness, they take to the machine. In particular, Norm and Cliff are hooked on the song Lollipop - especially while sung with helium filled voices - while Frasier is hooked on every other song as he monopolizes the karaoke machine's time. Meanwhile, Robin will be getting out of jail in three days, and through the delivery of a white rose and a love letter, proposes to Rebecca and wants to get married on the day of his release. She's ecstatic - at least initially. Rebecca holes up in her apartment leading up to the wedding. She's living on booze and cigarettes. In a heart to heart with Sam and to herself, she finally admits that she doesn't think she loves Robin. She'll figure out what she needs to do once she sobers up.
It's the morning after Rebecca's drunken spree, where she admitted to herself and Sam that she didn't love Robin and was going to call off the wedding. However, what a little sobering up will do for the memory: she remembers nothing about that night and neither calls off the wedding or remembers that she doesn't love Robin. This is Frasier's gain as, still hogging time on the karaoke machine, gets his first real gig when Rebecca asks him to sing at the wedding. But Sam, as Rebecca's friend, will do whatever he can to jog Rebecca's memory about the night. The road to the wedding moves forward, and Frasier is excited about singing, until Robin surprises Rebecca with yet another Righteous Brother to sing at the wedding, this time being Bobby Hatfield. But music is a strong associative stimulus and while Rebecca is walking down the aisle, Sam gets Bobby to sing "We've Got Tonight", a song she sang that night. It does the trick as everything about the night, including the fact that she doesn't love Robin, comes flooding back. She leaves Robin at the altar. In the back room, Rebecca, confused, needs someone to clarify her thoughts. Sam tells her that if she ever loved Robin, it must have been solely for his money. Hurt that he would think her so shallow, she decides to go through with the wedding. At the "I do's", Rebecca can't go through with it. Later, at the bar, Rebecca ponders life when Robin comes back to talk to her. Robin asks her if he was still rich with $6 million, would she still love him. He asks her this as he tells her he has stashed away that much from the authorities. Her answer is no. Just then, he uncovers a money belt taped to the bottom her desk drawer, the belt filled with $6 million. Robin is off, out of Rebecca's life. She is in further misery as she only said no as she thought he was bluffing about the money.
I'm Getting My Act Together and Sticking It in Your Face
Season 9, Episode 16
First Air Date:
February 7, 1991
Season 9, Episode 16
First Air Date:
February 7, 1991
Frasier is trying to add a little culture to the guys' lives by reading them Dickens. When the guys initially show disinterest, Frasier has to rewrite Dickens and add a few Cheers inspired sensibilities to the stories. Meanwhile, Rebecca is in a funk in the aftermath of her and Robin breaking up. First she locks herself in the bar office for three days - still in her wedding dress - then, with the help of Woody, his clothes, his car and his credit cards, she decides to fly back to San Diego to sort out her life. Sam leaves her a telephone voice message, which although unintended on his part, one could construe that he is in love with her. Rebecca calls back and leaves Sam a message saying that she is returning to Boston because of his message. Sam is in a panic since he thinks Rebecca is coming back to Boston wanting to start something serious with him. Not knowing how to deal with this, Sam resorts to devising what he calls Plan Z, the most drastic of measures. He doesn't really have to use it though as what Rebecca wants is to buy the bar. But getting back to Plan Z, Sam does prematurely execute it. It involves a gay lover and an unexpected kiss with his friend Leon to prove he's not a wussy little 'fraidy cat.
It's Valentine's Day, and it doesn't seem to be going well for anyone. The Drs. Crane are trying to bring their respective therapy groups - Frasier's a group of shy men, Lilith's a group of shy women - together as part of their therapy. They try party games to get the men and women together, games such as passing the orange from chin to chin, Twister and Spin the Bottle, to no avail. Rebecca is depressed as after the recent break-up with Robin, she has no man in her life and thus no one to give her a Valentine. Just before midnight, Cliff comes to the rescue and gives Rebecca the Valentine he was going to give to his Ma. However Cliff wants a little action in return. Rebecca takes him up on his bluff and plants a deep kiss on Cliff, which transforms him into catatonic state for the rest of the evening. And Sam, who has had an on-going "only on Valentine's Day" date with Lauren Hudson for the past twenty years, slips and throws out his back just before he is off to see her. In such a state, Sam is unable to perform sexually, although he does his darnedest to hide his injury from Lauren and to make the most of his once a year tryst with her. Ultimately, he confesses to Lauren regarding his injury and they end up spending a memorable albeit sexless night together discussing their lives, especially their aging lives and the fact that Sam is only one of a series of "one night a year" men in Lauren's life. At the end of the evening, the only ones who had a satisfying sexual evening are Frasier and Lilith, who in the course of encouraging their therapy groups, end up turning themselves on.
Carla's eyesight is getting bad and she secretly gets a pair of reading glasses. The guys at the bar start with all the standard "four eyes" jokes, until Carla vows to make their life miserable unless they stop. Cliff continues with the jokes, saying that it's worth whatever revenge Carla has in store. Or is it? Rebecca is still wanting to buy the bar back from Sam, who mocks her in her attempt. She has $25,000 cash that she received from her father to do so, but Sam adamantly refuses to sell. Rebecca has an ally in John Allen Hill, who will sell Rebecca the bar's back-rooms (including the washrooms), which again he owns, for the $25,000. Sam realizes that Rebecca having this control could ruin him, so he tries to outbid her for the property. Hill implies that any little favors by either Sam or Rebecca could sway him in their direction. Sam and Rebecca both will do almost anything for the property, and Hill relishes in the attention he gets from both. Both Sam and Rebecca can do menial tasks for Hill, but only Rebecca has the sexual power over Hill. But will Rebecca sell her body for the bar's back-rooms? Apparently not, much to Hill's dismay. But Sam's hired "twins" will. Ultimately, both Sam and Rebecca are disgusted with their behavior and Hill's manipulation of them. Finally, Rebecca comes up with a plan: they buy the bar's back-rooms jointly for $30,000, with Rebecca's $25,000 and the $5,000 Sam has in the bank. Sam and Rebecca are now partners in business, and have their back-rooms back for good.
It Frasier's birthday, and since he's never had a birthday party, the gang at the bar go all out and throw him one. However they make him do all the work. Lilith is trying to figure out what to get, and has decided on professional photographs of herself done for him. Hiring Woody's nemesis Henrí, Lilith doesn't quite know what kind of photos to take - composed and formal or seductive. She compromises and strikes a professionally seductive pose: herself lounging on a bear-skin rug wearing her business suit. This being Lilith, one would not be too sure if she is being totally serious with this photo or pulling Frasier's leg. Luckily for Frasier, it is a gag photo. The real photos are seductive ones, and are more than what Frasier would want for his birthday. But she also gives him the real thing, which takes him away from his party. It's definitely not Norm's birthday as Vera has lost her job. What's worse, Rebecca gets Vera a job as a hat check girl at Melville's. She has invaded Norm's sanctuary. She tells stories about Norm, ones that he would rather have not known, like the fact that his real first name is Hilary. Finally he's had enough. Since he's such a nervous wreck while she's upstairs from the bar, he decides to leave Cheers for good, that is until something unexpected happens to Vera: she's fired. Despite the fact that she was fired because she was continually spying on Norm through a knot hole in Melville's floor/Cheers' ceiling rather than doing her job, Norm sticks up for his wife against Hill. He really does love his wife. But he still loves her more when she's not in the vicinity of Cheers.
Cliff fan idolizes Weather Channel anchor, Dorothy Boysick, who, annoying to most but endearing to Cliff, has a lisp. Cliff writes her a fan letter, and gets an unexpected reply: she thinks Cliff is child based on his handwriting. Meanwhile, co-owner of the bar, Rebecca, wants to open a tea-room in the pool room. Sam thinks it's a dumb idea, but allows Rebecca to open it on a trial basis, letting her keep it if she clears $500 on her first night. Sam thinks this goal impossible for Rebecca. Things are going very slowly on her trial day, and Rebecca doesn't help her cause when she chastises Frasier and Lilith, her first and only customers, when they solely order her loss leader, orange pekoe tea. However, things take an up turn for Rebecca when she hijacks and starts selling Woody's chili, which everyone in the bar loves. As it seems like Rebecca's converted chili room is a success, Sam feels like he needs to take drastic measures to sabotage Rebecca. Carla suggests killing her. Sam opts instead to call the fire marshal as the make-shift kitchen probably doesn't meet code. Sam's plan backfires when the marshal is a big chili fan. Sam concedes defeat. As a show of good faith in Rebecca's plan, Sam buys $20 worth of chili to put her over the $500 mark. However, things go awry for everyone when Sam, warming up the chili, blows up the pressure cooker, which breaks a hole in the back wall and windows. Rebecca thinks he did it on purpose to ruin her chili room. Sam says that he's so sorry, that he could cry. To prove that he really is sorry, Rebecca does want Sam to cry. Although he really is sorry, tears do not material, that is until Rebecca takes some extra measures: she breaks all the windows in Sam's Corvette.
It's time for the 53rd annual Miss Boston Barmaid contest, and this year it's being held at Cheers again, but Sam's not happy. The contest organizers have changed the format where beauty, chest size and overall bimbo-ness account for nothing, but rather it's a contest of true waitressing skills. Despite this, Carla is not interested in entering - she knows she can be the best waitress in the world if she wants to be (self-admittedly, her "friendliness" quotient is a bit lacking) and doesn't need anyone to tell her so - until she learns that first prize is a new Mazda Miata convertible. She will do anything to win that car. On the day of the contest, she obtains a confidential document naming the three judges, one of whom is none other that Cheers' own Cliff Clavin. Norm convinces Carla that to win the contest, Carla has to be nice to Cliff, not exactly the easiest thing in the world to do for Carla. Cliff treats Carla like a buddy, asking her to do small, or not so small favors for him, like giving him a back massage, ultimately while he's shirtless, and later a foot massage. But Norm keeps flashing the picture of the Miata in front of her to keep her going. Just as the contest is about to start, Carla learns that Cliff is not one of the judges - the document she has is a phony obviously made up by Cliff. Cliff is dead meat, but first Carla has a Miata to win. During the contest, Carla is the expert waitress, displaying feats of extraordinary waitressing acumen. Even when one of the other contestants tries literally to trip up Carla, Carla turns this into a acrobatic act worthy of a gymnast. Just before the emcee is about to announce the winner, Carla admits that Cliff's stunt helped her since she focused all her negative energies toward him into the contest, and she's pretty sure she'll win. The emcee ultimately announces the winner: Shawnee Wilson, the one who spilled the most drinks, but the biggest bimbo with the biggest boobs in the contest. Apparently the contest has changed in paper only, and the criteria for winning remains the same as it always has. Despite being sad for his friend Carla, Sam feels all is again right with the world in that it is a contest for bimbos. Paradoxically, Carla at least won the Miss Congeniality prize.
A dalmatian puppy follows Cliff on his mail route, the pup which he names Spotty. Woody is immediately taken with Spotty. Well maintained, Spotty obviously is a lost pet, but Woody wants to keep him. When three firemen come into the bar lamenting about their lost puppy, Rebecca knows they're talking about Spotty. Woody reluctantly gives him back. As a reward, Woody wants a ride on a fire truck with the siren on with him driving. The firemen give up and think it easier to just give Woody the puppy - this is exactly what Woody wanted. Meanwhile, one of Sam's old baseball nemeses, Dutch Kincaid of the New York Yankees, wants Sam to pitch against him on the Yankee's Dutch Kincaid Day. He chose Sam because he as a hitter always had Sam's number: Dutch hit a home run almost every time Sam pitched to him. Sam doesn't want to do it, but Dutch and the gang at the bar goad him into it. Sam wants to strike Dutch out, and works out to get in top physical shape. On the day, Sam is approached by Cap Richards, Dutch's manager, who wants Sam to float a pitch to Dutch on the third throw, allowing Dutch to hit a home run. Sam is outraged and refuses to do it until Dutch's grandson, Billy, tells Sam a story of wanting to see his grandpa hit a home run, on this, his last day ever to play baseball. Sam falls for the story and floats the third pitch, allowing Dutch to hit a home run. Sam later finds out that the story was a fake - the "grandson" was really Cap's own son. Sam is mad, but so is Dutch. Dutch wanted legitimately to hit a home run against Sam once again. Sam still thinks he can strike Dutch out. So they take to a pitching/hitting match. Seems like Dutch still has Sam's number as he hits a home run on Sam's first pitch, and second pitch, and third pitch,...
Rebecca is on a healthy eating kick and is trying to convince others in the bar to join her. The guys do join her in enjoying rice cakes: they are using them as makeshift clay pigeons. Meanwhile, Lilith is in mourning as her favorite lab rat, Whitey, has died. Frasier offers sympathy, that is until he finds out that she is carrying the dead rat in her purse. Frasier throws Whitey in the garbage, and when Lilith finds out, she does the same to Frasier (throw him in the garbage, that is). Lilith has banished Frasier from the house, and thus he's forced to sleep on the bar's couch in his suit. Unfortunately this tiff coincides with an important meeting they have to get Frederick into an exclusive pre-school. Just as it looks like Frederick will make it into the school, the Drs. Crane, upon viewing the school's new baby hamsters and being reminded of another rodent, get into a shouting match about their problems. Later, Frasier and Lilith apologize to each other. This incident has shown to both the preciousness of life and they decide a good way to express this renewal is to have another child. Sam is also in mourning, but is mourning the loss of a beautiful woman, who he never really had since she is rebuking him. But what's worse, she is Paul's girlfriend. Sam doesn't understand how/why anyone would turn him down in favor of someone like Paul. Paul explains that she is a "chubby chaser", and the only person in the bar who turns her on physically more than Paul would be Norm.
Despite Lilith's hesitance, Frasier asks Sam, who agrees, to babysit Frederick, the first time Sam's done so. At the Crane household, Sam and Frederick are having a great time, until Frederick locks himself in the bathroom. Without a bathroom key, Sam decides to climb out the playroom window and climb in through the bathroom window. As soon as Sam's outside, the window shuts behind him and he is locked out of the house. As Sam gets to the locked bathroom window, he sees Frederick inside, Frederick who at that time opens the bathroom door to let himself out. It gets worse for Sam as it starts to rain. While trying to jump to a tree to climb down, Sam falls off the window ledge. After Sam survives the fall and blacks out for a while, he makes his way back into the house with his front door key and finds that Frederick is OK. Just at that time, Frederick once again locks himself in the bathroom. Sam once again climbs out the window, but places a toy underneath the window to keep it propped open. Just then, Frederick comes out of the bathroom and takes the toy from the window, once again locking Sam outside on the window ledge. When Frasier and Lilith arrive home, they find Frederick asleep on the playroom floor. Sam is nowhere in sight. They eventually find him, perched in the tree outside. Sam did his job as he could watch Frederick from sitting in the tree. At the bar, Kelly is working temporarily as a waitress as she needs a work experience to write a school paper. After a while, Rebecca thinks it a good idea for Kelly not to work there as she has caused some disruptions for Woody - including inadvertently starting a bar fight. Carla and Norm stick up for Kelly, wanting her to stay. However, Carla and Norm have ulterior motives as they have both managed to manipulate Kelly at the bar for their own benefit.
Sam has been spending a lot of time lately with the Cranes. More specifically, he has been spending a lot of time with Frederick. Each day, Sam arrives at their house a little earlier and leaves a little later. Frasier and Lilith finally tell Sam directly that he shouldn't be spending that much time with their son. Sam understands, but not until after the revelations that Sam likes kids and that Frederick now considers Sam more a father than Frasier. Later, Sam admits to himself that he wants to be a Dad, but doesn't yet have an idea who the mother is/will be. Meanwhile, Rebecca is at another crossroads in her life. She knows that she doesn't want to do the bar shtick for the rest of her life, but is now unsure what she wants to do with her career. Regardless, she goes on one job interview after another, each time dooming herself for failure. Late one evening, Sam dozes off while watching Blue Hawaii (1961) on TV. In his dream, Sam gets a message from Elvis Presley that Rebecca would be the perfect mother of his child: she's beautiful, loving and a good friend. Sam takes this message to heart and asks Rebecca after she makes an off-handed remark about reevaluating her life, thinking perhaps it would have been better if she settled down. After mulling it over, Rebecca comes to the realization that it really is a good idea and agrees. She's excited, so excited that she forgets about all else around her. Due to circumstances, Rebecca unwittingly walks out of the bar without her dress, but wearing a coat rack. Perhaps Sam made a mistake asking her after all.