Cheers (1982–1993)
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Affairs of the Heart 

Sam and Diane try to stop Carla from sleeping with her new boyfriend after they learn that he has a heart condition.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »


Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Don Amendolia ... Henry 'Hank' Zenzola


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Hank, a newcomer to Cheers, has the hots for Carla, but Carla won't give him an inch. He seems like a nice guy, but Carla is afraid that anyone that seems nice that is interested in her, or in who she is interested, has some rotten aspect in his life. Diane and the gang persuade her to take a chance, and after her initial grilling where she doesn't uncover any deep dark secrets, Carla starts dating Hank. After a few dates where things go very well, Carla ceremoniously dumps Hank. All are confused, including Hank. Sam finds out that the only thing that Carla and Hank haven't done is make love, Carla hesitant because this issue may be his one major fault. Allowing herself to be vulnerable, Carla whisks Hank off so that they can have some privacy. After they take off, the Coach however lets slip that Hank is indeed hiding a secret from everyone that could really affect if Hank and Carla should really get together. Because of Hank's secret, Carla, regardless, believes she will forever ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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The Title Is A reference to the Rick Springfield Song At the Time Of This Episode Affair Of the Heart See more »


Diane Chambers: That's the last time I let somebody have a great time in my bedroom.
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Down to Earth
10 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A really nice guy hangs around the bar, hoping for a relationship with Carla. He seems like the perfect one for her, but she is so paranoid that she pushes him aside. When things finally happen, a secret is revealed. There are some funny moments, like Norm having to ration beer when Sam raises the prices on a glass. Still, not terribly memorable for me.

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10 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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