Cheers (1982–1993)
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Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back 

Cheers is in competition with Gary's Olde Towne Tavern once again, this time it's the annual Bloody Mary contest open to all bars in the Greater Boston area. Cheers won the competition the ... See full summary »


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
Joel Polis ... Gary
Robert O'Reilly ... Ed Fogerty
Greg Collins ... Greg
Vincent Pantone Vincent Pantone ... Vince
Time Winters ... Customer
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Tim
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan


Cheers is in competition with Gary's Olde Towne Tavern once again, this time it's the annual Bloody Mary contest open to all bars in the Greater Boston area. Cheers won the competition the first two years, but Gary's, ever since it opened, has won the last four. Rebecca has at least managed to get the organizers to hold the contest at Cheers this year. Sam in particular is in Bloody Mary mode, even getting Norm to stop drinking beer and start sampling Bloody Mary's. Sam believes his secret ingredient - if he can get a hold of it - will win them the contest. Regardless, Rebecca plans on stealing some of Gary's Bloody Mary mix to have it analyzed, which they all agree - more publicly than they imagined - is the best Bloody Mary they've ever tasted. Knowing that they can't beat Gary by the quality of the Bloody Mary, the Cheers group decide other methods are in order to win. Collectively and individually, they hatch plans for Gary not to win. Will any of these plans work or will they ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

12 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After the opening credits, Norm walks in and sits down and Woody hands him a beer. Sam is asking Norm to try his Bloody Mary and Norm agrees. When Sam hands him the glass with the Bloody Mary, the beer that was sitting on the bar is no longer there. See more »


Sam Malone: Oh, that stunt tears it. Now I'm mad.
Woody Boyd: Yeah, I can tell.
Sam Malone: How? That little vein bulging in my forehead?
Woody Boyd: No.
Sam Malone: My nostrils flaring?
Woody Boyd: No.
Sam Malone: My jaw's clenched?
Woody Boyd: No.
Sam Malone: Well, then how can you tell?
Woody Boyd: You just said, 'Now, I'm mad'.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Nice Twists and Turns
28 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again, Cheers engages in competition with Gary's Olde Towne Tavern. The problem is that Gary's bloody Mary mix is the best there is. So Sam and the gang try to find out what it's made of. When that fails, they try any means they can to undercut the guy. I loved how there were all kinds twists and turns in this episode. Well done.

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