Cheers (1982–1993)
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Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh 

The gang thinks that since it's St. Patrick's Day - one of the busiest bar days of the year - Gary of Gary's Olde Towne Tavern is about ready to strike on Cheers despite Rebecca and Gary ... See full summary »


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 7 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
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
Robert Machray ... Fire Marshal Dobbins
Tim Donoghue Tim Donoghue ... Tucker
Peter Schreiner Peter Schreiner ... Pete
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan
Phil Therrien Phil Therrien ... Deliveryman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Perlman ... Phil


The gang thinks that since it's St. Patrick's Day - one of the busiest bar days of the year - Gary of Gary's Olde Towne Tavern is about ready to strike on Cheers despite Rebecca and Gary having 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 who stole it. After Sam, Norm and Cliff close down Gary's bar 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 he is Gary's revenge, which he isn't. 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. They finally learn what Gary's St. Patrick's Day plan is, which they believe is the worse thing he's ever ... Written by Huggo

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st. patrick's day | See All (1) »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frasier says, "I would ask my parents... but they are both dead." But in Frasier (1993) his father is alive and living with him. This was addressed in a "Frasier" second-season episode, "The Show Where Sam Shows Up", where Frasier admits he made up that story because he was embarrassed by his father. See more »


Frasier tells Woody what he and Lilith did during their first romantic interlude, but Woody and the rest of the Cheers gang would know that what happened, as shown in "Abnormal Psychology (#5.4)" (1986), was completely different. See more »


Norm Peterson: Gary's smarter than that. He know we'd be on the look out for a stranger, so he'd plant somebody we do know.
Sam Malone: Yeah. Probably try to turn one of our own against us. So the idea is, who do we suspect the least?
[the gang at the bar ponder the question]
Woody Boyd: I think it's me.
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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An Old Saw
1 September 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There was a MASH episode where Hawkeye expects to be attacked, so he goes into total paranoid mode where his responses are worse than anything that could be done to him. Here, we have a non-action by Gary of the Olde Town Tavern. As the barflies wait for retaliation, they fall into paranoia as well. It's very contrived, howver.

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