Cheers (1982–1993)
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Chambers vs. Malone 

Diane waltzes into the bar full of cheer, announcing to Sam that she had a premonition that he would ask her to marry him today; he mocks her and laughs in her face. Superstitious Carla ... See full summary »


James Burrows


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Tom Troupe ... Judge William E. Grey
Thomas Babson ... Tom Babson (as Thomas W. Babson)
Glen Vernon ... Priest
Michael Keys Hall ... Assistant D.A.
Hugh Maguire ... Hugh
Peter Schreiner Peter Schreiner ... Pete
Mark Arnott ... Mark
Patrick DeSantis Patrick DeSantis ... Joe (as Patrick De Santis)


Diane waltzes into the bar full of cheer, announcing to Sam that she had a premonition that he would ask her to marry him today; he mocks her and laughs in her face. Superstitious Carla warns Sam not to test the fate of woman's intuition. Diane does whatever she can to set the mood for a proposal and Sam does everything he can to prove to Diane that he won't propose. When they're finally alone just prior to midnight, Sam states that her insistence is driving him nuts and adamantly states that he will never ask her to marry him again. When Diane comes to the realization that it might not happen, her tears start to flow which prompts Sam to ask her to marry him. She says no, again! For a split second, he dreams that he has murdered Diane and is on death row - he chases her out of the bar to perhaps do the deed?! The following day, we find that Diane has had Sam arrested for assault and battery, and has asked newly minted but inept lawyer Tom, who has finally passed the bar examine after... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

8 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Massachusetts is 1 of 10 states not to have the death penalty. It was abolished in 1984. See more »


Although the pretrial hearing purports to be in Massachusetts, the courthouse depicted in the cut scene is the New Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. See more »


Sam Malone: What's the matter... you've got a weird look on your face.
[Diane is leaning on the bar and smiling at him]
Diane Chambers: I don't know if I should tell you.
Sam Malone: Well, let me help you out. Don't.
Diane Chambers: Well Sam, this morning I woke up with the most overwhelming feeling that... you would propose today.
Sam Malone: Phew! Talk about fate, talk about coincidence...
Diane Chambers: [She rushes to his side] You had the same feeling?
Sam Malone: No, I just wish you would talk about fate or coincidence.
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A New Approach
23 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Diane makes Sam into a bumbling idiot by her constant harassment. She can't escape her. Even when he is honest and sincere and angry, she never relents. This is a bit surreal. Here we have him driven to where he actually kills her in his mind. He goes to the electric chair. Eventually, he chases her and she injures herself, but that's not enough. How long, however, can the series sustain interest in the staccato attacks.

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