Cheers (1982–1993)
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Endless Slumper 

Sam loans out his good luck charm to a slumping Red Sox pitcher. The pitcher immediately goes on a winning streak, but Sam begins experiencing a series of accidents.


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
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Christopher McDonald ... Rick Walker
Anne Haney ... Miss Gilder
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


New Red Sox relief pitcher, Rick Walker, is in a slump. The Red Sox pitching coach mentions that Sam might be able to help, just because no one knows better about pitching slumps than Sam. After Rick turns down a bunch of suggestions, Sam says that a lucky charm might do the trick, Sam having one himself, that being a bottle cap. Willing to try anything, Rick asks Sam if he can borrow the bottle cap, to which Sam reluctantly agrees. As soon as that bottle cap leaves Sam's possession, Rick's slump ends and bad luck befalls Sam, starting with a crashing beer mug when he tries his infamous bar slide trick. After several weeks, Sam, with his continuing string of bad luck, is desperate to get the bottle cap back. He soon learns that Rick lost it and was putting off telling Sam. Sam, in a state of panic, admits to Diane that the bottle cap represented something significant in his life: it was off the last bottle of "anything" he drank in his life and it stops him from drinking. More ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


The trick where Sam curves a beer down the bar was done with a thin filament attached to the mug and the corner of the bar. See more »


When Sam slides and curves the beer mug to Cliff around the bar corner, glints of reflected light can be seen in several places along the thin filament attached to the glass which makes this trick possible. These can also be seen again later when he repeats the trick with Dianne. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Gilder: Excuse me, I'm here in response to the ad in the newspaper about Mrs. Tortelli's children.
Cliff: Oh. What, is she trying to sell them again?
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Referenced in Frasier: The Show Where Diane Comes Back (1996) See more »

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The Bottle Cap
5 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While there are some pretty funny things in this episode (Diane confusing sex for meditation), the key here is a bottle cap that Same used for good luck. He loans it to a struggling Bosox pitcher but Sam pays a price for it. It is a pretty moving episode, dealing with Sam's addiction.

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2 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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