Cheers (1982–1993)
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Let Me Count the Ways 

Diane becomes upset with everyone at the bar when nobody shows any sympathy after she learns that her family cat has died.


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
Mark King Mark King ... Marshall Lipton
Jack Knight ... Jack
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan
Steve Hanafin Steve Hanafin ... Steve
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


Genius M.I.T. professor and computer geek Marshall Lipton informs Sam and Coach that he knows that the Celtics will lose tonight's game based on a trend he's tracked on his computer. Sam and Coach decide to do what they consider the sure thing by placing a bet against the Celtics, sacrilege in Boston. Is Marshall's prediction actually a sure thing as is a lynching if anyone finds out that they bet against a Boston team? Meanwhile, Diane is distraught to learn that Elizabeth Barrett Browning, her family cat, has passed away. What upsets her equally is the fact that no one in the bar has any understanding of her as a person, this lack of empathy just the latest manifestation. Especially as it relates to Sam, this reaction may be the last straw for Diane who contemplates walking out of Cheers for good. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama



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This episode's title is taken from a line of a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. "Elizabeth Barrett Browning" is also the name of Diane's deceased cat that is central to the plot of this episode. See more »


When Cliff enters the bar and walks down the steps and the camera pans to him, you can see the stage's curtain behind him. See more »


Diane Chambers: She was the only one in my life who was always there. When everybody else was mad at me, she always liked me. When I'd hide when my parents argued, she'd come with me, and whenever I was sick, she never left my bed until I was well again. And then when I was twelve years old, my parents separated. It was maybe the worst night of my life. Believe it or not, I actually thought about throwing myself in the lake. But then I looked down at this cat in my lap and I thought, Who would take care of ...
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References Fort Apache (1948) See more »

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I gave my cat a hug after I saw this episode
13 May 2020 | by cdiaz-77522See all my reviews

This episode was an unexpected tear-jerker. Any other sitcom would have failed at making this plot work. Anyone that whose only friend growing up was a pet could totally understand Diane's grief, but it was exaggerated and played for laughs /just right/ enough that it's actually fun to watch. My favorite episode of the series!

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13 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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