Cheers (1982–1993)
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Sam's old broadcaster buddy, Dave, predicts that Sam and Diane will be broken up in the next 24 hours. Then, he sets out to make sure that it happens.


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
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Fred Dryer ... Dave Richards
Elizabeth McIvor Elizabeth McIvor ... Didi


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Sam's old wolf-hound in crime, sportscaster Dave Richards, announces that he is now single and once again on the market. As a reflex, Sam goes off with him babe hunting until he sees Diane and remembers that he is now in a relationship. Dave is surprised at their relationship, and vows that they will no longer be an item within 24 hours. Sam and Diane are incredulous but nervous as to Dave's statement as they know Dave will do whatever he needs to to break them up. For Sam and Diane, things go from bad - when Diane finds out that Sam still has his little black book - to worse - when Dave drops off a date, Didi, for Sam. Thinking that Dave might actually be right, Sam goes off with Didi. After the fact of Sam's encounter with Didi, Sam and Diane have to decide if the the end goal or each small victory is what is most important in their relationship. They also have to decide if Dave's deliberate attempts to break them up should factor into the equation. Written by Huggo

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womanising | bet | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama


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It won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Film Editing for a Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. See more »


Diane Chambers: Sam, if brains were money, you'd have to take out a loan for a cup of coffee.
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References Gandhi (1982) See more »

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Fred Dryer Is Pretty Good
11 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Sam's old slumming buddy Dave, the sportscaster, talk at the bar. He is ready to go carousing. When Sam tells him he is serious with Diane, he tells Sam he will have them broken up in 24 hours. This sets the whole thing in motion. There are two things that bring a lot of fun: one is Sam's little black book and the other, Norm's dating habits.

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17 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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