Cheers (1982–1993)
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One for the Book 

Two unlikely customers enter the bar: One is an 80+ year old who is the only arrival for his WWI squad's reunion, and the other is an awkward virgin looking for a night of drinking and fun before he becomes a monk.


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
Ian Wolfe ... Buzz Crowder
Boyd Bodwell ... Kevin
Jack Knight ... Jack
Francis X. McCarthy ... Mr. Phillips (as Frank Mccarthy)
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


85-year old WWI war veteran Buzz Crowder returns to Cheers to meet with surviving members of his squad from the 22nd Brigade. They meet every 10 years at Cheers to reminisce about old times. As the evening progresses, a lonely Buzz realizes that the number of survivors is dwindling. Another new patron to the bar, Kevin, who is a virgin to the world of booze and debauchery, embarks on his first, and last, wild night before entering the monastery. Meanwhile, Diane keeps a collection of memorable quotes that she hears in the bar - "snippets of Americana" as she calls them. Sam becomes irked as one by one, all the regulars, without even trying, make it into Diane's quote book except him, who has been spitting out quotes all night with great effort. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama



Did You Know?


The patch revealed on Buzz's shoulder is the 36th Infantry Division. It was a combination of the Texas (T) and the Oklahoma (Arrowhead) National Guards. It went to to be awarded many unit citations and awards for meritorious action in combat. The 36th was disbanded in the 70's to be reformed during the early 2000's as the Texas Army National Guard. See more »


Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: You know, I once thought of being a priest.
Kevin: Oh, you're religious?
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: No, I thought it would a nice, kind of peaceful life, you know?
Kevin: [scoffs] Allow me to dispel your misconceptions.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: [kneeling] Oh, thank you, father.
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Nice Balance
5 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

An old WW1 soldier reserves a room to meet with his old buddies. But it turns out he may be the only one left in his group. A young guy, waiting to enter a monastery decides the bar is his last hurrah before giving up his worldly being. That's the setup. Also, Diane is doing a Jack London, writing down pity comments made in the bar. Soon, Sam is trying too hard to come up with something for the book. Actually, some of his things are really good, but they are not spontaneous. Nicely put together episode.

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Release Date:

9 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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