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Sisterly Love 

Rebecca's estranged sister, Susan Howe, is in Boston to shoot a commercial. She's an actress specializing in horror movies. She stops by the bar in the off chance that Rebecca might want to... See full summary »


James Burrows


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


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
Marcia Cross ... Susan Howe
Richmond Harrison Richmond Harrison ... Phil


Rebecca's estranged sister, Susan Howe, is in Boston to shoot a commercial. She's an actress specializing in horror movies. She stops by the bar in the off chance that Rebecca might want to see her. Rebecca doesn't. Sam finds out that much of the sisterly discord is from the Susan stealing Rebecca's boyfriends when they were younger. Sam uses this information in his attempt to bed both sisters. He tells Susan that Rebecca and he are an item, after which she agrees to go out with him. He tells Rebecca that Susan is interested in him, to which Rebecca replies that to get back at Susan, Sam should break off their date and Rebecca would go out with him in Susan's place. So Sam postpones his date with Susan to take out Rebecca, with his date with Susan now later in the evening. However Susan can't wait and appears at the same time Sam is supposed to go out with Rebecca. Sam has to try and manage his dates with both sisters without the other finding out. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Originally written as a possible season ending cliffhanger in which Sam proposed to Susan after a whirlwind romance. Writers rewrote the script finding it too out of character for Sam. In addition, at the time there were rumors that Kirstie Alley would be replaced as the show's female lead at the start of the next season, and producers felt that such a story could further feed such rumors. See more »


When Sam runs around the end of the bar to go to Rebecca's office to try to postpone their date, he grabs the end of the bar as he swings around and the whole bar can seen to move several inches, showing that the bar isn't actually a permanent fixture. See more »


Sam Malone: You are Susan Howe, the actress. I loved you in that two-headed movie.
Susan Howe: Oh, which one? I did two of them. Was it the one where the head was coming out of my neck?
Sam Malone: Yeah, that's the one.
Susan Howe: Oh thank goodness, because the other one I am not proud of.
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The Best Laid Plans
30 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Sam is on the make big time. Rebecca's estranged sister shows up and she is a knockout, a B-movie actress. So Sam gets greedy and begins to work the two of them against each other, hoping to bed them both as they do things out of spite. But there is a delightful conclusion.

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27 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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