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Someone Single, Someone Blue 

Diane's has to get married within ten years of her father's death, or her mother loses her fortune. But there's one problem: she's only just learned of this fact, and the ten-year deadline is tomorrow.


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
Glynis Johns ... Mrs. Helen Chambers
Duncan Ross Duncan Ross ... Boggs
Dean Dittman Dean Dittman ... Harrison Fiedler
Paul Willson ... Gregg
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


Diane's rich, snooty, eccentric "Mummy" comes waltzing into town with some unusual news for her daughter: Diane needs to get married by tomorrow or else Mummy will lose her share of her deceased husband's estate, a clause written into his will. Diane wants to help Mummy out, especially after Mummy's plea to Diane: "I'll never be broke. I'll either be rich or dead, the choice is yours." The problem is compounded by the fact that Diane has no steady that she can call even to go along with a marriage-in-name-only plan. Sam is suggested and he initially declines because he says that marriage changes people and their relationship regardless of if it's in name only. However, he ultimately agrees, with the ceremony to take place at the bar. Will the marriage vows change the nature of Sam and Diane's relationship? The problem that arises from the outcome of the wedding ceremony has a solution coming from an unexpected source, Mummy's long time chauffeur, Boggs. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

3 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red shirt with the white collar that Sam Malone is wearing is identical to the one Gilligan wears throughout the entire series of Gilligan's Island. Except Sam's has pockets on front. Which means it's not identical. Why is this even trivia, anyway? See more »


In the closing credit's Paul Wilson's character, Glen, is shown as "Gregg". See more »


Diane: [learning her mother is coming to visit] This is very strange.
Carla Tortelli: That you have a mother?
Diane: No.
Carla Tortelli: That you have a mother that wants to see you?
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »


Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Paul Willson
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Glynis Johns is the Mom
7 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In order for Diane's mom to inherit money from the late father, Diane needs to be married. What follows is an effort to get Sam to marry her. He kindly agrees but then things begin to go haywire. It's not one of the better episodes. Famous actress Glynis Johns play the matriarch of the Chambers clan.

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