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The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One 

An Englishman enters the bar claiming to be a spy, but Diane exposes him as a fraud. Everyone is mad at her for humiliating him just to show off her own intellect, until he plays a joke on her.


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
Ellis Rabb ... Eric Finch
Jack Knight ... Jack
Bob Evan Collins Bob Evan Collins ... Chauffeur (as Robert Evan Collins)
Kurt Woodruff Kurt Woodruff ... Sailor (as Kurtis Woodruff)
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff




A mysterious man named Eric Finch walks into the bar one evening. He has the persona of James Bond, and does let it slip that he is indeed a spy. Diane doesn't believe his story. Sam reminds her that the bar is a place to escape from reality and if Eric wants to spin this story, real or not, there is no harm. Despite Sam's advice, Diane keeps pressing Eric, and he finally does admit that he has indeed been lying to everyone. This admission deflates everyone in the bar, including Diane, since he was only trying to escape from his hum-drum life. The next "story" he tells hits a little closer to Diane's sensibilities, and thus she falls under his tales. However, is it the truth? Will the next story he tells be the truth? Will anything he says be the truth? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Diane's recreation reading: Plato. See more »


Diane takes off her apron, tosses it on the bar and says, "I'm a total washout as a cocktail waitress." When she brings her hand down as she says the word "as", there is a very audible metallic "ping" as her hand hits the brass rail of the bar. See more »


Sam Malone: What's new, Norm?
Norm Peterson: Most of my wife.
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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »

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5 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A Britisher comes in wearing a stylish garb, remindful of the movies of the forties. He bends the ears of the patrons and convinces them he is a spy. Except for Diane. She reveals the truth but crushes him a cruel way. Soon he returns and she is devastated by her insensitivity. He then convinces her he is a poet. Of course, he falls for this. Back and forth. Back and forth. Nicely done episode.

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16 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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