Cheers (1982–1993)
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Where There's a Will... 

A dying man wants to leave $100,000 in his will to the gang at Cheers. But everybody fights over how much money each person will get.


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
George Gaynes ... Malcolm Kramer
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan
Thomas Babson ... Tom (as Tom Babson)
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Greg
Elizabeth Hill Elizabeth Hill ... Female Customer #1
Jacqueline Cassell Jacqueline Cassell ... Female Customer #2 (as Jacqueline Cassel)


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Malcolm Kramer, an older gentleman in the bar, has just found out he only has six months to live. He mentions to Sam that he was happiest when he used to tend bar when he was a student, so Sam suggests that he go behind the bar and relive his old college days. He does so and has a great time, and so does everyone in the bar. Before he departs, he leaves a note in the tip jar to show his appreciation, this note unbeknown to anyone else until after he leaves. It is an amendment to his will, written on a bar napkin, bestowing $100,000 to the gang at Cheers. After getting advice from Cliff and wannabe lawyer Tom on the legalities of the bar napkin, the gang want someone to go get Malcolm back to legalize the will amendment. They also fight amongst themselves for what they feel is their rightful individual share - that is, everyone except Diane, who does not like what the prospect of money is doing to her friends. After Malcolm comes back and legalizes the document, he leaves it up to Sam ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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The title is based on the common expression: Where there's a will, there's a way. See more »


Sam Malone: [on Malcolm's news that he only has 6 months to live] You know this may be none of my business, but, ah, have you ever thought about getting a second opinion? I mean, doctors do make mistakes.
Malcolm Kramer: Every doctor I've been to has given me the same diagnosis, and I've been to twelve of the world's leading specialists.
Sam Malone: Well, maybe you'd get better news if you went to a quack.
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I Wish That I'd Been Born In Borneo
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Performed by George Gaynes
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Shame on Them All
13 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I guess i took this too seriously. It is, obviously, a comedy, so what happens is for laughs. From my perspective, the result was ridiculous. Once the vultures decided to engage with one another over the promise of money, that was it for me. Sam had the right to do what he wanted. If he had any integrity at all he could have sorted things out at a future time. The poor guy who was dying ends up with the money and it will go to some government agency.

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22 December 1983 (USA) See more »

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