Welcome back to Cheers Chats! We’re almost to the end of the series (and that is a good thing for both of us), but we have a couple more before we get to the finale. Here’s a stop in season eight, when we definitely are wondering why we are still doing this.
Episode 8.19: Indoor Fun with Sammy and Robby
Originally aired: February 22nd, 1990
Previously on Cheers
(Brief synopsis of what happened prior to this episode)
T: I’m not gonna lie to y’all – I have NOT been enjoying this season. It’s probably because this show aired in 1990 and society has shifted since then, but BOY is this show not friendly towards women. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but in the 11 seasons of Cheers, only 10 or so of the writers were women. Plus, there are only 2 main female characters, and Carla tends to side with the guys in general (or is always pregnant). The blatant misogyny and lack of respect for women in the show has bugged me so much that if I wasn’t *doing it for the blog* I would stop watching.
M: We have hashed out the idea of doing a full post dedicated to this particular frustration, and stay tuned because it’s coming as soon as I can distill my thoughts into something more than an angry rant punctuated with the sentence “DIANE DOESN’T EXIST.” It’s almost as if, in addition to containing almost no women, the writer’s room of Cheers had also never met one.
Like Traci, I’ve been surprised to find that things got worse as we entered the 90s. Or maybe we’re just tired.
T: Rebecca finally sleeps with her forever crush and boss Robin Colcord in a two-parter called “Finally”. Sam (who’s still trying to get in Becky’s pants) finds out Robin is seeing another woman. Robin, in an effort to prevent Becky from finding out about his infidelity, offers to sell Sam the bar back if he doesn’t tell her. Being the semi-good guy he is, Sam decides to tell her anyways. She confronts Robin but apparently they’re still together?
M: REBECCA DOESN’T EXIST.
Robin takes a day off work to spend some romantic time with Rebecca, but he ends up getting into a competition with Sam that takes all day.
What Had Happened Was
(Basic recap of the episode’s main plot)
Rebecca – Rebecca has big plans for Robin’s rare day off- they’re going to live out every “fantasy” she’s ever had, which includes walking on the beach, having a picnic in the park, paddleboating, going to the zoo, and seeing Phantom.
Cliff – A pool ball ricochets off Cliff’s head and he may or may not have a concussion.
Frasier – Frasier keeps playing darts and wants someone to beat him.
Little Ditty About Sam and Becky
Sam fuels the Robin fire by continuing to engage in bar games with him as he continues to put off going out with Rebecca. Part of this includes a game of chess, which Sam does NOT know how to play. So he gets the assist from Norm, who is talking to him through a headset while he plays it out via a game on the computer. So much masculinity.
Becky with the Good Hair
T: Despite knowing that Robin has another girl in his life, Rebecca “doesn’t care” because she is “winning” and “not jealous” because he “prefers” her to “Jeanne Marie”. WOOF.
Rebecca, going through a rack of different outfits for the day: “This is for the beach walking hand in hand, picnic in the park, paddle boats, zoo, seventh row Phantom of the Opera, and this is for the end of a romantic evening…” holds this up:
M: Oh, Bex. By the way, Outfit To Wear To Phantom was a staple in the wardrobe of every fine woman of 1990.
T: Robin gets caught up with the darts tourney and Rebecca ends up going to the beach with Woody. Robin continues to face-off with Sam in bar games. Rebecca continues her day of fun with Woody instead of Robin. I don’t get why she is continuing her day. Besides the Phantom tix, she can do everything else with Robin at another time.
M: Except that Robin NEVER TAKES A DAY OFF, a fact that is very emphatically repeated at the beginning of the episode for no real reason.
The moments that made us literally laugh out loud
T: Literally did not laugh one bit of this episode.
M: Not even a chuckle. We’ve fallen so far since the pilot.
Say It Again, Sam
(Memorable lines from the episode. Not exclusively from Sam Malone.)
Rebecca: “That chick is in Paris.”
Carla: “Oh, I thought Robin was in charge of that.”
“Being a progressive couple…” Fraiser and Lillith are splitting time waking up in the middle of the night to feed their baby. Which is a thing that happened.
“Hey, no one calls me ‘adroit’” Sam. Bless.
Frasier: So, where did you get all this expensive listening equipment, anyway?SO, WHERE DID YOU GET ALL THIS EXPENSIVE LISTENING EQUIPMENT, ANYWAY?
Norm: Oh, this is Pete’s stuff. He uses this all the time.
Frasier: Pete, are you a surveillance expert?
Pete: No. My wife sleeps around a lot.
Sam: You shouldn’t have moved your cardinal, bub!
Robin: Bishop. It’s called bishop.
Sam: I never like to nail a guy twice in one afternoon.
Carla: You haven’t LIVED. [This feels like a very 1990 joke right?]
Woody irons all of Rebecca’s clothes for her multiple dates. Why does he keep agreeing to do personal work for her?! He’s the bartender.
REMEMBER FLOPPY DISKS???
How long did it take Norm to boot up that computer? It was always like the first entire 15 minutes of computer class in the early 90s.
Do people sing “na na nana, na na nana, hey hey-ey, goo-oodbye” to taunt people anymore? They do in this episode, and it happened in my childhood, but I can’t say I’ve heard it for years.
Have they always had this room with a giant rococo computer table? Heck. Have they always had a computer? All you could do with it at this point was play minesweeper.
Carla’s My Boo
Bless Carla for at least calling out that Robin’s got a side chick. Or maybe Rebecca’s the side chick.
Rebecca’s mint green pant suit is a lot
This is exactly the type of sweater Frasier would wear.
Rebecca gives Robin “beachcombing” wear aka a matching sweater and yellow bucket hat. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER.
Sam on his headphones, pretending he’s listening to a basketball game on his walkman
Carla’s shirt with… fruit?
Also, Rebecca’s outfit to wear walking on the beach is a big Aran sweater. Presumably they will meet a golden retriever and take part in a Land’s End shoot.
T: Is it season 11 yet?
M: I totally would have tagged along for Rebecca’s day of yuppie fun, but I don’t think the Cheers writers know that female friendship is a thing.