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* RomanticFalseLead: Does anybody ''really'' think Diane is going to go away with Derek?


Guest Starring: John Ratzenberger, Deborah Shelton]

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Guest Starring: John Ratzenberger, George Ball, Deborah Shelton]



* TheVoice: Derek is never seen in this episode, being either in the pool room or hidden behind a group of people, but we hear him singing and talking.

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* TheVoice: Derek is never seen in this episode, being either in the pool room or hidden behind a group of people, but we hear him singing and talking. (An actor named George Ball provided his voice.)

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Episode: Season 1, Episode 21\\
Title: Showdown, Part 1\\
Directed by: James Burrows\\
Written by: Glen Charles and Les Charles\\
Air Date: March 24, 1983\\
Previous: Someone Single, Someone Blue\\
Next: Showdown, Part 2\\
Guest Starring: John Ratzenberger, Deborah Shelton]


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* {{Cliffhanger}}: Ends with a freeze-frame of Sam looking up at the sound of a whooshing plane, wondering what is happening with Derek and Diane.


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* MultiPartEpisode: The first part of a two-part series finale in which the Sam-Diane WillTheyOrWontThey relationship comes to a head.

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"Showdown: Part 1" is the 21st episode of the first season of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. It's the first part of a two-part series finale.

Sam's brother Derek arrives in town for a visit. It turns out that Sam is hugely jealous of his brother, a hotshot "international lawyer" who is rich enough to buy his own plane, as well as being handsome and charming and always the life of the party. (Derek, who is TheVoice for this whole episode, even tapdances to amuse the patrons of Cheers.) Derek gets Norm a job with an accounting firm and teaches Coach Spanish so Coach can get a job coaching winter ball in Venezuela.

But Sam gets really depressed when Diane starts showing a interest in Derek, who is not just rich and successful but can carry on the sort of highbrow conversations about stuff like ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' that Sam can't. Derek invites Diane for a weekend in Martha's Vineyard, which leads to a confrontation in which Diane demands Sam say what he feels but Sam refuses. The episode ends with Diane going off for her weekend, and Sam looking up as the sound of a plane is heard overhead.

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* AirplaneOfLove: Sam is trying to bury his distress about Diane leaving on a trip with Derek by going out with his babe of the week. As they are canoodling in the front of the bar, a plane whooshes overhead, and Sam looks up.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Sam, who washed out of baseball and is now left running a barely profitable bar, seethes at mention of his brother Derek, the rich jet-setting lawyer.
* FreezeFrameEnding: Ends with a freeze-frame of Sam looking up as a plane, symbolizing Diane's departure with Derek, whooshes overhead.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: As Diane tunes the bar TV in to opera, Coach says "I hope they don't use that canned laughter." ''Cheers'' of course used a live StudioAudience.
* ShoutOut: Diane tries to get the bar patrons interested in a public television broadcast of ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung''. She fails.
* TheVoice: Derek is never seen in this episode, being either in the pool room or hidden behind a group of people, but we hear him singing and talking.

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