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  • Sam buying back Cheers in "Cry Harder".
    Sam: Right. I, uh, OK I got eighty-five cents here.
    Jim Montgomery: ...I'll take it.
    Sam: Hey guys! I low-balled him!
    • Adding to it is the reason WHY he got the bar back: Robin Colcord had been using Rebecca in order to get info on her company. When Sam went with her to rat him out to Jim Montgomery, the head of her company. Robin shows up, manipulates Rebecca into dropping the case and smugly shreds the evidence. Sam then finds out Rebecca is about to take the fall for everything and tells Jim the truth, which leads to Robin getting arrested.. and gets the bar as a reward for his selfless efforts.
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    • Ironically, it's Robin, in an earlier episode, who advises Sam to regain his motivation to buy back Cheers.
  • In "Coach's Daughter," when Lisa (Coach's... y'know) tells off her fiance, a Jerkass who was only marrying her so she (his boss) would give him a new sales territory.
    Lisa: Roy, I don't want to marry you. I decided I want a man as good as my father.
    Roy: Wait, hold on here. What about Pennsylvania?
    Lisa: Roy, you don't get Pennsylvania, and you don't get me. You just get more and more obnoxious.
  • "From Beer to Eternity":
  • Rebecca in her first appearance laid down the law for Sam when giving him a second chance.
    Rebecca: Again, in baseball-ese - it's the bottom of the ninth, two out, two strikes... and you've got no balls.
  • The Cheers gang finally winning the feud with Gary in "Bar Wars VII" during the final season.
  • "The Boys in the Bar":
    • Sam, when the regulars are trying to pressure him into ejecting two suspected homosexuals by threatening to find another bar.
      Sam: Hey, listen, those guys are staying. Anyone else wants to leave, that's fine.
      Norm: Okay, Sam, you know what kind of bar this could turn into?
      Sam: It's not going to turn into the kind of bar that I have to throw people out of.
      Diane: That's the noblest preposition you've ever dangled.
    • The conclusion is also a CMOA, in which Diane reveals that the two men the gang hustled out of Cheers were not gay, and that the two gay men she said were in the bar were still there, and had a ball watching the gang behave like morons the entire time. She says as she walks away, "Isn't that right, guys?", and two of the regulars kiss Norm on the cheek.
      • To his credit, Norm concedes defeat—as only Norm can:
        Norm: (pointing at the regular on his right) Better than Vera.note 
      • Even better, according to Ken Levine:
        As I walked out of the room Ted Danson approached and said, “Don’t change a word.” I was a little overly defensive and didn’t appreciate the sarcasm, “Hey, give me a break”, I snapped, “We tried for something, okay?” He waved his hands. “No, no, I mean it. It’s great. Don’t change a word.” Needless to say I felt like a giant ass… but was relieved.
  • Coach, of all people, helping Harry with a Kansas City Shuffle to win all of Coach's poker winnings back from another con man. This made Harry the Hat a likeable Ensemble Dark Horse, instead of the seedy con man he could have been.
  • Cliff has read that his medication can cause male breast enlargement:
    Cliff: I see you all looking at my chestal area; stop it! I don't have breasts!
    Rebecca: Don't let them get to you, Cliff. I took that medication and the risk of side effects is very overrated.
    Cliff: Oh, yeah, Rebecca? How long ago did you take it?
    Rebecca: About twenty years ago; back when I was a little boy.
  • In the episode "Sam's Women," Sam thinks Diane thinks that the only women Sam can get are all stupid. Diane asserts that an intelligent woman would never fall for his lines. They argue about it (and insult each other), and finally apologize. Then they have this conversation:
    Sam: Well I'll be darned.
    Diane: What?
    Sam: Nothing, I just... noticed something.
    Diane: What?
    Sam: Well I guess I've never, uh, never looked into your eyes.
    Diane: Something wrong with them?
    Sam: No, I, ah... I just don't think I've seen eyes that color before. As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever seen that color before. [Shakes head] Yes I have, yes I have...
    Diane: Where...?
    Sam: I was, ah, I was on a ski weekend, up at Stowe. I was coming in late one day, last person off the slope. The sun had just gone down... And the sky became this incredible color. I, I usually don't notice things like that. I found myself kind of walking around in the cold, hoping it wouldn't change. Wishing that I had somebody there to share it with. Afterwards I tried to convince myself that I'd imagined that color, that I hadn't really seen it, that... nothing on this earth could be that beautiful. Now I see I was wrong.
    [Diane stares at him silently, near tears]
    Sam: Wouldn't work, huh?
    Diane: ...What?
    Sam: An intelligent woman would see right through that.
    Diane: (Sadly) Oh— (covering loudly) OH...! In a minute!
    • Made funnier by Diane turning, grabbing one of the drinks on her tray and gulping it down, while Sam (barely keeping a straight face), feigns a disappointed "damn" knowing full well it worked.
  • Diane gets in a vicious one during their breakup at the end of Season 2.
    Diane: Do you know what the difference between you and a fat, braying ass is?
    Sam: No.
    Diane: The fat, braying ass would. (oh, snap!)
  • Frasier's speech to Sam and Diane in the ending sequence of "Triangle":
    Sam: You are so—!
    Diane: This is NOT—!
    Frasier: I KNOW!—I KNOW!!! (Beat) Now you’re gonna deny it! Even though it’s LUDICROUSLY obvious to EVERYONE around you, you two will go on pretending that it’s not true because you’re emotional INFANTS! You’re in a living hell! You love each other. And you hate each other. And you hate yourselves for loving each otherwell, my dear friends, I want no part of it! It’s time I just picked up my life where I left off. It’s time to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. So I’ll get out of here now, so you can just get on with your...denial fest. (Storms out)
    • It's so awesome, the Studio Audience responds with thunderous applause!
    • This was to be Kelsey Grammer's exit after fulfilling his 8 episode contract, but the producers decided Frasier Crane was too good of a character to throw away, and thus, 19 more years of Frasier Crane ensued in one form or another.
  • The final sequence of "Chambers vs. Malone". After Sam proposes to Diane in court (It Makes Sense in Context...), Diane apologizes for putting him through the whole ordeal—and then promises not to hold him to the proposal. She then begins to leave—but...
    Sam: Where are you going...? (Diane stops; turns to him as he rises) Y'know, you're not gonna get off that easy—y'know, you're gonna pay for what you put me through.
    Diane: ...What do you mean...?
    Sam: I proposed to said "yes". Now they can stop me from killing you...but they can't stop me from marrying you.
    (Pause. Diane stares at him. Sam smiles, beckoning with his finger.)
    Diane: (Running to him) Oh, SAM!
    (BIG hug—long applause from the Studio Audience!)
  • Diane's moment in Season 4's "Cliffie's Big Score", where she walks into the bar in a glamorous and sexy evening dress, to the delight of all the guys in the bar. Diane girlishly revels in the admiration—understandably; she's the "popular gal" for the night!
    Sam: (Straightening up as she heads over) Good heavens. Whoa!
    Woody: Miss Chambers, you look beautiful!
    Diane: Oh, thank you, Woody!
    Sam: (Leaning back again; admiringly) Doesn't she?
    • Carla enters wearing a trashy Little Black Dress of her own. Norm barks at her, which she eats up herself.
  • In Season One's "Friends, Romans, and Accountants." Norm throws a lame office party at Cheers, and cajoles Diane into being the boss's date. When his boss gets fresh with Diane, Norm pulls him bodily off her, getting himself fired for his friend. Then his co-workers cheer for him.
  • "Bar Wars VI: This Time It's for Real" starts out with news that Gary sold his bar. The gang decides to haze the new owner, Frank Carpaccio, to continue the rivalry. Things quickly spiral out of control, though, and it turns out Frank has criminal connections. FBI agents end up taking Carla, Norm, Cliff, and Woody into protective custody. They're dropped off at a bus stop 200 miles away in the middle of nowhere, and left hungry, tired, and cold. A nearby pay phone rings, and it's Sam. After Carla reports the group's problems and frustrations:
  • The final sequence of "The Magnificent Six". Earlier in the episode, Henri challenged Sam to a contest to see who cam get more phone numbers - the experienced American ladies' man or the younger French ladies' man. With one minute to tie before the cut-off time, Sam approaches an attractive woman only for her to shoot him down, saying she just got out of a bad relationship and really isn't in the mood to deal with sleazy come-ons. Sam apologies and backs off. After Henri begins to gloat about winning the contest, the woman approaches Sam. It turns out that her line about just coming off a relationship was a test to see which men were gentleman enough to respect her wishes. She then calls over her two equally attractive roommates and tells them, to their obvious appreciation, that Sam is a proper gentleman AND cute. The episode ends with Sam congratulating Henri on his "victory" and leaving with the three women (whom, we are told, do everything together), as the rest of the bar chants "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
  • In "Cliff's Rocky Moment", Cliff keeps getting pushed around by a guy who doesn't like his know-it-all tendencies. He challenges Cliff to a fight, and Cliff tries to bluff him by claiming to know karate, which no one believes but Diane. In the end the guy gives Cliff the choice to admit he's a coward and walk away, and he does...only to return to the bar after the man has left with a 2x4 and a brick. He demonstrates what he could have done to the man by kicking through the board with his bare foot, and shattering the brick with his head, impressing everyone. Then he privately admits to Diane that he's never taken a karate lesson in his life and would like a ride to the hospital. Even if he didn't know what he was doing, the mere fact that he didn't smash his skull open and cripple his foot is impressive.


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