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Episode: Season 1, Episode 5
Title:"The Coach's Daughter"
Directed by: James Burrows
Written by: Ken Estin
Air Date: October 28, 1982
Previous: Sam At Eleven
Next: Any Friend of Diane's
Guest Starring: John Ratzenberger, Allyce Beasley, Phillip Charles Mackenzie

"The Coach's Daughter" is the fifth episode of the first season of Cheers.

Coach's daughter Lisa (Allyce Beasley, Moonlighting) comes to visit the bar, bringing along her fiancé Roy (Phillip Charles MacKenzie). Unfortunately Roy quickly reveals himself to be an obnoxious braying jerkass. Worse, it's soon clear that he only asked Lisa to marry him because she's his boss and he wants a promotion. Coach immediately diagnoses Roy as a "pig", but wonders how much to push against the man his daughter loves.

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In the B-plot, Diane gets an idea to be the resident caricaturist at Cheers.


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  • Brain Bleach: Diane's reaction to Coach's daughter's obnoxious fiance's ideal sport ("full-contact female karate"):
    Diane: Excuse me. I have to go jump-start my brain...
  • Jabba Table Manners: Not seen, as Cheers was a Bottle Series this whole first season, but Coach is appalled after going upstairs to Melville's. Roy is later thrown out of Melville's for his conduct around the dessert cart.
    Coach: He's even more disgusting when he's around food!
  • Jerkass: Roy really is a pig, making crude sexual comments about Diane, making Lisa pay for dinner, running down his fiancée in front of her father.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Eventually we learn that Lisa is well aware that her fiancé is a pig who doesn't even really like her. She's marrying him anyway, because she wants children and no other man has asked her. Coach says she's beautiful, which makes a frustrated Lisa, who is also aware that she's plain-looking, tell him to look at her as if she were a stranger. Coach says he never noticed how much Lisa looks like her late mother. Lisa almost says something uncomplimentary about her mother's appearance, before she sees how sincerely Coach felt about her mom.
    Lisa: And mom was not...comfortable about her beauty.
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  • Nausea Fuel: Everyone's reaction to Coach's daughter Lisa's fiancee. invoked
    Sam: Where are you going, Coach?
    Coach: (blandly) To toss my cookies.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: It's revealed that Roy asked Lisa to marry him so he could get a promotion at work.
  • Terrible Artist: Diane proves to be an abysmal sketch artist. When she attempts to draw one bar patron on a horse, the lady asks "Why am I riding a lizard?"
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