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Recap / Cheers S 1 E 9

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Episode: Season 1, Episode 9
Title: Coach Returns to Action
Directed by: James Burrows
Written by: Earl Pomerantz
Air Date: November 25, 1982
Previous: Truce or Consequences
Next: Endless Slumper
Guest Starring: John Ratzenberger, Murphy Cross, Bill Wiley

"Coach Returns to Action" is the ninth episode of the first season of Cheers.

Coach tells Diane that he has gotten interested in a neighbor in his apartment building, a younger woman named Nina (Murphy Cross). Nina comes to the bar because it's a cold winter day and the heater in her apartment is busted. Diane urges Coach to work up his courage and ask Nina out. When Sam comes out to the bar Diane panics and tells Sam not to ask Nina out. Sam, being Sam and thinking that Diane is playing some weird sort of mind game, naturally immediately starts making advances on Nina.


In the B-plot, the Cheers men's room is busted, forcing patrons to put on jackets and use the restroom at Melville's. Carla picks up a wrench and sets out to fix the men's room herself.


  • Bar Slide: Sam does a little trick where he slides a glass of beer down the bar counter to Norm.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The alcoholic tour guide who leads his clients into Cheers and tells them it's Paul Revere's house. Later he does the same with another tour group and tells them it's Harvard Yard.
    • Coach tells Diane that he used to injure himself when he was a minor-league baseball player to draw the attention of women. He does just that at the end to attract Nina.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Coach introduces his neighbour, Nina, to Diane, and tells Nina "Diane is very smart. Diane, say something very smart." Apparently deciding that the best way to sound intelligent on command is to speak Latin, Diane says, "Tempus fugit." (Usually translated as "Time flies.")
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  • Jenny's Number: A bathroom graffito reads "For a good time call Diane Chambers 867-5309" Carla did it. When Diane discovers it and tries to erase it, Carla huffs, "Last time I play Cupid for you!"
    Diane: Thank God the number isn't right!
    Carla: I got it right off your application!
  • Shout-Out: Norm has to get dressed up to use the bathroom at Melvilles. He puts on the ill-fitting jacket, and as he's futzing with his tie, Cliff says "Have a good time up there, Ollie."
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Played for laughs. Coach tells Diane that when he was playing minor-league baseball and he wanted to get the attention of the ladies, he used to injure himself, doing things like getting hit by a pitch or falling down the bathroom steps. At the end, he manages to get Nina to come to his apartment by tumbling down the stairs to Melville's and faking injury.
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  • Wrench Wench: Subverted and ultimately played straight. Carla insists on taking a wrench and fixing the plumbing in the Cheers men's room. She struggles tremendously, getting herself covered in grease and dirt and at one point trying to throw out pieces of pipe that she can't fit together, but she does ultimately fix the plumbing.

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