Cheers Season 8 Episode Guide - Rewatching the show at the moment with my family and put these facts and goofs together (using IMDb and Wikipedia) and printed them to read out before each episode (not always in my Cliff voice). Warning: contains some spoilers! Can upload more if anyone is interested
At the 1990 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards, this season won three Emmys: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Ted Danson), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Bebe Neuwirth), and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or Special. It also won the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Kirstie Alley) at the 1991 48th Golden Globe Awards. This season premiered on September 21, 1989, and aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm Eastern / 8:00 pm Central.
The Impossible Dream Part 1 (September 21 1989)
Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015), who plays Robin, was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He also received Obie Awards for his role in The End of the Day and as co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher. Rees was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in November 2015. He was widely known to American television audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord in Cheers and Lord John Marbury in The West Wing.
In Rebecca's dream about Sam, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers plays on the radio. She revealed in Cheers: Please Mr. Postman (1989) that this is the "song that turned my knees to butter when I was a teenager and still does." (In that episode, the song was changed to "Unchained Melody" in syndication, presumably due to licensing issues. Here, the original song is retained.)
In the opening sequence, the guys in the bar wonder whether an olive could float in beer, so Cliff drops an olive in Frasier's beer to find out. Norm says that the olive didn't float when the camera clearly shows the olive floats to the top.
The title is a twist on the title of the song "The Impossible Dream" from the play and movie, Man of La Mancha.
The Impossible Dream: Part 2
Al Rosen's last credited appearance as Al. He would make three more appearances as Al in 1989, all uncredited. He was born in 1910 and died in August 1990.
A Bar is Born
The correct answer to Woody's crossword puzzle clue, a "Famous former Red Sox player" in 15 letters, was not Sam Malone but Carl Yastrzemski.
The title "A Bar is Born" is a nod to the hit film "A Star is Born" from 1937.
At 9:02, two men arise from their table and can be seen walking through Cheers towards the exit. Sam enters the bar, and at 9:27 the two men once again arise from their table, after already having exited the bar.
How to Marry a Mailman
As Rebecca is telling Sam about her surgery outside the office, she opens the door and momentarily reveals someone in the office quickly ducking and hiding.
The Two Faces of Norm
It is revealed in this episode that Vera's maiden name was Kreitzer.
The Stork Brings a Crane
The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special.
Raymond Flynn was the Mayor of Boston from 1984-1993.
Although the sign read 1895, Cheers originally opened in 1889.
There is an extra at the bar who keeps breaking character. She's a red headed lady dressed in pink, who can't stop staring at the main actors and action taking place during the first ten minutes of the show.
Death Takes a Holiday on Ice
Ken Levine & David Isaacs received an Emmy nomination for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for this episode.
Kevin Conroy (known for being the voice of Batman) appears in this episode. He and Kelsey Grammer were classmates at Julliard.
For Real Men Only
It is learned in this episode that Lilith is Jewish and Fraiser was raised non-religious. These themes carry over into the spin-off series "Frasier".
The director of Our Town, the play Woody is rehearsing for, is wearing a Les Misérables sweater.
Lilith uses the noun form - "meshuggener" (crazy person) - when she should have used the adjective form - "meshuga" (crazy).
Two Girls for Every Boyd
Last appearance of bar fly Al.
First sitcom credit of Lisa Kudrow.
Frasier tells Cliff that his father was a scientist and his father is dead. This is addressed in an episode of "Frasier." Frasier tells them that Martin was a scientist because he is ashamed of him being a policeman. Also, he says that his father is dead because they never got along when he was growing up and had an argument, which is why he lives in Boston in the first place, and not in Seattle (where he ends up in "Frasier").
The episode title is a play on the recurring line "Two girls for every boy" from the Jan and Dean song Surf City.
The Art of the Steal
The title is a parody of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal."
Carla's line needed to be edited to pass the television rating code for 1989. The original line was "bare ass." It was edited to "buck naked."
Frasier calls Doris the Morton Salt Girl. Morton Salt is an American food company producing salt for food, water conditioning, industrial, agricultural, and road/highway use. The "Morton"s Salt girl" also known as the Umbrella Girl has a bright yellow dress, an over sized umbrella and covered in rain water.
The record low temperature in Boston's history is -28 °C (-18.4 Fahrenheit), recorded on February 9, 1934.
During the opening sequence, Frasier mentions living in the 90's; however, the episode aired on December 7, 1989 - 24 days before 1990.
Aired December 14 1989 (last episode of the decade).
After Sam, Carla, and Norm return to the bar and tell their story to the rest of the gang, Woody address Sam as "Ted".
Norm hands Sam an empty beer mug while Sam is sitting on the counter. After a brief cutaway shot, Sam hands Norm back a filled mug, and Sam never got off the counter to refill it.
It's clearly visible in one of the shots of the boat at sea that the shot was filmed with a helicopter, as the spinning blade can be seen at the top of the screen.
Sammy and the Professor
Aired January 4 1990 (first episode of the decade).
Alexis Smith was nominated for an Emmy Award for her appearance in this episode but she lost.
Rebecca's old term paper predicted that Jimmy Carter would serve 3 terms as President. This likely wasn't an actual goof by the writers as everyone knows a US President cannot serve more than two terms. This was really a joke directed at Rebecca's expense.
Diedrich Bader of The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004) fame appears as the waiter at Melville's in an early role of his.
What is… Cliff Clavin?
Highest rated episode of the season on IMDb (8.4).
Ever since this episode aired, the concept of a contestant betting enough on Final Jeopardy to possibly lose when they're far enough ahead they can wager nothing and still win became jokingly known as "pulling a Cliff Clavin" by Alex Trebek.
Cliff's final response, "People who have never been in my kitchen," later became an actual category on Jeopardy! (1984).
Finally!: Part 1
One of the sets of the pool winners is "Norm, Ken, David and Cliff's mom." Ken and David are the first names of the writers of the episode, Ken Levine and David Isaacs.
Gail O' Grady (Laura) will appear with Ted Danson (Sam) in an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in 2007.
When Cliff, Norm, and Frasier are standing outside Little Wally's, the shot changes to a shot of Frasier, which suddenly goes out of focus and racks back into focus.
After Sam is dumped off at the railroad tracks he returns to Cheers. He enters wearing his red coat and scarf and goes behind the bar while Carla is asking about his evening. When the camera cuts back to show Cliff asking a question you can see Sam coming through the door again and Cliff's mouth isn't moving.
Finally!: Part 2
This episode was followed by the Late Night with David Letterman: 8th Anniversary Special (1990). The cold opening featured the "Cheers" cast surfing for something to watch on TV. When the remote broke the TV was stuck on the Letterman special--which emptied the bar.
Woody asked Bill Medley when he changed his last name to "Righteous". Medley and Bobby Hatfield were known as The Righteous Brothers, but they were not related. They got their name because "righteous" was a popular slang term among African-Americans for "cool", and when they sang R&B at clubs that drew mostly black customers, after they did a few numbers those customers would say, "You guys are some righteous brothers". The name stuck.
Rebecca replaces the beer nuts with heart-shaped candies with messages on them. Sweethearts (also known as conversation hearts) are made by the New England Confectionery Co., also known as NECCO.
Severe Crane Damage
The cold opening in this episode, where the gang sings "We Will Rock You," is often shown during sporting events.
Indoor Fun with Sammy and Robby
In the first scene after the opening credits, in the bar, Rebecca talks to the guys. The camera cuts to Sam just as the bar door opens. A man wearing a yellowish top accompanied by a woman wearing a black and gray top walk in. About 20 seconds later the camera cuts to Sam again. The same two people are seen opening the door again. Around 80 seconds later the camera cuts back to Sam showing the pair STILL entering the bar.
Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh
A recovering alcoholic, Sam usually is seen drinking a bottle of seltzer or a cup of coffee behind the bar. This is the first episode where Sam is drinking ginger ale instead.
Frasier says that St. Patrick's Day is the day Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. According to tradition, the patron saint died on March 17 and the holiday is actually an observance of the his death.
Frasier tells Woody what he and Lilith did during their first romantic interlude, but Woody and the rest of the Cheers gang would know that what happened, as shown in "Abnormal Psychology (#5.4)" (1986), was completely different.
In the second half of the show when the Cheers regulars are discussing their rivalry with Gary's Old Town Tavern, the dart players in the background are miming playing darts, and not actually using darts.
We learn from Carla that this is the first time Woody's middle name, Tiberius, is made known to the gang at Cheers. We also learn from Woody that Kelly's middle name is Susan.
Woody worries that in Europe, Kelly will meet "all those rich dukes, and earls, and counts, and basies and stuff." Count Basie was a famed jazz bandleader, composer and pianist in the Swing era of the 1930s and '40s.
Kelsey Grammer breaks up with out-of-character laughter soon after the start of the episode.
The Ghost and Mrs. Le Bec
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a 1966 American comedy horror film starring Don Knotts as Luther Heggs, a newspaper typesetter who spends a night in a haunted house, which is located in the fictitious community of Rachel, Kansas. The working title was Running Scared. The title is presumably a humorous variation of the film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947).
Ted Danson had to skip filming after contracting Chicken Pox. Rather than delay production, it was decided to rewrite his part out of the episode using the same illness as the reason for the character's absence. His brief appearance in the opening explaining the absence was shot separately and added post production.
Mr. Otis Regrets
In the cold open, Frasier talks about Lilith taking singing lessons and alludes to her terrible singing abilities. In reality, Bebe Neuwirth (Lilith) is a famed broadway performer.
The title is a parody of the 1934 song "Miss Otis Regrets" by Cole Porter from the musical "Hi Diddle Diddle" which opened October 3, 1934 at the Savoy Theatre, London. An elevator figures significantly in this episode, and the "Mr. Otis" referred to is Elisha Otis, inventor of the safety elevator and founder of the world's largest elevator company.
Aired just before the very first episode of Wings.
When Cliff is being chased up the stairs by Cutter, Cliff slows down at the top of the stairs due to the fact that there is no place for him to go.
The Board of Directors meeting is located at the Exchange Place Building in Boston.
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