A ragged Nick Tortelli comes to Cheers a wretched mess. His wife, Loretta, left him to join “The Grinning Americans,” a wholesome, travelling singing group, and now he’s broke, homeless… and willing to give Carla another chance. No way, Jose, is her pat response, but Nick (and the entire Cheers bar) keeps asking, no—begging, for her reconsideration. Carla tests his devotion by imitating Loretta asking him to come back; he passes, but when the real Loretta does the same thing in person, Nick, after realizing this is not another Carla test, runs after her, blaming it on some strange, involuntary behavior,
More airtime for the Tortellis expands their characters a bit, and gives Carla more room to play as well. Good closer as Diane revealing she, too, has a weakness for “inferior” men, and is almost caught identifying the beau in question, changing “Sam” to “Samurai Frasier.”
Cold open: Frasier picks up for The Sorrow and the Pity, part of the “Human Brutality Film Festival,” and Sam explains where Coach is to Cliff and Norm, which turns out to be so involved a story he admits the man may return before it’s even finished.
Norm’s opener: Norm’s already at the bar.