The Cheers gang heads to Sam’s to watch The Magnificent Seven on TV, but Diane’s distaste for such lowbrow activity has her excluded once again, and her ensuing depression impels Frasier to rally the gang together to attend her favorite opera, albeit more than a bit begrudgingly. Diane get emotional seeing all her pals enjoying (or at least pretending to) one of her favorite pastimes for a change, and more than a bit aroused knowing Sam might finally be getting compassionate, and potentially cultured. He breaks the mood by informing her it was all Frasier’s plot, and that makes her love him all the more, but not ready for sex, yet.
The most recent of several episodes this season that traverse the walls of Cheers and features different settings, in this case, the box seat at an opera. Great conceit, nice development, and more mining of the Sam/Diane repressed passion ore. Best scene: the Cheers gang has second thoughts about seeing The Magnificent Seven, but their gradual humming of its theme song convinces them otherwise.
Cold open: Woody hires a new waitress, a woman more at home at a truck stop than a bar, and Sam chastises him for not getting someone with more sex appeal. She does appeal, however, to the old guy regular.
Norm’s opener: Sam: “How’s life in the fast lane, Normie?” Norm: “Beats me. I can’t find the on ramp.”