Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cheers 7.4: “One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape” (Part 2 of 2)

Airdate: 11/17/88

Rebecca staves off Teal’s proposal by admitting lingering feelings for Sam. It works, for now, but Teal gives Sam a one-month bartending job down in a Cancun resort, partially to test his fidelity. Of course, he’s having the time of his life in sunny Mexico, and has no interest in coming back – so he doesn’t. After a month, with no Sammy in Boston, Rebecca goes down to convince her betrothed beloved to do at least one nice thing, and if her pleading doesn’t work, perhaps a gun will! Ultimately Sam returns, smooches a very drunk Rebecca to cement the ruse, and Teal is convinced. Could this be yet another opportunity for Sam? Nope, Rebecca passes out cold.

Good wrap-up, with all loose ends tied, and the hilarious revelation tat Teal’s subversively ironic admin is really his father! At the end of the resort scene we actually do get Sam’s admission that beneath his constant lust for Rebecca he really does care for her too. Kirstie Allie looks pretty natural pointing a handgun (although the action is a bit farfetched) – actually, this was he same year she was in an action thriller Shoot to Kill, so maybe it’s a residual trait.

Cold open: Rebecca delivers a recap via her call-in to a radio talk show. She wants advice, but it’s a gardening show she’s called.

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