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Cheers: Power Play

201. Power Play

Aired September 29, 1983

Sam and Diane's relationship gets off to a rocky start, which surprises nobody back at Cheers.

Quote from Diane

Diane: I am sorry that you're all so cynical that you can't accept Sam and me. Well, it doesn't bother us. We believe in us, right, Sam?
Sam: Yeah, you bet. It's going to be great. I may have to work harder on this one, but it's going to be worth it.
Diane: Thank you, Sam.
Sam: You're welcome.
Diane: Now, if you will excuse us, we are going to go out and begin our lives together. There's more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your beer mugs.

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Quote from Diane

Diane: I know that you must be curious about what Sam and I were talking about. We want to be totally honest with you. Um... [clears throat] It is said that fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. But the heart has a wisdom of its own and Sam and I have decided to traverse the fall line of our aloneness.
Carla: What's she talking about, Sammy?
Sam: I don't know. Is this what we were talking about in there?
Diane: Of course.
Sam: Uh, Diane and I have decided we're going to start messing around.

Quote from Coach

Coach: You know what I was just thinking? Most of the guys that, you know, I broke into the majors with are all gone now.
Alan: You mean gone to the great beyond?
Coach: No, Alan, dead. Oh, I can't understand it. You know, you wonder, you're born, you grow up, you die. Is that the end? Is that it?
Cliff: Well, you know, there's various theories about an afterlife, Coach. Ah, yeah, millions believe in reincarnation.
Coach: You mean like when you come back as a chicken?
Cliff: Well, not necessarily as a chicken, Coach. Well, the Hindus believe that what you come back as depends on your behavior in this life. You know, if you've lead a good life, you come back in an elevated state.
Coach: Like Colorado?
Cliff: No, Coach. More like a king or a prince. But, you know, conversely, if you've not led a good life, you'll come back in a lowly condition.
Norm: Last time out, I must have made a real ass out of myself.
Paul: I figure if you're dead, you're dead. This idea of living forever doesn't appeal to me.
Norm: I can see why, Paul.

Quote from Carla

Sam: Hey, Carla, I mean it.
Carla: Oh, I believe you, Sammy. I do. But you know, I could tell you how to get Diane back. Tell you what, if you're interested, I'll be down at the end of the bar.
Sam: [to Norm] Well, it's got to be good for a laugh. [to Carla] How?
Carla: Women have always come pretty easy to you, Sammy. Now you have finally got yourself a toughie. Let me tell you how to handle her. Now, I don't care what we women say when we get dressed up and go on the Phil Donahue show. Every woman wants to be controlled. Even your Miss Egghead there. Women like power, Sammy. Raw, naked power. The reason I stayed with Nick so long was because he had power. Sure, he was a gentleman sometimes. Like he would take me out to a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. They'd call our number and he'd go get it. But once we got behind that bedroom door, Sammy, he called the shots.

Quote from Norm

Norm: She's right, Sam. One time I had to get tough with Vera. Really lay down the law. Next night I came home, she was waiting for me wearing nothing but a saran wrap bikini. I haven't been able to look at a sandwich since.

Quote from Sam

Diane: Well, you see, that's what I mean. I want to be special. I want to go someplace where you've never been with a woman.
Sam: All right. OK. That's easy enough. Uh, like where?
Diane: How about a hotel?
Sam: Oh, yeah. Hotel's good. That's great.
Diane: One you've never been to with anyone else.
Sam: All right. That's easy. [pulls out the Yellow Pages] Let's see. Hotels. There we go. No. No. Well, I'll be darned.

Quote from Diane

Sam: [o.s.] Diane, open up.
Diane: Go away, Sam. I'm meditating.
Sam: [o.s.] Open the door, Diane. I have something I want to say.
Diane: Oh, Sam, how much more evidence do you need that we were not made in heaven. We turn into idiots in each other's company. The difference in your case is barely perceptible, but it's starting to bother me.

Quote from Sam

Diane: I've changed my mind. [Sam rushes to pull out the couch] No, I mean about your apartment. I know you're going to think that I'm overly sensitive, but, Sam, you've been with a lot of women.
Sam: No, I have not. There have not been that many women. It gets exaggerated here in the bar. There haven't been many, really.
Diane: How many have there been?
Sam: Well, I don't know. Maybe four hun- [Diane gasps] Four honeys. Maybe that's more than my share, but it's all behind me now.

Quote from Carla

Cliff: It sure got quiet there all of a sudden.
Norm: You don't think he killed her?
Carla: Nah. Even in death, she wouldn't be that quiet.
Coach: What do you think they're doing in there if they're not fighting?

Quote from Sam

Diane: Well, isn't it nice that for once we're not fighting?
Sam: Oh, yes. Oh, yes. [silence]
Diane: Let's go someplace. Let's go someplace where we can feel free to express what we're feeling right now.
Sam: Great. How about the couch?
Diane: The couch. [laughs]
Sam: Who said we always had to be serious?
Diane: Oh, will you stop joking? I want to go someplace intimate, someplace romantic.
Sam: Oh, yeah. OK. All right, romantic. Yeah. My apartment?
Diane: Your apartment?
Sam: [chuckles] There I go again, huh?
Diane: No, I think that's a good idea.
Sam: Well, that's why I said it.
Diane: Your apartment. The place you spend half your life and I've never even seen it.
Sam: I think you're going to like it. I'll give you my famous guided tour. Starting in the bedroom. And ending in heaven. [they kiss]

Quote from Sam

Sam: Oh, come on. We're being silly here. Why don't we go to your place?
Diane: Well, I guess that could be all right.
Sam: Great.
Diane: Wait. Sam, it's so filthy.
Sam: Oh, it doesn't have to be if we care about each other.

Quote from Sam

Diane: Thanks for picking the flowers for me in the park, Sam.
Sam: Well, thank you for paying the fine.

Quote from Diane

Diane: Get out. Get out of my apartment.
Sam: You want me to leave?
Diane: I demand that you leave.
Sam: Well, let me just tell you a little rule I have. When Mr. Malone takes his pants off, he doesn't put his pants on again until he finishes business.
Diane: Bet me.
Sam: Diane, would you please... Would you give me a break and let me put my...
Diane: You are despicable. I never want to look at your fat, ugly face again. Get out.
Sam: Come on. I'm losing the mood here, Diane.
Diane: You'll lose a lot more than that.
Sam: Just wait a second. Do you want to know the truth? It wasn't four women. It was 400 women, easy.
Diane: They'd have to be.

Quote from Norm

Norm: I think we ought to do something about it. We didn't exactly give them our blessings when they left here. I mean, everybody deserves a chance.
Alan: Fellas, I think we owe Sam an apology.
Norm: I'm going to chat to Sammy.
Cliff: Hey, hey, Normie. He made it clear he doesn't want to be disturbed.
Norm: He didn't mean me. Sammy and I are pals. We're tight. Sammy? [opens door] Norm.
Sam: [o.s.] Get the hell out of here!
Norm: You bet, buddy. [closes door]
Cliff: That was inspiring, Norm.

Quote from Diane

Diane: Sam, would you give me a minute to slip into something flimsy?
Sam: Yeah. Sure. [Diane closes the door] Diane?
Diane: [o.s.] Yes?
Sam: Are you talking to somebody in there?
Diane: [o.s.] Oh, I'm on the phone, Sam. Just a second.
Sam: You're making a telephone call? Who did you call?
Diane: I was calling the police. Would you like some coffee while we wait?
Sam: You were calling the police? Why?
Diane: If you're going to act like a marauding Hun, you have to expect to be treated like one. You take cream, right?
Sam: Yeah, but, no. Wait. Wait a minute. Are you serious? You called the cops on me?
Diane: Oh, yes, I'm completely serious. I've got fresh ground, but it'll take time. They said they'd be right over.

Quote from Diane

Sam: Come on. Wait a second. I'm not doing anything here.
Diane: Sam, you broke into my apartment. I have the evidence.
Sam: You know, you're a loon. That's what you are. I'm getting the hell out of here.
Diane: Oh, you have to run, huh? Well, I'll just call the police and give them your address.
Sam: You make me so mad sometimes, I'd like to take your face and just...
Diane: Excuse me. I'd be very careful what you say. It could be used against you in court. So, what's the final verdict on the coffee?
Sam: What? What are you doing to me, Diane? I'm losing my mind here. I mean, the first time I say you, I said to myself that could be the woman who's going to make me happy for the rest of my life. Now I'd be happy just to stay out of jail. You make me sorry I was ever born.
Diane: Sam, I know how you feel.
Sam: Don't let them take me away, huh?
Diane: Sam, I think the important thing here is that we've both learned something tonight. You've learned that violence and hostility have no place in a romantic relationship.
Sam: No. No place at all. No place at all.
Diane: And I've discovered something, too.
Sam: What?
Diane: I like the lift part. I like it a lot.

Quote from Sam

Diane: No. I mean my apartment. I haven't straightened it up for days.
Sam: I don't care about that kind of thing. As long as we're together, it doesn't matter where we are.
Diane: Oh, Sam, that's beautiful.
Sam: We're not talking pigsty here, are we?
Diane: No, of course not.
Sam: All right, then. Come on.
Diane: OK.
Sam: Oh, boy! [to the heavens] She'd better be great.

Quote from Cliff

Diane: Wait. I feel damned by faint praise. What's wrong?
Norm: What do you mean, "What's wrong?"
Cliff: Nothing's wrong.
Diane: You don't seem very happy about our announcement.
Norm: Well, you know, Diane, it's just kind of sudden.
Cliff: Sudden. It's just happening kind of fast.
Paul: Yeah, we wish you all the luck in the world.
Cliff: [to Norm] It won't be enough.

Quote from Norm

Diane: Oh, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that Sam and I have different backgrounds, ambitions, dreams... Well, let me tell you, we have one thing very much in common...
Carla: I got it. They were both born brunette.
Diane: No. We have a willingness to be vulnerable to one another.
Norm: I think I see a trip to ye old leash and leather shop coming up.

Quote from Diane

Diane: We make a good team, huh? So what do you think of my place?
Sam: Very nice. Is this the bedroom?
Diane: Nice? I want you to know that I'm putting a lot of energy into the decorating of this place.
Sam: Oh, it shows. Where's the light?
Diane: Over by the bed.
Sam: Oh, I think I just stepped on your cat. Oh, my God, I think I killed it. [switch clicks] My mistake. I stepped on your giraffe.
Diane: Oh, Mr. Jammers.
Sam: This place is lousy with stuffed animals.
Diane: They're not stuffed animals, they're my friends. Let me introduce you. Now, Mr. Jammers you've met. Over here we have Freddy Frogbottom.
Sam: You named all these silly things?
Diane: Ah, ah, ah. Don't call them silly. Mr. Buzzer will sting you.
Sam: Mr. Buzzer? Don't tell me. Let me guess. That must be the bee, right? Boy, this is definitely weird, Diane.

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