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Cheers: Save the Last Dance for Me

420. Save the Last Dance for Me

Aired February 27, 1986

Sam agrees to be Carla's partner when she goes up against Nick (Dan Hedaya) and Loretta in a dance competition.

Quote from Diane

Diane: Well, I think I can help you out. Have a seat. A good conversationalist is usually a good listener. I've found that people love to talk about themselves.
Woody: Really?
Diane: Oh, yes. People have an endless fascination with their own little world. It's an observation I made as a small child, although I've never understood why it holds true. l, myself, have always found many more interesting topics to talk about. Of course, I've always made it a point to broaden my horizons. [Woody keeps checking his watch] As a matter of fact, I was reading the New York Times at the age of 4. And from then, on to the classics. Of course, it caused some hardships as a youngster, always being far and away the brightest in the class.
[As Diane goes to get a carton of milk, Woody leaves the bar and Cliff takes his seat]
Diane: Usually, the brightest in the class is regarded as some sort of a pimply faced egghead. I'm sorry, Clifford, what was your question again?

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Quote from Norm

Norm: [enters] Afternoon, everybody.
All: Norm!
Woody: How's life, Mr. Peterson?
Norm: Oh, I look at it every once in a while when I'm in the john.
Woody: I didn't mean the magazine.
Norm: Neither did l.

Quote from Nick Tortelli

Diane: Nick, Loretta.
Nick Tortelli: Hello, sweetcakes. You been thinking about me?
Diane: Only during flea-and-tick season.
Nick Tortelli: Yeah? Well, in my neighborhood, that's all year round.
Diane: I'm sure it is.

Quote from Cliff

Eddie: Good luck, Carla. I'm really sorry about this. Knock them dead, kid.
Carla: Yeah, yeah.
Cliff: [to the paramedics] Listen, mac, I'd put a cervical collar on that knee. Give him... Give him about 30 milligrams of CC's, huh? Better make that 40.

Quote from Nick Tortelli

Sam: So how you doing? You still in the TV-repair business?
Nick Tortelli: Oh, that's a sideline now. I'm into bigger and better things.
Sam: What do you got there? Oh. "Nick's Talent Emporium, Hi-Class Talent for Less. Nick Tortelli, Talent Manager." Well, I'll be darned. [goes to pocket the business card]
Nick Tortelli: Uh, I only got one.

Quote from Carla

Carla: Yeah, it was a magical moment. You know, it was like I was transported back in time. I wasn't a tired old woman with six kids. I was a fresh young teenager with two kids.

Quote from Carla

Sam: It was a local TV show, kind of like American Bandstand. Carla used to dance on it.
Carla: Oh, yeah. I danced my way into New England's heart. Till they made up that stupid rule.
Cliff: What rule's that?
Carla: The one that said that pregnant 16-year-olds can't Hully Gully on TV.
Norm: Those were repressive times.

Quote from Norm

Cliff: So how's that job-hunt going, Norm?
Norm: Great.
Cliff: Well, hey, you got one, huh?
Norm: Yeah, well. No, no. Vera did.
Cliff: Boy, Normie, don't you feel the least bit emasculated? I mean, isn't it gut-wrenching to watch your wife go off to work every morning?
Norm: It's gut-wrenching to watch Vera do anything.

Quote from Norm

Sam: Glad you made it.
Nick Tortelli: Of course I made it. Anytime Carla needs a favor, and I can benefit financially, and you send me the bus fare, I'm there.
Norm: Hey, that's quite a testimonial.

Quote from Norm

Loretta: Nick's managing my career now.
Cliff: Oh, yeah? You still singing with the Grinning Americans? Boy, I love that group.
Loretta: Oh, step into the '80s. The Grinning Americans are so passe it's laughable. I'm with the Lemon Sisters.
Norm: The Lemon Sisters?
Nick Tortelli: Yeah, it's Loretta and two other dames. I thought up the name.
Norm: Well, don't people confuse you with the Lennon Sisters?
Loretta: I don't know. Do they throw their drinks at The Lennon Sisters?
Nick Tortelli: It's pure coincidence that the names sound alike. Besides, I got other people on my roster. I also handle Wayne Newman.

Quote from Carla

Nick Tortelli: It's gonna be great to see everybody. I just hope I can dance as good. I - I'm a little rusty.
Carla: Oh, no sweat. I'm in great shape.
Nick Tortelli: I'm glad to hear that, Carla, but it takes two to tango. And if I'm rusty, we're nowhere.
Carla: What's that supposed to mean?
Nick Tortelli: Look, I'm trying to be a gentleman here. Everybody knew who was more talented.
Carla: Yeah, me.
Nick Tortelli: Give me a break. I carried you.
Carla: You carried me? I carried you.
Nick Tortelli: In your hat. I carried you!
Carla: In your hat! I carried you!
Nick Tortelli: Carla, the fact is, I can go to the dance with a monkey and win that contest.
Carla: Oh, yeah? Who'd lead?

Quote from Carla

Sam: What are you gonna do now?
Carla: I don't know. I gotta get another partner. [loudly] Does anybody here dance? [no response] I should've known better. The only time I've seen any of you dance is when the restrooms are crowded.

Quote from Carla

Carla: What are you saying?
Nick Tortelli: I'm saying I want you to go to Hawaii with me tonight. Now. Please, Carla. Make this dream of mine come true.
Carla: Tonight was incredible.
Nick Tortelli: Yeah.
Carla: Wow, you and me in Hawaii.
Nick Tortelli: Yeah.
Carla: Palm trees.
Nick Tortelli: Palm trees.
Carla: Sipping mai tais on the beach.
Nick Tortelli: Yeah, mai tais.
Carla: It'd be paradise.
Nick Tortelli: Yeah.
Carla: Wait a minute, wait a minute. What about Loretta?
Nick Tortelli: What about her? She's waiting for us at the airport. [Carla cracks an egg on Nick's forehead] Is that a no?

Quote from Diane

Woody: Uh, Miss Chambers, can I ask you something? You're a girl, right?
Diane: Well, I'm a woman.
Woody: Well, that's close enough. You see, in about five minutes I'm going out on my first date with a city girl, and I'm really nervous about it. You know, I'm afraid I might get tongue-tied and make a fool of myself. [quietly] I don't want that to get in the way of me picking up the babes.
Diane: Et tu, Woody? After only a few months here at Cheers, you're starting to talk like the other reprobates.
Woody: Well, thanks, Miss Chambers, but, you know... That's not enough. I wanna be smooth with the ladies like Sam.

Quote from Carla

Carla: Boy, just when you think you can't get any older, you go and read the paper.
Sam: Why? What happened?
Carla: Look at this. There's gonna be a reunion of The Boston Boppers.
Sam: Oh, my goodness. Look at that.
Cliff: Who are The Boston Boppers?
Carla: It's not a who, it's a what. Like you.

Quote from Woody

Diane: Well, you must be very excited about the reunion, Carla.
Carla: I'm not going.
Sam: Oh, how come? I thought you loved that place.
Carla: I did love it. But Nick was my dance partner. That was before we had to get married.
Woody: Boy, they sure have tough dance laws up here.

Quote from Diane

Carla: We were a great team. We really got along when we were dancing. And when we were dancing, if you know what I mean.
Diane: Yes, it's frighteningly clear.

Quote from Carla

Woody: Well, why don't you just ask Nick if he wants to go?
Carla: Forget it.
Sam: Oh, come on. You're not gonna pass up all that fun just for a little pride, are you?
Carla: It's not only fun. There's a chance to win 500 bucks and a trip to Hawaii in that dance contest. And we could do it.
Sam: Then what--?
Carla: There's no way I'd call and ask him. And I really don't want anyone else getting any crazy ideas, like calling him in Atlantic City at 555-4397. Well, here I go, out of earshot in the poolroom for about 15 minutes. [exits]
Sam: Oh, Carla.
Woody: Hey, I got an idea. Why don't one of us call Nick?
Sam: That'd be a good idea. Anybody know the area code?
Carla: [o.s.] 609!
Sam: Thank you.

Quote from Woody

Nick Tortelli: Who are you?
Woody: I'm Woody Boyd.
Nick Tortelli: Big deal. Where--? Where is everybody? [sees Norm and Cliff] Oh, there's those two bozos.

Quote from Carla

Carla: Nick Tortelli? As I live and breathe, what a surprise.
Nick Tortelli: What do you say, Carla? Are we gonna kill them at that dance contest?
Carla: You came here to go to that dance contest with me?
Nick Tortelli: Sure. Yeah, I'm gonna win that contest and go to Hawaii, where the girls wear grass skirts. And I'm planning on bringing my hedge clippers.
Carla: [laughs] You gotta admit, the guy's a panic.

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