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The Show Where Sam Shows Up
Episode Details

Written by: Ken Levine & David Issacs

Directed by: James Burrows

Original US airdate: 21st February 1995

Original UK airdate: 20th October 1995

Cast Information
Main Cast
Frasier Crane .... Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane .... David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane .... John Mahoney
Daphne Moon .... Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle .... Peri Gilpin
Recurring Cast
Guest Cast
Sam Malone .... Ted Danson
Sheila .... Tea Leoni
Guest Callers

Episode Synopsis

Sam Malone, the barman from 'Cheers', pays Frasier a surprise visit at KACL where he learns that the plumber Rebecca married made a fortune from a new kind of low-flo toilet - and promptly dumped her. Also, Woody and Kelly had a baby who is smart and Cliff hasn't left his mother's house since reading about a new kind of flesh eating bacteria. Frasier invites Sam to dinner at his apartment where Niles joins them, together with Martin and Daphne. Martin is proud that a major baseball player is coming to dinner, while Daphne can't understand the fuss - until she meets him. During the evening, a lady called Sheila calls for Sam but he doesn't want to talk to her. When Frasier presses for more information, he reveals that she is his fiancee and was supposed to marry her the day before. Frasier manages to convince Sam it is just pre-marital nerves and that, deep down, he does want to marry Sheila - Sam agrees.

Frasier gets Roz and Niles to join him in Cafe Nervosa because he has invited Sam and Sheila to meet them before they fly off to Hawaii for their marriage. They arrive, but don't stay because Sheila is feeling tired. Frasier then confesses that he slept with Sheila three months ago - as Roz and Niles look on aghast. Apparently, he was on a long weekend in Boston and took solace in the arms of a woman - Sheila, as it turned out. Frasier goes over to talk to Sheila before they fly out, and discovers that she is a sexual compulsive, just like Sam - in fact, they met at a sexual compulsive's group. She is sorry for cheating on Sam, and Frasier believes her but both agree they don't need to tell Sam. Just then, Sam returns from buying their plane tickets and decides to come clean about an affair he had after they got engaged. Sheila does the same, but Frasier is relieved when she reveals it was Paul she slept with. She also reveals she slept with someone else from Cheers - Cliff. At that, Sam cancels the wedding.

Episode Title Cards
  • Martin Rises From The Dead
  • A Dirty Little Secret

Episode Highlights

- Frasier introduces Roz to Sam Malone:
Roz: This is the Sam Malone you've always talked about - the one who has no respect for women and treats them like dirt. [To Sam] Need someone to show you round?

- Sam comments on how much Niles looks like Frasier when they first met:
Sam: What happened?
Frasier: It wasn't exactly a health club you were running there, Sam (!).

- Sam is introduced to Martin:
Martin: What'd he tell you about me - his dad, the old cop.
Frasier: Actually he told us you were dead!.

Sam: You're a cop? You told us he was a research scientist.
Frasier: [Off Martin's look] You were dead - what did it matter?

- As Sam describes his fiancee:
Frasier: It's always amazed me how you can elevate and demean in the same sentence.

- After Frasier reveals he slept with Sheila:
Roz: You slept with her?
Niles: On what desert island with no hope of rescue was this (?!)

Frasier Online Episode Review

While it is an undoubted joy to see Ted Danson reprising his role as Sam Malone from 'Cheers', this episode proves how different 'Frasier' is to 'Cheers', for while Sam's sexual exploits worked well in the bar-based comedy, here they seem oddly out of place. The episode is done no favours by a script that strains for big laughs, but the twist that Frasier slept with Sheila and the further twist at the end do lift the episode. I also enjoyed having the gaps between 'Cheers' and 'Frasier' filled in such as why Frasier never mentioned his brother, dealing with the fact that Frasier said his father was dead and hearing what happened to the bar regulars. However, all in all, an average episode is the result.


74 %

Latest Viewer Episode Review

Avg. Viewer Review: 76.0%
Total Number of Reviews: 4

Everybody knows Sam's name, Nov 29, 2011

Reviewer: Sammy J from Melbourne, Australia

The four 'Cheers' episodes on 'Frasier' are interesting beasts. I'd
argue that 'Cheers' isn't very well known to many members of my
generation, beyond a basic understanding of "Sam and Diane", so
- unless the episodes truly fit the 'Frasier' mold - returning to
these characters can feel slightly discombobulating.

For the most part, however, "The Show Where Sam Shows Up"
works on its own terms. Ted Danson is undoubtedly one of TV's
MVPs, and he turns in a reliable performance as the lovable
bartender. Bringing a new character into the mix allows every
regular to have some great moments, and it's amusing to see the
writers retroactively fix up the continuity errors between 'Cheers'
and 'Frasier' with regard to Frasier's family and Seattle life.

At the same time, one can't help feeling that this is a 'special
guest star' episode. Lilith seamlessly fit into the world of 'Frasier'
from her very first appearance, but - in spite of some good
ensemble scenes - this is really another comedy of errors for
Frasier. The script isn't too shabby, but once we get the revelation
that Frasier slept with Sam's fiance, things never really go any
further than that. The remainder of the episode feels a bit flat
because there aren't any further plot complications.

While it's not a classic, this episode does use Sam quite well in
spite of the fact that he sticks out from the crowd. The second-
best of the 'Cheers' episodes.

Rating: 81%


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