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Episode reviews for Episode 2.16 - The Show Where Sam Shows Up

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

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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%


The Show Where Sam Shows Up, Apr 20, 2010

Reviewer: Norm, Jr. from Somewhere, CA

There's just something missing in this ep. Maybe it was looking too forward to seeing Sam again, or the hallow plot, but this was pretty much a letdown. Right from the joke where Frasier can't remember Sam's "girl codes" (when did Frasier ever answer the phone at Cheers for that??), to the utterly half-brained coincidence that Sam's fiancee is a former tryst of Frasier's. Danson and Leoni were, as well, wholly unbelievable as a couple. A disappointment for the most part.

Rating: 80%


The Show Where Sam Shows Up, Jul 30, 2005

Reviewer: Sam from England

I didn't think this episode was as bad as has been elsewhere suggested. Being a huge Cheers fan it was nice to see Ted Danson reprise his role as Sam Malone, and it did correct the continuity error (in Cheers where Frasier had told everyone that Martin was dead). That was quite a funny scene too, especially Niles' reaction to finding out that Frasier had not mentioned having a brother at all on Cheers.

This episode does show how different the two shows are. Sam's flirting antics do seem out of place but I thought he was still funny.

The scene at the end where Sam finds out that his fiance slept with Paul and Cliff is hilarious but I guess you wouldn't get it if you had never watched Cheers.

On the whole though, it is a decent episode, perhaps not the best Cheers reunion one but I thought it was far better than Woody's one.

Rating: 70%


'The Show Where Sam Shows Up' review, May 28, 2005

Reviewer: Jocelyn from London, UK

A second 'Cheers' reunion episode from Ken Levine & David Isaacs and a far less successful one because whereas Lilith's dry wit fits into the style of 'Frasier' perfectly, Sam's laid back persona feels completely out of place. This is not to say that the episode is a complete loss as there are some bright moments such as Martin discovering his son had told Sam that he was dead as well Sam's inevitable flirting with an inarticulate Daphne. However, the revelation that Frasier had slept with Sam's fiancee Sheila seems rather contrived and too much of the scene in the hotel room relies on knowledge of other 'Cheers' charcters which will mean nothing to those unfamiliar with that show and leaves this episode as arguably the least satisfying of this season.

Rating: 73%