Cheers Cast 1.11: One For the Book

CHEERS Season 1, episode 11: “One For the Book”

Hosted by Ryan Daly with special guest Zaki Hasan from Zaki’s Corner.

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6 responses to “Cheers Cast 1.11: One For the Book

  1. Fun episode fellas. I don’t recall this one, but I will always think of Ian Wolfe as Mr. Atoz (a librarian named “Mr. A-to-Z”) from Star Trek’s “All Our Yesterdays”, Cindy’s absolute favorite Trek episode. The thought of him naked screaming at Shelly Long (even off camera) is disturbingly hilarious.


  2. Another early episode that shows how much of an effect Diane has had on Sam–before she arrived, I don’t think he would have cared about being quoted in a book like hers. But now he’s desperate to be thought of as “worthy” in her eyes.

    Like we will discuss next episode, this week’s show is very old school storytelling, in that it’s mostly about the patrons who walk in and their stories, as opposed to the stories of Norm, Carla, etc. In another world you could have done a collection of short stories set in the Cheers universe, these little tales are so complete.

    Always nice to hear Zaki, even if I am skeptical of his TMP missionary work.

  3. Ian Wolfe will always be Star Trek’s Mr. Atoz to me, but he’s in tons of stuff. As you know, I watch a lot of TCM, and he keeps cropping in old movies. I’ve seen half a dozen just this year, without trying. If I HAD tried, just looking at titles, I could have tripled or quadrupled that easily.

  4. Yeah Ian Wolfe was everywhere. And he was never young! I guess being born in 1896 will do that to your film career, but to see that skull of his and recognize him as “that old guy from Star Trek,” and then realize the movie is from the ’40s or ’30s was quite a surprise when it first happened to me.

  5. This kind of episode does make it hard to pick an MVP from the cast. Solid performances from the guest stars, and the regulars all did their part to contribute to those stories. It’s one where I’d lean to giving credit to the writers. 22 minutes to introduce these characters and get the audience interested is a big challenge, but it all worked. A really fun episode.

    Ian was delightful of course, but I have to give some love for Boyd Bodwell’s performance. His story had a bit more screen time, and it was so atypical for Cheers. Boyd delivered that great self-deprecating line: “I’m shy, overly studious, and the search continues for my chin.” Hilarious!

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