Cheers Cast 2.01: Power Play

CHEERS Season 2, episode 1: “Power Play”

Hosted by Ryan Daly with special guest Al Sedano from Resurrections: An Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast.

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6 responses to “Cheers Cast 2.01: Power Play

  1. I was not a fan of this episode. I don’t like the gender politics. I don’t like him meanly throwing her stuffed animals out the window. I don’t like how quickly they pushed the “now they’re dating” button, nor how they resolved the first season’s cliffhanger. I don’t like it that we see any set other than the bar.

    Big trouble for the show, from the point of view of my enjoyment.

    Cheers, not CheersCast. One of my favorites on the network still. Glad to get a second season!

  2. The illustrations, who knows, but many of the bar photos come from the archives of a bar in Bloomington, Indiana called The Irish Lion. Photos obviously from the establishment’s past before the current one from the early 1980s which throws back to the 1880s.

    The idea was originally going to be gatherings through the millennia, cavemen to present day, but with the treasure trove they found I guess they stuck with “history of Cheers.”

    My guess, because it shows banquet hall scenes, there was a time where Melville’s was Cheers and downstairs became a speakeasy in Prohibition era. Restaurant upstairs gets broken off, and Sam buys the bar sometime in the 1970s.

    Anyway, the final frame? Kind of funny that Al thought it was underage drinkers. One of those guys is the two-time Boston Mayor (1906-1908, and 1910-1914) as well as a two-time Massachusetts congressman (1895-1901, 1919) John Francis “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald.

    You might not know him, but you should know at least one of his grandsons. At least the one that shared his first name, and had Fitzgerald as a middle name. 😉

  3. Glad to have the show back!

    I liked this episode a lot, I thought Diane’s revenge on Sam was perfect. yes, the gender politics feel very off now, but at the time the show as trying to walk a fine line, presenting POV of two very different characters. I like that Cheers was willing to present Sam in some potentially unlikable ways, completely siding with Diane. Sure, Sam gets his “revenge” by throwing Mr. Jammers and crew out onto the street, but in the grand scheme of things that’s a pretty low gear comeback for a guy who considers himself the cock of the walk. Sam has met his match in Diane.

  4. The wait is finally over. I could not wait for season 2 of CheersCast. The great return makes the end of summer a little easier to look forward to now.

  5. Season 2? More like Season WOOOO! (sorry.)

    I agree completely with the handling of Sam in this story. His childish revenge bits are also what keeps him likable for me. Once he gets it out of his system, he really doesn’t stay angry. If a guy loses a power play and holds a grudge, that gets ugly. If Sam stayed mad in these situations, it would get very uncomfortable and he’d lose all sympathy. It’s a delicate balance, but the writers, Ted, and Shelley manage to pull it off.

    I’m so glad the show is back!

  6. I have come to comment on a major plot point from the end of Season 1 leading into Season 2 that no one else seems to be willing to discuss…Diane’s hair. In most TV series, if an actor or actress is going to change their hairstyle or something else about their appearance, it is usually done at the beginning of the following season. If the previous season ended in a cliffhanger, they may wait until the second episode of the subsequent season. At some point towards the end of the first season, either Shelly Long or her hairdresser decided she needed to change her look. Any other series would have finished the season off as is, but not Cheers. They had the foresight to say ‘If we do get a second season, we will pick up right where we left off in our Season 1 finale. Shelly’s going to want her new hairstyle and we want those scenes to match up. Let’s go ahead and change it now for our two-part finale.’ Kudos to them for planning ahead (a head?)!

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