Cheers Cast 2.17: Fortune and Men’s Weight

CHEERS Season 2, episode 17: “Fortune and Men’s Weight”

Hosted by Ryan Daly with special guests Rob Kelly from the Fire and Water Network and Paul Spataro from Two True Freaks.

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11 responses to “Cheers Cast 2.17: Fortune and Men’s Weight

  1. Nice discussion gents! I need to watch this episode tonight. I’m not up on my Cheers nearly as much as you all, but I always kind of appreciated that the creators didn’t skew the show as coming from Diane’s perspective. She was certainly up for just as much, if not more, ridicule for her attitude and personality as the “slobs” she lowered herself to associate with.


  2. Forget Pod Sinatra, I’m waiting for the podcast where Rob invites two unsuspecting “guest hosts” on to his show, and then proceeds to set them up on a blind date.

    Thanks for another excellent episode, gentlemen.

  3. Great show, gentlemen. I have been watching each episode sometime in the week before the new podcast drops. I know I’ve seen them all at least once, mostly when they were first run, but it has been fun going back and enjoying Cheers from the beginning again. I went back to watch this episode again to see Ted Danson hide his laugh and the camera get hit. Good catches!
    As for the spitting, that is actually an old superstition thought to ward off evil or at least bring good luck. How it was done may be an homage to Taxi, but the act itself goes much further back.

  4. What a funny episode. I was enjoying all of this, from the physical comedy to the mysterious fortunes. But I had to write in to underline the Sinatra line. As I was watching the show, I almost stopped it so I could come on and demand that you guys talk about this. Plus, I am glad I called out this actor way back when I was on this show, and I did not remember this line.

    Keep it up, cheers.

  5. In terms of the Sam and Dianne narrative, this episode was the surprising tipping point on the way to the season finale. It’s still an emotional ride after all this time, because the turn from “hilarious comedy” to “heated spat” is unexpected and jarring. Put me down as also loving the ambiguous ending. So surprising and wonderfully done.

    So much funny stuff in the episode. But I must admit, I mistakenly thought that “Phil” was the “Sinatra!” guy. Dang perception check failure!

    These 3-way episodes have been so great! Thank you, guys!

  6. When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
    I all alone beweep my outcast state,
    And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
    And look upon myself and curse my fate,
    Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
    Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
    Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
    With what I most enjoy contented least;
    Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
    Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
    (Like to the lark at break of day arising
    From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
    For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
    That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

    -Sonnet 29

  7. I don’t recall seeing this episode. When you played the clip of the guy shouting “Sinatra!” I laughed out loud , even though the bit had been spoiled by the preceding conversation. I laughed because that performance, brief as it is, is so good. That has been the remarkable thing about this podcast. It has made me appreciate the talent of the writers and the actors. Sometimes Ryan reads some dialog, without any kind of actorly inflection, and laugh out loud, because the joke has been so expertly constructed. Sometimes, like with this episode, the performance gets the laugh. Magnificent!
    I listened to this on a Thursday night. On Friday, I listened to a music show on the radio. The host was featuring artists that had records on the Hot 100 in both 1960 and 1970. For a contest, he asked listeners what artist had records on the Hot 100 in 1960, 1970, AND 1980? He gave a clue that the artist was American and male. Guess what I shouted at the radio?

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