CHEERS Season 5, episode 10: “Everyone Imitates Art”
Hosted by Ryan Daly with special guest Tim Price from The Outcasters Podcast.
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4 responses to “Cheers Cast 5.10: Everyone Imitates Art”
This is such a great episode of the show. ONCE AGAIN, Shelley Long just brings it. Her speech about how this tiny poetry magazine will somehow end up covering the globe reminded me of some classic Abbott & Costello routines, which sound as if they have some sort of internal logic but are really just gibberish. Plus, I had never heard of a “wickiup.”
Even after all that, they then find a way to turn it into a relationship episode, with a classic sign off (Sam’s pathetic “…four paper clips…”). The way Ted Danson oh-so-carefully reinserts the card into its assigned slot says so much without ever saying a word.
SSN 5 has some weaker shows, but it also had a lot of classics, and this is one of them.
Yes, that was one of the better episodes we’ve gotten this season, and Tim makes some great points about the Season 1 reversal. Why do we react more negatively to Diane as the pursuer? It may come down to punching up/punching down.
When you make fun of Sam for being a womanizer in Season 1, you’re punching up. It’s a male-dominated society and guys like that can stand to be taken down a notch. When you make fun of Diane for being needy and pushing marriage, you’re playing into a bad stereotype about a minority (if not in numbers, in status), saying women all want to “trap” a man in matrimony.
Impressive that Heidi Perlman can turn one of the more hacky sitcom cliches of the 80’s (the plagiarized poem) into a smart, funny and even heartfelt episode.
The episode is a great way to handle the season long arc without it being directly and overtly ABOUT the season arc. And yeah, you could set a whole episode in that office with just the two of them. No better pairing in television.
One wonders if the poem wasn’t considered more publishable as a love poem written to a man and submitted under the name “Sam Malone” than it would have been under Diane’s name, although the episode doesn’t go into that. I mean, the snippet we hear isn’t masculine-coded, but who knows about the rest.