Cheers Cast 5.25: A House is Not a Home

CHEERS Season 5, episode 25: “A House is Not a Home”

Hosted by Ryan Daly with special guest Isabelle Eyre.

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4 responses to “Cheers Cast 5.25: A House is Not a Home

  1. This one is always a heart-breaker when you know the end result. I wish the show hadn’t kept trying to convince Shelly to not leave, especially so close to the end.

  2. Good points about Diane’s struggled with mental health. In the drama version of this, that’s totally what the house stuff is innate of.

    I was surprised that they didn’t set up her departure here and turn it into a two-parter. It’s sort of going to come out of left field next episode. Or not, considering the volatility of their relationship, but since Sam agreed to the marriage, I feel like they’ve been much more complicit, despite Diane making decisions for the two of them without any regard for what he might want.

  3. Thought provoking discussion this week. It’s a good point that this episode could almost be seen as a back door pilot for the Sam-and-Diane married-life spinoff or sequel show. Or as you noted, Cheers itself could have morphed into focusing partly on the bar and partly on Sam and Diane’s home life and married adventures. The show at this point was truly at a crossroads and could have gone in many directions.

    But with Shelly Long’s departure, the show doubled down on the bar itself and the characters in the bar as the focus of the show. From season six forward, no particular romantic relationship will dominate the series like Sam and Diane did in the first five years. In a sense it’s like there were two separate series, with seasons 1-5 involving a romance that takes place at a bar and seasons 6-11 being more of an ensemble.

  4. Oddly enough, I can kind of relate to the weird situation in this episode. My family always celebrated Christmas at my grandparents, and we kicked off the season by going to their house to watch the town Christmas parade from their back porch, since it came by their door. After my grandmother died, my first cousin bought the house and the one next door (which my grandparents also owned) and his two sons’ familes moved into each one. We were told “come on down and watch the parade like always” by my first cousin. His son wasn’t real down with it when we just showed up to do so on the day of the parade, however. I guess he hadn’t quite agreed to that, with his father pulling a “Diane”. So that was the last year we watched the parade there. A few years later, both sons bought their own homes, and their father sold my grandparents’ old houses.

    Maybe I should just show up on their back porch this year, and see what happens…

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