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Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh is the twenty-first episode of the eighth season of the NBC series Cheers.


Convinced that Gary has stolen Tecumseh, the gang pranks Gary's Olde Towne Tavern.

On high alert for Gary's anticipated revenge, they end up attacking the fire marshal when he arrives for an inspection.

Finally decide to prank themselves as a show of good faith to head off any further escalation. Norm, Woody & Cliff shave the letters G A R & Y, respectively, atop their now bald heads

Trivia & Notes[]

  • This is one of the two Bar Wars episodes that doesn't feature Gary.
  • A recovering alcoholic, Sam usually is seen drinking a bottle of seltzer or a cup of coffee behind the bar. This is the first episode where Sam is drinking ginger ale instead.
  • Frasier says that St. Patrick's Day is the day Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. According to tradition, the patron saint died on March 17 and the holiday is actually an observance of the his death.
  • "Tecumseh" is the name of the cigar-store, Indian statue near the front door. Featured prominently in every episode, it's name was mentioned in S8 episode 9 (two girls for every Boyd) when Woody said "I love you Tecumseh" while practicing his lines for a play (with Lisa Kudrow). The statue is likely named for the famed Native American chief Tecumseh, who led a coalition of natives and fought in the French and Indian War where he met his demise. 
  • In this episode, Fraiser claims that both his parents are dead. Although it is true that his mother is deceased, his father is later revealed to be alive and well on the spin-off Frasier. Furthermore, in the Frasier episode The Show Where Sam Shows Up, Frasier confesses to Sam that he made up that story because he was embarrassed by his father.
  • Ironically, the actor who played Martin Crane, makes an appearance as the character Sly Flembeck, however this appearance does not occur in this episode.