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Behind Every Great Man is the 19th episode of the third season of Cheers. It was written by Ken Levine and David Issacs, and directed by James Burrows. It originally aired on the NBC network in the United States on February 21, 1985.


Sam tries to woo a visiting journalist (Alison La Placa), but Diane misunderstands what's going on.



Recurring / Guest stars:


Cold Open[]

The keg runs out filling Norm's second drink and so the entire bar hums taps as Sam gets a new one. Sam tries to get them to stop as he takes the new one out but they don't and say "The Keg is dead! Long live the keg". Following this they hum "Hail to the Chief" as Sam wheels it back over but Norm starts to cry from the emotions and Cliff comforts him.

Trivia and Notes[]

  • For this episode, Coach's absence is explained by his being in Ohio for a family reunion.
  • When Sam exits his office to talk with Carla, the camera zooms out exposing several camera markings on the floor for other shots (to the right of the hallway)
  • Alison LaPlaca is married to Philip Charles Mackenzie, who played the obnoxious fiancé of Coach's daughter in a first season episode. MacKenzie would later go on to direct several episodes of Frasier.