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Cheers Fouls Out is the second episode of season nine of the NBC series Cheers.


In an attempt to beat Gary's Olde Towne Tavern in an annual employee basketball game, Sam arranges a pro for Cheers: Boston Celtic Kevin McHale by insisting the game is for charity.

Plot Summary[]

Frasier Crane told the gang that he had an argument with his mate who is withholding sex, much to his annoyance. The gang prepared for the three-on-three basketball game of bar employees. Woody Boyd will compete against the tall players employed at Gary's Olde Towne Tavern.

Sam needs an advantage so he employed Norm at the bar for the team. Sam also found a pro-basketball player. First Sam planned to get Larry Bird for the team, but Woody refuses to cooperate. So Sam got a different pro by saying that the game is for charity. Now he can safely bet on the game. When the pro discovers that it's not a charity game he still agrees to play if the $5,000 of the bet gets donated to an orphanage. At the game, the pro succeeds as expected... until he got injured.


  • Although not formally titled as such, this episode is also known as "Bar Wars IV". This makes it the first Bar Wars series episode not to be numbered since From Beer to Eternity, when the concept was first introduced. Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh was aired the previous season and the episodic numbering of the "Bar Wars" episodes would resume with Bar Wars V: The Final Judgement in season 10.
  • The date on Gary's check is September 27th, 1990, the date this episode first aired. The address on the check is 555 Main Street, which would put Gary's Tavern in the Charlestown neighborhood.
  • This episode was dedicated to Stephen Kolzak, who died September 19, 1990. He was a Casting Director for Cheers in 1982.
  • This episode (displaying Woody Boyd's top notch basketball skills) premiered just a year-and-a-half before the movie White Men Can't Jump (starring Woody Harrelson as a basketball hustler) premiered in theaters. This is a possible indication that Woody Harrelson had already started preparing for his role at the time of this episode.
  • During the basketball game, Kevin McHale is wearing a pair of Converse Weapon sneakers. These were made famous in the NBA in 1987.