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From Beer to Eternity is the ninth episode of season four of the NBC series Cheers.


After suffering a humiliating loss to Gary's Olde Town Tavern in softball, the gang at Cheers challenges their rivals to a bowling tournament. Initially relying on Woody's skills as a bowler (from his Hanover, Indiana days) the bar psyches themselves up thinking they'll win. However, Woody's ability is hampered because his bowling once caused a severe injury to an alley employee. When Woody is unable to even throw a ball in the tourney, Diane steps up and reveals that she'd become quite a skilled roller during college. She leads the team to victory.


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  • This episode marks the first appearance of Gary and Gary's Olde Towne Tavern. It also establishes the rivalry between his bar and Cheers which would resurface again from season six onwards.
  • Woody is traumatized by a bowling accident in his youth. Woody Harrelson would later go on to star in Kingpin (1996), a movie about a bowler who gets maimed at the alley.
  • The title is a reference to the 1953 film From Here to Eternity